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She's bacckkkk! NeNe Leakes is returning to "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" during its eighth season.

NeNe won't be a full-time cast member, but she is returning as a guest in several episodes. And her arrival was kept hush-hush from even the cast.

According to reports, the controversial star surprised the cast when she showed up to their retreat in Jamaica. Upon seeing her, many of the women were left speechless.

TMZ said producers called NeNe earlier this month and began "pleading with her to come back."

In June, NeNe, the only original member of the original cast, announced her decision to leave, saying, "After seven seasons of being part of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' I can confirm that I am not going to be returning to the show for Season 8. I am grateful to Bravo, Andy Cohen and True Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to show the world NeNe Leakes and sometimes to show them NayNay."

One of the reasons she left was to film a new game show, but the "RHOA" filming won't conflict with that. The episodes involving NeNe will likely air toward the end of season 8.