A “Real Housewives” alum might be eyeing a spot in the Beverly Hills cast.
Cynthia Bailey made the decision to leave The Real Housewives of Atlanta after 11 seasons in the franchise. She announced her departure on September 27, 2021 on Instagram. Since then, she has spoken openly about the reasons she decided to leave the show.
“I just want to be able to focus, have a little more time to focus on my marriage,” she told Us Weekly in an interview after her announcement. “Now that I’ve just celebrated my one year anniversary, getting married is part one, staying married is part two. Sometimes you actually have to be with your man,” she continued.
“I got married on the show in my first season. I got married on the show my last season. It was kind of a perfect way to tie it in a bow and just go… Now I’m like, oh, you know, I have my next chapter. Everyone is so excited and happy for this next chapter. I’m like, ‘What will that next chapter be?'” she added, laughing.
And while Bailey might be happy with her decision to leave RHOA, she seems open to the possibility of returning to reality television — but maybe in a different franchise.
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Bailey relocated to Los Angeles from Atlanta in October 2020. In a new interview with Page Six, she opened up about the idea of joining the Beverly Hills franchise — now that she’s based in California.
“Beverly Hills comes up a lot, and this is one of those situations where it just had to be organic,” she told the outlet.
“I know Garcelle, I actually know Sheree, who’s one of the new ‘friends of’ on the show. I know Rinna, I know Kyle, I’ve worked with Dorit. I’ve never met Sutton,” she continued, adding, “I feel like I know these ladies well enough that if it ever wanted to, it can make sense.”
It looks like Bailey didn’t leave RHOA on bad terms with the producers since she was brought back for the first season of the Ultimate Girls Trip spinoff. Bailey joined several other women from other franchises — including RHOBH’s Kyle Richards — for a tropical getaway in Turks and Caicos.
“I’ve definitely walked away from the girls journey and I feel like I really connected and connected to a lot of the ladies … I really learned a lot of things about her that I didn’t know, that I don’t see on her show,” said she previously discussed the experience, according to Bravo’s The Daily Dish.
However, Bailey doesn’t appear to be in any rush to return to Housewives. Instead, she told Page Six that she wants to focus on her “acting career.”
“I really came to LA to start my acting career. I really didn’t come here to join Beverly Hills. Now that the acting gets going — because that’s the priority right now — if I slip into it every now and then, I don’t mind. It would just have to make sense, but it’s not my focus right now,” she shared.
A new reality show starring Bailey will air later this summer on E!
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