‘RHOP’: Monique Samuels Responds to Fan Who Thinks She and Candiace Dillard Will ‘Salvage’ Their Friendship

In Real Housewives of Potomac Season 3, mother-of-three Monique Samuels and newlywed Candiace Dillard developed a sister-like bond. However, they fell out in Season 4 and then got into a physical altercation in the upcoming season.

A fan tweeted Samuels explaining they thought she and Dillard could “salvage” their friendship similarly to Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Williams and NeNe Leakes. The mother-of-three responded, doubting that would ever happen.

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Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard got into a physical altercation

While filming for Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 at a winery, ex-best friends Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard got into a physical fight. Allegedly, the former Miss United States threw a drink in Samuels’ face, causing the mother-of-three to slam Dillard’s head on the table.

Police arrived at the scene but left without arresting anyone. A few weeks later, Dillard filed a complaint in court, and the judge pressed second-degree assault charges against Samuels.

The New Jersey-native swiftly counter filed, but charges against both women were dropped. Dillard and her lawyer implied they would take the mother-of-three to civil court, but they haven’t pursued that avenue yet.

Candiace Dillard allegedly tried to get Monique Samuels fired

After the fight, Dillard reportedly attempted to get Samuels fired by refusing to film with her and forcing the other ladies to pick a side. According to sources, the Green-Eyed Bandits (Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon) agreed and would not film with Samuels. However, Ashley Darby and Karen Huger continued to shoot with Samuels as they chose not to pick sides, infuriating Dillard.

The podcaster decided against attending the cast trip with the ladies because she didn’t want to feel uncomfortable, and sources reported that she contemplated quitting the show due to the unnecessary stress.

Outlets also claimed Dillard called producers and demanded they fire Samuels because she didn’t feel safe, but it doesn’t look like they have complied with her orders.

From the time the ladies got into a physical altercation, they have been throwing shade at each other on social media. For example, the two recently got into it over Twitter when Samuels thought Dillard subtweeted her and claimed she “shut her up months ago.”

The former Miss USA then responded, explaining her original tweet had nothing to do with Samuels and threatened to expose the mother-of-three’s “personal life” and “status.”

Monique Samuels doesn’t think she and Candiace Dillard will ‘salvage’ relationship

While watching a recent episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, where Porsha Williams and NeNe Leakes made up, Samuels tweeted, “This moment between Porsha and Nene is everything!”

A fan responded to her with their belief that the same thing could happen with her and Dillard. They wrote, “Not to be preemptive, but I think you and Candiace will definitely hug it out and probably go to therapy together.”

They claimed they believe the “friendship” between her and the former Miss USA is “worth salvaging.” Samuels responded, shooting down the Real Housewives fan’s hypothesis, bluntly stating, “Not even close. Sorry.”

Another fan jumped in the conversation and explained they don’t think Dillard “deserves” Samuels “until her soul evolves.” The original fan responded and acknowledged that something “must have happened” between the two for the mother-of-three to “terminate that friendship.”

Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 premieres in Spring 2020.