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Candiace Dillard Bassett Defends Leah McSweeney After Shady Comments from Alexia and Marysol

The Real Housewives of Potomac cast member also teased potential drama between Leah and Gizelle Bryant.

By Allison Crist

Alexia Nepola and Marysol Patton may not have enjoyed traveling to Thailand with Leah McSweeney for The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Season 3, but the way their castmate Candiace Dillard Bassett sees it, The Real Housewives of Miami BFFs are just being “haters.”

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The Real Housewives of Potomac cast member said as much in a recent interview with ET after hearing that Alexia and Marysol joked on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that they “never” wanted to vacation with Leah ever again. The two also said that out of all their RHUGT castmates, The Real Housewives of New York City alum made the “worst first impression.”

“How horrible!” Candiace said in response. “Y’all are some haters! That is so nasty. Leah is a fun girl.”

Gizelle Bryant might think otherwise, though, as Candiace teased some possible tension between her RHOP castmate and Leah. A recently released RHUGT teaser — which aired exclusively during WWHL — also indicated that the two aren’t exactly destined to be the best of friends while vacationing. See the scene for yourself in the below clip.

Regardless of who was beefing, Candiace also shared that whenever there was drama, the ladies would get called out by their Thai host, Pepsi.

“Shame, embarrassment,” Candiace recalled feeling. “Like, I wanted to hide my face, because here is a kind, sweet man, we are running him up in his house. and he is reading us for filth! Yeah… we were all really embarrassed. Yeah, we were losing it.”

Thankfully, it sounds like Pepsi was able to help tame some of the drama. “It was nice that someone called it out and could see it for what it was and was affected by it,” Candiace added. “He was really emotional, and it made us sit back and go, ‘Wow, we should maybe shut up.’”

What Candiace won’t be shutting up about is her love for Leah — and vice versa. Leah took to Instagram on March 22 to share an appreciation post for her fellow RHUGT cast member, writing, “From the bottom of my heart…thank you for being you.”

Catch more of the duo on RHUGT.

Watch The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip on Thursdays on Peacock.

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