The Queen Mother of Bravo’s Housewives franchise is exiting the building.
NeNe Leakes told People magazine Monday that she will not be returning to next season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Arguably the most recognizable character in all the franchise—and reportedly the highest paid—Leakes described how she and her husband Gregg Leakes wrestled with the decision for weeks, but ultimately decided that it was in her best interest to move forward.
“This was definitely a hard decision for me,” Leakes said. “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,” the reality TV star-turned-actress explained.
Leakes lent her likeness to Kim Kardashian’s mobile game, and teased news about a primetime television show that she’ll appear in alongside a “big legend.”