Why is Monique Samuels quitting 'Real Housewives of Potomac' after Season 5? Fans say they're quitting too

Monique Samuels took to her Instagram Live to announce that she wouldn't be returning for Season 6 of 'RHOP', while declaring she was 'over it'

                            Why is Monique Samuels quitting 'Real Housewives of Potomac' after Season 5? Fans say they're quitting too
Monique Samuels (Bravo)

Season 5 of 'Real Housewives of Potomac' was a rather difficult season for Monique Samuels. The housewife not only got into an explosive fight with her fellow housewife Candiace Dillard, but she also found herself in the middle of a lawsuit as a result of the fight. Unfortunately for the housewife, things didn't get any better during the reunion. Candiace, Gizelle Bryant, and Robyn Dixon, not only ganged up against her but also tried to go after her husband, Chris Samuels.

Chris walked into the reunion with hopes of clearing the air about the rumors surrounding his son Chase's paternity. Reportedly the housewives were whispering amongst themselves questioning if Chris was really the father of the child, or the child was the son of the personal trainer, with who Monique allegedly had an affair with. Although Chris and Monique firmly stood by each other, and shut down the housewives who came for them, it clearly seems to have taken its toll on the Samuels' family.

Monique and Chris Samuels during 'RHOP' Season 5 reunion (Bravo)

Immediately after the reunion aired, Monique went live on her Instagram Live to interact with her fans. During the Live, she not only confirmed that she received a pickup contract for filming Season 6, but also that she declined it. Monique proceeded to explain to her fans and followers her reasoning behind the decision. She stated that she was "over it", and wasn't going to be a part of the show that her children would someday question her for being part of. She said, "It was a crazy ride, it’s not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest, I’m over it. I appreciate everything people have done for me, everybody that has been Team Monique, I love yall, but when you cross certain lines there’s no going back. For me, my family is that line. The opinion of my family and my kids and what they think about that I do is more valuable to me than anybody’s opinion, so, I’m over it.”

TV personality Monique Samuels poses at the DSW Grand Opening of W Nail Bar on October 17, 2019. (Getty Images)

She also added, "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. I was working overtime to check myself because that’s the opposite of what I want to display. I’m always going to be a great example or a role model for my kids and you have to know when enough is enough.”


During the reunion, Chris confronted the housewives about gossiping about his family on the show. While all the housewives declared that they never discussed the Samuels family on the show, Gizelle tried to shut him down by telling that her discussing it with Robyn Dixon never made it to the show. She then also pointed out how Chris was the one who brought it up on the show in the first place and tried pinning it on him for asking her if his son looked like him. 

Fans were upset and shocked on hearing the news of Monique's exit and declared that they would stop watching the hit reality show. A fan tweeted, "Monique has quit the show and just like that, I’m not watching no more..... love Karen but no. #RHOP." "Monique quit? Guess I quit too #RHOP @iammrssamuels @BravoTV," wrote a fan. "Monique just implied she QUIT!! If this is true im done with @bravo & @andy Mariah, Nene, Phaedra and Sheree already gone! Its not worth watching anymore #RHOP," pointed a fan.




Fans also began wondering what could be the plotline for the next season, since Monique wouldn't be on the show anymore. A fan shared, "Gizelle and Cand*ace figuring out storylines for season 6 after Monique quit #RHOP." "Since Monique quit the show, what is Candiace’s storyline going to be? - beefing w Karen about her loyalty? - Chris’ salary or lack thereof? - their new house? They better be talking about Wendy’s debt or something bc I can’t go through another season of Robyn and Juan... #RHOP," expressed a fan.