Wendy Osefo reflects on her first season of ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’

Wendy Osefo
Wendy Osefo

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Wendy Osefo made quite the splash as the lone new cast member on season 5 of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” — and she joined the Bravo hit at the perfect time.

The show’s recently-wrapped fifth season (its three-part reunion will air every Sunday of this month) was its best yet, and Osefo brought genuinely new energy, perspective and fearlessness to the beloved franchise.

In The Know interviewed Osefo for the newest episode of our podcast, We Should Talk, where we asked her how her first go-round went, what she made of the hoopla surrounding her four degrees, this season’s central feud between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard-Bassett, what fans can expect from the reunion and, of course, whether she would come back for a second season.

“Can we get through the reunion? Can I see what happens? Because that reunion was nutty,” she laughed. “Thank you.”

Listen to Wendy Osefo’s full episode of We Should Talk below, and keep reading for highlights from the interview:

On the attention paid to her having four degrees: “I am very proud of my degrees, and I am proud of my accomplishments, but I feel like as a new Housewife, one of the elements is for people to get to know you — something that is a distinguishing factor about you outside of the group. It just so happened that one of my distinguishing factors was the fact that I have four degrees. In addition to the fact that I am the first Nigerian Housewife, so you guys got to see my daughter’s sip and see, and we did it Nigerian style. But I just found it so interesting that it became so polarizing, in a way. Housewives as a franchise is predicated on these women with larger than life personalities talking about different things, and one of those things is their financial wealth. Whether it’s how many millions they have, how many cars or how many homes, they always talk about these things. Good, bad or indifferent, some of these women get those things from their husbands. I come into this platform, and I work hard — blood, sweat and tears — and I achieve something academically. I’m showing the audience that, yes, there is financial wealth, but there’s also academic wealth. That’s what I bring. But, for some reason, that becomes so polarizing, and I don’t understand why. It makes no sense to me.”

On filming the “RHOP” season 5 reunion: “Andy [Cohen] keeps on saying it was 11 hours. It was more than 11 hours! Our call time was, of course, before we started filming. So, it wasn’t 11 hours — it was more like 14 hours! It was insane. For me, the biggest thing was, first of all, you guys are gonna be like, ‘Whoa!’ There’s a lot of ‘whoa’ moments there. I was sitting there and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ It was a a lot. The reunion is different. It’s not housed in an environment that you know. You guys are all in a circle and Andy is there, there are questions coming from him and questions coming from the fans. It’s a lot going on. For me, it was really intense.”

On Monique and Candiace at the “RHOP” reunion: “I believe that both ladies got the opportunity to say what they needed to say. There was ample time. They definitely had their time where none of us chimed in. It was just between them, as it should be. This is something that happened between them, [so] let them hash it out. I think they were given that opportunity. For me, I wish that the incident never happened, because from my vantage point it overtook the season, and it really didn’t allow other things to occur, because it was like a constant cloud in the season. I’m just glad that they had that opportunity, because it was needed. Imagine something of that magnitude happening over a year ago, and you have to wait a year-plus to address it. They had that chance, they had that opportunity and, for me, the best part was the fact that, the other ladies, we just let them had that moment.”

On her career as a political commentator informing her time on Real Housewives: “If you knew what I did for a living, I literally go into the dungeon, and I have to go against people where the anchor, my fellow speaker are all against me. I have to stand on my laurels and say, ‘No, what you’re doing is wrong.’ That’s my background! So you think I’m going to come in here with a bunch of women and say, ‘No, I just want to make friends with people’… I don’t give a damn! If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. If it’s right, it’s right. […] I’m not one way as a political commentator and another way as a Real Housewife.”

Watch In The Know’s full interview with Wendy Osefo below, and tune into “The Real Housewives of Potomac” on Bravo, Sundays at 9 p.m. EST:

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