When The Real returns for Season 7, the hosting panel will be looking quite different. Sister, Sister actress Tamera Mowry-Housley has been on the popular talk series since it began in 2013, but she announced her intention to leave the show on July 13.
Along with Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Adrienne Bailon, Tamera was one of the original panelists. Fellow hosts Tamar Braxton and Amanda Seales left the series in 2016 and 2020, respectively, amid speculation there was off-screen drama.
Is there more to Tamera's exit than she suggested? Why is Tamera leaving The Real? Find out what she said in her statement.
Why is Tamera Mowry-Housley leaving 'The Real'?
After several days of rumors that there would be a cast shakeup on The Real, Tamera confirmed that she was leaving the show on July 12. In the caption of her statement, she mentioned that she had not wanted to make the announcement because of the discovery of Naya Rivera's body at Lake Piru on that day.
"I had NO intention to talk about this today, especially in light of the news of my dear friend Naya, but now some reports are coming out and I'd rather you hear it from me first," Tamera wrote in the caption of her post. She then explained that she was leaving The Real with a "bittersweet smile."
"For seven years, my home and heart has been at The Real. The friendships that I've made there will last a lifetime, and the people that I've had the blessing to interview have changed my life for the better. I'm so proud of what all the ladies and I have accomplished there, including two well-deserved NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy," she began. "However, all good things must come to an end, and it's with a bittersweet smile that I announced that I am moving on from The Real."
"To my fellow hosts, I love you, I will miss you, and I will always be there for you. Thank you for teaching me, supporting me, and loving all of me. Sisters forever. I'll be rooting for you, as I look forward to spending more time with my family, pursuing amazing new opportunities, and embarking on the next chapter of my life," Tamera concluded.
A representative for Telepictures, which produces The Real, expressed support for Tamera's choice to leave the hit talk show.
"We fully support Tamera's decision to spend more time with her family, even if that means she's not one of our hosts on The Real. She will always be part of The Real family," the statement read. "We look forward to developing future projects with her and welcoming her back as a regular guest on the show."
Tamera did not give any explicit reasoning for her departure from the show aside from wanting to spend time with her loved ones. Her fellow co-hosts Jeannie and Adrienne expressed their support for Tamera in the comments section of her post.
Tamera Mowry-Housley isn't the first co-host from 'The Real' to leave.
The Twitches alum is the third regular host to give up her panel spot at The Real. Tamar Braxton announced her decision to leave the show ahead of Season 3 in 2016.
"The Real and Tamar Braxton have mutually decided that Tamar will not be continuing with the show for its upcoming third season. She will be leaving in order to concentrate on her solo career. Everyone associated with The Real appreciates Tamar's efforts and the contributions she has made to the show's success, and we wish her all the best for the future," a representative for Tamar said at the time.
In a 2019 interview with Wendy Williams, Tamar said that staying on the show would have made her a more "toxic" person.
Her replacement, comedian Amanda Seales, followed suit in January of 2020. When she revealed that she was leaving The Real, she also hinted at disagreements with the show's direction.
In an Instagram live with actor Brandon Victor Dixon, Amanda said that she wasn't feeling respected by the "people at the top."
"I have arrived because my contract is up at The Real and I did not renew it because it doesn't feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to, and where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways are not being handled," she said to Brandon, according to NBC News.
"I'm not in a space where I can, as a full Black woman, have my voice and my coworkers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for Black voices to be at the top too," she concluded.
Following Tamar and Amanda's exits from the show, fans referred to the fifth seat at the panel as "cursed."
Now that Tamera is also leaving The Real, the curse may have shifted.