Well that’s one way to make an exit. After four seasons Monique Samuels announced she is not returning to The Real Housewives of Potomac.
Samuels revealed her decision Sunday on Instagram Live following The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 reunion show. “It’s not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest… I’m over it. I’m over it,” she told fans.
“I appreciate everything people have done for me, everybody that has been Team Monique, I love y’all, I thank y’all. 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 anything that I do is more valuable to me than anybody’s opinion, so I’m over it.”
But she didn’t stop there. Samuels also debuted her rapper alter ego in the music video for her song “Drag Queens.”
Back in July Samuels dropped the lyric video for the song which is seemingly about her infamous altercation with RHOP co-star Candiace Dillard Bassett.
In the 3-minute music video, where the mom of three introduces “Hazel, a.k.a. Monique Samuels,” the Bravo star gets prepped by a glam team, parties in a club, busts a series of moves supported by various backup dancers and enjoys cuddling up to her husband, Chris Samuels, while in a bedazzled catsuit.
Besides her scuffle with Dillard, season 5 focused on Samuels’ marriage to the former NFL player and rumors about the paternity of their 2-year-old son, Chase. The couple, who wed in March 2012, have two other children, 7-year-old son Christopher Jr. and 5-year-old daughter Milani.
Chris addressed the rumors during episode three of the reunion and was quite angry that his wife had been treated in such a way. Samuels said after seeing that explosive episode she decided to walk away and was not fired as speculated.
“The type of person I am, if I was being fired, I’d have no problem with saying, ‘Hey, I was let go.’ But that’s not what happened, she told All About The Tea . “I had to make a choice. It probably would’ve been a little easier had they fired me but I had to sit down, be real with myself, and say, ‘Hey, I have to walk away.’”
Samuels said the straw was how production handled an alleged plot by cast member Gizelle Bryant and other ladies of the show to make rumors about her sons paternity a storyline for season 5.
“I sent an email asking to be released from my contract right after the conclusion of the reunion. I was very disappointed because the one thing I expected was for my family to have vindication. When it came to the fight, we were sort of vindicated in episode two [of the reunion] because I had been saying the same story from day one and to actually have production back me with the way that things transpired was great. But for my family dynamic, it didn’t happen. During the show, I’ve always said my family is off-limits. My marriage is off-limits. People can start rumors. That’s fine. But when you cross the line of involving innocent children, that’s when I have a problem.”