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NeNe Leakes will not be returning as a regular to ‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.’

he news came courtesy of the reality star herself during a sit-down interview on The Steve Harvey Show.

Usually a fire-cracker, a surprisingly subdued Leakes explained that she “felt like Kelly Ripa” after not being contacted to appear in season 9 of the Bravo hit.

[As widely reported, Ripa made headlines after being blindsided by the departure of her co-host on ‘Kelly & Michael’]

Her words ring somewhat odd given that she also didn’t feature as a peach-holding housewife in the last season of the show.

In any case, fans of outspoken Leakes needn’t riot just yet. For, she offered an optimistic outlook on her future with the franchise.

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Does anyone feel as though the “queen supreme” seems to have been humbled somewhat?

The reality is that RHOA maintained strong ratings in her absence, with her cameo episodes not causing any kind of spike.

With word on the curb being that coin and commitment were the cause for her initial departure, one has to wonder how long it’ll be before talk of a full-time comeback comes to fruition.

via ThatGrapeJuice: