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*NeNe Leakes opted not to join her fellow “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast mates on their annual trip…not because of any cast drama, but because her doctors advised against it, Radar Online  reports.

Last fall, she was hospitalized for potentially life-threatening blood clots that had developed in her lungs due to traveling on planes for long periods of time. Because of this ongoing condition, Leakes had to back out of the “RHOA” cast trip to the Philippines.

“Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms is encouraged not to travel by air for long periods of time,” Leakes’ publicist tells Radar. “Like 20 hour flights to the Philippines for example.”

Leakes, meanwhile, has reportedly been distancing herself from “RHOA” and trying to focus on her new Broadway role as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella. And allegedly, the only reason that Leakes returned to “RHOA” for Season 7 is to carry the title of the highest-paid Bravolebrity ever.

“The only reason NeNe came back was for the hefty paycheck,” the source said.

NeNe is reportedly earning $1.5 million for Season 7.