In an interview with David Yontef for his podcast “Behind the Velvet Rope,” Moon, 37, claimed that Bravo producers wanted her to cause drama after a video of her co-star Brandi Redmond mocking Asians resurfaced online in January 2020.
The anesthesiologist noted that they were filming her “very first all-cast event” when the producers asked her to discuss Redmond’s racist video.
“I’m like, that video was like months ago. Like it’s summer, that video came out during winter, and they’re like, talk to her about her video,” Moon, who immigrated from China at the age of 6, said.
Moon also said she “didn’t want to talk to [Redmond] about her video,” but the producers were purportedly insistent.
“They’re like, you are going to talk to her about the video,” Moon said. “I’m having to address a racist video and they’re trying to do this thing between me and Brandi. Well, I never had a thing with Brandi. Still don’t.”
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Redmond caused outrage after her 2017 Instagram video mocking Asians was shared online by Steve Kembel, the wedding planner of her fellow cast member LeeAnne Locken. Redmond faced even more backlash after tweeting that she would do it again. She eventually removed her tweet and apologized days later. Racism in “The Real Housewives” spin-offs has been making headlines in recent months. Back in January, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennie Nguyen confronted her co-star Mary Cosby over her “slanted eyes” remark. In August 2021, Bravo announced that “The Real Housewives of Dallas” was put on an indefinite hiatus. Moon told Yontef that she might have played a role in this since she “sort of jokingly” told the producers to “scrap” footage they planned on using for the show’s sixth season since its new cast was not “jelling.”
“We were on a phone call, and I said, ‘You know what? Let’s just scrap the whole thing. Let’s just cut the cord and, you know, maybe pick it up in a year or two or never,” Moon shared. “I basically, in so many words, said that I refused to film with Kameron and COVID in Texas.”
Moon was subjected to racist cyberbullying by the family members of her co-star, Kameron Westcott, on Twitter in May 2021. The two co-stars also had an argument on the show involving accusations of racism toward each other.
On her possible return to the show, Moon said there is “no way that I could do this again if it’s the same cast of characters.”
“Because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results,” she continued. “I said, if this is going to be the future cast, then I’m out.”