Amber Marchese, who was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time earlier this year, has announced she will be leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey ahead of the series' seventh season.
As the rest of the women await Teresa Giudice's prison release to begin filming, Marchese has confirmed her exit in a statement to press.
"Jim and I have been giving Real Housewives or New Jersey a lot of thought and given the current state of affairs regarding our personal lives and the direction of the show, we officially decided to move on," Marchese announced in a statement on Tuesday, via Perez Hilton. "The show was not what we expected it to be, and I want to pursue more suitable endeavors."
"I only met with Teresa Guidice and Dina Manzo for filming purposes. I never built a friendship with them as we were nothing more than co-workers," Marchese continued. "I wish them all well and the best of luck, although, my husband does not share my sentiments."
Just yesterday, Marchese's husband, Jim, spoke to Radar Online, slamming Bravo for working around the prison sentences of Teresa and Joe Giudice, and hinting at his wife's possible exit from the show.
“It is BS that the entire cast, especially my wife, had their filming put on hold because Tre and Joe committed several felonies and [Teresa is] sitting in jail,” Jim said. “Every time they focus on Tre’s incarceration, they hurt the show and its reputation. Now, my wife has to decide if she wants her good name on a show this dark.”