Top Model’s producer says Monique “has no self-awareness of how her behavior affected others”

Some Top Model 7 drama is now over, thanks to the exit of Monique Babblesworth, who TV Guide calls “this season’s überbitch.” Among other things, Monique talked on the phone for hours and rubbed her dirty underwear on someone’s sheets.

Monique blames the editing, although not in the usual way. Instead, she says “The show was edited to show all my actions and doings and no one else’s.” The other girls, she says, “disrespected me.” And Melrose struck first. “She decided to give me a hard time, so I figured I’ll give [her] one. … It was horseplay. I was just taking it overboard.”

She also plays the acting card: “I played my part. I figured I would be the bitch on the show. But they made me look immature, and if they would have showed other people doing their dirt, it wouldn’t have looked like that.” If you’re going to play the bitch, don’t you think they’re going, you know, show you being a bitch? Such a pathetic excuse.

Executive producer Ken Mok says Monique was “going to be the sweet girl in the house,” or at least that’s what they thought. Instead, he says, “She kept blaming the other girls. She has no self-awareness of how her behavior affected others.” He says producers sat down with her and “We said, ‘We’re not here to edit your behavior, but you might consider taking responsibility for your own actions in terms of the other girls.'”

He also suggests there’s more Monique to come on the recap show. The underwear incident “was disgusting, but it’s what she chose to do. We don’t censor. [Besides] we never had a girl do those things,” he says. “If I showed all the footage of what Monique did, it would be 15 times as bad.”

America’s Next Top Model: Inside Monique’s Meltdown [TV Guide]
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