TV NeNe Leakes Is Leaving 'Real Housewives of Atlanta': 'I Am So Grateful for all the Love and Laughs' By Zach Seemayer 11:20 PM PDT, June 29, 2015 Now Playing hh:mm:ss After enjoying the spotlight for years as arguably one of the biggest stars on Bravo's hit reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes is stepping away from the franchise and won't be returning for season eight.The 47-year-old reality star and former Dancing With the Stars contestant, took to social media to confirm that she was departing from the show."With lots of thoughts and prayer I've decided to step out on faith and not fear," Leakes captioned in a photo of herself on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, tagging the pic "#nomoRHOA4me." View this post on InstagramThis is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! I am so Grateful for all the love and laughs! Thank you so much to everyone that has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform! With lots of thoughts and prayer I've decided to step out on faith and not fear😥 #nomoRHOA4meA post shared by Nene Leakes (@neneleakes) on Jun 29, 2015 at 5:06pm PDTWATCH: Nene Leakes on the Rumored Reality Star Ban on 'The View'Leakes said that the decision was a hard one, writing that she was crying as she posted the news."I am so Grateful for all the love and laughs!," Leakes shared. "Thank you so much to everyone that has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform!"The news comes two days after Kim Kardashian revealed that Leakes would be joining her popular mobile game, Kim Kardashian Hollywood.The Real Housewives brand has lost a number of big names in recent months. In early June it was announced that Kim Richards would not be returning to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.WATCH: Kim Richards Will Not Return to 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'Two weeks later, RHOBH star Brandi Glanville was fired from the program, reportedly due to on-set friction between her and a number of other cast members. However, Glanville later denied speculation that she was let go for behaving like a "diva."For more on Glanville's departure, check out the video below.Brandi Glanville's Three Biggest 'Real Housewives' Blunders Related GalleryStar Shots: What's On Instagram and Snapchat?