“Real Housewives of Potomac” star Karen Huger has done her best to remain neutral in current tensions between castmates Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard, as the pair have yet to move beyond their 2019 barn brawl.
While Dillard has found unwavering support in Gizelle Bryant, 50, Robyn Dixon, 41, and Wendy Osefo, 36, the reality star took issue with Huger’s refusal to fully back her up, chopping up the Grande Dame’s verbal support to nothing more than lip service.
“You can say whatever it is you need to say to smooth it over, but I’m looking at your actions,” Dillard, 34, told Page Six last week when asked about her current relationship with 57-year-old Huger.
“As they say, actions speak louder than words. Karen’s actions from the beginning of this toxic fight and afterwards has been very difficult to peg and trust. I don’t see how we come back from that place.”
Huger, however, is far more optimistic about the future of their relationship, as she continues to insist she equally supports both women. She also empathizes with Dillard’s current emotional state — and understands why the former beauty queen is still affected by the melee.
“Candiace is definitely still in an emotional place as she shares her sincere feelings, that is a tough place to be,” Huger told us. “Moving forward, learning and growing is a healthier option. I do pray she gets there.”
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In the vein of “moving forward,” the beauty maven also discussed her developing relationship with cast newbie Osefo, with whom she had a rocky start this season. Still, she’s confident the professor and political commentator can hold her own with the ladies as long as she remains transparent.
“Wendy is an interesting and intelligent woman, our relationship is evolving and I look forward to see where it goes,” she told us. “As an OG, I have to say honestly each cast member, new or old, has it within themselves to last multiple seasons. It’s up to them how authentic they want to be. The viewers know a fake story and that’s not what any Housewife signs up for. I mean, they call it Real Housewives, right?”
Indeed, as Potomac proudly boasts that five of its seven “Housewives” are actually married, a high ratio in the world of Bravo television.
Divorcée Bryant was called to the carpet over her relationship with her ex-husband, Pastor Jamal Bryant, during part one of the reunion, and while Dillard called Samuels blasting the Bryants “a new low,” Huger had no problem with Samuels’ approach or her binder.
“Monique’s approach to calling out Gizelle is just fine with me,” she told us. “Both are strong women, Monique would make anyone accountable and call them out and in this case, that meant Gizelle was held to no different standard.”