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Monique Samuels Explains Why She Felt Like Bravo Was “Treating Me Less Than A Human” After Quitting ‘RHOP’

Monique Samuels claims Bravo treated her ‘less than human’ after she quit The Real Housewives of Potomac over her fight with Candiace Dillard Bassett.

While appearing on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast, Samuels opened up about her decision to leave the Bravo hit reality series as she claims the network tried to ban her for sharing her side to the press during the show's fifth season.

"You would think after being quiet for almost a year, I would be allowed now that we can talk about it, to talk about it," she said, according to The Sun. "I was not even getting press opportunities. They tried to ban me from doing press."

"It was just craziness. I was like, the disrespect! I just felt like they were treating me less than a human."

In December 2020, Monique announced she was quitting RHOP after three seasons. “It was a crazy ride. It’s not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest, y’all, I’m over it,” she said during an Instagram Live on Sunday, December 27, according to Us Weekly. “I appreciate everything that people have done for me. Everybody that’s been Team Monique, I love y’all, I thank y’all.”

Monique explained that she decided to walk away from the Bravo hit reality series in an attempt to shield her family from drama.

“When you cross certain lines, there’s no going back. And for me, my family is that line,” she said. “The opinion of my family and my kids and what they think about anything that I do is more valuable to me than anybody’s opinion, so I’m over it.”

“I wanted to represent real Black love and show people something outside what the stereotype has been on TV. Unfortunately, this season I played right into that stereotype,” Monique said during her Instagram Live. “I was working overtime to really check myself because that’s the exact opposite of what I want to display on a TV show and in real life, most importantly. I’m always going to be a great example and role model for my kids, and you have to know when enough is enough. And enough is enough.”

Monique went on to thank Bravo, calling the network “amazing” and saying that she felt “so blessed and so grateful” to have been a part of the cast.

“I am very much at peace,” she added. “It’s been a rough year, but this is the happiest I’ve been in my entire life.”

Monique joined RHOP in 2017 during the show’s second season. She starred alongside original Housewives Ashley Darby, Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, and Robyn Dixon. 


Photo Credit: Bravo Media/NBCUniversal via Sophy Holland