Candiace Dillard-Bassett wasn’t too thrilled when she learned Porsha Williams would be replacing Tinsley Mortimer on Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip season three.
Ahead of Thursday’s premiere of the Peacock series, which was based out of Thailand, the Real Housewives of Potomac star spoke of her long-running feud with the Real Housewives of Atlanta alum while also shading Gizelle Bryant and slamming Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton for speaking ill of Leah McSweeney, who she applauded as the MVP of RHUGT.
“Immediately it was like, ‘Oh gosh, Porsha and Candiace are gonna have beef,'” Candiace recalled during a March 22 interview with Entertainment Tonight. “And I was like, ‘I don’t want to have any beef with Porsha!'”
As fans may recall, Porsha spoke ill of Candiace following her season five encounter with Monique Samuels.
“I knew that would be a point of contention. So, that was kind of scary, but I was excited that Porsha was coming because she is great television,” Porsha noted.
In previews of RHUGT season three, Candiace targets Porsha by questioning her about her relationship with husband Simon Guobadia, who was previously married to her friend and former RHOA co-star Falynn Pina. However, as she explained, she actually enjoys Porsha, whose wedding she attended in November 2022.
“I always said, if I met Porsha, I think I would like her. She seems like my kind of girl. Like, a girly girl, like a fun girl. And then that stuff happened in season 5, and it kind of soured things, but we got to a decent place in Thailand,” she confirmed. “I got to know her.”
That said, Candiace didn’t exactly love that Porsha was so close to Gizelle, even though she didn’t know the extent of the claims Gizelle made against her husband, Chris Bassett, amid RHOP season seven.
“Thailand did not end well for Gizelle and I, at all,” Candiace revealed. “It really just cemented what I would learn later when I would watch Potomac, and when we did get to the reunion … She proved herself to be exactly who she is by the end of Girls Trip.”
In addition to her issues with Gizelle, Candiace also isn’t in a good place with Robyn Dixon. In fact, while she’s reached out to her RHOP castmate, whose been under fire for keeping Juan Dixon‘s communication with another woman under wraps amid season seven, Robyn hasn’t responded.
“I can be disappointed in her and also empathize with where she is, and that’s where I am, but she’s slowly showing me where we are in our friendship, and I know how to take a hint — and once I take the hint, I’m quiet,” she noted.
As for the recent news of Juan losing his job as a basketball coach at Coppin State University, which came amid accusations of failing to properly handle sexual misconduct claims, Candiace said she is “really sad” for the family.
“Maybe she knew it was going to go that way, and he was ultimately going to lose his job, but she presented it to us in a much different way. So, for me, I was very stunned, and for her children, very hurt, and I do still wish them well and I pray this is does not have long-lasting effects on his career and on their reputation, because it’s intense,” Candiace stated.
As RHOP fans may have heard, Gizelle recently said she didn’t mention Juan’s missteps on RHOP because she “forgot” it happened.