RHOSLC: Is Mary Cosby’s story too dark, even for Bravo?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY, Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks -- (Photo by: Chad Kirkland/Bravo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY, Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks -- (Photo by: Chad Kirkland/Bravo) /

Mary Cosby has quite a dark story to share on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, but is there something more nefarious going on behind the scenes?

Is something brewing in Salt Lake City with Mary Cosby and the production company? Fresh off episode 8 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s inaugural first season, Mary was noticeably absent. Are producers giving her a friend-of edit this season as she might be too dark and problematic even for Bravo, or are producers saving this enigma housewife until the end of the season?

Most die-hard Bravo lovers have had insomnia driven deep dive into Mary.  When Bravo announced the Salt Lake City cast, fans have gossiped on the many facets of her marriage to her step-grandfather, her church, and what makes Mary one of the darkest Housewives ever appearing on Bravo since Danielle Staub on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. In this season, Mary’s appearances have been limited, almost that of a friend instead of a full-time housewife. When she does appear, we get little nuggets of just how disconnected from her family, the cast, and life she is.

Producers did not introduce us to her until the very end of the first episode when she made the infamous hospital smell comment to Jen Shah. Throughout the next few episodes, we see trivial scenes of her at home with her step-grandfather husband, son, housekeeper, and second cousin whom she knows nothing about, and countless designer clothing. Almost like she is a doll living in a dark dream house.

Besides her misguided attempt at her Met Gala and a brief appearance at Park City “Fashion Week,” she has been noticeably absent from this season and missing from full cast scenes in recent episodes. Her absence leads to speculation that maybe producers and Bravo are editing her out because of the rumors swirling that she could allegedly be a cult leader.

Producers might be saving her dark sided chaos to deliver a spectacular end of the first season. But during this midway point in this season, one thing is clear; she is a disconnected housewife. Whether that is producer editing or her actual personality, this disconnection might be some of why Bravo scrapped the footage from the first production company and turned it over to Shed Media, the masterminds behind The Real Housewives of New York City.

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Only time will tell if this is the case, but something is up with production regarding Mary. In the meantime, we can’t help but stan Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay.  One big thumbs up emoji, as Heather would send us.

Mary Cosby & The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is on Wednesdays at 10 PM ET on Bravo.