Teddi Mellencamp has opened up about her exit from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after her contract was not renewed.
Mellencamp — who had joined RHOBH for the show's eighth season in 2017 — announced on Tuesday, September 22, that she won't come back for the show's upcoming season. Additionally, she revealed that it wasn't a positive parting of ways.
"Hey guys, just here, hangin' with baby Dove," the mother of three shared on Instagram. "I don't want to bore you, but I figured I could give you a little update on what's going on. I recently found out that my contract as a Housewife is not being renewed. Of course I could give you the standard response of, 'Oh we both came to the decision that it would be best.' Nah, I'm not going to do that — that's not who I am."
Mellencamp told her followers how the exit plan made her feel, comparing it to the end of a relationship. Click here to see all of the housewives who parted ways with the franchise in 2020 thus far.
"Of course when I got the news I was sad," she admitted. "It feels like a breakup, almost, because you develop such strong relationships with the cast, with the crew. And you get to do incredible things that you probably never get to experience without the show."
Now, Mellencamp is trying to focus on her family and friends, and is "really looking forward to the future." She added: "I really feel like I have some exciting things ahead. And you know what? I'm pretty busy with this lil' nuggs."
Mellencamp turned the camera towards Dove, her six-month-old daughter, and thanked her fans for "coming along on this journey."
"You heard it here last," she captioned her emotional Instagram post. "Yes, it's true, I am not coming back to #RHOBH. Thank you to @bravotv, @evolutionusa, @bravoandy and all of the amazing women for the support (and the shade) for the past three years. Back to the shadows I go."
The decision to not renew her contract comes amid the backlash she has received over her weight-loss program called All In by Teddi.
The program had come under fire from Emily Gellis Lande, a social media influencer, who said that the program was designed to restrict its participants to intaking 500-1,000 calories per day, despite the healthy daily requirement being a minimum of 1,600 calories.