In an announcement that fans of “The Real” talk show might not have seen coming, actress and co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley announced Monday night that after six seasons she is parting ways with the Emmy winning daytime talk show.
Mowry-Housley has been with the show since its start in 2013. The 42-year-old posted a statement to her Instagram account, revealing the details surrounding her exit. “For seven years, my home and heart has been at ‘The Real,’ ” the actress began her statement. “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.”
Mowry-Housley went on to express how proud she was of the things she and her fellow other co-hosts, Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, and Adrienne Bailon, had accomplished. During the actress’s time there, “The Real” earned two NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.
The actress continued her statement saying, “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.” She concluded, “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.”
A representative behind the show told PEOPLE, “We fully support Tamera’s decision to spend more time with her family, even if it means she’s not one of our hosts on ‘The Real.’ ” The rep added, “She will always be part of ‘The Real’ family. We look forward to developing future projects with her and welcoming her back as a regular guest on the show.”
Now former co-host Mai left an uplifting message for Mowry-Housley in the comment section of her departure post. “I’m so happy for you, sis,” Mai wrote. “I can’t wait for all that awaits you ahead. [two heart emojis].” The “Sister Sister” actress replied with a kissy face emoji and prayer hands. Bailon chimed in writing, “SISTERS FOREVER & EVER & EVER [white heart emoji].”
Mowry-Housley’s exit came following reports that authorities confirmed the death of her close friend and fellow actress Naya Rivera, and the actress expressed that she’d had “NO intention to talk about this today” in referring to her announcement about the show. She added that reports were beginning to circulate about her exit from the show and she preferred fans hear the news from her first.
As reported previously, Rivera tragically lost her life in what appeared to be a drowning accident on July 8. The “Glee” star had been reported missing after the boat she rented was spotted drifting on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. At the time, only Rivera’s 4-year-old son was onboard the boat. On July 13, authorities confirmed her death after her body was recovered from the water.
Mowry-Housley’s leave comes just one month after Amanda Seales announced her departure from the show in June 2020. Seales was brought on in January 2020 and ultimately replaced original co-host Tamar Braxton who was fired from the show in 2016.