Agreed. Being on this show was everything to Monique, as it is to Karen, Kyle Richards, and others across the franchise. It gave her some independence from the controlling Chris.
If one is smart about it (NotNeNe), one can milk the opportunities for years. It appears that even slimy lowlifes like Slade Smiley and Gretchen manage to eke out a living via sponsorships and appearances long after they are no longer on the original show. I question whether Monique has the discipline to flog that particular horse. It takes work. Also, I would never take away from Chris' accomplishments (Roll Tide!), but he and Monique are not big deals in DC. This town is chock full of former presidents, Members of Congress, ambassadors, athletes, cave dwellers (old money Washingtonians) and business executives.
The reunion didn't go the way Chris wanted it to go; he's used to getting his way. So he pulled Monique (I'm convinced). Once this is all over, she's going to be furious.