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Real Housewives of Atlanta announces cast list for upcoming season after Williams and Bailey exit

Real Housewives of Atlanta announces finalized cast list for upcoming season after stars Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey exit


The Real Housewives of Atlanta announced its finalized cast list for the upcoming season of the program.  

Kandi Burruss will return for the 12th time while Kenya Moore will come back for her ninth consecutive season. 

Newcomer Sanya Richards-Ross will join while Marlo Hampton has been upgraded from friend to castmate. 

Starting back up again: Real Housewives of Atlanta will start back up again with some big cast changes

Drew Sidora will come back for her sophomore outing. Sheree Whitfield, who starred in the early seasons of the show, will come back for her sixth season as a member of the main cast.   

Two new main cast members were added to the show as well. Marlo Hampton, who appeared on the show as a friend for several years, will finally take on a role as a main cast member.  

Gold medal winner Sanya Richards-Ross will also join the cast. While she hasn’t appeared on RHOA before, she did have her own reality show titled Sanya’s Glam and Gold which ran for just one season. 

Longest running cast member: Kandi Burruss will return for her 12th consecutive season

Longest running cast member: Kandi Burruss will return for her 12th consecutive season

Coming back again: Kenya Moore, seen here in 2020, will return for her ninth season

Coming back again: Kenya Moore, seen here in 2020, will return for her ninth season

So much fun, she had to do it again: Drew Sidora will come back for her sophomore outing

So much fun, she had to do it again: Drew Sidora will come back for her sophomore outing

Space for Richards-Ross and Hampton were only made possible, however, because two fan-favorite cast members decided there time on the show had come to an end.  

Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey were both mainstays on the show for a number of years. Bailey joined the show during season three while Williams joined up in season five. 

The two stars announced their departures from the series in separate social media messages at the end of last month

Adding an Olympian: Gold medal winner Sanya Richards-Ross will join the cast

Adding an Olympian: Gold medal winner Sanya Richards-Ross will join the cast

Sitting out season 14: Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey, seen on the right side of the couch, have both announced that they will not come back for season 14 of the show

Sitting out season 14: Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey, seen on the right side of the couch, have both announced that they will not come back for season 14 of the show

Ready to move on: Cynthia Bailey said she wants to move on from the show to 'embark on new adventures'

Ready to move on: Cynthia Bailey said she wants to move on from the show to ’embark on new adventures’

Bailey decided to move on from the show after her decade-long run on the program. 

‘I am so grateful to have had this amazing journey, and I am anxiously waiting to embark on new adventures,’ the star wrote in her social media message. ‘Most importantly, Thank you to my fans! I could not have done it without your blessings, love, and support.’ 

Williams also thanked her supporters in her exit message by writing, ‘You’ve made the past decade a truly special one. One where I’ve dealt with unbelievable highs and unbelievable lows, and I can honestly say I would not have made it through some of them without the unconditional love and support I have gotten from all of you.’ 

'A truly special one": Porsha Williams thanked her supporters for her past 10 years on the show calling it a 'special' decade

‘A truly special one”: Porsha Williams thanked her supporters for her past 10 years on the show calling it a ‘special’ decade

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