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NeNe Leakes Is Leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta: 'I Feel Like a Weight Has Been Lifted'

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NeNe Leakes Is Leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta: 'I Feel Like a Weight Has Been Lifted'

Originally posted 06/29/2015 07:25PM

You're going to need a glass of wine for this one. After nearly eight drama-filled years on Bravo's hit Real Housewives of Atlanta, fast-talking fan favorite NeNe Leakes is calling it quits, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Leakes, 48 – arguably the network's biggest star, who's been with the show since its inception – will not be returning for season 8. She says there comes a time when enough is enough.

"This was definitely a hard decision for me," Leakes tells PEOPLE. "Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things."

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WATCH: The Real Housewives of Atlanta Celebrates 100 Episodes of Weave, Wigs and Wig-Outs

Originally posted 06/29/2015 10:10AM



Oh, how the time flies.

It was way back on Oct. 7, 2008, when the world was introduced to The Real Housewives of Atlanta – and now the Bravo reality show is celebrating a milestone with a brand-new TV special.

"I've been on the show for 100 episodes?" NeNe Leakes asks host Andy Cohen in a preview clip exclusive to PEOPLE. "Stop it ... Oh my God. We need a therapist."

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When Reality TV Worlds Collide: NeNe Leakes Joins Kim Kardashian's Game

When Reality TV Worlds Collide: NeNe Leakes Joins Kim Kardashian's Game

Originally posted 06/27/2015 02:50PM

Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes has officially joined Kim Kardashian West's mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

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RHOA Reunion: A Sobbing NeNe Leakes Exits the Reunion Finale in Hysterics over Her Mother

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Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion: A Sobbing NeNe Leakes Exits the Reunion Finale in Hysterics over Her Mother

Originally posted 05/10/2015 10:00PM

It was Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion finale – and Mother's Day – viewers won't soon forget, as a sobbing NeNe Leakes left the set, unable to talk about her mother.

"I can't talk about my mom … I can't talk about my mom," a nearly hysterical Leakes repeated Sunday night, before exiting.

The drama began when Dr. Jeff Gardere returned to rehash what exactly happened when Leakes stormed out of the friend-ter-vention that she organized with him and the other wives earlier this season.

"I knew about your issues of abandonment," he told a solemn, shaking Leakes. "She has been abandoned. … Your pain is part of your power."

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Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion: NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore May Have Just Had the 'Fight of the Century'

Originally posted 05/03/2015 09:45PM

It was Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, but the Fight of the Century may have taken place on part two of Sunday's The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion.

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NeNe Leakes Says Kenya Moore 'Went Too Far' on Real Housewives Reunion | Bravo, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes

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NeNe Leakes Says Kenya Moore 'Went Too Far' on Real Housewives Reunion

Originally posted 04/27/2015 07:10PM

Nene Leakes has a lot to say following the first part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion that aired Sunday night on Bravo.

During the special hosted by Andy Cohen, Kenya Moore accused Leakes of flirting with Cynthia Bailey's husband Peter.

"Now see, she went too far ... they played me right there," Leakes said on NBC's New York Live on Monday.

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RHOA Reunion: Did Apollo Ever Get Physical with Phaedra?

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Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion: Did Apollo Nida Ever Get Physical with Phaedra Parks?

Originally posted 04/26/2015 11:25PM

There was no delay with the drama as part one of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion started on fire and just kept getting hotter.

"My husband definitely has a temper, and he can get out of hand," Phaedra Parks said about estranged husband Apollo Nida, who stormed into her home this season before starting his eight-year prison sentence for fraud.

"Did he ever get physical with you?" asked Andy Cohen.

"I just don't know if I need to discuss that with you, to be honest," Parks finally stated after a very long silence, looking as if she were holding back tears.

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Kandi Burruss Teases RHOA Reunion: NeNe Leakes 'Made Herself the Victim This Year'

Originally posted 04/22/2015 11:50AM

Surprise: The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion gets heated.

Specifically, Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes get into it over some alleged trash-talking on the part of Burruss, who turned the charge around on Leakes. "You were showing us signs that you would blast a person with information that you know about them if y'all are no longer friends," said Burruss.

Leakes countered, "If you don't like me, just say it to the world."

Burruss, however, insisted that it's not that she doesn't like Leakes – she doesn't like her "superior" attitude, "but when you're fun and you're laughing and you're having a good time, I love that."

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The Prancing Elites Project: Watch 5 Dancers Utterly Lose Their Minds When They Meet NeNe Leakes

Originally posted 04/21/2015 08:00AM

For five gay and gender-nonconforming dancers from Mobile, Alabama, a surprise meeting with NeNe Leakes was enough to send them screaming.

Oxygen's newest reality show, The Prancing Elites Project, follows a dance troupe of the same name who practice J-Setting, a form of dance that combines cheerleading-style movements with hip-hop.

In an exclusive clip shared with PEOPLE, watch Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox and Timothy Smith utterly lose their minds in spectacular, hilarious fashion upon meeting their hero. Seriously – it's pure joy to watch.

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RHOA Season Finale: What Did Apollo Nida Say in His Surprise Call from Prison?

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season Finale: What Did Apollo Nida Say in His Surprise Call from Prison?

Originally posted 04/20/2015 07:20AM

On Sunday's season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes made a curtain call on Broadway and Apollo Nida made a surprise call from prison.

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