Monique Samuel’s withdrawal from the Real Housewives of Potomac was marred by ill feelings and unresolved issues between Monique and the rest of the cast. Real Housewives come and go, but this departure was the dramatic conclusion of Monique pinning Candiace Dillard face down into a table by her hair. Some viewers expected Monique to be fired mid-season. Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, and Wendy Osefo made it clear that they wanted nothing to do with her, but Monique remained for the rest of the season even though her screen time was cut dramatically.
Maybe she wanted to participate in the reunion to share her side of the story. But after feeling slighted by her treatment there, Monique decided to quit. Perhaps, again, in an attempt to be able to speak freely. Unfortunately, Bravo is still allegedly controlling the narrative According to Monique, she was blacklisted by the network and that influence prevented her from doing any press since leaving RHOP.
Praise the Bravo gods — the Real Housewives of Potomac are returning to our TV screens in less than a month. And that means if you’re still somehow sleeping on Potomac, you have a handful of weeks to get caught up and stop looking like a clown. Following last year’s dark season, mainly due to the fight between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard, the ladies are ready to come back and bring the drama, as always. We know Gizelle Bryant and Wendy Osefo will have quite the feud regarding side-baby rumors about Eddie Osefo. Grand Dame Karen Huger will be back to make outrageous one-liners and always trash Gizelle Bryant. And newbie (and Karen’s new sidekick) Mia Thornton gets into a food fight with Candeegal according to the trailer, which I just can’t wait to see.
Candiace has had her fair share of issues with ladies in the past, particularly Ashley Darby. The new mom-of-two set Candeegal off when she wrote a character statement as part of Moni’s trial. Even before the fight heard around the world, Candiace and Ashley have gotten into serious arguments that may or may not have involved a butter knife. And after the explosive reunion last year, it seems as though they’re not exactly destined to get off on the right foot for Season 6. At least Candiace doesn’t have to worry about Monique snatching her wig on camera anymore.
Even though it’s been several seasons since a member of the Manzo family made an appearance on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, that doesn’t mean that they’re done with the drama. Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo, the sisters who married brothers, are still going head-to-head as part of a years-long feud that’s never slowed down. And while Dina has moved to Malibu and found her inner zen, Caroline’s recent actions are trying to take away her namaste.
Dina’s had quite a tumultuous couple of years after she split from her ex Tommy Manzo. Tommy allegedly hired a member of the Lucchese crime family, who pleaded guilty, to attack her new husband, David Cantin. But, of course, if you ask the Manzos, they claim to have never even heard of the mob, let alone admit having any ties to it. Two years later, Dina and David were victims of a violent home invasion where they were beaten up, zip-tied together and the thieves stole money and jewelry. It’s alleged that Tommy was involved in that home invasion, but he and his lawyer are proclaiming his innocence in both cases. Even though there’s a court order requiring him to stay far away from his ex-wife and her new man.
And Caroline fits into this as she’s taken the side of Albert Manzo’s brother, Tommy. Yes, the one being accused of attacking her own sister. She wrote a letter to advocate for Tommy’s character to help his case. If you thought Ashley Darby was sleazy for writing a statement about Candiace Dillard Bassett to help out Monique Samuels on Real Housewives of Potomac, this is a whole other level of betrayal.
Gizelle Bryant and Karen Huger’s forever feud has run deep since the first season of the Real Housewives of Potomac. Karen thinks Gizzy is “tacky as hell” and can’t resist a moment to dog her FORMER relationship with Pastor Jamal Bryant who lives in the phone. Gizelle has tried to expose the Grand Dame for renting her house, being silent about her money problems with Ray Huger and everything else. Both ladies could write the textbook for how to master the art of Real Housewives-level one-liners and disses.
Gizelle has always had her green-eyed bandit Robyn Dixon by her side, while La Dame tends to fight her battles alone. But it looks like Season 6 will bring Karen a new bestie — Mia Thornton. Karen’s gushed about her new friend joining the show, and the trailer shows fans that she gets into a food fight with Candiace Dillard Bassett, which is already iconic. CandeeGal thought she was in the clear now that Monique Samuels is gone, but obviously, she’s going to find some trouble with the new girl running the streets of Potomac.
The vibe on Season 5 of Real Housewives of Potomac bordered on hostile after the fight between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard occurred. The cast dynamic could never be the same because of it. Candiace pursued legal charges after Monique pulled her hair and pinned her face to the table. Assault charges were dropped, but the effects lingered within the group. There was even division in the group about whether Candiace should or shouldn’t have pressed charges. Ashley Darby wrote a letter supporting Monique’s case.
But that’s just what happened on camera. Monique and Candiace interacted on social media, by proxy of friends and supporters, and this intensified the ill-feelings between the two. Monique started rewriting history by claiming Candiace hit her with the glass first. Her general tone was deflection and lack of remorse, and this is what offended with the rest of the RHOP cast the most.
The Real Housewives of Potomac are headed back to our screens this summer, and, as always, they’re going to bring it. At least, as far as I can tell from the first full-length trailer. Karen Huger will be doing what she does best — dogging Gizelle Bryant and giving hilarious one-liners, this time with her new BFF Mia Thornton by her side. Candiace Dillard-Bassett will finally get over the fight with Monique Samuels, but only because Mia’s throwing salad instead of punches in her face this time.
Gizzy always has a lot of opinions about her fellow RHOP ladies and women from other cities, considering her co-host role on Bravo’s Chat Room. She’s shady as hell and loves to bring attention to other people’s drama to avoid having to get real about her own. And because Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams is her buddy from Chat Room, everyone in the streets of Potomac knows she has to feel some type of way about Porsha’s new ring from Falynn Guobadia’s SOON TO BE ex-husband Simon Guobadia.
The Real Housewives of Potomac is truly one of the best cities in the franchise. The women continue to bring it every season, and they’re only just headed into Season 6. Karen Huger is a bonafide OG who can throw shade and entertain like the best of them. Green-eyed bandits Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon always entertain, even if they’re both guilty of stirring the pot. Ashley Darby has been incredibly open about her journey to motherhood and marriage to
shady-ass Michael Darby. The fight between Candiace Dillard-Bassett and Monique Samuels will go down in history, no matter what side your own. If you’re not watching Potomac at this point, you’re likely the dizziest bitch at the table and tacky as hell, to put it in the words of the great Grand Dame herself.
Season 6 of RHOP is headed upon us this summer, and it’s bound to be filled with drama. The first trailer shows that CandeeGal will get into another fight. But instead of throwing fists, she’s throwing salads with newbie Mia Thornton, who apparently has the La Dame stamp of approval. Wendy Osefo will battle cheating and side baby rumors about Eddie Osefo, which he vehemently denies. Gizzy stirs the pot, Ashley deals with having a new baby with Creepy Mikey Darby and Karen screams about her pubic hair. We really couldn’t ask for more from these ladies, they’re a gift to the television world.
After a year of watching the Bravoverse take on the coronavirus pandemic (some Real Housewives were better than others), fans are really having the summer TV schedule we deserve. Come July, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the Real Housewives of New York and the Real Housewives of Potomac will be on simultaneously. And you know what that means — Grand Dame Karen Huger will be back on our TVs in no time. All is right with the world.
La Dame is the gem of RHOP. Her one-liners rival some of the best of all time from OGs like Nene Leakes and Bethenny Frankel. And she tells confusing stories and has some questionable reasoning from time to time, Karen always make for hilarious television. Thanks to a new trailer for Season 6, fans will see Karen continue to struggle in her marriage with Ray Huger, who might have his own side piece that lives in the phone. But they’re also rumored to be renewing their vows so who even knows what’s going on in the House of Huger. She also screams about her right to “show [her] pubic hair” and completely ignores Gizelle Bryant’s attempt to come for her. Remember, people come for Karen all the time. They just don’t find her.