Sanya Richards-Ross Not Returning to ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ for Season 16

Sanya Richards-Ross on the season 15 reunion episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. (Credit: Bravo)

Sanya Richards-Ross has exited The Real Housewives of Atlanta ahead of the show’s upcoming 16th season.

Andy Cohen broke the news on the March 14 episode of his Sirius XM Radio Andy channel while speaking with Mariah Smith of “The Smith Sisters Live” podcast.

“How do you feel about Kandi, Sanya, and Marlo leaving the show?” Cohen asked Smith, referring to Sanya and fellow peach holders Kandi Burruss and Marlo Hampton.

X/Twitter account Lou’s Reality Land posted the clip from Cohen’s show and included the caption: “Andy casually announced Sanya is leaving #RHOA although it was never officially announced in the press.”

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Dozens of RHOA fans sounded off in the comments section of the post.

“So Sanya is leaving! I’m surprised they didn’t officially announce it,” one person wrote.

“So Drew and Kenya are still on?” another person added.

Cohen’s comment was definitely a clue, although Bravo has not yet confirmed if Kenya Moore, Shereé Whitfield, and Drew Sidora will be back for season 16.

Sanya also has not commented publicly on her departure. She joined the Bravo reality series in 2021, and has been a peach holder for two seasons.

The busy athlete and entrepreneur welcomed her second son with husband Aaron Ross in December.

News of her exit from RHOA comes after Kandi said on the red carpet in February that she was leaving the series after 14 seasons.

Later last month, Marlo released a statement saying her contract with the show had ended after two seasons as a main cast member.

Around the same time, Bravo announced Porsha Williams would return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta for season 16.

Porsha appeared on the series for seasons 5 to 13.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the vision and faith NBCUniversal has put in me to be a larger part of their family,” she said in a statement at the time. “I’m looking forward to being back on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and showing the world my new world!”

Days later, she filed for divorce a little over a year into her marriage to Simon Guobadia.

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