Claudia Jordan is leaving The Ricky Smiley Morning Show.
Her departure comes just one year after signing on to replace long-time co-host Eboni Steele.
Claudia confirmed her departure in a statement posted to Facebook. She writes:
Hey friends and fam. I just wanted to make an announcement here for all that have been supporting me in all of my jobs, ventures and adventures. After working on The Rickey Smiley Show for a year I am moving on to more opportunities. There are a whole lot of things I want to do that will better showcase my talents, personality, intelligence and wittiness and I’m ready to pursue them! I’m grateful to Reach Media and to Mr. Smiley for giving me the opportunity which in turn helped me have a reason to be in Atlanta to be on the Real Housewives of Atlanta which was another amazing opportunity that has brought me nothing but more exposure, more checks and more opportunities in film and many other things. To those that rode with me through the storm when I was trying to adjust on the show with conflicting advice coming at me from all angles-I thank you. To my critics-I thank you also because you pushed me and motivated me to do better. I know I’m the second female co-host to depart in a year but I have total confidence that they will fill that spot with someone that will do the damn thing and be able to stay forever! I’ll miss the crew and made some real friends on the RSMS and I wish them the best.I also want to publicly say THANK YOU to Ebony Steele who was a total class act to me when I first started and has continued to check up on me and has truly shown me sisterhood despite everything. I can not wait to see her next move also. She’s talented and a radio star! But lots of things are cooking as we speak and I’ll post where you can catch me next REAL soon! XOXO CJ
Rickey Smiley addressed Claudia’s departure on his own Facebook page, writing:
“Love her or hate her I’m basing this off of my personal experience working with her this whole year. She was key in bringing the show together… she made everyone welcome to her home and as a person I genuinely love her from the bottom of my heart… Who she is on RHOA is NOT the Claudia that I know and experience every morning. She’s ride or die. No one is perfect but she has been awesome to my life and my morning show.”
Despite not returning to RSMS, rumors are swirling that Claudia just might return to Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ in some capacity.
With all of the casting shake ups this season, we’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out!