Monique Samuels leaving 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' -- "It was a crazy ride"
UPI News Service, 12/29/2020
Monique Samuels is leaving "The Real Housewives of Potomac" after four seasons.
The 37-year-old "The Real Housewives" star announced her exit from the Bravo series in an Instagram video Sunday.
"It was a crazy ride. It's not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest, I'm over it," she said.
Samuels voiced her love and appreciation for everyone who has been "Team Monique" but said "when you cross certain lines, there's no going back."
"For me, my family is that line," the star 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."
"If my kids were to get older and say they watched everything and they watched the show and they watched all of these different things that's happening behind the scenes, what response can I give them? What would satisfy that?" she added.
Samuels is married to former professional football player Chris Samuels and has three children, Christopher, Milani and Chase.
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She said she appreciated the opportunity to show "real Black love" on TV.
"I wanted to represent real Black love and show people something outside of what the stereotype has been on TV, and unfortunately this season I played right into that stereotype," the star said.
"While people want me to be so emotional and all of those different things, as if I didn't really deal with everything that I had to deal with, I 100 percent did," she said.
"I mean, I had two therapists. I was working overtime to really check myself, because that is the exact opposite of what I want to display on a TV show, and in real life, most importantly."
News of Samuels' exit follows her physical altercation with Candiace Dillard in Season 5.
During the season, Samuels' marriage to Chris Samuels was also a topic of much conversation, including rumors about the paternity of Samuels' son Chase.
Season 5 concluded Sunday with Part 3 of the season reunion.
Samuels previously teased how Chris Samuels got "heated" during the reunion.
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