Monique Samuels Asked Bravo To Release Her From Contract After Fight With Candiace Dillard
Am I the only one who's sick of hearing about this fight?
Unless you've been living under a Bravo sized rock, you already know about Monique Samuels' physical altercation with her costar and former friend Candiace Dillard. During the brawl, Monique grabbed Candiace by the hair and punched her in the head several times before attempting to chase after her and threatening to kill her.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Monique spoke about the fight and admitted that Candiace did not deserve to be physically assaulted and explained that she was purely the recipient of her bottled-up anger. The Housewife explained:
"She took a beating for 36 years of built up frustration. It wasn't just about [Candiace] that night. Once it became physical, my response was that of defending myself, but also that pounding was for every person that has ever done anything to me. For that, I just felt like, 'Wow, [Candiace] didn't deserve all of that,' I do not excuse my actions. I take full ownership of my part in the altercation."
It may have taken a few episodes but at least Monique is finally expressing remorse about the fight and taking responsibility for her actions, however, it may just be so she can keep her Bravo paycheck. Monique also explained why she chased after Candiace stating that if she were going to be fired for the physical fight, she believed she may as well just finish off the job, she elaborated:
"People ask why you went back after her and I'm like she's literally yelling, 'She's fired, right?' That made me feel she did this on purpose. You didn't expect the fight would happen but you created this and took it to a whole other level and the first thing you say is, 'She's fired?' I'm like okay, she wants me to be fired. Then let me go and finish this."
That's not all. Monique also exposed an unaired moment on the show that made her feel on guard when it came to Candiace potentially getting physical. Apparently, during the season four reunion the Butter Knife queen was threatening to beat up Ashley Darby, however, the interaction never made it into the episode, Monique revealed:
"I've seen her with a knife in her hand. I've seen her almost fight her husband to get someone. I saw parts of the reunion that didn't air when her and Ashley were arguing and she jumped off the couch and told her, 'You better shut your mouth before I come over and shut it for you.' I've seen her in action, so if we're having this verbal altercation and I say back up, I don't know what's next."
Following the altercation, Monique also claimed she requested to be released from her contract at Bravo so she could leave the show, however, the network (of course) convinced her to stay. As if they would lose one of their key players midseason after she was involved in the biggest storyline of the season. She explained:
"I requested that [Bravo] release me from my contract right after the fight, and we talked about it and they reassured me that whatever I needed to do that would make me feel comfortable they would oblige — and they did. I took the fight so seriously that I was like maybe I don't need to do this show. I have too much to lose. No one should be able to push me to a point of being physical."
Monique also believed the women refusing to film with her following the fight, Candiace, Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, and Wendy Osefo weren't mad about her fistfight but were just looking for a way to get her off the show. No shit sherlock. Gizelle has been bothered by Monique since she declared she had four homes in a hotel lobby.
"I felt like it wasn't about the fight. It wasn't about them being mad about Candiace and I being in a fight. It was like finally we can kick Monique down, finally we can get her out of this circle."
She explained how Wendy's stance on the altercation shocked her the most as the two had talked on the phone after the fight and she agreed Candiace had egged her on, however, Monique believes the other women spoke to Wendy before the sit-down at Karen Huger's house and changed her mind. She concluded:
"Wendy was the most shocking because she was the one — outside of Karen [Huger] and Ashley — that reached out to me and I thought it was sweet. We talked for two hours and she was understanding. She was like, 'I understand, you got egged on.' She said all of these things that made me feel she doesn't agree but understands. Then to see her flip the script, it was clear there was a conversation that changed her mind,"
This entire situation is a mess but we all have to agree, The Real Housewives of Potomac is the best show Bravo has to offer right now.
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