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Cynthia Bailey announces she's leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after 11 seasons


Cynthia Bailey announced she is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after 11 years.

The 54-year-old reality star shared an emotional post about her departure on her Instagram Monday.

‘After much thought and consideration, I have made the very difficult and heartfelt decision not to return for the next season of Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ she wrote.

Time to go: Cynthia Bailey announced she is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after 11 years. The 54-year-old reality star shared an emotional post about her departure on her Instagram Monday

Time to go: Cynthia Bailey announced she is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after 11 years. The 54-year-old reality star shared an emotional post about her departure on her Instagram Monday

The Bravo star, who posted a glamorous promo shot of herself from the show, continued: ‘Thank you NBC Universal, Bravo, and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can’t wait to see what we do next!’

Cynthia added: ‘Thank you to my Real Housewives castmates for eleven of the most unbelievable years of my life; and the most incredible & unforgettable memories!’

‘I am so grateful to have had this amazing journey, and I am anxiously waiting to embark on new adventures. Most importantly, Thank you to my fans! I could not have done it without your blessings, love, and support.’

‘Without the fans, none of this would be possible. I love and appreciate all of you. It’s time to move on to my next chapter, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you. See you guys soon! Cynthia Bailey-Hill.’ 

Grateful: The Bravo star, who posted a glamorous promo shot of herself from the show, continued: 'Thank you NBC Universal, Bravo, and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can't wait to see what we do next!'

Grateful: The Bravo star, who posted a glamorous promo shot of herself from the show, continued: ‘Thank you NBC Universal, Bravo, and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can’t wait to see what we do next!’

RHOA Executive Producer Andy Cohen reacted to the news of her departure, saying he will ‘miss’ her, adding: ‘And I believe we DO know each other!’

Cynthia joined the hit Bravo series in season three in 2010 as Nene Leakes’ friend, with her last being season 13. 

During her 11 season run, Cynthia relationship to Peter Thomas was featured on the show, as well as her wedding in a season three episode in 2010. Their relationship ended in 2016 with their divorce finalized in 2017.

Best wishes: Andy Cohen reacted to the news of her departure, saying he will 'miss' her

Best wishes: Andy Cohen reacted to the news of her departure, saying he will ‘miss’ her

TV star: Cynthia joined the hit Bravo series in season three in 2010 as Nene Leakes' friend, with her last being season 13; Pictured: (l-r) Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, Andy Cohen, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams, Sheree Whitfield

TV star: Cynthia joined the hit Bravo series in season three in 2010 as Nene Leakes’ friend, with her last being season 13; Pictured: (l-r) Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, Andy Cohen, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams, Sheree Whitfield

Cynthia began dating Mike Hill, a Fox Sports correspondent in August 2018, and got engaged in July 2019. 

She tied the knot in October 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic; the wedding was featured on season 13.

The TV star has a daughter named Noelle, 21, with ex fiance actor Leon Robinson.

Cynthia hinted at her departure in June after she was asked about whether or not she was returning for season 14.

At the time, the star told People ‘I don’t even know if I’m going to be returning next season.’ 

She had said at the time: ‘If I don’t come back, I wish the show well. It’s been an incredible journey with incredible memories. However it works out, Bravo has been amazing to me. This platform has been amazing. It’s created so many opportunities for me. I’m good.’

‘I’m hopeful I won’t be out of the Bravo business. I just maybe won’t be on this show anymore. I have a lot of other things I would like to do with Bravo,’ she said in June. 

Cynthia will star in the Housewives crossover vacation series that will air on Peacock sometimes this year; fellow Real Housewives stars Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Kenya Moore, Kyle Richards, Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer.

In addition to her reality show stints, Cynthia is an actress, model and entrepreneur.

She also started a line of handbags named CB VIOR, in addition to candles, leather goods and eye wear. 

Future plans: Cynthia hinted at her departure in June after she was asked about whether or not she was returning for season 14; pictured June 28, 2021 in College Park, Georgia

Future plans: Cynthia hinted at her departure in June after she was asked about whether or not she was returning for season 14; pictured June 28, 2021 in College Park, Georgia



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