The truth about Tamera Mowry leaving The Real

The Real will be continuing without one of its longtime cohosts, Tamera Mowry. The show was renewed for two more seasons by Warner Bros Television in November 2019, keeping it on-air until at least 2022. But Mowry, the former child star of Sister, Sister fame, has decided to leave the gig behind.

"I had NO intention to talk about this today, especially in light of the news of my dear friend Naya [Rivera], but now some reports are coming out and I'd rather you hear it from me first," Mowry captioned an Instagram post on July 13, 2020, referring to the tragic death of the former Glee star before addressing her own situation. 

Mowry added, "For seven years, my home and heart has been at The Real. The friendships that I've made there will last a lifetime, and the people that I've had the blessing to interview have changed my life for the better."

After noting that she's "proud" of what the show's team accomplished together — "including two well-deserved NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy" — she explained that "all good things must come to an end." While thanking her cohosts Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, and Jeannie Mai, Mowry then opened up about what she'll be doing next. However, fans may still be wondering what prompted her exit in the first place.

Tamera Mowry's exit comes right after another host ditched The Real

Tamera Mowry may have decided to walk away from The Real, but it doesn't sound like she's burning any bridges in the process. While using her July 13, 2020 Instagram post to assure her former cohosts that she'll be "rooting" for them, Mowry noted that she'll be doing so while "spending more time with my family, pursuing amazing new opportunities, and embarking on the next chapter of my life."

Mowry and her husband Adam Housley, a former professional baseball player who also once worked at Fox News, have two children together, son Aden and daughter Ariah. The brood will surely be thrilled to see more of Mowry at home. However, spending time with her family and seeking out new opportunities may not have been the only reasons behind the star's decision.

While talking with the Daily Mail, a source claimed that Mowry had simply "had enough." That could have had something to do with the fact that her exit comes not long after Amanda Seales' departure from the show in June 2020. Per the Daily Mail, Seales left due to a "lack of Black voices 'at the top' despite it [being] championed as one of the most diverse daytime talk shows, which features all women of color as its hosts."

With many Mowry fans sad to see her leave The Real, she certainly has many people rooting for her wherever she lands next.