The longest running Housewife is hanging up her peach.
Kandi Burruss, who has been a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Atlanta since Season 2, has announced she will exit the series ahead of Season 16.
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In a red carpet interview at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Burruss told Variety’s Marc Malkin: “I decided I’m not coming back this year.”
“It’s been 14 seasons,” she continued, “and they allowed us to sit around for a little too long, but during that time I had started working on a lot of other things, and I got some nice big projects coming soon, so I’m super excited about those things.”
She said she came to the decision after a friend asked her why she kept returning to the series. “I was like, ‘Well, I think because I’ve just been doing it for so long, it feels weird to think not to do it?’ So I was just like, ‘You know what? I’m going to take a break, I’m going to take a moment… I’m not coming back this year.’”
Bravo overlord Andy Cohen reacted to Burruss’ announcement on Instagram early Monday, writing, “What can I say about Kandi!? One of the greats! A superstar! What a run!”
Before becoming the longest-running Housewife in the Bravo Universe, Burruss was a founding member of the music group Xscape and an acclaimed songwriter. She most notably co-wrote TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.”
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