Nene Leakes has quit 'The Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.

The 47-year-old actress - who is one of the original castmembers of the reality TV show - has confirmed she won't be appearing in season eight, as her contract is up and it's the right time to move on to other things.

Speaking to, Nene said: ''This was definitely a hard decision for me. Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things.

''I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.''

The 'Glee' star confirmed the news on her Instagram account yesterday (29.06.15), and thanked fans for their support over the seven years she's been on 'Real Housewives'.

She wrote: ''This 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 #nomoRHOA4me (sic)''.