The Real Housewives of Atlanta fans just received some real, raw and terrible news:
One of the franchise’s most famous faces has said she will not return for the next all-new run of episodes.
Or the one after that… or the one after that.
Yup, folks, it’s true: Kim Zolciak is outta there.
On Saturday, the mother of six, who was traveling with husband Kroy Biermann, was stopped by a TMZ cameraman at the Los Angeles airport.
Asked about her future on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Zolciak made her answer as clear as can be, responding that she is “never, never” appearing on the series.
Because the show causes “too much unneeded stress,” she said.
Such a stance should not come as a shock to fans of this Bravo program.
Zolciak’s feud with NeNe Leakes reached new levels of intensity, immaturity and, some would say, racism over the past several weeks.
The reality stars, along with Kim’s daughter, went back and forth over whether NeNe has roaches in her home and, basically, over which of them sucks the most.
Prior to Kim’s TMZ-related confirmation, Andy Cohen even told People Magazine he assumed the veteran cast member had screamed her final on-air insult.
“I think she’s done, yeah,” Cohen told the publication, recounting the tension in filming the the Real Housewives season 10 reunion with Zolciak-Biermann and longtime rival Leakes:
“[Kim] walked out of that reunion and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve seen the last of that wig at these reunions.'”
Here’s a glimpse at that walk-out:
Zolciak, of course, departed the show that made her famous back in its fifth season to film her own reality show Don’t Be Tardy./
But she made a triumphant and well-publicized return for Season 10 last year.
The three-part Real Housewives reunion special to which Cohen refers above kicked off on April 8 and has already stirred more than its share of hilarious controversy.
Case in point?
Marlon Wayans actually reminded the world he’s still alive a few days ago when he dissed Kim via Instagram by sharing an image of her from the reunion and writing:
“No we are not in production on White Chicks 2. The f–k?!”
Zolciak was offended by this jab.
“Was always a super big fan of yours and my kids loved you,” she wrote in the comments section. “This hurts but I guess its all for laughs.”
Hey, we laughed.
And we also assume we’ll see plenty of Kim going forward, despite this declaration.
She has quite the strong social media presence, having formed somewhat of a partnership with daughter Brielle.
They are always joking and posing together on Instagram and we’d be stunned if they don’t sign up for their own series at some point.
Just two days ago, perhaps in reply to this stage in her life and whatever the future holds, Zolciak wrote online:
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
Will you miss her in Atlanta?