It’s official — Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey-Hill both took to social media recently to announced that they’re not returning for Season 14 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In their respective posts, both women emphasized being grateful for their time on the show and their excitement about embracing “new chapters”
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Earlier: Even though the ladies didn’t confirm their individual departures from the show until late Sept. 2021, entertainment reporter Anthony Dominic spilled the tea on his Instagram Stories earlier that month. According to him, Season 13 newbie Drew Sidora and RHOA vets Kandi Burruss and Keyna Moore will still be included in RHOA’s Season 14 lineup. Moreover, he confirmed rumors that Marlo is finally getting a peach, and doubled down on speculation that Shereé Whitfield is returning as a full-time cast member. Longtime RHOA fans will recall that Shereé, an OG, starred on the show from Seasons 1-4 before exiting and later returning as a friend to the cast in Season 8.
Later, Shereé regained her peach and served as a full-time housewife for Seasons 9-10 before taking her latest hiatus from the series.
Dominic’s post additionally noted the upcoming season might feature “possible cameos from past cast members.”
While he didn’t share the source of all the juicy news, the journalist did explain in a later post that “Porsha is not returning to RHOA because she has her own show, a special that focuses on her new relationship and family.”
RadarOnline shared that although Bravo wants Porsha to stay on the show, the reality TV star “reportedly doesn’t want to deal with the negativity surrounding her soon-to-be husband.”
“Her concern is that, for example, producers and/or the other ladies will bring other women to the show that Simon has allegedly been involved with,” the outlet detailed.
While we’re still not sure who the cast’s newbie might be, it’s been rumored that Light Skin Keisha — a former Love & Hip Hop star — might be the new peach holder to round out the cast.
If you’re looking forward to seeing how the new cast’s dynamic will play out — Dominic also reported Season 14 will premiere in April 2022.