Mary Cosby, one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” did not turn up on Thursday at the taping for the Season 2 reunion, Variety has confirmed. Cosby, who is the leader of the Faith Temple Pentecostal Church, has come under fire this season for running what has been characterized by some of her cast members as a cult. The reunion taped in Los Angeles.
Bravo did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and did not answer whether Cosby’s absence at the reunion means she has quit or would be fired. Cosby’s publicist also did not immediately respond to Variety. A source said, however, that by not showing up to the reunion, which are required for the cast, she has sealed her fate.
In a major storyline this season, Cosby has been accused of stealing money from congregants, effectively ruining their lives. The story began when “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” cast member Lisa Barlow invited her friend Cameron Williams, who was once a member of Cosby’s church, to a party, where he cast aspersions on how Cosby and her husband, Robert (who is also Cosby’s step-grandfather, long story), run their congregation. Later, Barlow said that Williams — who died in June 2021 — had told her that he’d mortgaged his house, and given Cosby $300,000.
It’s been a remarkable spectacle, especially given that Jen Shah, Cosby’s fellow castmate, was practically arrested on camera for fraud.
Cosby’s place on the show has always been a curiosity. Her grandmother was the former leader of Faith Temple Pentecostal Church, and seemingly a prominent figure in Salt Lake City. In Season 1, Cosby revealed that her grandmother’s dying wish was that Cosby marry her husband, Robert, thereby sealing her position as the new leader of the church, which Cosby agreed to. The decision seems to have estranged Cosby from her own mother, who thought she should inherit the grandmother’s position.
Cosby has also had to apologize for making racist remarks on the show, after complimenting new cast member Jennie Nguyen, who is Vietnamese, for her “slanted eyes.” In recent weeks, Cosby has responded to viewers’ criticisms, always ending in disaster.
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