NeNe Leakes has just bid farewell to the series that made her a superstar— but the Real Housewives of Atlanta will go on without her.
And producers are not giving time to grieve. RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that the Bravo hit begins filming its eighth season later this month!
"They start filming in just two weeks," a show insider tells Radar.
Fortunately, at least four main ladies will be back, the insider adds: Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks are all in for another round.
And after a demotion to cast friend, Porsha Williams will return to full housewife status this year.
"Porsha is getting her peach back," the source says. "They see her much more as an asset now than in previous seasons."
But not everyone received good news. Leakes' nemesis Claudia Jordan was reportedly fired after just one season.
In Leakes and Jordan's absence, new faces will likely be joining the women in the coming weeks.
"They definitely need to spice up the show and give the girls something more to work with," the Bravo insider explains, adding that the official cast won't be announced until September.
As Radar exclusively reported, producers were sick of Leakes' diva behavior on set— and actually let go of their main star.
This summer, the former Glee actress will instead be filming a new ABC variety show called To Tell the Truth, she announced on July 1.