Bravo fires one of Salt Lake City’s ‘real housewives’

Old social media posts are returning to haunt one of the cast members.

(Chad Kirkland/Bravo) The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City returned September 21 with Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Meredith Marks, Mary Cosby, Lisa Barlow, Whitney Rose and new cast Jennie Nguyen. The second season episodes are still airing.

Bravo has fired one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” — and it’s not the one charged with federal fraud or the one who repeatedly said racist things on the show.

Jennie Nguyen, who joined the cast in Season 2, was fired for social media posts she made before joining the Housewives. Bravo tweeted on Tuesday that “Jennie Nguyen has stopped filming and will no longer be a cast member.”

(Natalie Cass/Bravo) Jennie Nguyen and Jen Shan on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.

The tweet continued, “We acknowledge that we failed to take appropriate action when we were made aware of your objectionable social media posts.”

After RHOSLC season 2 finished production, social media posts that Nguyen created in 2020 surfaced. She labeled Black Lives Matter members “thugs” and “violent gangs.” She shared a cartoon of an elderly white woman saying the stick figures on the back of her car represent “how many rioters I’ve met.” She also shared a debunked story that falsely accused George Floyd of rape.

(Facebook) A screenshot of a shared post by Jennie Nguyen.

In other posts, Nguyen expressed his passionate support for Donald Trump and his conspiracy theories, and espoused anti-vaccine sentiment.

Nguyen apologized “for my deleted Facebook posts from 2020. … At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I’ve since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were.” She didn’t explain how non-violent it was to joke about running over “rioters”.

The old posts were shocking, not only because of their content, but because they came from Nguyen. She was largely a voice of reason in Season 2 of “RHOSLC”. And she was on the right side of an ongoing feud with colleague Mary Cosby, who referred to Nguyen’s “yellow” skin tones and “slanted eyes.” This comes after Cosby, who is black, belittled both blacks and Mexicans in previous episodes.

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(Facebook) A screenshot of a shared post by Jennie Nguyen.

There were also calls for Cosby to be fired from the show. She didn’t show up to film the second season’s reunion episodes – which the cast is reportedly contractually obligated to do – and it’s believed she won’t be returning for season three. (Bravo has not responded to inquiries about whether Cosby has quit, has been fired, or will be fired.)

[Read more: It looks like Mary Cosby has quit or been fired by ‘Real Housewives of SLC’]

Although Bravo has yet to officially confirm the return of RHOSLC, Season 3 began production last week. According to People magazine, Cosby did not film with the other women. And Nguyen – who was filming with Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah – was immediately removed from the show on Tuesday.

Bravo officials also didn’t explain why they fired Nguyen days after her social media posts surfaced, while Cosby has remained a member of the cast despite repeated racist remarks in Season 1 and Season 2. Bravo executives also didn’t explain why they weren’t aware of Nguyen’s offensive posts, despite remaining online until recently. “Going forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make more informed and thoughtful casting decisions,” Bravo tweeted.

The network didn’t say if or how it will respond to Nguyen’s posts and her firing in the remaining episodes of season two or the reunion episodes, which were filmed before news of the posts broke.

Several of Nguyen’s former castmates have taken to social media to condemn her. Jen Shah, who faces federal charges of fraud and money laundering, wrote, “I must stand up now on behalf of my husband and sons who are African American and say that I am deeply offended by the racially insensitive posts and comments.” She drove continued that Nguyen’s posts were “striking”, adding that she is “equally disappointed by the insincere apology that has been issued”.

Barlow, who was longtime friends with Nguyen before she joined the RHOSLC cast, wrote that her “heart is so heavy right now. I feel really hurt and disappointed” by the posts that she “doesn’t condone. … The posts were harmful and hurtful to a community I love.”

Marks wrote: “There is no place for hate in this world. … Negative comments based on prejudice about one’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender are abhorrent and should never be tolerated.”

And Rose took aim at Nguyen without mentioning her by name: “It is NEVER okay to make, comment, post and/or share racially charged and derogatory statements/posts.”

Gay made perhaps the strongest statement: “I am deeply shocked, saddened and disappointed by the patently racist and derogatory comments shared and liked again” by Nguyen. “There must be no sanctuary in this world for hateful anti-Black people and violent rhetoric.”

Recaps of the last episodes:

January 9: Things take a violent turn on Real Housewives of SLC. Meredith suggests that Mary, a 49-year-old woman, is unaware that referring to “slanted eyes” and mocking Asian accents is wrong.

Jan. 16: Two from “The Real Housewives of SLC” almost get together. Meredith insists she has spoken out strongly against Mary’s racism. She didn’t.

Jan 23: “Real Housewives from SLC” at each other’s throats – then totally chummy. Jennie confides in a confessional that “I went to anger management for a whole year because I can’t control my temper.” She added: “One night I [kept] throw [expletive] at my husband, and I actually broke his ribs.” She continued, “The first step to controlling my anger is to forgive and let go. So for Mary, I’ll do that and make sure we get along when we’re in the same room.”

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