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The Real Reason Gina Liano Quit ‘The Real Housewives Of Melbourne’ Revealed!

Foxtel's executive director of television Brian Walsh revealed the real reason why Gina Liano decided to quit The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

Walsh said that in the past year of lockdowns and the COVID pandemic, Liano reevaluated her life as she rediscovered her passion for law. 

"It gave her an opportunity to re-evaluate and rediscover her love of practising law and she conducted a lot of her business virtually last year and she rekindled that great deep affection she has for her profession," he told The Daily Telegraph, according to The Daily Mail

Brian says that Gina has moved from Melbourne to Sorrento to begin a new life.

He continued, "She said to me you know what Brian, I love the Real Housewives and I had so much fun on the show but I love work more."

He added, "I love what I do in my professional life and this journey for me is important. I just don't feel I'm right to come back to the show and want to put all my focus and energy into law."

If you recall, Liano along with Gamble Breaux, Lydia Schiavello, and Janet Roach was originally scheduled to return along with new cast members Anjali Rao, Cherry Dipietrantonio, and Kyla Kirkpatrick when Foxtel announced the Season 5 lineup in February 2020. 

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series was put on hold for over a year. The new cast for Season 5 was revealed on April 15, 2021.

The new cast consists of Breaux, Roach, Rao, Dipietrantonio, and Kirkpatrick. They will be joined by new cast member Simone Elliott and in a shocking twist, original cast member Jackie Gillies is returning to the series after originally quitting last year.

Gina addressed their exits in a lengthy statement via Instagram after Foxtel unveiled the official Season 5 cast.

"A big congratulations  to the cast of The Real Housewives of Melbourne season 5!!! How exciting and welcome to the 4 newbies," Liano wrote. I will miss you all and look forward to watching you in season 5!!!"

"Thank you to Foxtel and matchbox pictures for a wonderful 4 seasons and for your well wishes as I step back from the show," she continued. "An extra big thank you to all my gorgeous followers who have travelled through the last 4 glorious seasons of #RHOMelbourne with me and have made it the most enjoyable ride."

Gina added, "I have loved it and am eternally grateful for all your love and support ❤️ Sending lots of love to you all always 😘 #excitingtimesahead 🍾🥂💃🏻 Love Gina xxxx 💋."

The Real Housewives of Melbourne is set to return later this year on Foxtel's Arena FOX.

Photo Credit: Bravo Media/NBCUniversal; Foxtel