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Andy Cohen Wants Monique Samuels to Return to ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’

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Monique Samuels had a dramatic exit from RHOP.

Real Housewives of Potomac” star Monique Samuels had a dramatic departure from the show. Before things went left, she was on good terms with Candiace Dillard. However, things began to fall apart after Candiace took issue with Monique making peace with Ashley Darby. Ashley had accused Monique of drinking and driving. But the two ladies were able to move forward after Ashley apologized. Plus, they bonded over having miscarriages.

After things turned violent between Monique and Candiace, some of the other women on the show shunned her. Gizelle Bryant said she no longer wanted to be around Monique. And Robyn Dixon and Wendy Osefo joined Gizelle in refusing to film with her.

Ashley and Karen Huger were the only ones who continued to support Monique and film scenes of “Real Housewives of Potomac” with her.

Although Monique said she was offered another contract to return for the upcoming season, she made the decision to walk away. For Monique, the last straw was how she and Chris Samuels were treated at the reunion. Some viewers agreed and this resulted in Andy Cohen receiving backlash on social media.

Interestingly enough, Andy recently said that he would love it if Monique returned to RHOP.

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  1. Yeah I Said It!

    August 11, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I’m sure the drop in ratings is why Andy said this. It seems like a lot of people anticipated that the Monique and Candiace situation would continue to play out on the season premiere, and when they saw Monique was gone, they didn’t come back for the remaining episodes. I said the ratings would fall when she left and people were in their feelings. But you can’t base an entire season on a huge conflict between two people and then not have a real resolution the next season.

    • Queen

      August 11, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Agreed. I truly believe a lot of people didn’t really know Monique left the show because everyone doesn’t read the blogs. That’s the only way the huge drop off from the premiere can be explained. We never got a sit-down between Candiace and Monique without the other ladies meddling. All we got was people picking sides and making that situation a black women issue when it wasn’t. It was very irritating.

      • Twirl

        August 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm


        • Joycelyn O'Neal

          August 13, 2021 at 5:01 pm

          I been a fan since episode 1of RHOP. I was too upset when Monique left the show. She had no other choice when the show did not support her. Everybody knows Candice got her ass dragged because she ran her mouth too much that day. Somebody need to rub Gizzle face into the dirt. She comes after people and she thinks its ok. At the 5th reunion when Karen and Monique brought Gizzle to her knees, it was priceless. She was like a deer in headlights. Then she comes out with the Pandemic is the reason why she and her nasty pastor didnt make it. He made her look like a fool on national tv twice. Now she is trying Wendy and Karen. Gizzel need to go. I am sick of her and her dirty looking side kick Robin.⁹

    • Peachy

      August 11, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      Yep. Ratings aren’t good so now it’s clear that they should have done right by Monique. RHOP is an ensemble show. So it shouldn’t be Gizelle with all the power.


        August 14, 2021 at 1:28 pm

        I don’t like Monique. She is one of the reason I stopped watching.

    • V

      August 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      This is exactly what happened. The older viewers don’t read blogs or get their housewives news on social media like that. So they had no clue Monique left. They watched the season premiere thinking they would see her again and there would be a follow up to Candiace vs Monique. Instead, there are two new women and it just feels like something is missing. RHOP is one of those shows that has a good cast but too often they push the wrong people out (Katie, Monique, Charrisse).

  2. Chelly

    August 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    This is why producers shouldn’t have favorites. Over time, having favorites always hurts the show. Mia is cool but Monique shouldn’t have been pushed out. She’s the reason a lot of people discovered RHOP last season.

    • My 2 Cents

      August 11, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      So true. A lot of people who didn’t even watch the show were talking about the binder moment. Producers should have fought hard to convince Monique to come back after that. But they thought the show’s ratings could thrive without Monique when just about the whole season and reunion was about Monique. Mess.

  3. Tea

    August 11, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    This season would have been legendary if it was Monique, Karen, Wendy, and Mia vs everybody else. ??‍♀️

    • Renee

      August 11, 2021 at 9:27 pm


    • wendu

      August 12, 2021 at 12:01 am

      So true

  4. Shay

    August 11, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Andy Cohen…GTFOH…fun if she came back? You dissed and dismissed Monique and husband the entire reunion. Now you see the B#tch with the itch that needs a stitch (that neck and those horrible wigs) Gezebelle Bryant and her ma child Robyn can’t carry the show. Gezebelle Bryant can’t keep a man so she goes after everyone on the shoes spouse or significant other. She’s a complete embarrassment to her kids her dad and the church that called her a first lady. Andy didn’t bring up that Gezebelle had a complete breakdown and was hospitalized before marrying cheater cheater pumpkin eater who is once aginnnnn… missing in action. I stopped watching all things bravo tv after Monique left. I periodically read Urban Belle and find out what’s going on. Thanks UB!

    • Sephora59

      August 11, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      I concur totally. Gizelle is my soror and shes an absolute embarrassment. When Monique walked so did alot of the fans who have vowed to not watch the show. It’s about Ratings and mr. Andy is feeling it.

  5. Anonymous

    August 11, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Ratings are dropping at Bravo left and right so they have regrets losing certain people (Mariah, Nene, Monique, Bethenny, etc.)

  6. Lee

    August 11, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t like how Monique was treated but I’m not surprised by Andy’s comments. He knows the fight between Monique and Candiace put RHOP on the map. Monique leaving when she did hurt the show because people like Jemele Hill with large followings who never watched the show before the fight and binder gate had no interest to keep watching after Monique left. Say what you want about Monique but she really carried last season. That was honestly one of the best reunions too. I think this current season is cool but it is lacking that umph it had last season. If Monique doesn’t come back, it may be time for Andy and Bravo to take a hard look at the dynamics of the current cast. Gizelle and Robyn need to start fighting their own battles. And they didn’t need a new puppet (Askale). Ashley and Candiace’s little feud is getting stale as well. Somewhat of a shakeup may be needed for next season.

  7. Get Busy

    August 11, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    This is what Andy does. He wants to bring people back when his shows start to struggle. I’m sure he would like NeNe back on RHOA too at this point because last season was terrible. He thought Porsha could carry RHOA and he was dead wrong. And he thought Gizelle could carry RHOP this season and he was wrong about that too. Some people are just necessary to the success of these shows. Ratings tell the whole truth though.

  8. May Reynolds

    August 11, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    I never watched the show since Monique left. If it’s true Andy wants her to come back, Monique please reconsider and do so. I really want to watch but my remote refuses to tune in without you there.?

  9. Natalie Harris

    August 11, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Andy should be a comedian because he has jokes!
    Monique has plenty going on where she doesn’t need to be on that show.
    When she left, I did too.

  10. Denise Harris

    August 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Monique continue doing you. It appears as though you, your husband and the children are doing just fine. Bypass the extra UNNECESSARY Bullsh-t and Bullsh-tters. I also enjoyed you and your style on and off the show. It appears, to me, that they need you more than you need them.

  11. Renee

    August 11, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    I’m here for it!! I would love for Monique to come back and for Gizzelle Robyn and Candiace to kick rocks with flip flops. Gizzelle is disgusting. Her and Robyn are so high school

  12. Lay Lay

    August 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    I think Monique is done done. The disrespect was real.

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