Monique Samuels claims that she rejected an opportunity to appear on an upcoming “Real Housewives” All-Stars spinoff series due to her past issues with the network. The Real Housewives of Potomac alum spilled the tea on her YouTube channel, “Tea with Monique,” according to Instagram account @realhousewivesfranchise.
“Monique Samuels revealed on her YouTube channel ‘Tea with Monique’ that she was asked to be part of the upcoming Real Housewives All-Stars spin-off, but declined due to ongoing issues with Bravo!” the post’s caption reads.
As reported in June—Monique Samuels blasted Bravo for treating her “less than human” ahead of the show’s Season 6 premiere. Fans know that Monique made her exit from the series over her violent altercation with Candiace Dillard Bassett, which was featured during Season 5.
Monique spoke out about her decision to leave the series and Bravo’s alleged demands for her silence during a June appearance on the “Behind the Rope with David Yontef” podcast.
“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,” Monique said.
The mom of three claimed that Bravo iced her out when she communicated about publicly discussing the incident.
“I was not even getting press opportunities. They tried to ban me from doing press,” Monique explained. “It was just craziness. I was like, the disrespect! I just felt like they were treating me less than a human.”
Monique further explained her issues with Bravo in a separate interview with “Basketball Wives” alum, Tami Roman.
“I would have to fight so hard behind the scenes all the time just to use my platform,” Monique said. “I was getting turned down for interviews and being told by some people requesting me for press, ‘I was told you weren’t available or they told me I couldn’t interview you.’”
Monique revealed that she had no regrets about walking away from the reality franchise.
“I don’t [miss it]. Even when they started filming, the thought of trying to prepare my life for cameras and everything else in my life that I have going on with my businesses that I’ve been working hard on, I can’t even imagine the whole tug of war,” Monique stated.
Monique confirmed earlier this year that she would never return to RHOP.
“I will never be back on that show because too much has happened and to me, if people were really genuine and they really feel any type of remorse as they try to hold me accountable at a time that I wasn’t ready,” the former reality star explained. “Some of these ladies have done some really nasty, disgusting things and I’ve not had one apology in my direction. My husband has not been apologized to.”
Monique added that she believes that she and her husband, Chris Samuels, were treated unfairly by the network.
“We don’t feel we were treated unfairly — We were treated unfairly,” she said. “Without a shadow of a doubt, we were. If you could’ve heard some of the questions that weren’t shown, it was like guns a-blazin’ in my direction.”
The first season of the Peacock “Housewives” spinoff show was filmed in Turks and Caicos, in April. The lineup included Real Housewives of Atlanta stars, Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey, Jersey girls, Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga, Real Housewives of New York veterans, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, and Beverly Hills OG, Kyle Richards. The show’s premiere date has not been announced.
The Real Housewives of Potomac airs on Sundays at 8 pm, ET, on Bravo.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.