After eight years as the HWIC, Nene Leakes is finally calling it quits. According to a recent interview with People, the Atlanta diva is leaving the show that made her a household name.

“This was definitely a hard decision for me,” she said on Monday. “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,” Leakes explained.

Since first appearing on the show, Leakes quickly became a star due to her catty antics, quick one liners, and over-the-top personality. In recent seasons, however, Leakes has been hinting that she’s bigger than the Bravo show. Indeed, she’s spread her wings and had a successful stint on Fox’s Glee, before garnering an even bigger role on the canceled NBC comedy, the New Normal.

While Leakes will no doubt to continue to stay in the public eye, her departure begs the question: Can the housewives survive without Linnethia?

Apparently, Leakes isn’t too concerned about her former show. “I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders,” she confessed before dishing about her upcoming project.

“I’m actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend,” Leakes told People. “All of my fans will get to see me be really happy, witty and funny and tell all of those one liners that I always have said on ‘Housewives.’”


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    Is it me or does she looks like she has done a nose job?

  • binks

    Love her or hate her, Nene Leakes came a long way from a simple housewife but became a brand so for that I can’t really hate on her hustle skills and building herself. Hopefully, the Housewives franchise can finally set because it is beyond tired and boring now with grown women bickering and shading each other over petty crap. Please bring back the good scripted TV shows or the “reality” shows that was actually fun to watch.

  • Ev

    I like Nene and look forward to more of her success. #shrug I haven’t watched much of the last season, but she wasnt as prominent so this was obviously something in the works.