There’s a new housewife in Hotlanta – and one Southern belle is missing from the lineup.
Now, the network says, the ex-wife of football player Kordell Stewart is “enjoying a fresh chapter in her life” as a single woman and entertainment correspondent on Dish Nation.
But in a statement to PEOPLE, Williams said she was shocked by the casting shakeup.
“After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from ‘Housewife Status,’ but would remain on the show in a ‘Friend’ capacity,” she said. “Unfortunately, I can only be PORSHA, and portraying anything else, would not be genuine nor honest.”
Meanwhile, TV personality Claudia Jordan is joining the cast. A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Jordan is a radio co-host on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show – and already friends with Moore.
Moore, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and Phaedra Parks will all return as series stars.
Real Housewives returns Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.