The Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP) aired the premiere episode for its seventh season on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 8 pm ET on Bravo. The episode featured cast members getting into the groove of the new season and giving viewers an update on their lives, personal relationships, family issues and much more.
In the premiere episode of RHOP, much of the narrative amongst the ladies revolved around Mia Thornton's health issue. They discussed the star's Instagram post from February 2022, where she had hinted at a potential cancer diagnosis. However, the ladies felt that she was just trying to seek attention.
By the end of the episode, Gizelle confronted Mia about her "cancer" comment, which infuriated the latter, leading to an argument between the two. Gizelle's comments also received a lot of criticism from viewers. One tweeted:
RHOP stars discuss Mia Thornton's health issue
The RHOP Season 7 premiere began with cast members Gizelle, Robyn, Karen and Ashley discussing Mia's health issues. They were referring to an Instagram post by the latter, where she had indicated that she might have cancer and was told to get tested for the same after some concerning test results.
The following month, however, the star informed her fans that it wasn't cancer, but she was undergoing testing to rule out any possibility of the same.
In an Instagram post on March 25, she said:
"Each day comes with new challenges. So far no Cancer 🙌🏽 although I’m still undergoing testing and we will surgically remove the two lumps for biopsy. As for now…everything is looking good! "
In the RHOP premiere, while discussing Mia's health scare, the ladies felt that her behavior was very "attention-seeking," and claimed that the star had misled her fellow cast members into believing something was serious. Robyn said:
"You're putting out, like, these kind of unsure narrative. Are you sick, are you not sick? You don't put out the "C" word unless you're really sure about it."
Adding to Robyn's statement, fellow RHOP star Ashley said:
"Taking us on that emotional ride with you, I'm very happy to go. But don't tell me that eventually I'm - I'm on the wrong train."
Karen didn't agree with Gizelle's statement about Mia's communication being "weird," and stated that it was just "different" and that they should just hear what she had to say. However, the others were doubtful about the credibility of Mia's words.
Later on in the RHOP episode, Karen warned Mia about what their mutual "girlfriend circle" was talking about with regards to the latter's health. Mia, however, maintained that it was her life and people shouldn't bother too much about it.
By the end of the episode, Gizelle decided to confront Mia about the post. The former started by asking her fellow castmate if this was what "cancer or no cancer looks like." Mia was taken aback by the statement but assured everyone that she was fine. However, Gizelle accused her of misleading people with her post. She said:
"Speaking to you honestly...reading all of your social media...It seemed very like "Look at me..Look at me...I need attention..I need attention.." I thought you [weren't the girl] that needed attention..So why?"
Mia was upset with Gizelle's accusation and responded by saying:
"Thank you for your question..I don't need attention, quite frankly.. But what I was using my platform for was purpose...so the purpose is..I was hurt..I recieved a phone call and they said I had cancer...and I was broken...after crying with my husband, kids...I was going through everything..It's been like hell..."
Fans react to Gizelle's comments towards Mia
Fans took to social media to express their views about the altercation. Many slammed Gizelle for making inappropriate statements about Mia.
Check out what they have to say.
Cast members on this season of RHOP include Candiace Dillard Bassett, Dr. Wendy Osefo, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Mia Thornton, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, and Jacqueline Blake.
Tune in to an all-new episode of RHOP next Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 8 pm ET on Bravo.