According to Hollywood Life, Tamera did give her co-workers a heads up that she would be exiting the talk show before she publicly confirmed the news, but only Loni was aware beforehand that she was seriously considering saying goodbye to the show.
"The rest of the girls were blindsided," a source told the outlet this week, shortly after Tamera confirmed via a statement posted to her Instagram account on July 13 that she would no longer appear on the series.
However, that doesn't mean there's any bad blood between the ladies.
The insider noted that "it wasn't an easy decision" for the mom of two to make, and added that "she loves her co-stars" and they all have a "great relationship."
As for the reasons behind her leaving, the insider backed up Tamera's statement in which she admitted she wanted to spend more time with her two children, 7-year-old Aden and 5-year-old Ariah, who she shares with husband Adam Housley.
"Tamera decided to leave The Real because she wants to focus on acting more in TV and movies," the source added. "She's living in Napa full-time and wants to be more involved in her kids' schooling (from home)."
Notably, Tamera shot to fame as an actress alongside her twin sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict on Sister, Sister.
Since getting her gig on The Real in 2013, she's taken on fewer acting roles, but did appear in three episodes of the sitcom Melissa & Joey and also starred in the 2019 Hallmark Christmas movie A Christmas Miracle.
The insider also claimed that Tamera didn't initially plan to publicly announce the news of her departure as soon as she did, but decided to post her statement on Monday so that she could be the one to break the news.
"She heard that it was potentially going to leak that she was leaving. She didn't want that to happen, which is why she did it herself when she did," the source said.
Tamera's announcement came just weeks after Amanda Seales announced she'd left the panel only six months after she was announced a co-host in the wake of Tamar Braxton's highly-publicized departure back in 2016. Tamara herself was forced to hit back on Twitter this week after fans believed she may have addressed Tamera leaving with a pretty shady tweet.