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“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Sheree Whitfield is finally confirming reports that she will not return to the Bravo reality show next season – but she says the decision was her choice.

“After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful ‘Housewives’ franchise, I have decided to leave,” she said in a statement. “The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness.

“I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck. I’m thrilled to say I’m now a free agent and am already fielding offers.”

Rumors of her replacement have already started. Ne-Yo’s fiancee Monyetta Shaw is rumored to be a front runner — although the singer told TooFab earlier this week that the reports were “not true.”