Opinions are still mixed over who’s truly at fault for the brawl between “The Real Housewives of Potomac” stars Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard. During a recent episode of the reality show, all members of the cast, minus Candiace, of course, gathered at Karen Huger’s home to discuss what took place that wild night in the Sept. 27 episode of “RHOP.” While Ashley Darby and Karen were neutral in their stance, Gizelle Bryant, Wendy Osefo, and Robyn Dixon were not sympathetic.
In the Oct. 4 episode of “Bravo’s Chat Room,” hosted by Porsha Williams, Gizelle, Kate Chastain, and Hannah Berner, the women discussed the fight. Since its airing, social media has pointed out similarities to Porsha’s infamous battle with Kenya Moore back in 2014 on the franchise’s Atlanta installment. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when Porsha came to the defense of Monique.
When asked if the altercation was a sign that Monique needed anger management, Porsha had an interesting take. “I went to anger management because I needed to go at the time. Here’s the thing about anger management: the first thing that they tell you when you sit down is that this is not about your anger. You being angry, you being upset, you being all of that is an emotion. It’s you just being able to control and be aware of what you’re feeling,” Porsha explained.
However, the reality star did admit that both women played a part in the fight, but gave credit to Monique for sitting down with her cast mates and take accountability for her actions.
“It was big of her to sit y’all down because that is very difficult to do. She has to own her part, which I feel she has, but she doesn’t know if Candiace has owned her part yet,” Porsha expressed. She added, “So for her to take the initiative to go ahead and do it first, it’s tough. And y’all are a tough crowd you have to admit that, Gizelle. You came in, and you were like, ‘you shouldn’t have done this.’”
Porsha also expressed that she felt as though Wendy was very judgmental during the women’s meeting, saying that “Wendy put a lot on Monique’s back.” She continued, “I understand the stereotype of Black women, etc., but with the shows that we’re on, everyone is living real life. Nobody is perfect and we all do crazy stuff. We curse, we fuss, we go low, we go high. It’s hard to judge someone off of one situation.”
As far as comparing Monique and Candiace’s fight to her exchange with Kenya, Porsha said it’s the price they just have to pay for their chosen career paths. “At the end of the day, any type of altercation period, they’re going to compare us. Especially if it happens on these cameras. Now in my situation, I felt provoked, and that’s a personal feeling,” she explained. “I personally felt provoked and pushed to that level. Now, Monique, she may feel that way as well. I just feel like in her case, it kind of built up, and I just feel like we shouldn’t judge her.”
However, when Gizelle noted that a comparison couldn’t be made because Porsha was apologetic, the star responded, “Monique’s process is Monique’s process.”