Claudia Jordan Quits 'The Rickey Smiley Morning Show'

Entertainment | Justin Dwayne Joseph | 07/09/2015 | 11:28 AM EDT

...and praises the support of the show's former co-host who she replaced

Claudia Jordan is officially leaving The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. The media personality made the announcement via her Facebook page, citing "more opportunities" as her reason for throwing in the towel.


In her post, Jordan thanked her critics, and supporters, including former TRSMS co-host Ebony Steele, who was fired after seven years on the show and replaced by Jordan.


"There are a whole lot of things I want to do that will better showcase my talents, personality, intelligence and wittiness and I'm ready to pursue them," she wrote.


Word of Jordan's exit from the show comes as rumors continue to swirl that she has been fired from her other gig The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.


Read Claudia's full statement below:


Hey friends and fam. I just wanted to make an announcement here for all that have been supporting me in all of my jobs, ventures and adventures. After working on The Rickey Smiley Show for a year I am moving on to more opportunities. There are a whole lot of things I want to do that will better showcase my talents, personality, intelligence and wittiness and I'm ready to pursue them! I'm grateful to Reach Media and to Mr. Smiley for giving me the opportunity which in turn helped me have a reason to be in Atlanta to be on the Real Housewives of Atlanta which was another amazing opportunity that has brought me nothing but more exposure, more checks and more opportunities in film and many other things. To those that rode with me through the storm when I was trying to adjust on the show with conflicting advice coming at me from all angles-I thank you. To my critics-I thank you also because you pushed me and motivated me to do better. I know I'm the second female co-host to depart in a year but I have total confidence that they will fill that spot with someone that will do the damn thing and be able to stay forever! I'll miss the crew and made some real friends on the RSMS and I wish them the best.I also want to publicly say THANK YOU to Ebony Steele who was a total class act to me when I first started and has continued to check up on me and has truly shown me sisterhood despite everything. I can not wait to see her next move also. She's talented and a radio star! But lots of things are cooking as we speak and I'll post where you can catch me next REAL soon! XOXO CJ 

(Photos from left: Marcus Ingram/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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