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Eva Marcille Exits ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ After 3 Seasons: ‘I Am Thankful for the Opportunity’

One peach down. Eva Marcille announced that she is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after three seasons.

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“I appreciate the bond of friendship that I have made with several of my castmates and the strong personal relationships I have with numerous executives and producers at the Bravo and Truly Entertainment companies,” the model, 35, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday, June 16. “I am thankful for the opportunity I was provided. However, after speaking with my family and representatives, I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities. I look forward to serving my community on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and finding ways to be a voice during this transformational time in our country for people of color.”

Eva Marcille Exits Real Housewives of Atlanta After 3 Seasons
Eva Marcille attends the 13th Essence Black Women in Hollywood awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on February 6, 2020. Soul Brother/Shutterstock

Marcille joined the Bravo reality series as a friend of the Housewives during season 10, which premiered in November 2017. She was promoted to full-time Housewife the following year and also served as a main cast member during the 12th and most recent season.

“The time that I spent on Housewives, I enjoyed myself, I cried, I laughed, I obviously fought, and we did a lot of things,” the America’s Next Top Model season 3 winner said on The Rickey Smiley Morning on Tuesday. “But most importantly, I made some great friendships with some beautiful women.”

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Marcille explained to listeners that she knew her “time [was] up” after growing her family with attorney Michael Sterling, whom she married in October 2018. The couple share sons Michael Jr., 2, and Maverick, 8 months. The reality star is also the mother of daughter Marley, 6, with ex Kevin McCall.

“There is a lot of work to be done,” she said. “And so, I decided to spend my time and energy focusing on my kids and my community. And not so much reality show business.”

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Season 12 of RHOA, which ended in May, also starred NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams. TMZ recently reported that Yovanna Momplaisir — who was involved in the show’s SnakeGate drama after being accused of secretly recording conversations with the cast at the behest of Leakes — is expected to become an official cast member next season.

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