As with any new cast of the Real Housewives franchise, viewers get to know both the personal and professional lives of the ladies on screen. Such was the case with the premiere season of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. We got to see Mary Cosby as the “first lady” of her church, Lisa Barlow setting up venues for Sundance, Meredith Marks’ boutique and fashion line, and Heather Gay expanding her spa business.
But Jen Shah was always noticeably vague about what she did except to say that she was in marketing. We got a quick scan of her offices during an early episode, but that’s it. She brought her “boss bitch” self to the Shah Squad though, who thanklessly turned Jen into our favorite glam-zilla for the cast events.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has had an interesting couple of days. RHOSLC viewers are used to seeing Jen acting extra and exhibiting volatile behavior. She had a melt-down in Las Vegas and was up in Whitney Rose’s face. And her bestie Heather Gay has claimed that Jen isn’t acting up for the cameras. She’s just being her delightful self.
Recently, audio leaked of Jen allegedly screaming at her Shah squad and dress designer Koa Johnson. In one audio clip, Jen shouted “I’m gonna beat the shit outta you in like two seconds.” Jen later refuted claims that she was verbally abusive to her staff. She also sent cease and desist letters to the two Instagram accounts that shared the leaked audio. Jen even supposedly fat-shamed her most loyal ally, Heather.
When Real Housewives of Salt Lake City debuted as the newest franchise, it was fun and fresh. Jen Shah emerged immediately as the HBIC. But since that time, she has exhibited some bouts of aggression that floored me. Warning- there is a lot of cursing and rough grammar coming up.
During the RHOSLC cast trip to Las Vegas, Jen had a meltdown because Lisa Barlow and her doppelganger, Meredith Marks, made amends with Whitney Rose. Jen got in Whitney’s face, and gave her best friend, Heather Gay, a smack on the hand.
We all saw how loyal Heather Gay was to Jen Shah during Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 1. However, Heather felt like Jen cared more about impressing her new pals Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow than being there for Heather.
And by “care,” I would say that Jen had a funny way of showing that to Meredith, considering that she talked about Meredith’s marriage all season. But, anyway, back to Heather and Jen. During the reunion, Heather tearfully shared that Jen called her “Shrek” and a “manatee.” And, now, unfortunately, the receipts have come to light.
It is no secret that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore took an instant dislike to newbie Drew Sidora. Kenya and her bestie, new part-time cast member LaToya Ali, heckled Drew’s wig as “a pet wig.”
Kenya even compared Drew to former RHOA co-star Kim Fields. “Kim wasn’t thirsty. You know, Drew is just parched, honey,” Kenya remarked. “She is doing everything she can.”
Real Housewives of Potomac viewers still don’t know for sure what was real and what was fake in Gizelle Bryant’s revived relationship with her
cheating ex-husband Jamal Bryant.
However, that hasn’t stopped her from criticizing the way Real Housewives from other shows pick and choose what they show from their own relationships. Pot, meet kettle.
We’ve arrived at the final hour of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Season 1. The third and final act of a historic three-part reunion. And you guys. I’m not ready for it to be over! Like really, really not. It’s been inarguably the best debut season of a new Housewives franchise since Beverly Hills back in 2010. And I’m saying that as a huge fan and ardent defender of the Potomac’s first season. (My original Bravo claim to fame was being behind one of the very first viewer-submitted reunion questions in RHOP history.)
But these SLC ladies delivered in every single way imaginable. They brought something new and completely different to the table, and added a fresh and unique POV to the Housewives universe. RHOSLC reinvigorated the franchise as a whole while some long-running tentpole cities are starting to feel stale and, ahem, long in the tooth. And that’s not just my bias talking as a born-and-bred former Mormon/Utah native. So indulge me while I savor this last recap before closing the door on Season 1 in Salt Lake City. K?