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The Bella Twins comment on the decision to end Total Bellas

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The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella) addressed what they say is their decision to end their "Total Bellas" E! Network series on the latest episode of their podcast.

Back in June, the WWE Hall of Famers stated that they wanted to end the show because they don’t want their kids to grow up in front of cameras on reality TV. Shortly after the interview was released, it was reported the show was coming to an end due to low ratings as well as lack of interest from the former WWE stars. The series wrapped up with its sixth season on January 28, 2021.

Nikki started off by noting that she barely filmed any scenes with Artem Chigvintsev in the previous season because they had a hard time with the cameras being around her son, Matteo. She also noted that Brie’s daughter, Birdie, didn’t want to be filmed.

Nikki stated that it’s hard for the family having a camera crew in their house all of the time. Brie’s husband, Bryan Danielson, also didn’t want to be on the show. She then had a conversation with Brie about not wanting Matteo to not grow up on reality TV and being filmed at their private residence in Napa. She also wanted to protect her relationship with Artem after her public relationship with John Cena.

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Nikki stated, "I could film 24/7, I love it. Reality TV doesn't bug me and people judging me doesn't bug me. It's when it comes to my family."

Brie then recalled going to a meeting at WWE Headquarters to discuss the future of the show. There was talk of moving the show to a streaming service or going to a different network.

“When I left Connecticut, I felt like this was my chance to be done with that because I love our life in Napa and want it more private. There's something inside me that kept feeling like it wasn't right. We always commit 110% to something and if we start this new chapter with someone else on a new network or digital platform and I have to give them everything, which means my family, I don't know if I'm ready. I think I'm done with that.”

Brie noted that it doesn’t mean they are completely done with TV as they have projects on the table, but the kids will be seen on YouTube or Instagram in order to make their lives more normal.

You can listen to the entire podcast by clicking on the player below (quotes can be found at the 26:17-minute mark):

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