Lisa Wu Hartwell quits Real Housewives because producers wanted scripted drama

The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Lisa Wu Hartwell won’t return as a full-time cast member for the show’s third season, though she will appear in a few episodes.

Black Voices reported that she left “amicably” over “creative differences,” and won’t be part of the opening sequence but will appear in up to three episodes. According to an anonymous production source, “They basically wanted to script elements of Lisa’s life and make her amp up the drama. She wasn’t with that at all. Lisa felt like if her real life alone wasn’t enough for the network, then maybe it was time for her to go.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed that with her publicist, who said, “She doesn’t want to just be a reality star.”

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Leaving ‘Real Housewives of ATL’ [Black Voices]
Lisa Wu Hartwell leaving ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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