For much of Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Chris Bassett was under much scrutiny for managing Candiace Dillard Bassett’s budding music and acting career. The chef by trade was viewed as riding Candiace’s coattails by her co-stars and her opinionated mother. Chris says he sold his half of his D.C. barbeque restaurant amid the coronavirus pandemic. He began conducting online cooking classes and catering for additional income while managing Candiace’s schedule.
The perception of Chris being a leech of sorts was further complicated after part four of the reunion special. Co-host Nicki Minaj asked Candiace to sing to prove her talent. Candiace was initially hesitant but did so anyway. Chris however, didn’t like Minaj’s “line of questioning” and later said on social media that he felt Minaj was being shady. Viewers disagreed and felt his interjection at the reunion was out of place. Now, Candiace is speaking on her husband’s behalf.
Candiace Dillard defends her husband following backlash from social media users
Social media users were not happy about Chris storming the reunion set after Candiace’s acapella moment. In fact, even her co-stars, and Andy Cohen, felt that Chris’s actions were out of line and unjustified. They actually felt Chris’ reaction took away from Candiace’s moment. But Candiace is defending her man.
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She took to Instagram live to clarify the entire situation. “So what I want to make clear is that because a lot of people are saying, ‘well, Chris was out of line to be upset with Nicki for her line of questioning,’ and, ‘he needs to chill. When Chris came over to me, we were on a break. We were not, as we say, ‘up.’ The cameras were on because they’re always rolling. We were mic’d and our sound was on, as it always is. But we were transitioning from one segment, mine with Nicki, to the husbands.”
Candiace continued: “So, he wasn’t just out there. He didn’t storm the stage, he didn’t storm the set demanding that I be given justice. He was out there because we were getting ready to shoot the husbands segment. He was speaking to me. He was not declaring anything to the cast, to Andy, to production. He was talking to his wife. He was expressing to his wife that he was discontent based on what he had just seen.”
Nicki Minaj calls Chris Bassett out online
Minaj was annoyed after watching the reunion and seeing Chris’ reaction from a different perspective. “Candy gurl husband really needs to sit his a** down chi LMFAO #RHOP,” she said in one Tweet, The Jasmine Brand reports. “He really fell & bumped his head for quick lil min chi. ‘The line of questioning’ what? Anyway.”
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But Bassett wasn’t backing down, responding to Minaj in his own Tweet. “I don’t need to do nothing but support my wife,” he wrote. He added in another Tweet: “It’s a new dawn….it’s a new day…..and I STILL got the same energy. Happy to have a wife that loves and supports me the way I will always love and support her.”