Revealed: Why American Olympic icon Sanya Richards-Ross left Real Housewives of Atlanta

Revealed: Why American Olympic icon Sanya Richards-Ross left Real Housewives of Atlanta

Mark Kinyanjui 19:47 - 02.04.2024

The real reason four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross left TV reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been revealed.

Retired Olympic athlete Sanya Richards-Ross made headlines when she joined the cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta during its 14th season, injecting a new dynamic into the long-running reality TV series.

 However, her tenure was cut short as it was announced that she would not be returning for Season 16, adding another departure to a list of cast shake-ups.

Season 15 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta faced criticism for being lackluster, prompting calls from fans for a cast overhaul.

 Despite being a relatively newer addition to the show, Richards-Ross's departure was confirmed in March, leaving viewers to speculate on the reasons behind her exit.

Known for her composed demeanor amidst the drama that often unfolds on the show, Richards-Ross's personal storylines, particularly regarding her pregnancy during Season 15, offered a refreshing dose of authenticity amidst the manufactured conflicts. 

Her journey resonated with audiences, adding depth and heart to the season.

The announcement of Richards-Ross's departure was made during Andy Cohen's radio show, Radio Andy, on March 14. 

Cohen confirmed that the Olympic champion, along with two other former peach holders, would not be returning for the upcoming season, marking the end of her stint on the reality series.

While Richards-Ross has yet to issue an official statement regarding her decision to leave the show, speculation suggests that her focus may be on her growing family.

 In December 2023, she welcomed her second child, a baby boy named Asani, joining her older son Deuce with husband Aaron Ross. 

The demands of motherhood, coupled with potential career aspirations outside of reality TV, could have influenced her departure.

Before gracing the screens of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Richards-Ross had already left an indelible mark in the world of athletics.

With four Olympic medals, including three golds earned during the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics representing the United States, she solidified her legacy as a track and field icon.

Since retiring from her Olympic career, Richards-Ross has delved into entrepreneurship, balancing her ventures with the joys of motherhood.

Richards-Ross's departure from The Real Housewives of Atlanta coincides with a wave of exits from other Housewives franchises. 

Kandi Burruss and Marlo Hampton announced their departures from the show, while Annemarie Wiley shared her decision not to return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after a controversial first season.

 Additionally, Candiace Dillard-Bassett and Robyn Dixon announced their exits from The Real Housewives of Potomac, signaling a significant shift in the reality TV landscape.

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