After four years, Monique Samuels has announced that she is departing Real Housewives of Potomac. The star, 37, took to Instagram live to announce her decision, stating that the season 5 reunion led her to make this call.

“It was a crazy ride. It’s not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest, y’all, I’m over it. I appreciate everything that people have done for me. Everybody that’s been Team Monique, I love y’all, I thank y’all.”

The entrepreneur joined the cast in season 2, shared that this decision was an attempt to keep her family away from drama. The recent season of RHOP focused on her marriage to former NFL player Chris Samuels and raised questions about the real father of her two-year-old son, Chase.

“I wanted to represent real Black love and show people something outside what the stereotype has been on TV. Unfortunately, this season I played right into that stereotype… I’m always going to be a great example and role model for my kids, and you have to know when enough is enough. And enough is enough.”

Samuels ended the livestream by thanking Bravo, saying that she was grateful to have been a part of the cast.

“I am very much at peace. It’s been a rough year, but this is the happiest I’ve been in my entire life.”

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