‘RHOP’: Candiace Dillard Bassett Says This Season Will Have People ‘Clutching Their Pearls’ (Exclusive)

Candiace Dillard Bassett from The Real Housewives of Potomac teased that season 5 will be so shocking, her altercation with Monique Samuels is only the tip of the iceberg.

Candiace Dillard Bassett  from 'RHOP'
Candiace Dillard Bassett | Larry French/Bravo

“There will be curveballs thrown and as a matter of fact, I can guarantee there will be some shocking behind the scenes,” she dished with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “There will be people clutching their pearls and you’re going to start to see people in a different light.”

Dillard Bassett views this season as a game-changer where new alliances and friendships will form while others will perhaps crumble. “This season is a toss-up,” she said. “Everyone plays musical chairs. Everyone gets up and finds a new home in a lot of different kinds of new friendships. I’m no different. I have some unexpected bonds that start to form that I never saw coming. And I think the same can be said for the other ladies.”

Candiace Dillard Bassett looks forward to her story finally being told

Dillard Bassett and Samuels got into a verbal and physical altercation at a winery in October 2019. Both women filed charges against each other and the season opens with broken glass and a shaken cast. While Dillard Bassett could not speak specifically about the incident, she is looking forward to the truth finally being revealed.

“My hope and my prayer is that a lot of those questions will be answered,” she said. “The most painful part about all of this waiting is that I haven’t been able to talk about exactly what happened, how we got there, where we are now.”

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“And I’m really excited, not to relive it, I’m not excited to relive something so horrendous,” she continued. “But to really get a chance for the audience to see everything for themselves with their own two eyes and allow them to decide for themselves what happened. And when the dust settles, how that looks on all of us.

“What happened, definitely shifted everything,” she went on to say. “Every relationship, every alliance. It threw everything out of whack. Definitely for me. I’m still processing every day and it’s been almost over six months and I’m still having to process.”

Dillard Bassett reveals how she created her tagline and how she met new cast member Wendy Osefo

Dillard Bassett’s tagline this season is, “Reading is fundamental and honey I own the library.” She laughed, “Well, we went through quite a few taglines and I really liked this one because it’s funny, it’s cheeky, it’s sassy.”

“And there are a lot of elements that go into this season,” she added. “A lot of it is very dramatic and serious, so I like that I went with a tagline that still gives a little sass but it’s got some humor in it and I got to say it in a sassy, cheeky, funny way.”

Speaking of reading, Dillard Bassett introduces her well-read friend Dr. Wendy Osefo as the newest Housewife. Osefo is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Education program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

“I kind of introduce her to the ladies,” Dillard Bassett dished. “I love her so much. She’s smart, she’s also pretty sassy herself. I actually met her through my mom. My mom met her at an event and my mom introduced me to her at a fashion show. Her husband Eddie is so sweet, he gave my mom a chair. She didn’t have a chair to sit in at this event.”

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Dillard Bassett added that Osefo adds a “great element” to the group. “I’m going to take a lot of pride in the fact that we are a very intelligent cast of women, very astute,” she said. “I’m really proud to be part of the cast that takes pride in education. But bringing Wendy into the fold as a Ph.D., as a professor, who as I said, can read a book and read you down. Honey, she stands out and does a really great job of introducing herself to the group.”

The Real Housewives of Potomac premieres on Sunday, August 2 at 9/8c on Bravo.