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Real Housewives of Atlanta has had their fair share of cast members come and go over the years and now the most recent cast member to leave the show is speaking out about her experience.

Season 8 of RHOA premiered on Sunday evening and while fans were tuned in to see what the first episode had in store, former cast member Claudia Jordan shared a lengthy open letter on her Instagram page. In the candidly detailed post, she spoke about everything from how she landed a role on the show, to what she learned as a result, to the real reason behind her departure to what she’ll be doing next.

Many fans were pleasantly surprised at the positive tone of her letter given all the speculation surrounding her seemingly abrupt exit from the reality series after just one season, but according to Claudia, she has no hard feelings.

Check out all of what she had to say below.

A year ago today I made my debut on the wildly popular Real Housewives of Atlanta on #Bravo. It was a whirlwind experience! I was asked to join As a friend of Kenya’s and started watching the show when my friend started on it a few years ago. I was new to the city and was starting two new shows at the same time on top of Being a frequent contributor to HLN- in other words- I was team #NoSleep! The benefits I got from a season on this show were and continue to be so plentiful and mind blowing til this day. I know a lot of folks criticize reality TV and some shows admittedly deserve it- but I’ll ways be grateful for my experience. Yes I get criticized but the love and encouragement I’ve gotten from so many amazing fans has been overwhelming and far outweigh the bad! I wanted to write some kind of post to express my gratitude becaus in this business far too many take it for granted and I refuse to be one of them. Whether it’s one season or ten- the show is so big that if you work it right- it can do so much for your career. And it has! Some things I’ve announced— some things I’ve kept to myself (for now) but I want to say thank you to @bravotv and to True Entertajnment and to @kingdomlos and to @thekenyamoore for everything! And the situation wasn’t quite right for me to return this season but I do appreciate the invitation and you never know what the future holds! Stranger things have happened- like how I even got my peach in the first place! Again- the ride was amazing and the blessings keep pouring I because of this so I THANK YOU again and again and again! And to the over 250k more people following me ow because of this show- I appreciate each and every one of you too! You make me laugh and smile when I read your supportive comments and the few negative ones just give me more motivation to do even more! Because of this show I’ve signed on for another one and I’m in a much bigger role and I’m loving it. In the end- everyone ends up exactly where they are supposed to be! Have faith and you will sleep well at night! 🙌🏾🙌🏾❤️❤️❤️ #TheNext15 coming soon! #RHOA #Bravo #ThanksAgain #Grateful Please tune in tonight and watch the girls turn up in Season 8 of RHOA!

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Claudia also revealed in the post that the possibility of her returning to the show isn’t completely out of the question but also confirmed that she’ll soon be popping up on the small screen in another reality series “in a much bigger role,” so it doesn’t look like she’ll be making any kind of return anytime in the near future. And she even ended the post by encouraging fan to tune in to the upcoming RHOA season.

In a world full of classless reality TV, we have applaud Claudia for keeping it classy and finding a way to use the short-lived opportunity to her advantage either way.

Will you miss her on the show, Clutchettes?

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  • elle D.

    Good for her, get those lemons, make some lemonade and keep on poppin~

  • Lelani

    Claudia does not look that different from the other cast members of RHOA. I liked Claudia on the show, but I did hear negative things that were said by Claudia about darker skin women. I say darker skin because she looks brown skin to me. After the big fight with Nene, a lot of colorist statements made by Claudia were published on social media, which probably affected her participation in the show. Because RHOA is about black women, so anyone who has anything negative to say about black women, of any shade, probably needs to be on a different show.

    • [email protected]

      Yes, Claudia has made some colorist remarks for a while.

    • Lelani

      She needs a good mirror.

  • Rissa

    I didn’t like her on the show. She was so confrontational that she practically stalked Nene at events. I’m not team Nene but she was obviously trying to start mess. Also, she kept bringing up her mixed background and honestly, I wouldn’t have known had she not said anything, so I feel she is an opportunist in the worst way.

    • Ang

      I would never have guessed it either. I think she really wanted people to know.