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Peggy Tanous: Why I'm Leaving Real Housewives of OC

USMagazine, Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:50pm (PDT)

Peace out, Peggy!

When the seventh season of the Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Bravo, the cast will be without one familiar face. Married mom Peggy Tanous has decided to leave the series, she confirmed via Facebook Tuesday.

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"After months of negotiation and soul searching, I have declined [Bravo's] offer to return to the show," Tanous, 41, wrote. "I just felt in my heart that...the time it would take me away from my family was just not a healthy path for me."

Joining the series as part of season six at the urging of pal Alexis Bellino, Tanous expressed a desire to escape the "negative energy of certain cast members" and no longer wanted to "[be] forced to have 'dramatic' confrontations."

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Still, Tanous credits the show with providing her with an outlet to overcome the postpartum depression she battled after the birth of daughters London and Capri.

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"I loved being a part of the Bravo family and do look forward to any new endeavors this may bring," she continued. "I already have several opportunities to host upcoming TV shows that will empower woman, as well as my husband and I are about to launch our own wine.

"Who knows, perhaps if many of you want to continue to follow me and my family's lives, then a new show can be created! One of 'real' family fun, natural life drama, holistic living, life lessons and experiences."

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