Since joining the original cast in 2008, she has made a memorable mark on Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.
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“I started on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off,” she said in her departure announcement on Instagram. “You could have never told me that I [would have] starred on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later — and it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV.”
Leakes starred on seasons one through seven, took a break, and returned for seasons 10 through 12. Fans expressed their opinion on the change and sent well wishes to the famous reality star.
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Executive Producer Andy Cohen even shared his thoughts on Instagram calling her an “an icon of the genre.”
“Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA,” he added. “I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I’m hoping we work together again soon and will remain in each other’s orbits forever.”
To honor the queen of fun shade and quotable reads, here are some of our favorite unforgettable NeNe moments on Real Housewives of Atlanta.