Nene Leakes Makes Surprise Return to 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'

by Alex Ungerman 11:59 AM PDT, October 28, 2015
Playing Nene Leakes Makes Surprise Return to 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'

She's back!

After announcing her departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta, Nene Leakes will return for the new season of the Bravo series after all.

A production source tells ET, "She’s not back full time but we’re trying to get as many episodes with her as possible. It was fun seeing all the girls surprised when she showed up in Jamaica!"

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Yep! Nene surprised her RHOA family at the cast retreat. And production did a pretty good job keeping it under wraps, too.

"Everything went down last night. We’re still here shooting," says the source. "Nene shot a couple of scenes in Atlanta last week, but none of the other women knew, and only a select number of production crew knew it was happening."

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Bravo confirmed Nene's partial return on Wednesday, noting that the 47-year-old never "ruled out a return to the series entirely."

Arguably one of the biggest stars on the show, Nene's initial departure news sent shock waves throughout the fan community. She made the announcement on Instagram, writing, "With lots of thoughts and prayer I've decided to step out on faith and not fear," along with a photo of herself on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, tagging the pic "#nomoRHOA4me."

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Well, it appears the good times are here again!

RHOA returns to Bravo on November 8 at 8/7c.