Bravotv.com: What did you think of Charrisse's speech?
Monique Samuels: When Charrisse gave her speech at the networking event, the only thought in my mind was, “Wow, this is really happening.” She said she was dropping one name so, to me, that was her way of solidifying her divorce. I’m always rooting for couples to work things out. This was her way of separating “publicly” and starting fresh as a single woman.
MS: I thought it was very funny. Any time a conversation involves natural remedies and essential oils, I’ll talk for hours! I guess some people don’t have the brain capacity to have a conversation past, “Hi! You look so nice today!” I’m a socialite, a natural hostess and I enjoy being “social” at social events. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? I guess when you’re a person who has absolutely nothing to talk about outside of your husband (or lack thereof) and kids, it can be challenging to find other topics to speak openly about. Glad I don’t have that problem!
Bravotv.com: What were you thinking going into this game night?
MS: Going into game night, I was excited because the Samuels family knows how to have fun! We love to cook, eat, entertain and especially play cards! I’m opening my home to a new group of women who claim they want to get to know ME so I’m in my comfort zone and ready to show them how Monique gets down. I’ve always been a people pleaser. I love to cater to my guests and make sure they feel at home.
Bravotv.com: What were you thinking when you walked in and Gigi said Gizelle and Kal were whispering about you?
MS: My first thought was, “Well, no one ever whispers compliments.” I wasn’t surprised that they were talking trash. As I said before, she’s a typical jealous, bitter and hateful old woman. She can’t be happy for people unless she feels they are beneath her (hence her girl crush with Robyn). She enjoys bringing up my marriage and tries to separate my husband from me when she speaks in an attempt to make herself feel bigger than me. Bye, girl! It’s not working. When you get married, the two become one. Anything I have is my husband’s and vice versa! That shouldn’t be hard for her to understand being that she is divorced and still living off of her EX-husband! And now she wants to be independent? Girl, independence begins way before you tie the knot. I see why she’s so bothered by me! I could easily be a trophy and do nothing, but I’m a real woman who has my husband’s back. I don’t have to lie on mine to get what I want.
Bravotv.com: Tell us about your big blow up with Gizelle - Why did you ask Gizelle to leave?
MS: Clearly, Gizelle had no intention of getting to know me. She just wanted another opportunity to TRY to throw shade and once again she made a fool of herself. I tried really hard to be nice and keep my Jesus, but the TRICK had to go! 3 Strikes and you’re out! Drive 30 minutes back to Potomac. She must think I’m perfect because she’s working overtime trying to find a reason to have an issue with me. If she worked this hard on her makeup line, she would be as big as L'Oreal by now! She called me talkative based on Robyn’s observation and tried to use that as an excuse to talk more trash, but the joke was on her. The entire time I was in the kitchen, I was shoving my face with food. Sorry, boo! You aren’t Robyn and you can’t use that excuse today. She’s way too old for this type of foolishness and should know how to act like a lady in someone else’s home. From the start, I could tell she did not want to be there but I ignored it and kept entertaining my other guests. I even checked on her and Kal in the kitchen to make sure they were cooling off since it was 90 degrees outside and she had a coat on. One thing you won’t ever do is disrespect me in my own home, so I told her to leave.