NeNe Leakes Quits 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'

It's the end of an era.

06/30/2015 09:17 am ET | Updated Jun 30, 2015
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: NeNe Leakes attends Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief Charity Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images For Fashion For Relief)

It's the end of an era. 

NeNe Leakes announced Monday she is quitting "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" after seven seasons. The Georgia native, whose role on Bravo propelled her to stardom and helped her land gigs like leading roles in NBC's "The New Normal" and "Cinderella" on Broadway, made her debut on the show in Season 1 back in 2008. 

"This was definitely a hard decision for me," she told People magazine. "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."

TMZ reported Leakes is leaving over money negotiations, but she told People she will be working on other projects, including a "primetime television show with a big legend." 

She took to Facebook to share the news personally with her fans. 

This is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! After seven seaons, I am so grateful for all the love and laughs! I can confirm that I have decided not to return to RHOA for the eighth season. Thank you everyone that has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform! Special thanks to Andy Cohen, True Entertainment, & Bravo for giving me the opportunity to show the world Nene Leakes and sometimes give them NayNay. This has been such a big part of my life but I am excited for new beginnings that I will share with you soon. With lots of thoughts and prayer, I've decided to step out on faith and not fear.

In Season 7 of the Bravo series, Leakes had a difficult time with her castmates, including Cynthia Bailey and Claudia Jordan. She walked off-set during the reunion episode over a conversation about her mother and abandonment.  

Leakes made it clear she was not happy while promoting her upcoming Bravo show with former 'RHOA' co-star and best friend Kim Zolciak, "NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches," back in March. 

"I just left 'Housewives' where I was working with like, six monsters," she told E! News. "Working on a show like ['Housewives'] tears friendships apart. It's hard."

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