Michael Darby Speaks Out About the RHOP Butt-Grab


Michael Darby, husband of Ashley, is speaking out about the infamous butt grab that happened on the finale of the Real Housewives of Potomac in a new interview with Bravo. Darby also speaks out about the drama he was involved in at his Bethany beach home with Karen Huger.

Bravotv.com: Can you tell us what exactly happened on the dance floor?
Michael Darby:
Andrew and I have become friends since the start of the show. We have mutual interests and have found that we have friends in common. We had enjoyed a fun night at Charrisse Jackson Jordan’s birthday party and were letting loose on the dance floor when I playfully touched Andrew’s butt. He responded as expected with a laugh and we continued to dance with our lovely ladies.

Bravotv.com: What do you think about the debate that sparked about this moment on the dance floor?
I was surprised when two people (Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon) who had nothing to do with the incident decided to become involved and try to ruin my wife’s fun night by tattling (in Australia we call it dobbing) on me. I’m sure they were disappointed when Ashley Darby told them she didn’t think it was an “inappropriate white person’s thing” and that I was just having fun. Speaking of fun we partied into the wee hours with Charrisse and her incredible friends and family while the dobbers went home and slept.

Bravotv.com: This isn’t the first time you’ve been the center of the Potomac drama, can you tell us about the boat moment and Bethany Beach clash?
I’m used to being the center of attention in the real estate world, but I didn’t think I would cause this much trouble with the lovely ladies of Potomac. I guess my idea of enjoying a late afternoon boat trip (it wasn’t no yacht) in Annapolis on a hot summer’s day is different from several of the these ladies. If you put an Australian on a boat and give him the choice of swimming in the refreshing waters of the Severn River or listening to boring conversations about Potomac etiquette he would always choose the water over women drinking wine or should I say whiney women.

The now infamous beach house clash! When I think of the beach I think about relaxing, swimming, surfing, wearing as few clothes as possible, having fun, and opening up my beach home to friends and family. I considered these women friends and was initially happy to have them in our home. I went to the beach early to surprise my gorgeous wife who I hadn’t seen for three days. This was the longest period of time we had been away from each other since we were married and I knew she was working hard to host these women. I wanted to bring the Darby team together and help her host the festivities of the last night of their trip. I was shocked by the extreme and illogical reactions of Karen Huger and Gizelle but I wasn’t going to let it ruin our fun. While they went to bed and bolted their doors Ash Bash and the women who were not frightened by what I might do to them played beer pong, danced, and laughed until 4 AM. Darbys and Fun – 1 Karen and Gizelle – 0.

Bravotv.com: What is it like to be the center of all the drama with these ladies?
To tell you the truth I love it! Ashley and I are a slightly unusual couple so we are used to people judging us. What judgmental people don’t get to see is two people that really love each other, and lead an incredibly exciting and interesting life. We are doing so many challenging and fun things that we cannot, and do not want to, stop to see if we are making everyone comfortable and happy. We do us and most of the time people love being part of that, those that don’t usually don’t know how to have fun.

In case you don’t remember what happened, you can re-watch the clip here:

Photo Credit: Bravo


15 Replies to “Michael Darby Speaks Out About the RHOP Butt-Grab”

  1. Okay, skeevy dude, this is a Housewives show. Get your male ass out of the limelight. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice what happened to Jim Marchese in NJ when he tried to make it all about him.

    If I’d have been on that boat, I’d have let you jump in.

  2. This guy’s just creepy….and he has been from the jump….but he still somehow managed to rise to the top of the most unlikable cast Bravo has ever assembled. I would rather watch Miami than give this group of obnoxious and petty, snobs another season.

  3. When I saw Michael stripping down on the boat…. It was a little different…. He had some drinks and it was awkward. He did have swimming trunks on though… And as to his coming to the girls time at the beach… He should’ve let the girls have their time… Especially when he had to know his wife was trying to engage with these women. But he did show up… And Ashley supported her husband being there! As I would if my man showed up ( he wouldn’t knowing it was girl time). I can see both sides… But… Giselle and Karen didn’t have to make it such a deal! Worried Michael wanted to see them in their slinky niteys? Don’t think so girls. He should’ve never showed up (makes me think he’s not confident in his relationship w Ashley…). But he did. Karen & Giselle go to your rooms and let it go.

    1. I definitely did see both sides of this (to be honest, those girls are simply darned too sheltered: I grew up around the Gizelles and Karens of the world, and to let them tell it the’ve even trained themselves to not pass gas as it’s not the “proper” thing for a lady to do). However, Gizelle (with Robyn in tow), was making much ado about nothing regarding somebody else’s business…like she always does. Gizelle used to be a former First Lady of a very prestious church, how convenient she can never recall any scriptures about minding your own business and tending your own before you dip into anyone else’s.

  4. He would’t be saying anything if he wasn’t asked to chime in. That said…bless his heart, but he did look a bit like he was flirting with with the little Gym Head he was engaging in conversation with when Ashley interrupted. Additionally, wife usually knows her own husband better than anyone else, and I’m sure as Ashley stated re: the bum grab, big deal. Maybe they’re sexually fluid, who knows, who cares? Gizelle, as usual, was being the town busybody with that “Gladys Kravitz” Syndrome of hers. She should look to Lisa Rinna over on RHoBH and see how well that’ll end up.

  5. If you put an Australian on a boat and give him the choice of swimming in the refreshing waters of the Severn River or listening to boring conversations about Potomac etiquette he would always choose the water over women drinking wine or should I say whiney women.


  6. Watched this series for half of the season and then lost interest,. Agree with Apple/. Would rather watch Miami than these petty unattractive unlikable women. One exception. Ashley, Love her zest

  7. I think this is the kind of socially inept guy who wouldn’t be able to get a date if he wasn’t filthy rich. Also, I’m sorry but when your spouse is your parents’ age or your childrens’ age, there’s likely something deeply dysfunctional there, too.

    It comes too close to the incest taboo and both are usually using each other. They’re in completely different stages of life as well and will have precious little in common after the newness wears off.

    Old guy wants to feel falsely young and hip with a young wife then finds himself insecure because he can’t keep up and isn’t attractive to her (crashing the GIRLS’ weekend is pathetically insecure, sorry). And she’s most likely a gold digger, a grifter, probably a sex worker when she met him. I’d rather see glamorous couples, not Daddy-Daughter couples.

    Also, Ashley doesn’t fit in with the other women when she’s more their kids’ ages than a peer. When most of the viewers are older women, I wonder why they keep dropping in a young one when it’s so annoying.

  8. There’s the “judge” spouting bile again…you really need to fill your love tank, like Vicky does

    “I think this is the kind of socially inept guy who wouldn’t be able to get a date”

    Projecting much ?

  9. I don’t hate this guy and he hasn’t bothered me but his coming to the shore house did remind me of Simon (from RHNY) showing up for ‘Ladies night’ Ramona going bonkers. lol.

    1. Oh my goodness, I think I re-watched that episode a few months ago, the entire scenario was bonkers, lol. Why is it that in my mind I could see see Simon & Alex being great friends with the Darbys? Could you picture that, too? lol

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