Just days after Cynthia Bailey announces her exit from the show, Porsha Williams has made the “difficult decision” not to return.
The Housewives of Atlanta fans were shocked when not only one but two stars of the show announced their departures. Three days after Cynthia Bailey announced her exit, Porsha Williams made an announcement no one saw coming: her departure from the franchise ahead of season 14. In an Instagram post on Sep. 30, Williams says:
After ten life-changing, gratifying, incredible years, it is finally time to begin my next chapter. Next season, I will not be returning to the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise. This was a difficult decision to not only make, but also come to terms with. It’s one I have put a lot of thought into and because of that, I know it’s the right one. I want to thank Bravo, Truly Original, and Andy Cohen for this opportunity, and all the show’s producers, editors, and assistants, for working tirelessly every day to create our show.”
Williams continues, “I have so much love and endless gratitude for my Bravo family and supporters. You’ve made the past decade a truly special one. One where I’ve dealt with unbelievable highs and unbelievable lows, and I can honestly say I would not have made it through some of them without the unconditional love and support I have gotten from all of you.”
“Don’t worry though, I’ll be back on your TV very soon. I can’t wait to share all of my exciting new endeavors with the world; beginning with the release of my memoir, The Pursuit of Porsha, out on November 16. As for the rest, you’ll just have to wait and see! Love ya!”
Many people across social media were shocked and did not see this coming. Andy Cohen went in the comments to react to this decision by saying, “What a run. What an evolution. As we discussed, I’m gonna go ahead and consider this more of a PAUSE than a goodbye.” And co-star Kandi Burruss added, “I was hoping you weren’t 4real leaving. Wishing you the best on all you’ve got going on!”
Over the years, Williams has become a fan favorite of the series. Hopefully, she will return later in the future. Until then, we would have to respect her decision at the moment. As of recently, there are no new castmates. And we don’t even know if Kandi, Kenya Moore, or Marlo Hampton are returning either. After last season, maybe Bravo is trying to shake it up.