Nene Leakes Not Returning To Season 8 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta

Bye Wig?  Nene Leakes confirmed earlier today in an interview with People.com that she will not be returning for season 8 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. 

After nearly eight drama-filled years on Bravo's hit Real Housewives of Atlanta, fast-talking fan favorite NeNe Leakes is calling it quits, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Leakes, 47, – arguably the network's biggest star, who's been with the show since its inception – will not be returning for season 8. She says there comes a time when enough is enough.

"This was definitely a hard decision for me," Leakes tells PEOPLE. "Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] 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 announcement comes with the news that Leakes will soon be focusing on totally new projects.

"I'm actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend," Leakes teases of the series she begins filming this week. "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."

We wish Nene the best in all she decides to do.

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