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Kenya Moore on the "Stress" of Marc Daly's Charity Event: "Respect? What's That?"

"It just wasn't a pleasant evening," Kenya Moore said of The Real Housewives of Atlanta moment.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Marc Daly's event for the Black Man Lab featured in the March 1 episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is considered to be one of the most uncomfortable moments of the season among fans. But if you ask Kenya Moore, she'll tell you the dinner went off without a hitch.

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"It was a huge success," Kenya said during The Real Housewives of Altanta Season 12 After Show, which you can view, above. "Everyone had a great time, and it was just a beautiful, beautiful event, I have to say. And I have to take the credit for that because a lot of it was my doing."

But getting to that point appeared to be a struggle for Kenya while she and her husband planned the event

"I know how to throw a party, I know how to make things look grand, I know that that is a lane that I really do well in. And so I wanted to take the lead, but he also wanted to take the lead, and you can only have one quarterback," Kenya shared. "I think that Marc likes to be a boss, and he is a boss in his own right. So he's used to taking the lead on business things. But I'm his partner, and he needs to understand that when you have a partner, you consult with your partner, you do things together instead of racing ahead and basically pretending or treating me like I'm a work buddy versus a partner."

So as we saw, Kenya really let Marc have authority over the event. "But eventually it circled back around to him really needing my help to pull it off. I was trying to step in at the last minute to take care of some of the fires," she said. "But had I been involved in the beginning and really had the reins from the beginning, it could have been out of this world."

During the After Show, the producer asked Kenya, "Do you feel like Marc was respectful enough to you through this process?"

She said in response, "Respect? What's that?"

Kenya continued, "I think that when you want to take the lead on everything, I don't think you respect many things that other people have to bring to the table, including myself. No, I think that I should have been treated in a way that honored the gifts that I have, that I could have blessed him with for the event, and I just don't think it ended up like that."

The RHOA haircare mogul said she felt like things were strained between her and Marc during the event. "I just felt like all night there was tension. I didn't think he was very warm to me. He never thanked me in front of the crowd. It was just a lot going on," she recalled. "But I kept my head up and a smile on my face to represent our family well. It just wasn't a pleasant evening, and it just did not end well. I just think at that point we were just very tired of the back-and-forth and just the stress of our relationship and where we were."

Marc addressed his behavior at the charity event in a post that was published on Instagram in advance of the episode on February 26. 

"As a person of color, it is of paramount importance for me to showcase the positive aspects of my people, hence the reason for my involvement in the Black Man Lab experience. Unfortunately, my genuine attempt at doing something positive was compromised by my personal situation. For that, I sincerely apologize and take sole responsibility. I want to thank all those involved with the Black Man Lab for their support after the event," he wrote in the caption to a post on the Instagram account of his Brooklyn-based restaurant SoCo that featured a group photo taken during the event. "I would like to end by saying, I have full admiration for the organization and am always available to engage and contribute to its efforts."

The March 1 episode of RHOA ended with some news: "The day after the charity event, Kenya and Marc separately announced they were filing for divorce."

Kenya and Marc announced that they had separated in September 2019. However, in the months after the announcement, Kenya said that neither had actually filed for divorce.

When Kenya appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on February 16, she said that she and Marc are "in a good place right now" and that they were trying to figure out what the future holds for their relationship.

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Check out a sneak peek of the aftermath of Marc's charity event, below.

Kenya Moore Opens Up to Cynthia Bailey and Kandi Burruss About Her Divorce
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