Monique Samuels and Karen Huger came for Gizelle Bryant and her fake relationship with Jamal Bryant during the Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 reunion episodes. Real Housewives of Potomac viewers came for host Andy Cohen for the way that he felt he treated some of the cast members, specifically Monique.
“quit” announced her departure from the show right after the last reunion episode ended. Then, Andy addressed the backlash against him. So did Monique. And, in addition to all of that, Andy addressed the claims that a Gizelle meltdown was edited out of the reunion. To be honest, this wouldn’t be surprising. We all know Andy, an executive producer on the show, plays favorites. Plus, Gizelle is also on the snooze-inducing show Bravo’s Chat Room. It would make sense for the network to protect someone who’s considered “talent” (lol) on two different shows.
Monique Samuels had one hell of a season on Real Housewives of Potomac. There were ups, downs, and that one time Monique took Candiace Dillard’s hair for a quick spin around a restaurant. Monique might be rough around the edges, but at least she responds to co-workers when they ask for something. It seemed like our country’s political divide in 2020 had nothing on the debate fans had after the RHOP barn brawl.
One of the biggest concerns was the violence between Mo and Candy and exactly who was responsible. Both were expected to return to the show, but Monique opted out of coming back after the reunion didn’t go in her favor. To be fair, the reunion didn’t go in anyone’s favor, especially Andy Cohen’s. After suggesting Bravo set her up during the season 5 reunion tapings, Monique took her binder, her bird, and peaced out. Now Mo says she will never return to the
scene of the crime show because she was “treated unfairly”.
This past season of Real Housewives of Potomac should go down in the Housewives Hall Of Fame. The entire season surrounded the shocking fight between Candiace Dillard Bassett and Monique Samuels. But, that was enough for me. Everyone taking sides in the aftermath was as study in housewives alliances.
Since filming wrapped and the season came out, things have only gotten more heated. Monique was on an island of her own with her castmates. The poor girl was left to defend herself with a binder full of receipts at the reunion. Then she announced she wouldn’t be coming back for another season, leaving fans shocked.
We’ve entered an era where “unity” is the new buzzword on deck. In theory, we are to work with and accept those who don’t necessarily think the way we do, in an effort to bring people together for the overall betterment of humanity. It’s a nice idea, but apparently that particular message of harmony has yet to reach the Real Housewives of Potomac. Lots of things happened during the 5th season of RHOP and unity wasn’t one of them.
Candiace Dillard’s square tissue became a star. Monique Samuels’ African Grey became an icon. There was… a fight. And longtime friends Karen Huger and Gizelle Bryant found themselves on opposite teams, insulting each other through many of the episodes. The Grand Dame and Giz neither resolved their issues or agreed to disagree, so if you think the insulting stopped just because they aren’t currently filming, you would be wrong. Now we learn Karen hasn’t even spoken to Gizelle since the reunion, but she has spoken about Gizelle since the reunion.
It was a given that the physical fight between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard would dominate the Season 5 Real Housewives of Potomac reunion. And Monique came ready to rumble. While many Housewives bring some receipts to the reunion, Monique outdid them all with a binder full of receipts.
There wasn’t any resolution between Candiace and Monique during the RHOP reunion. Monique did apologize, but Candiace declined to accept it.
I think everyone might agree several shows on Bravo could benefit from a cast shake-up. Even after surviving a controversial season, it appeared the cast of Real Housewives of Potomac would remain intact. To say these ladies have some issues is being generous. From hands-on combat to sketchy “men of God” with more illegitimate children than sense, RHOP checked a lot of unusual boxes.
Viewers will say ta ta to Monique Samuels. Despite a physical fight with Candiace Dillard, Mo originally decided to stay on the show until the reunion changed her mind. There have also been rumors that Robyn Dixon, while not generally disliked, some fans feel she adds nothing to the cast and needs to go sit wherever Juan Dixon is. Obviously Monique’s departure leaves a hole to be filled, but word on the street is RHOP is looking to cast two new people. Is someone’s check in jeopardy? Did having four degrees not make DOCTOR Wendy Osefo interesting? Can we offer T’Challa a spot?
During these trying times, we take what we can get and what we are getting is more Candiace Dillard. Real Housewives of Potomac had an explosive season and part of it was due to Candiace’s award-winning performance as the “before” photo of an Oprah makeover. I would like to remind the class to keep your hands to yourself because sometimes folks who talk the talk don’t want to walk the walk.
Candiace’s trip to the wild side with Monique “Please Do” Samuels gave the show a boost. This particular #physicalaltercationbybravo garnered so much attention, LOTS of people weighed in, including other Housewives. Enter Porsha “I Wish A Bitch Would” Williams, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star and friend to Monique. Porsha implied Candy sued Mo for a money grab. Candiace responded (because she was 600 miles away), but apparently didn’t get it all out. Now Candy has something else to say to Porsha – Chris Bassett, come get your wife.
The Real Housewives of Potomac Reunion put Monique Samuels back onscreen after being iced out of the group since her fight with Candiace Dillard. Her name was constantly on the lips of her cast mates, but Monique was largely missing in action for the latter part of the season.
Both Candiace and Monique were able to speak their truth regarding the altercation. They faced each other, but were unable to resolve the situation. Some fans questioned the impartiality of the reunion, specifically Andy Cohen’s role in monitoring the conversation. Candiace had the support of Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, Wendy Osefo, and at times Karen Huger as well. She also got more time to speak, so it’s not surprisings that Monique’s fans are crying foul. Especially since Monique quit the show because of her treatment at the reunion.