Dawn Ward is leaving The Real Housewives of Cheshire to spend more time on projects with her family.
The reality star – who appeared in court in October charged with racially aggravated harassment and possession of cocaine – has been in the show for seven years, and twelve series.
Dawn currently lives in a £15 million mansion with husband Ashley Ward with whom she shares four daughters.
Ashley, an ex-premiership footballer, has also made frequent appearances in the ITV Be reality tv series.
Dawn said of the show: “It really has been amazing for us.
“Season 12 has now come to an end and filming has finished. It’s been difficult this season with the pandemic but the cast and our amazing production team have pulled it off again, it’s been fun!”
She added: “I am so grateful to ITV, Monkey Kingdom and all the amazing cast over the years past and present!
“Most importantly the amazing fans for their incredible support.”
Explaining her reasoning for quitting the show, she said: “Everyone who knows me knows I’m all about my family, so I’ve decided that after 12 seasons on the show I wold like to concentrate on projects with them.
Fellow ‘real housewife’ Ester Dee, who joined the show in season five and who also quit the show this summer, posted her thoughts on Facebook after hearing the news.
She said of Dawn: “You became important person in my life, first proper girlfriend.
“I loved working and living with you and your beautiful family. Thank you for cooking curries for me and introducing me to ‘red’.”
Ms Dee added: “We have fab memories in Warford Hall, they are going to stay in my heart forever.”
Alluding to Ward’s impending court case, she said: “I know that your life is full of challenges, and one of the things that has made you successful has been your ability to master each new opportunity.”
She concluded: “Good luck with this new phase of your growth. Blow them away! It is exciting to see you break new ground on your life’s journey.
“I personally believe in you and know you will be phenomenal in anything you’ll do next.”
Dawn herself said she will remain a fan of the show following her departure.
“It’s a great show and will only go from strength to strength as it’s done since season 1,” she said.
“I want to wish everyone involved on the show the best of luck and I can’t wait to tune in for season 13!”
Dawn’s exit means Tanya Bardsley and Lauren Simon are the only remaining original housewives, with Tanya the only one with an unbroken run of appearances in every series so far – as Lauren was absent during series nine and 10.