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Ashley Darby Discusses Monique Samuels Being Iced out by RHOP Cast + Senses Hypocrisy

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The cast is divided over the altercation.

Real Housewives of Potomac” isn’t lacking drama in its fifth season. Of course, a good bit of the drama is a result of Candiace Dillard and Monique Samuels‘ altercation. After some words were exchanged, things got violent at a winery. As things played out, a few of the other women decided to support Candiace. In fact, Gizelle Bryant said she didn’t want to be around Monique. She wanted to protect her image. And she also wanted to project Jamal Bryant’s image since he’s the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Robyn Dixon and Wendy Osefo didn’t want to be around Monique either. So when it came down to events they were hosting, they chose not to invite her.

At this point, it just seemed as if these women were icing Monique out of the group. And this made it appear as if her future on the show was in jeopardy.

Interestingly enough, Ashley Darby and Karen Huger have continued to support Monique. They still filmed scenes with her and they were called out by the other women for not withdrawing support.

Ashley even went as far as to write a character statement for Monique’s countersuit. Turns out, she wasn’t over Candiace throwing a butter knife at her. Then there’s also those tweets Candiace penned on the day she gave birth.

As for Karen, she said she was neutral. In her opinion, Candiace and Monique were both wrong on that fateful day. Well, Candiace didn’t see things that way. So she’s not confident she can remain friends with Karen moving forward.

Ashley Darby addresses the women’s treatment of Monique Samuels.

These days, Candiace has stated that she’s not planning to stay on the show if Monique isn’t let go. She doesn’t think there is any way that she and Monique can ever move past the altercation.

However, Ashley disagrees. Not only does she think Monique and Candiace can both still be on the show, but she thinks they could bury the hatchet in the future.

And when it comes to forgiveness, Ashley finds it a bit hypocritical that the other women have been icing out Monique and not trying to understand her side of things.

In an interview with Hollywood Life, Ashley says, “I think that the ladies felt that Monique went too far. And yes, that is true. But where I think things get a little bit murky is some of their previously held ideas about Monique are now affecting their opinions now, because as I said, if everyone was able to move forward with Candiace after she tried to instigate a fight with me and they weren’t, you know, they’re like, ‘Oh, Ashley, it’s over. You have to get over it.’ So if I — if I’m being told that that’s the stance I need to take, then I think that there should be a little bit more understanding about Monique and realizing that this really is an issue between these two women. And they need to, you know, like let them work it out.”

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



  1. Shayla

    December 24, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    She’s right. Robyn, Gizelle, and Wendy were mad like they were also assaulted. It was definitely an overreaction.

    • Janice

      December 27, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      I Think It Was A Double Standard, They Didn’t React Like That When She Did That To Ashley. I Also Feel Like Giselle Bryant Is Not First Lady Material. She Acts Really Trashy. And Her Husband Acts Shady!

  2. Anonymous

    December 24, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah but Ashley and Gizelle instigated Monique and Candiace falling out. Why is that being glossed over by everyone?

  3. Blackrose

    December 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    She is right.

    • Jackie

      December 27, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Ashley is not right! It was a butter knife that was not thrown in her face verses someone hitting you and bashing your head on the table then trying to come after you again!!! Plus this was not the first time Monique has said “I am coming for you” so the girls don’t like violence. She clearly likes violence.

      • 100

        December 27, 2020 at 8:51 am

        The law doesn’t agree with you, Jackie. You can kill someone with a butter knife. There have been people stabbed to death by butter knives. Throwing a knife at someone is violent and assault. Waving a knife in someone’s face is against the law and violent. Candiace also did damage to Monique with a wine glass. That was a fight she willingly participated in. Robyn is also violent herself and has made multiple violent threats against Ashley and went up to her restaurant and threatened her. So that means Candiace and Robyn are violent, too. Don’t forget that Wendy herself admitted to fighting in her past. Charrisse has also made violent threats on the show. So why didn’t the other women refuse to film with them? But it really doesn’t matter though. Those women tried to get Monique fired by not filming with her but her contract for next season was renewed anyway. Monique will be just fine and continues to get the last laugh.

  4. kimmie

    December 24, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    These are grown women, some of them need to act like it instead of acting like a group of teenagers. If this is the only storyline that they can play off of they won’t survive next season. All of them have crossed the line at some point or another. But these shows are intentionally demanding that in order to remain relevant one has to be as messy as possible. All of the shows have the same script, just different characters depending on the franchise. We don’t have to tear one another down to build ourselves up, something white TV executives don’t understand. As they think all black women like mess and are messy; we don’t, and we aren’t!

  5. Trina

    December 24, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    Ashley’s right the other ladies allowed their dislike of Monique be the bases of their support for Candice. Wendy just followed the crowd.
    Ashley really will tell it if she knows.

    • X

      December 25, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      If Ashley and Monique are not hard up for money why are they on the show? I think Ashley needs to take some of her own advice because she is still holding a grudge against Candiace, Ashley is being a little cunning acting as if she’s forgiven Candiace but appeared to be holding a deep seated grudge. If you force all these ladies to work with each other they will still be holding grudge’s in their hearts, and sooner or later it will come out of them like it did with Ashley about Candiace.

      • Gwen

        December 25, 2020 at 10:12 pm

        I totally agree 💯

      • Marilyn

        December 26, 2020 at 12:17 pm

        I think Ashley wants to like Candace but it’s hard to because Candace is narrow-minded, jealous-hearted, self-centered and foul. Just look at things she says to ppl. Candace only likes ppl who feed her ego and somehow serves her purpose of everything being about her.

        • Kmehden

          December 28, 2020 at 12:10 pm

          No l don’t think Ashley is like that,and Candice has a big mouth ,and a big drama queen that’s why I’m on Monique’s side.

    • Jackie

      December 27, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Ashley was an instigator every season. Causing drama , fights and now she wants to defend someone that likes violence just because they covered up for her husband who really has the actual footage ! No no no! Monique is wrong and the girls are right no more filming with a woman who likes violence

      • 100

        December 27, 2020 at 8:59 am

        Candiace likes violence. Robyn likes violence. You’re just upset Candiace lost a fight she’s been asking for. There is no footage. You do know the police investigated the cameraman situation right? Monique would have been arrested for withholding evidence if what you said was true. Also, Andy confirmed that it was Monique’s decision not to film with Robyn, Gizelle, Wendy, and Candiace. They will be filming with her next year.

  6. Amc3

    December 25, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Ashley is absolutely correct. Gizelle did not like Monique from the very beginning and she used this over-stated fight to try and get Monique off of the show and Robyn just followed suit like she allows does. Wendy took the side of her friend. Robyn, Gizelle and Candiace can say they do not want to and will not film with her but let’s see how that works out for them if Andy Cohen decides not to let Monique go and/or she does not leave the show. Candiace just bought a new house, Robyn and Juan just bought a new house and Gizelle is still trying to rehab her house so unless the ladies have secured other means of making money Wellll let the camera rolll.

    • Sephora59

      December 25, 2020 at 11:51 am

      I agree with Ashley. They all thirsty for money with the exception of Ashley and Monique. She’ll be back. Grow up and stop throwing knives and asking to be dragged.

  7. Simmons Hurst

    December 27, 2020 at 3:00 am

    In the early episodes of this season, Monique brought up icing Candice out for her “treatment” of Ashley and was ganged up on 2x’s to “force” an apology to Ashley ironically by Giselle and Monique. Candice refused and Monique thought she was in good with the green eyed bandits but oh man oh man how the tables have turned. Monique was down with icing out Candice and now she thinks it’s wrong with icing someone out? Hypocrisy?

    • 100

      December 27, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Lies. And you got these lies straight from Candiace’s Twitter fingers.

      • Anonymous

        December 27, 2020 at 6:52 am

        Straight from Candiace. And Candiace stays lying.

    • Anonymous

      December 27, 2020 at 6:50 am

      Candiace called Ashley a racist slur on Twitter while she was giving birth. Candiace needed to apologize. She wasn’t a victim in that situation. Where are your receipts that Monique tried to get Candiace off the show? That’s what iced out means. Candiace tried to get Monique fired and failed. She tried to sue Monique and failed. She tried to put Monique in jail and failed. What tables turned on Monique? Sis really took no losses like a true icon.

      • Nessa

        December 27, 2020 at 8:11 am

        I agree. I am shocked that little check comment didn’t even get Monique fired. People came for her in every direction and she still came out on top.

  8. Nessa

    December 27, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Monique prevailed and it’s hilarious to me.

  9. S.

    December 29, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Nope, a butter knife being thrown vs. Someone being dragged and then the person who did the dragging raced around the barn to “finish her off”. Nope not equal to me.

    I don’t think past bias has anything to do with how the ladies are viewing her, it’s because she did what she did, showed no remorse when she gathered the ladies at Karen’s the next day.

    I like Monique and she will be missed from the show, she gave great content prior to this altercation but, she was wrong. All of that anger she directed to Candiace, Giselle, Robyn and Charisse should have gone directly to the person who started the BS— Former friend Gigi!

    • 100

      December 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      The law doesn’t agree with you, S. Throwing a knife at someone is assault and both situations will get you thrown in jail. The fact that y’all continue to minimize Candiace’s actions towards Ashley is exactly why a lot of us don’t take your complaints of violence seriously. If you’re against violence, be against all violence. If you’re against assault, be against all forms of assault. Candiace is lucky she wasn’t arrested for the knife incident because she could have been. You all were also fine with Robyn’s violent and aggressive behavior in the past. She assaulted Ashley when she came acting a fool at her restaurant. She put her hands on Ashley and the physical contact was unwanted. It’s time to stop the hypocrisy. Call them all out for their bad behavior. Also, keep the same energy for the white housewives who have been violent.

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