updated 04/18/2012 AT 4:40 PM ET
•originally published 04/18/2012 AT 3:10 PM ET
Looks like Atlanta is down one Housewife: Sheree Whitfield says she’s leaving the popular Bravo show because she’s tired of all the drama.
“After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta castmember tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness.”
Continues the reality star: “I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck.”
Whitfield, an original member of the cast, was a vocal combatant on the show, often getting into loud altercations with castmates such as NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak, whose wig she pulled in a dramatic season 2 fight. And in one memorable season 2 scene, she almost came to blows during a heated confrontation with a party planner.
During season 4 of the show, which recently wrapped, she was locked in a battle for child support with her ex-husband, former NFL player Bob Whitfield.
On Wednesday afternoon, Bravo confirmed the news of her departure, saying in a statement, “We have enjoyed working with Sheree as part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. We wish her all the best in the future.”