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Marlo Hampton's Rotten Peach Has Been Revoked From The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, Rumored RHOA Season 16 Cast Revealed

Marlo Hampton has reportedly been fired from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

via People:

“My contract with Real Housewives of Atlanta ended when season 15 wrapped,” says Hampton. “This break from RHOA is a fresh start, allowing me the space to participate in new creative entertainment projects focused on my future, and not reliving my past.”

She adds: “My nephews are transitioning into pivotal stages of their academic adolescence, and I am focused on my representation in their eyes and getting back to showing my multifaceted lifestyle of philanthropy, fashion, and fabulosity! I am thankful for this amazing platform of Housewives, which has allowed me to bring awareness to foster care, my non-profit Glam It Up, Inc., and showcase my fashion showroom, Le’Archive.”

“I look forward to my continued relationship with Bravo and NBC Universal,” Hampton concludes.

Hampton’s an exit that comes only two years after she was made a full-time Housewife. She first appeared on the franchise back in season 4 as a Friend of former cast member NeNe Leakes. The Le’ Archive style maven returned in season 6, 8 and 9 as a guest, and was a Friend again in 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Along the way, Hampton and her shady reads proved to be a fan favorite, leading to a social media campaign demanding she be promoted — something Bravo delivered on in season 14 and 15.

“It’s still surreal to me,” Hampton told PEOPLE back in April 2022, adding that she wouldn’t feel like the role was “really real” until she watched herself on the show. “I have this peach … I’m just excited.”

But lower ratings and conflicting cast dynamics have pushed the network to make big changes to RHOA. The series paused production for months and reworked the Housewives, with Andy Cohen explaining at BravoCon 2023 in November that Real Housewives of New York City-style reboot wouldn’t be coming, but that the show would be using certain stars as as anchors.

“I always love building with what we have,” he said at the time. “I think Atlanta has some really strong building blocks that are already there and we have a growth opportunity for Atlanta.”

Those building blocks have started to become clear this month with the news that Kandi Burruss would be departing the show after 14 years and Porsha Williams would be returning after a two-season absence.

The fates of the other stars — including Kenya Moore, Drew Sidora, Shereé Whitfield and Sanya Richards-Ross — remain unknown. PEOPLE has reached out to Bravo for comment.

RHOA premiered on Bravo in October 2008. Developed as the third installment into the franchise, it quickly became the most popular and for years dominated in the ratings.

Earlier this month, Cohen, 55, opened up about the future of the franchise while discussing Williams Guobadia’s return on his Radio Andy SiriusXM channel.

“We’ve got wonderful casting,” he said. “We’ve got some amazing new gals, and this is gonna feel, I’m feeling very positive about the new season of Atlanta, so just standby and you will hear more.”

News of Marlo’s departure was first made public by The Neighborhood Talk.

I get RHOA producers opted to finally give Marlo a chance after they lost some of their big personalities such as Nene, Porsha and Phaedra. I also get that they opted to give her a chance after listening to the outcries of fans. However, Marlo was not a good fit as a full time peach holder. Sometimes, girls are better off being friends to the show rather than an official cast member.

Speaking of which, according to The Neighborhood Talk, that the full cast of RHOA season 16 is already locked in.

We already know Porsha is returning, but other returning cast members include Kenya Moore, Porsha's friend Shamea, and Drew Sidora, with newbies Angela Reed, Akila Coleman and Brit Eady joining the cast. As for Shereé Whitfield, she has been demoted yet again to friend of the show.

If I were Shein by Shereé I would bow out gracefully, because at some point Bravo producers are going to stop playing in my face and tossing me to the side like someone's bastard child.

However, when you solely depend on a check coming from NBC/Universal, how else is Shereé going to pay for the Chateau and her "lavish" lifestyle.

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