Kristen Taekman, Real Housewives of New York, RHONY


Kristen Taekman is leaving The Real Housewives of New York City, the mom and model told E! News exclusively.

"My experience during my time on RHONY was fantastic and I made some great new friends," Kristen told E! News in a statement. "At this time in my life, I have decided to concentrate on my family and my new business ventures Pop Of Color nail polish and Last Night's Look, my fashion blog. I will remain a Housewife and part of an amazing franchise forever and that is what is important. "

Kristen joined the show in season six and appeared in the most recent season, season seven, alongside Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, Luann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel and Dorinda Medley.

Heather also announced she would not be returning to the Bravo series for another season. The status of the rest of the cast remains up in the air with production on season eight gearing up.


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In season six, she clashed with Ramona over splashing water. Yep. The two eventually moved past it, after some thrown wine and a thrown wine glass.

Season seven saw her rather drama free. Cameras followed her as she launched her nail polish line, Pop of Color, and worked on her fashion blog, Last Night's Look.

RHONY isn't the only Real Housewives show going through some changes. Kim Richards and Brandi Glanville left Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as full-time cast members and NeNe Leakes departed Real Housewives of Atlanta. Newbies Erika Jayne and Kathryn Edwards are coming to RHOBH and The Facts of Life star Kim Fields has joined the cast of RHOA.

—Reporting by Beth Sobol

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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