Claudiaconfirmed the firing on her Facebook page. She thanked the show for giving her an opportunity to move to Atlanta and appear on RHOA. The show is on vacation this week and Claudia’s last gig was reporting from the Essence Festival last week.
Ch-ch-chaaanges are in the air over at Real Housewives Of Atlanta headquarters (aka Bravo). NeNe Leakes definitely quit, which led to the show undergoing some serious casting shifts to bring in new ladies that represent the fabulous ATL lifestyle.
While NeNe admits to being nervous about the uncharted terrain (and no RHOA to come crawling back to), she’s excited for her fans to see “something different that you guys have never seen me do before.” What – have manners?
“Fans will get to see me be really happy, witty and funny and tell all of those one-liners that I have said on [Housewives],” NeNe explains. And she’s definitely thrilled to be leaving the negativity of RHOA behind!
Rumors have been swirling that NeNe, who left the show for a primetime gig with Betty White, quit as a hardball tactic to command a higher salary in order to come back as a ‘Friend of the Housewives’ for season 8.
NeNe is putting an end to the speculation, saying she is “definitely” taking this season off and will not appear at all – even in a guest role. “I love Bravo – they’re my family – I may pop up and play with those girls and every now and then. I’m sure I’ll come back at some point, I just won’t come back in season 8,” she clarifies.
NeNe Leakes‘s dream has become a reality – she’s ditching her role as a Real Housewife for network TV! The Very Rich Bitch has been dropping hints that her new career move is a major step up – and that definitely seems to be the case!
Another red flag was that none of NeNe’s fellow Housewives spoke out on her leaving – not even a certain Miss WHO-S-A, yet Andy Cohen immediately tweeted about it. Something he hasn’t done in the past when a Housewife leaves or is fired.
Yesterday, Bravo announced that Real Housewives of Atlanta season 8 is a go, as if there was any doubt. While the show will move forward without its last remaining original cast member, NeNe Leakes, she’ll no doubt be a big part of the 100th episode special. A big, loud, and obnoxious part.
On Sunday, July 12th, Bravo will air the Real Housewives of Atlanta: 100th Episode Watch What Happens Live Special. “The one-hour special will take a trip down memory lane and relive the series’ most unforgettable and buzziest moments,” announced Bravo. “From shady digs to an array of wigs, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen pulls back the curtain on one of reality TV’s most-talked about shows and sits down with Housewives past and present to get the scoop on how the series has affected their lives.”
Now that I’m done picking my jaw up off the floor… NeNe explains why she’s done with the show after seven seasons. She exclusively shared with People magazine, “This was definitely a hard decision for me. Me and my husband 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.”