The trailer for Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta was released on September 26, and there was a lot of drama to take in for a clip that is only two minutes long. The only thing missing from it though was a familiar face from Season 11: Shamari DeVoe.
The 39-year-old’s absence from the trailer led many fans to believe that she had her peach revoked to make way for the return of Kenya Moore. There were some reports online, including from Radar Online, claiming that she was demoted and “offered a daily rate to make appearances as a friend.” Even former show foe Marlo Hampton got on an Instagram Live and called her “Peachless Shamari,” which is ironic…
However, Shamari took to social media to let a fan know it was she who actually decided to part ways with the show after one season.
“I was not ‘fired’ sweet face,” she wrote. “I chose not to return due to personal reasons. ‘The sun sets and rises when it’s ready…'”
In the short time that she was on the show, Shamari was quite the firecracker, getting extremely drunk at NeNe Leakes’ “Bye Wig” party to the point of throwing up on cast mate Eva Marcille, and being honest about having an open marriage with Ronnie DeVoe at some point. But she also showed that she could hold her own, successfully going toe-to-toe with Marlo.
The former Blaque singer said her initial hope when joining the reality series in Season 11 was to allow people to see the many different facets of her life.
“I felt like it was time for the world to know who I am as a marriage ambassador and a recording artist and a family woman,” she told The Grio. “It was time for a change and I decided this was a great opportunity. Of course you have some reservations but sometimes you just have to go out and look at the bigger picture. The world will get to see my family and hear my testimony.”
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