EXCLUSIVE: Monique Samuels On If She Was Edited Fairly On ‘Love & Marriage: DC’ + Admits She Was Apprehensive To Return To Reality Tv Amid Departure From ‘The Real Housewives Of Potomac’
Monique Samuels is getting candid about her experience on ‘Love & Marriage: DC’!
In an exclusive interview with theJasmineBRAND.com, reality tv star, Monique Samuels tells us about her experience on her latest show, ‘Love & Marriage: DC’ and if she was edited fairly. When asked if she was edited fairly this season, Monique said
“Absolutely not. But I get it. Somebody had to keep the show going. Me coming in as a veteran of reality tv, at this point, I get it. I do feel like a lot of my context was removed from the entire show. Every time there was a situation, you saw everybody else’s reactions towards it. You rarely saw mine which I feel like would have gave a lot more clarity to the situation, but I get it.”
“It’s because Carlos (King) is also trying to establish new faces to tv on a new franchise. So he’s trying to make sure that everybody else has their voice. It was almost like let’s pull the viewers in who have seen Monique on Potomac, and the whole promo was all about getting to know the real whole me you know come over here, that was the bait. Once you watch the show, it’s like, oh by the way look at everybody else here’s who we have to offer you already know monique here’s everybody else so I get it.”
“With reality TV, I am my true real self all the time whether cameras are around or not. I can’t control what other people and their comfort level is when it comes to cameras so if I’m being 100 me but then cameras come around and you’re holding back they’re gonna focus on me and my actions because they– you have to have something, something has to be given right?”
“So when it comes down to editing my biggest fear is always, I’m giving you everything but then you’re taking my reality story and you’re turning it into an entertainment story. So that was always like my reservation going back into it because I’ve been down that road before and I get how it works.”
Monique explained that when it comes to reality tv, producers often “choose a narrative” for the cast and whatever gets placed on tv, the cast has to own it, even if they feel otherwise.
You may recall, Monique was a cast member of Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ for four seasons before her dramatic exit. Her decision seemingly came after she got into a physical altercation with co-star Candiace Dillard Bassett during season 5. After the controversial incident, Monique Samuels said that she would never return to RHOP. In a previous interview, she said:
“I will never be back on that show because too much has happened and to me, if people were really genuine and they really feel any type of remorse as they try to hold me accountable at a time that I wasn’t ready. Some of these ladies have done some really nasty, disgusting things and I’ve not had one apology in my direction. My husband has not been apologized to.”
In her interview with theJasmineBRAND.com, Monique revealed to us that she felt some heavy competition with living up to the success of Love & Marriage: Huntsville.
“The pressure was definitely the fact that this is the first franchise coming from Huntsville. So the fact that were the first ones to make it an official franchise, we’re now part 2 of Love & Marriage in general. It was a lot of pressure because Huntsville is so successful. We definitely have to bring it but I wanted to make sure we brought something that was unique to us and the area that we’re coming from.”
Monique then expressed that the cast needed more than just 10 episodes. She explained,
“I feel like we executed very well. I def feel like we needed more than 10 episodes. bc every last couple on this show gave so much. We had so many scenes together that were overshadowed by the drama…We should have gotten like 20 episodes. “
Love & Marriage: DC just aired their finale episode last week and are expected to air part 1 of their reunion special this Saturday (July 23).
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