Why did Christine Quinn leave 'Selling Sunset'?

After season 5, it was confirmed that Christine Quinn had left 'Selling Sunset'—but what was the reason behind the move?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Christine Quinn attends The Fashion Awards 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall on December 05, 2022 in London, England.
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Christine Quinn is officially no longer a part of Selling Sunset! After five fiery seasons, it was confirmed last year that the show's OG villain would not be returning to be a part of Selling Sunset season 6.

When the news broke back in the summer of 2022, fans of the series were heartbroken—it means that in upcoming seasons, we'll no longer get to see Christine strut into the Oppenheim Group’s office in seven-inch Louboutins, ready to stir up drama. However, the news didn't come as too much of a surprise, as fans had their suspicions, following a number of blistering rows and fallouts throughout Selling Sunset season five—namely between Christine, Chrishell Stause and Mary Fitzgerald. 

Many even suspected that Christine had actually been fired after claims emerged during the fifth series that she'd tried to pay a client to not work with Emma Herman. And rumors of her departure only continued to swirl after the queen of drama herself was a no-show at the Selling Sunset reunion, after receiving a positive Covid-19 test. 

But why has Christine actually left Selling Sunset, and were any of the rumors true?

Christine Quinn in Selling Sunset on Netflix

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Why did Christine Quinn leave 'Selling Sunset'?

In August 2022, a source revealed the sad truth to E News!, sharing that the decision to step away from the show was ‘mutual’ between Christine and the production team.

The insider also added that producers felt her departure was a natural move, as she and the rest of the cast are no longer in contact—nor on good terms, if season five is anything to go by. In fact, Jason Oppenheim shared a similar sentiment, saying: "I think people were tired of watching that dynamic continue season after season. So I think, if anything, it's provided a breath of fresh air for the office and for the show."

Christine herself recently spoke out about her move away from the show, revealing that it was a mutual decision, and that she wasn't fired, as rumored.

In a podcast interview with Savannah Chrisley, she explained that she told Netflix she was leaving, and that they were "very receptive, and very polite and respectful."

When asked if her life was more fulfilling post-Selling Sunset, she also said: "Totally. Because I get to do the things that I want, and I get to be who I want to be...I don't want to be filtered, I don't want to be edited."

She also confirmed that she wants to do more fashion and acting projects now that she has moved away from the show—so it seems Christine may well have made the move in order to pursue different things, too. Good for you, girl!

While her departure is bad news for anyone who lives for the tea spilling and awkward silences that Christine often provoked (and not to mention her outlandish themed parties), this will not be the end of her real estate career—as the iconic diva also revealed a new business venture with her husband Christian Richards.

Speaking to E’s Daily Pop, Christine revealed: “I started my own brokerage a year and a half ago. My husband and I started RealOpen.com, so it's a platform to facilitate home sales through cryptocurrency, and the seller will receive a cash transaction, so it's like a wire.”

So no doubt we’ll be seeing more of her, but the question is—can Selling Sunset really survive without Christine? Now that the new season has arrived with plenty of fresh drama, we're certain it can. But one thing is for sure—we will definitely miss her novelty designer purses…

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.

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