NeNe Leakes BFF turned not-so-BFF Cynthia Bailey is speaking out on NeNe’s departure from ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’
“Well the show has never been about one person. It’s just not what makes it work,” Bailey revealed to E! News exclusively at the Essence Festival. “Sometimes you gotta change it up and mix it up. I look forward to a really great drama-filled season.”
But isn’t the loss of an OG Housewife extra hard? According to Bailey, it wasn’t exactly a shocking announcement.
“You know, I wasn’t super surprised because I used to be very close with NeNe so I knew that at some point, she wanted to do other things and rightfully so because I think she has had a great run on the show,” Bailey explained. “In my opinion, she will always be the original Atlanta Housewife and I wish her well.”
She added, “We text back and forth…When I heard the news about her leaving the show, I shot her a text and said good luck to you. May you continue to shine. Do your thing so we are cool.”
As for who could be joining the outspoken group of women, rumors have been swirling that Kim Fields may be ready to enter the picture. While Bailey hasn’t met the actress, she does have a certain lady in mind to keep the show fresh.
“I am just excited for someone to come in who is a spit fire, someone who is not just gonna come in and check things out,” she explained. “I don’t know who yet but whoever you are, please audition for the Real Housewives of Atlanta. We need you!”
We already know Kim Fields is set to join the cast — but have you seen the list of other potential replacements?