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.
Monique Samuels took her toys and left the Real Housewives of Potomac sandbox. Or did she? I think by now we are all pretty much aware of Bravo’s generous method of allowing fired Housewives to control their exit narrative. Normal policy and procedure is to offer the departing individual their own spin on how they chose to leave. Unless you are Vicki Gunvalson and remain in a state of confused begging until your last day on Earth.
Let’s face it, if it weren’t for Monique lending a helping hand to style Candiace Dillard’s wig, people would still not be talking about RHOP. No one cares about Robyn Dixon’s hats or DOCTOR Wendy Osefo’s degrees. And despite the grandeur of Karen Huger, it wasn’t her living situation that made viewers watch. Monique and Candiace gave the show a heartbeat, and it seemed like no cast changes would happen in the wake of Mo and Candy’s battle royale. Until news that Monique was not returning began making the rounds. Now Monique speaks on what helped her make the decision not to come back to the show she helped put on the map.
Real Housewives of Potomac finally had their look-at-us season. It’s been around since 2016, but some folks are just waking up to the east coast ladies thanks to Monique Samuels and the hair-grab heard around the world. Her barn dance with Candiace “I’m Not Provoking You” Dillard put the show on the map and brought new viewers to the RHOP fan base. The original cast has remained largely intact. Robyn Dixon has been on board since day one. She has been portrayed as a somewhat tragic figure, living with her ex-husband who cheated on her and seemingly yearning for a reconciliation despite the infidelity.
And that’s basically been Robyn’s party trick since the beginning. Her storyline never ventured far from the Juan Dixon saga. Is Juan still cheating? Will Juan remarry Robyn? But the real question is, will Robyn ever have content beyond Juan and making hats that no one asked for? There has been some chatter that Robyn is stale and offers very little to RHOP, especially on the heels of the Drag Me 2020 tour. Monique has left the building, but is anyone else departing? Apparently not, Robyn is shutting down any speculation she was #firedbybravo.
The Season 5 reunion of Real Housewives of Potomac really delivered. Of course, much of the drama centered on the physical altercation between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard.
Monique brought a binder of receipts to the RHOP reunion and proceeded to school Gizelle Bryant about her relationship with ex-husband (and current boyfriend), Pastor Jamal Bryant. Monique had text messages from another woman and Jamal, and even read out Jamal’s phone number. Yikes!
Real Housewives of Potomac is the gift that keeps on giving. As if this season wasn’t dramatic enough, the reunions and post season have continued to keep RHOP fans on the edge of our seats. I’m still not over the 90 minute reunion finale. While we beat the dead horse of Monique Samuels’ fight with Candiace Dillard Bassett, some other stones were thrown in the midst of that.
One such stone was embedded in Monique’s Binder of Sins and took a direct shot at castmate Gizelle Bryant’s man. According to Gizelle, she and ex-husband Jamal Bryant are very much together. Monique’s binder showed “proof” of him to continue being a “cheater cheater pumpkin eater”. Gizelle wasn’t happy, especially when Monique released his phone number that was attached to some salacious texts to other women. But do you think Monique gave a sh** after being dragged for hours by the whole cast? She did not.