The Real Houses of Beverly, New York—the reality TV show created by The Real Girls and The Real World—has a new host: Rachel Maddows.
The comedian and political commentator announced her exit from the show on Wednesday, and she called it “a huge relief” to not be “in a job that I love.”
Maddow, who launched the show in 2007, said she and her husband had been “under the gun for a year” to stay on the show, and said she is “really looking forward to getting back to work.”
Maddows, who was a contestant on The Real American in 2015, will be hosting the series’ 50th season on Oct. 18.
She said that while she was not officially leaving, the decision was made after “many hours” of discussion with her producers, including her bosses, her husband, the network, and her attorneys.
She noted that she will not be participating in the season premiere.
“I’m thrilled that I’m leaving this show,” Maddow said.
“But I also know that I want to get back to what I love doing, and to get to the real work of creating content for people who love me.
And so, for me, it’s about getting to that work.”
On Wednesday, the Real Housewife and her co-hosts, Real World alum Jessica Mauboy and Real World co-stars, had the following to say about the decision: “We all love Rachel, and we all are excited to have her back.
I’m sure that this will be an incredible reunion.”
Maddowski added, “We’re going to take it one step at a time.”
The Real Family star said that she had spoken to her attorney and that she has not yet spoken to the president.
“This is a big one,” Maddows said.
She added, “[But] I’m going to try to be as respectful as I can and make it work for both of us, but also not be like, ‘I’m just going to let you know I’m moving to the other country, I’m not going to get any more information from you.'”
Maddow previously said she would not comment on her plans for the new season.
“My personal decision is, I want my family to be happy, so that’s where I’m at,” she said.
Maddow has previously said that The Real Life, which debuted in 2005, is a family-focused show.
The Real Love and Real Life series are both owned by Bravo.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly” is produced by Bravo’s Viva Productions.
The Bravo Real HouseWives of America team, which includes Maddow as producer, is led by “Viva’s” Laura Ettelberg, as well as producers Scott Aukerman, Matt Gourley, Michael McKean, and Sarah Hyman.
The series, which premiered in 2011, also features a number of former contestants, including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Lewis, Lauren Lapkus, and Rachel Bloom.
In 2018, Bravo released a new season of The Real Real House.
The first season aired in 2019.