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Andy Cohen Addresses LeeAnne Locken’s RHOD Exit; Says “She Has Made A Significant And Important Contribution To That Show”

Andy Cohen is opening up about LeeAnne Locken's departure from The Real Housewives of Dallas. “I don’t think that Dallas would still be going if it weren’t for her contribution to the series. She has been an incredibly strong part of the show,” he said during his SiriusXM show, Radio Andy, according to PEOPLE.

“A driving character — driving a lot of drama and humor and heart. I want to salute her for that because she has made a significant and important contribution to that show.”

Cohen said he hoped he and Locken could reconnect in the future on better terms. “On a personal note to her, I wish that our last go-around on the air hadn’t been so contentious,” he said. “I’m hoping that once the breeze has blown through she will come back and join me for a KiKi at some point on Watch What Happens Live.”

Cohen said that while Locken will certainly be missed, he’s “optimistic” that RHOD will continue to be a success in her absence.

“She will always be a Housewife in our universe. I hope that we will be seeing her in some form or another if she will be there to be seen. I think in terms of the future of the show, we’ve got spectacular casting and I’m looking forward with great optimism and we’ve got a great group of Housewives in Dallas.”

Locken announced her exit from the Bravo hit reality series on Tuesday, February 25.

“The last four years have been a trolley-slapping good time but after much consideration, I have made the personal decision to step away from RHOD,” she said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Getting to share my wedding with the viewers last year brought me tremendous joy, however, the season was very personally challenging for me. I am looking forward to stepping away from the cameras and spending quality time with my husband and friends, traveling, but most importantly, getting back to philanthropy, which was my main reason for joining the show.”

“Thank you to everyone who has laughed and cried with me along the way,” Locken added. “It’s been an amazing journey, and yes my pantyliner is still exhausted. There are so many exciting things on my horizon that I can’t wait to share with you.”

In addition to Locken and Brittingham, last season included Brandi Redmond, Stephanie Hollman, Kameron Westcott, and D’Andra Simmons.

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