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RHOP Star Monique Samuels Responds to Backlash for Altercation with Candiace Dillard

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

“Real Housewives of Potomac” star Monique Samuels had a lot of drama filming the upcoming season of the show. In fact, her physical altercation with Candiace Dillard will be a focal point. And the situation reportedly caused a division with the cast.

Gizelle Bryant said that she felt as if Monique’s actions have hurt RHOP’s ability to stay above the stereotypes. So she doesn’t even want to be around Monique anymore.

Monique responded and she said that she’s not a representation for all black women. And it’s ridiculous for Gizelle to make those comments considering all the violence that has taken place on other “Real Housewives” shows.

Now she’s responding to the backlash she’s getting from some of the viewers.

Click next for the details. 

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Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.



  1. I Got Time Today

    April 5, 2020 at 7:29 am

    The same people who are mad at Monique said absolutely nothing when Candiace was wielding and throwing butter knives. In fact, they made excuses. They also said nothing when Candiace had to be restrained by her own husband so she wouldn’t put her hands on Ashley. Gizelle said nothing about any of this either. So these people aren’t really disappointed in Monique. H-ll they never liked Monique in the first place. Most of them were just as triggered as Gizelle when Monique said she has four homes. There are a lot of people out here who don’t like to see black women marry well. Especially if said black woman isn’t mulatto like Gizelle and Robyn.

    • Desert Flower

      April 5, 2020 at 7:59 am

      BINGO. RHOP has so many examples of colorism, but no one wants to have that conversation.

      • Nicole A

        April 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

        If it was colorism the people would have said something when Brown Candiace threw a knife at biracial Ashley and had to be restrained. This is classism. They don’t like Monique because she is a hood girl with an athlete’s money.

        • Desert Flower

          April 5, 2020 at 12:26 pm

          Candiace did get dragged badly for throwing that knife at Ashley. Even Candiace got on Twitter and said people were on her case about it because of colorism. I think it was actually posted on here too. Classism is why Gizelle and a couple of the people on the show don’t like Monique though. And I’m not understanding how Monique is “hood.” I can tell that anyone who says that doesn’t know much about the “hood.”

          • THAT GIRL!

            April 5, 2020 at 5:33 pm

            Giselle has always been jealous of Monique Samuels Monique is beautiful smart and she has a husband that loves her.

        • Diamond

          April 5, 2020 at 12:38 pm

          No, they don’t like Monique because she and her husband have the most money while Gizelle just bought her first house a few months ago and was renting that small house outside of Potomac for the first four seasons, Robyn and her man live in that townhouse outside of Potomac and have had money problems for years, and Candiace lives in that townhouse her mother pays the mortgage for. It’s no coincidence that Monique’s biggest haters didn’t marry up like she did. Monique is not hood either. She’s a human being that put her hands on someone who has been antagonizing her since she was pregnant. Pay attention.

          • Anonymous

            April 5, 2020 at 12:46 pm

            It’s not even classism with Gizelle. It’s just plain old jealousy. I mean because let’s be honest, Gizelle isn’t what she thinks she is either. She’s not even one of the real elite in Potomac. The real elites in Potomac wouldn’t be caught dead on RHOP. And that’s true tea. Every woman on RHOP is considered wannabes. The black people with real money and influence aren’t going to do a reality show. So in all honesty, they aren’t any better than Monique. They are jealous her man really does have money. It ain’t rocket science if you’ve been watching since day one.

          • Peach

            April 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm

            Exactly, you are so right. Gizelleis so jealous of Monique because she is doing well and her husband loves her.

          • Tracy Reed

            April 5, 2020 at 7:44 pm

            I ain’t mad at monique. …u can poke at someone for soooo long. …then u get poked back….now its a problem…candice need prof. Help….not from her parents..,ijs…✌errrbody stay safe!!!!!!

          • Cindy C.

            April 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm

            Very well said and I agree completely!! Monique told her last season when she was pregnant and being harassed by Candace, not to mess with her. Candace was warned & decided to challenge Monique & Candace lost. Team Monique.. I love her husband & her family

        • Lana

          April 5, 2020 at 1:14 pm

          Didn’t Monique do what Robyn tried to do but more successfully? Robyn didn’t come from money either. She married Juan (an athlete) and that’s how she got her wealth. But they lost their money because of Robyn’s bad investment decisions, correct? Yet, she’s Gizelle’s bestie anyway. And to be frank, all the women on this show, including Gizelle, are new money just like Monique is. Candiace’s money is also newish since it comes for her mom. It’s not like it was passed down from previous generations. Like, as much as you all try to play Monique like she’s not on their level, she actually is. But she has more money than them and that’s the real problem the green eyed bandits have. I mean that name is perfect for them since they are the most envious on the show.

          • Suzy

            April 6, 2020 at 7:57 am

            Robin is a daughter of doctor and a college professor. And that’s call money and way more than a college drop out athlete none
            And Robyn’s is also hold a college degree
            How many athlete are bankrupt?

          • Lana

            April 6, 2020 at 8:06 am


            A doctor and college professor do not make anything near what an athlete does. Robyn married into wealth, which is why her parents were not able to help her and Juan when they went broke because of Robyn’s bad investment decisions. And Monique actually owned her own business when she met her husband. You say college dropout like some of the most successful people in the world didn’t drop out of college. Like I said, Monique did what Robyn did, but more successfully. Both married athletes, but Monique fared much better in multiple ways.

          • Demetria

            April 8, 2020 at 8:59 am

            It’s obvious having “more money” as people like to throw out there, doesn’t equal class. Monique is a hood booger, just like the rest of them. By the way, money her husband made by being in the NFL. She’s a two-faced rat. Charisse was right about Monique.

          • Lana

            April 8, 2020 at 9:41 am

            Demetria, you can stop the charade. You don’t seem to be the epitome of class yourself. If you were, you wouldn’t be watching Real Housewives in the first place since it’s no secret that the whole premise of the show is women being catty, violent, and tearing each other down. You knowingly watch it and have no issue. So you calling anyone a “hood booger” is laughable. And if you were classy, you wouldn’t speak of another black woman in this way. It’s interesting how people like you love to get on the internet and put down an entire group of black people. If you actually knew the history of the projects, you’d wouldn’t be on here saying such trash. Black people should not be shamed for being from the hood. Your origin has nothing to do with where you end up in life. So many successful people came from the projects. Monique managed to go on to college on a full scholarship and she created and was running a successful real estate appraisal company when she met her wealthy husband. And by the way, he’s a successful real estate investor. Put some respect on his resume. Why do you have such a hard time understanding how multifaceted black people are? People like you are so annoying. You love to get on the internet and act self righteous because you can hide behind anonymity. So all the anti-blackness comes out. Black people should never be classist. We make up the smallest amount of wealth in the country. Last season, we saw Candiace throw a knife at Ashley and try to fight her. Things happen when people get angry. It has nothing to do with race, nor someone being from the projects. Look at the Kardashians. They just fought on their show but you will never hear anyone call them “hood boogers” for it. They will still get Vogue covers and black women will still support them with no questions asked. Wealthy people are still people. They get angry. Make bad decisions. And sometimes they do things they regret. Welcome to the real world. Maybe if you weren’t so classist and anti-black, you’d remember that black people are still humans. And it’s interesting that you bring up Charisse like she didn’t get kicked off the show for all the lies and backstabbing she did to people. She can’t speak on anyone else’s character.

        • Anna

          April 6, 2020 at 12:59 am

          She’s not a hood girl with an athlete’s money. She is a woman whose husband happens to be an athlete and who loves her very much and who has a family with said athlete and is obviously very happy. That is the gist of Gizell’s jealously, and Monique’s refusal to let her use her as her personal footstool.

        • Velma Williams

          April 6, 2020 at 3:35 pm

          I agree on that. Candice is a spoiled brat and Giselle thinks she’s all that, Monique keep on doing wat u do, ur more classier than they are, they’re jealous!!

    • Lisa

      April 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      I definitely agree why are they hating on Monique so much? Candiace was way out of line with Ashley last season and if anyone should have gotten fired it should have been Candiace. She was way out of line for getting a weapon and being violent towards Ashley. Gizelle acts like she is very jealous of Monique. Monique has every right to stand up for herself. It appeared Candiace three a drink on Monique so she deserved what was coming to her. Candiace behavior is way out of line and someone needs to put her little butt in place. I’m glad Monique did it!

    • Mary L

      April 5, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Sadly, I agree. If you watch any of the other Housewives shows you will know this to be a fact. I’m often disappointed in Bravo. They seem to be happiest when they pit one woman against another in some physical way. Can we say , Nene leaks. Both have nasty mouths, nasty attitudes, and seem to stir things if they think it then makes them relevant

    • Blackrose

      April 5, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      They probably wondering ” how this brown girl doing better than us?”
      She also has a husband that loves her. They dont like that

    • TTi94

      April 5, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      So is it wrong for people to shoot intruders cuz at that point thts what Ashley was and thats what she gets you dnt stay in someones home or keep walking into someones home antagonizing them after they told u to get out… Its the law Candice had every rite

      • I Got Time Today

        April 5, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        You sound ridiculous. Ashley was not an intruder. She was invited to Candiace’s mom’s house by Candiace. Even Andy says that the “intruder” crap was a lie. Also, Candiace was wielding that knife in Ashley’s face before she told her to get out. Lastly, Candiace has asked Monique to drag her at least three times. Monique gave her exactly what she asked for, so what’s the problem?

    • Janie

      April 5, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      Very on point!!! 100% agree!!

    • Ini pow

      April 5, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      😆 Why are people acting as if Candace was actually running around like a crip or a blood in knife fight . Omg the bs. Yet Monique with her umbrella and CONSTANT THREATS OF VIOLENCE goes unchecked . Talk about bias.

      • I Got Time Today

        April 5, 2020 at 7:16 pm

        You’re the one with bias. You won’t even acknowledge that Candiace herself has displayed violent behavior as well. You do know that throwing a knife at someone is assault, right? You do know that Candiace would have put her hands on Ashley if her husband wasn’t there to stop her, right? You do know that it was Candiace who threatened to run her own husband over with a car, right? Candiace has displayed CONSTANT THREATS OF VIOLENCE, too. And this was my point of my original comment. You can’t call out Monique’s actions and downplay Candiace’s. You people don’t really care about violence. Y’all just don’t like Monique. And that’s obvious.

      • Miss Morgan

        April 5, 2020 at 8:11 pm

        How does Monique’s actions go unchecked when she’s the only getting called a hood rat and trash by the cast and people who watch the show even though Candiace has displayed the same exact behavior? Monique is the only one they are trying to get off the show, yet it was crickets when Candiace showed her entire a-s last season. Stop being obtuse.

    • Rita

      April 5, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      Agreed! They all with the exception of the Grand Dame were all jealous from day one!

    • Tanya

      April 6, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      MESSAGE..!!! We all can look around a clearly see this trending or its trademark around the world. I’m just saying..

    • Sexeebrat

      April 6, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      You are right. Candance always running her mouth and giselle just jealous of monique and robin just kiss gizelles azz candance got just what she deserved

    • Kirstie Freeman

      October 3, 2020 at 2:59 am

      Monique was really close with charrise and had many oppotunities to confront charrise about these rumors like (ashleys baby meet and greet) that were brought up that she supposedly is mad at candiace about. people think about this thouroughly it comes down to the fact that monique should learn to walk away from these kind of situations. Candiace is not a mother you are and if you have more money and are better off than candiace is then act like it and monique is more mad at candiace than charrise who brought up these rumors not candiace. Keep it real look at all the way monique acted towards candiace on each episode before the fight dont just go off of the actual fight episode to conclude this whole thing. Thats not fair to be super angry at candiace but never not once confront charrise who was your friend also about the ugly rumors about your family, if you ask me it looks to be some truth to the cheating rumors if you never confronted charrise if it was a lie.

    • Jennifer Doyley

      October 5, 2020 at 9:17 pm

      I have always been Team Monique Samuels, but she was dead wrong. Violence is never the answer. She should have saved that energy for Charisse or Gizelle. She looked like a straight-up bully beating up Candiace. Candiace is a little tiny mouse. I would never brag about beating on someone smaller than me. She showed zero remorse, and that’s my biggest issue about the incident.

      For Gizelle: I believe she is jealous of Monique, and she had the nerve to say her and “cheating” Jamaal and her have an image. Don’t make me laugh. That dude has five baby mothers and is a serial cheater.

      Candiace was not right for throwing the knife at Ashley last season.

      Robin is a follower.

  2. Anonymous

    April 5, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Newsflash, reality television isn’t meant to be “classy.” Drama is all it’s for. These women literally get paid to go at each other. How is that classy? If you’re so against violence, you wouldn’t watch reality television in the first place. Monique ain’t the first to put her hands on someone on Housewives. And she will not be the last. So someone who really hates violence and negativity wouldn’t be watching these shows in the first place. These “critics” ain’t nothing Gizelle fans/Monique haters anyway. Or just a couple of Candiace’s burner accounts.

  3. Meg

    April 5, 2020 at 7:38 am

    How are you disappointed in a stranger’s decisions? Some people really are snowflakes. Monique’s actions don’t affect any of them personally. Some people are so weird and too sensitive.

    • Dee

      April 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      So true,the people who are coming at Monique probably are Candace and Gazelle buddies. I feel like Candace got what was coming to her, long over do. She always talking sh-t, so she got dealt with. She messed with the wrong one. Could Monique have taken the high road and walked away sure. But then Candace would have thought she could do it again. So now she knows if she comes for Monique again she better be ready for that a-s whipping because that’s what she is going too get.

      • deb dysone

        April 5, 2020 at 9:43 pm

        Exactly & every time she opens her big mouth talking smack. Hopefully she learned if not she can get dragged at will.

  4. Queen

    April 5, 2020 at 7:43 am

    It’s really not that serious. RHOP isn’t classy, so Gizelle’s comments were rooted in her irrational hate for Monique.

  5. Shelia Nash

    April 5, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Someone need 2 tell Gazelle, lol, that she need 2 ask GOD 2 remove that jealous & envious Spirit out of her concerning Monique, it’s sad that she was a so-called Pastor’s Wife & she conducts herself lk she does on that show, u would think that she’d be a beacon of “light”!! I’m convinced, Gazelle/Gizelle is EVIL, In every sense of the word!!

    • Lisa

      April 5, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      I agree Sheila Nash!

    • Dee

      April 5, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Yes what she said!❤

  6. Tasha

    April 5, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I think this situation says a lot more about Gizelle than Monique. Gizelle was a First Lady. And she’s back together with her pastor ex husband now. Yet, she doesn’t practice forgiveness and she’s looking down on Monique. That’s not what real Christians do.

  7. Anonymous

    April 5, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Some people are so overdramatic.

  8. Trina

    April 5, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Giselle needs to seat down. She has been main pot stirring for most of the over the top drama. She doesn’t like Monique, okay we all know that.
    Candice and crew have to know there are limits and she reached it.

  9. Kamile

    April 5, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    I really don’t think any of the RH Franchisees are billed as “uplifting,” so Gisselle please stop! Moreover, the “as black women” statement is irrelevant and incendiary. All of the Franchises have had physical altercations to occur…because that’s what Bravo promotes. I saw the trailer, don’t plan to watch, because teenage drama hasn’t appealed to me since 90210.

  10. S. Dani

    April 5, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Monica you keep doing what you’re doing, That little girl doesn’t have a life. If u enjoy the show continue. I’ll flip the at her each time she show her :###.
    She better watch her husband!!!!

  11. Team Mo🌸

    April 5, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    I really don’t know why Giselle is so invested in this whole “We have to represent well for the Black Community “ when she said absolutely NOTHING to Candace when she throw that butter knife at Ashley and had to be restrained by her husband before she got physical with Ashley. Also, didn’t she press Robyn to go fight Ashley at a restaurant? Giselle, please stop.Hater ain’t a good look on you.

  12. Team Mo🌸

    April 5, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Giselle, just stop.You was not this invested in representing well for the Black Community when Candace threw that butter knife at Ashley OR when YOU pressed Robyn to go FIGHT Ashley at a restaurant. You just seem to hate on any new girl younger than you, has an amazing family and a beautiful how. You stayed mad the day you tried to embarrass Monique on National Television and asked her if she was homeless and she throw it right back in you face and said she had FOUR HOMES. Just stop. Hate ain’t a good look on you.

  13. Connie Simmons

    April 5, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Monique I am with you girl. You did what any person would do in that situation. Candace should be quiet sometimes and stop trying so much for a storyline. Your husband should handle that. Giselle please sit down. You were my favorite in the beginning but not now. You should grow up!!!! It is not surprising to me that you want to maintain a storyline. I could say more but trying to be somewhat positive as a Black woman myself!!

    • Team Mo🌸

      April 5, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      Thank You Connie! Honestly, I never liked Giselle. Her spirt was just mean and nasty. Not to mention pure envy of others. This was just an excuse to get Monique if the show.

  14. CINDEE

    April 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Team Monique
    That happen so long ago. Today what matter is those three beautiful babies and your wonderful husband..Jesus’s 4 give you and so did your husband. Continue to build on controlling ur temper and doing God will. Fan 4 life cindee

  15. Carol

    April 5, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    You go girl, you should have whooped that a-ssss she’s been needing it for a long time.

  16. Valerie

    April 5, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Monique please know that Giselle is jealous of you. Candice has mommy issues. I am not disappointed in you, you are a CLASS ACT💜

  17. I know right

    April 5, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    I just wanna know what sterotypes.They had avoided on the Real Housewives of Potomac.One not paying taxes.But you have to make millions to owe millions.A first lady of a church divorced because infidelity. A pageant Princess supported by her mom.So broke she can’t pay half the mortgage. Is Gizelle
    watching the same show.Oh and the one living with ex husband because she co dependent

  18. Korra Marie

    April 5, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Giselle might as well wright “HATER” on her forehead cause at this point, it’s so obvious that she’s jealous of Mo. I mean, she been jealous but this was just her ticket to get Mo of the show, AND IT AIN’T GONNA WORK. Giselle has done A LOT of things that were just a no no in the old seasons. So yea, don’t let this envious wannabe EX-housewive get to you Mo.🌸

  19. Hey It's Me!

    April 5, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    THANK YOUUUUUU!! Well stated. It’s amazing how Monique’s behavior goes unchecked!!!

    • Miss Morgan

      April 5, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Again, how are Monique’s actions going unchecked? They are literally trying to get her off the show and calling her some hood rat degenerate but being mute on Candiace’s actions. Y’all just don’t like that people on here are pointing out the hypocrisy. Candiace AND Monique have displayed violent behavior. Call them both out or be quiet.

  20. I Know That’s Right

    April 5, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Wym you don’t know how Monique’s behavior goes unchecked Hey It’s Me? Half of the cast refuses to film with her and Candace tried to send her off to jail. Everyone is calling her names. She’s receiving A LOT of backlash so I don’t know how her behavior isn’t getting checked. Also did Candace throw a drink on her which caused her to get attacked? I’m sure most people would react too.

  21. Reese

    April 6, 2020 at 10:58 am

    BREAKING NEWS:Everybody that dont like some1 is not a hater they just dont like yo a-s. Team Monique 🖓 Never liked her since day 1 I wish she was gone. She got a weird vibe something about her is off. All the women jealous cause her husband love her So much, GTFOH LOL this sh-t sound childish. Not every woman pining for a husband esp if you have been down that block before. It’s sad how so many women judge themselves based on a man.

  22. Jess

    April 6, 2020 at 11:31 am

    *Reese* You’re kidding right? Giselle has ZERO reason to dislike Monique and it’s blatantly obviously it’s jealousy. It’s her lifestyle they wished they had. Beautiful homes, a loving husband and young beautiful children. They envy her and it’s been pretty clear for some time now so I really wouldn’t say they don’t cause they do.

  23. Godgiven

    April 6, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t know if Giselle knows what she is talking about!!! Is she taking side with the knife thrower???
    Somebody give Giselle and I will curse her like never.
    She is too jealous of monique, you can even see on her fingernails.
    I will drag that birdy and while her a-s.
    Monique did it but not very well. She should have pulled Giselle’s too and make it look like accident.

  24. Cher

    April 6, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Point blank and simple, you are wrong,no matter what was said or done, when you assault someone.and she should be made to understand a apology is needed, assault is assault….you are taught that as a child, Monique is wrong, and should be dealt with.

  25. Team Mo🌸

    April 6, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    *Cher* Okay, let me explain, The only reason Monique attacked her was because Candace threw a DRINK on her. THAT’S ASSAULT. I’m pretty sure anyone would react on getting a drink thrown on them. Maybe it wasn’t the best option to attack her but, she was doing it to defend herself cause she didn’t deserve that drink thrown on her. Might I add, bit just the drink but THE ENTIRE GLASS TOO. Yea I’d probably go off too.

  26. Patty

    April 6, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Monique don’t let the negative talkers effect you, she deserved what she got & I haven’t seen it yet but she is crazy & so is Giselle is a jealous child who picked the wrong team get rid of Candace & Giselle then let the show go on. Maybe Robin would be her own person, I like her too but…….

  27. Mochaa

    October 3, 2020 at 3:21 am

    Let’s think about this supposedly the real falling out happens because charrise said rumors that monique was having an alleged affair with her trainer and candiace gets the back end of a beating because of it. Does anyone remember that monique and charrise were joined at the hip at one point? so monique you have had many oppotunities to confront charrise(ashleys baby meet and greet) about the rumors yet you didnt, but confronted candiace about something separate the same day. It looks as if there is some truth to this rumor when you never confront the actual mess stirrer but youre upset with someone that’s your friend who becomes friends with them.. Yet im not going to say that candiace should of been friends with charrise but that still doesnt mean it had to end up like this. Monique continued to hide behind other things instead of coming right out and letting candiace know that she was upset one on one about her becoming friends with charrise at a time her and charrise werent speaking. Im seeing alot of comments about monique being better off than the group like money, great husband etc.. and thats true so she needs to act like it and walk away from confrontation like this and she is also a mother candiace isnt you have more to lose than to become an image of a sterotype because you allowed someone to control your emotional state in that moment.

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