Robyn Dixon Confirms Exit from “Real Housewives of Potomac” After 8 Seasons: 'I Was Fired'

"I'm okay with it because nothing lasts forever," said Dixon, who was one of the Maryland-set franchise's original cast members when it premiered in 2016

<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty</p> Robyn Dixon is pictured at Bravo

Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty

Robyn Dixon is pictured at Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live'.

The Real Housewives of Potomac continues to experience more casting shakeups following the show's rocky eighth season.

Robyn Dixon is leaving Bravo's Maryland-set iteration after eight seasons, she announced on the newest episode of her podcast Reasonably Shady that published on Monday, April 15.

"Yes, I will not be returning for season 9 of The Real Housewives of Potomac," Dixon, 45, said. "It's reality. The network did not invite me back. I was fired, for lack of better words. I will not sugar-coat the situation the situation and say, 'Ooh I am walking away and this is a break' or anything like this. This is a network decision."

Dixon was one of the franchise's original cast members when the series premiered in January 2016, alongside Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan and Katie Rost. Bryant, Darby and Huger were all part of the season 8 cast, alongside Candiace Dillard Bassett, Dr. Wendy Osefo, Mia Thornton and Nneka Ihim.

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<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty</p> Robyn Dixon is pictured at Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty

Robyn Dixon is pictured at Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Despite the sad news, Dixon told Bryant — her Reasonably Shady co-host and RHOP costar — that she's at peace with her exit from the series.

"I'm okay with it because nothing lasts forever. I've had a very long run on the show, and I just really appreciate that time and the opportunity that I had on the show," the mother of two said, before extending her gratitude to the network and to Truly Original, the production company behind RHOP.

<p>Jai Lennard/Bravo</p> The 'RHOP' season 8 cast is pictured.

Jai Lennard/Bravo

The 'RHOP' season 8 cast is pictured.

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"Thank you to the fans who have watched us from day 1," Dixon continued. "I do want to especially thank all of the fans and viewers who have supported me, showed loved to me. Whether you directly sent me love or you prayed for me or you have positive thoughts around me, I appreciate you. And I hope I inspired you the viewers, the fans, to live your life authentically. To not feel pressure to change for anyone, or impress people, and just to be yourself."

<p>Jai Lennard/Bravo</p> Robyn Dixon

Jai Lennard/Bravo

Robyn Dixon

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News of Dixon's exit was first reported by The Jasmine Brand on March 25, the same day Dixon's costar Dillard Bassett announced with PEOPLE exclusively she would be leaving the show after six seasons. But Dixon didn't address the reports until Monday's podcast episode.

"I wanted to speak my own business, my own life, my own news, my own life, my own news, and I wanted to share it out of my own mouth when the time was appropriate. And I felt like the appropriate time would be once season 8 of The Real Housewives of Potomac was finished airing, which it is. now finished airing; the last reunion episode just went off last night," she said. "And I wanted to respect the network and respect the show and wait until the season ended, which I think makes sense."

During her remarks, Dixon did get emotional as she addressed Bryant, her longtime best friend.

"I really want to say I love you," she said. "It's been such a fun, amazing, stressful, crazy wild journey the past 8 years. I couldn't imagine doing what we did with anyone else."

"To my green-eyed bandit, my partner in crime." Dixon added. "Although we still have Reasonably Shady, I'm still going to talk to you all the time and see you all the time, I hate that that part of our friendship is not there anymore."

Charles Sykes/Bravo Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen'
Charles Sykes/Bravo Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen'

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Over her eight seasons on the show, Dixon has been through a lot in her personal life, including the decision to launch a popular franchised med spa.

When she joined the show, she was divorced from former NBA player Juan Dixon, though still living together. As the cameras rolled, the two rekindled their romance, remarrying in private ceremony surrounded by their family — including sons Corey, 15, and Carter, 14 — that aired in surprise on the season 7 finale.

But there's also been plenty of drama, including cheating allegations that followed Juan, 45. He denied those rumors, and Robyn stood by him, even saying in her season 8 tagline that she "100%" didn't care.

Robyn Dixon/Instagram The Dixons
Robyn Dixon/Instagram The Dixons

Seasons 8 also saw Dixon feud with Dillard Bassett, though the two appeared to bury the hatchet in the last part of the reunion, Dixon saying she had no anger towards Dillard Bassett (but that their friendship wouldn't be repaired overnight).

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And unlike Dixon, Dillard Bassett hinted that she hopes to return to the franchise one day. "This is not a farewell, but a 'see you later,' " she said.

"As I embark on a new chapter after six remarkable years with The Real Housewives of Potomac, I am filled with gratitude for the enriching friendships, personal growth and moments of introspection that have defined this journey," the 37-year-old "Drive Back" singer said. "With a whirlwind of new opportunities and responsibilities on my plate, I have decided to take a break from RHOP."

The Real Housewives of Potomac can be streamed on Peacock.

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