'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' Star NeNe Leakes To Return Full-Time For Season 9?

NeNe Leakes
(Photo : Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown) A source claimed that NeNe Leakes may appear in some capacity in season 9 of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

After starring as a full-time housewife in the first seven seasons of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," NeNe Leakes appeared in season 8 only as a guest star, but is there a chance that she would come back for season 9 as a main cast member?

A source close to the 48-year-old reality star told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, March 24, that "after making appearances this season, it wouldn't be a surprise if she came back in some capacity. That door is definitely still open."

The news outlet recently asked Cynthia Bailey if she thinks that Leakes would return to the Bravo series next season.

"I don't know," Bailey answered. "I think she's open [to it]. She has a lot of things coming her way as well, but I think there's something about her coming in and out, at least, that's nice."

During an interview on "The View" last November, the hosts of the ABC daytime talk show asked Leakes if her guest appearances in season 8 is a strategy to ease her back for a possible return in season 9, and she answered (via Reality Tea), "Maybe. Maybe not."

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"'Housewives' has been very good to me," she continued. "The platform has been amazing. It's opened up many doors and opportunities for me, as you can see. And lots of girls would like to imitate the NeNe Leakes brand."

When asked why she didn't return as a full-time housewife for season 8, Leakes said, "I felt like season 7 was really hard. I felt like there was times I felt really ganged up on."

"I can handle myself," she added. "[But] it's not cool; it's not fair for everybody to come at you at once and everybody trying to make you appear to be something that you're not."

Would you like to see Leakes return as a full-time housewife in "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" season 9? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below!

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" season 8, episode 20, "Reunion Part Three," airs on Sunday, April 3, at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

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