10:56 PM EDT 11/25/2015
Originally posted 07/01/2015 06:00PM
The Real Housewives of Atlanta" said goodbye to its original peach on Monday, when NeNe Leakes told PEOPLE exclusively that she won't be returning for season 8 of the reality show that made her a household name.
NeNe Leakes Books ABC Game Show with Anthony Anderson and Betty White for First Post-Real Housewives of Atlanta Gig
Originally posted 07/01/2015 05:30PM
NeNe Leakes is not the type to play games. Or so we thought …
In fact, that's exactly what she'll be doing in her first gig booked after exiting The Real Housewives of Atlanta, According to The Hollywood Reporter. Leakes is headed to ABC's To Tell the Truth – a reboot of the 1960s hit in which three people all claim to be the same person while celebrity panelists try to figure out who's the real deal.
Leakes – who announced to PEOPLE on Monday that she is quitting RHOA – will serve as a panelist on the show alongside Betty White, and Black-ish star Anthony Anderson will host.
Originally posted 07/01/2015 02:45PM
Despite the fact that she "feels free" after announcing to PEOPLE on Monday that she is not returning for season 8 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, star NeNe Leakes does have a few fond memories.
"It's been bittersweet for me," Leakes, 48, tells PEOPLE of her Housewives journey. "I've been there since the very beginning. When I started, my youngest son was in third grade, now he's in the 11th!"
While she's happy to be done with the drama, "I'll miss some of the laughs that I've had on the show over the years," says Leakes.
Originally posted 06/30/2015 03:10PM
The star has left the building!
At least that's how NeNe Leakes feels about her grand exit from Bravo's hit Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Leakes will not return for the show's eighth season, she announced to PEOPLE exclusively Monday.
Originally posted 06/30/2015 09:40AM
As she's arguably the biggest star of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, NeNe Leakes' departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta in advance of its eighth season has been a bitter pill to swallow for her fans.
But how did her cast mates, who she told PEOPLE "will be happy" now that they have an "opportunity to shine" with her gone, react?
Kenya Moore was the first of the RHOA ladies to respond on social media to Leakes' departure. When asked by a fan if she was glad to hear the news, Moore answered with three nail-painting emojis. (As any emoji scholar knows, the nail-painting emoji is the shadiest of the emojis, second only to the tea emoji.)
Though she's moving on to bigger things, this moment is bittersweet for Leakes, too. The 48-year-old reality star took to Instagram on Monday night to thank her fans directly for their support over the years and to express how difficult the choice was for her to make.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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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