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‘RHOSLC’ Cast on Friendship Fallout and Jen Shah’s Guilty Plea

Season 3 of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” has already started with a bang, and its cast promises things won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

At BravoCon, stars Lisa Barlow, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Heather Gay spoke with Variety on the biggest drama of the season so far and what fans can expect in the upcoming episodes.

Jen Shah, who pleaded guilty in July to criminal fraud charges stemming from an alleged telemarketing scheme, did not attend the convention.

Two duos emerged on the red carpet: Rose/Barlow and Marks/Gay. The ladies, who have already had explosive fights in the first three episodes of the season, declined to comment on their current friendship status, but insisted their pairings on the red carpet spoke volumes about the state. things.

Read the two interviews below.

WHITNEY ROSE AND LISA BARLOW

What can you tease about the rest of the season?

barlow: The biggest teaser is that I’m here with Whitney.

Pink: I like to explain it like an airplane trip where you say, “Fasten your seatbelt, because we are about to enter turbulence. We encountered turbulence.

barlow: I think the first three episodes were full of emotions. Let’s say it continues.

Lisa, you’ve been dealing with unproven accusations from Jen that you called her son the N-word.

barlow: Let’s call them fake charges. I met Jen last night and she was like, “Oh my God, give me a hug!” And I’m like, “We’re not there yet. You lied about me. We’re not in a big space right now. I was a really good friend to Jen. I was extremely supportive. And my big expectation of Jen was that she would be a friend back.

So far in the season, we’ve seen all the women trying to come together and support Jen Shah. How did you react to his guilty plea?

Pink: It was very shocking, because she shouted “Innocence, innocence, innocence.” His change in plea was shocking. We thought she would fight until the end. Not hearing from her was quite telling. When the ship sinks, you must take everyone with you.

barlow: His ship may not be heading in the same direction as ours.

Pink: We are on a life raft.

barlow: No, we are on a super yacht.

Pink: I was actually with this beauty when I discovered it.

(Rose taps “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star Gizelle Bryant on the shoulder and she joins the conversation.)

Pink: I walked into the house and the first thing you said to me was, “Tell me about Jen.

Bryant: I was all in! Do you know me.

barlow: How do you feel about that?

Bryant: She’s guilty, isn’t she? I heard she was hanging out in New York. So when will she [to jail]?

Judgment is currently scheduled for December.

Bryant: Aww. Shame!

(Bryant walks away.)

Whitney, we’ve seen you show a very vulnerable side of yourself this season, between officially leaving Mormonism and coming to terms with child abuse.

Pink: For me, I haven’t been an active member for 15 years, so that was just the straw that broke the camel’s back to close the chapter of my life. It was important for me to do that because it’s about energy. It’s me growing up.

Lisa, we’ve heard remarks about you this season involving you returning sexual favors in exchange for things like Vida Tequila promotion or courtside seats. How do you respond to that?

Barlow: I never did Vida Tequila any favors. I’ve never done a sexual favor for our brands. I do not need it. We make amazing and beautiful products. It was so weird to me and so weird. It was all so crazy. It was hurtful to hear.

Pink: I think we should clarify one thing. The rumor didn’t start like that. It started when Meredith came to my house and said “game favors”. The two are unrelated.

barlow: What ended up happening was that Whitney had heard something else that wasn’t true, and Meredith had gone house to house telling everyone about “My marriage isn’t right, my business isn’t.” not.”

Pink: In true Whitney fashion, I delivered it in very poor timing and poor delivery.

barlow: And the rumors are false. I have never done sexual favors for Vida or Jazz tickets. Never!

Pink: Thank you for forgiving me for participating in this.

barlow: Whitney said sorry once, and that’s all it took, because I know she meant it. After watching the last episode, you’ll see that I’m grateful to Whitney, and that was a big catalyst in our relationship as well. Because if she hadn’t told me, they would have talked about it behind my back forever. So she basically stopped the bleeding, and I’m very grateful to her for that.

HEATHER GAY AND MEREDITH BRANDS

What can you tease about the rest of this season?

Homosexual: I have a total easter egg. I have a black eye. Can you believe it? Unfortunately, I can’t discuss it because my lawyer is a badass and won’t allow me to.

Brands: I advised her, she has no right.

Are you his lawyer?

Brands: Maybe.

Homosexual: Meredith Marks, squire. She orders me to invoke my Fifth Amendment right.

Meredith, can you tease something?

Brands: Not about the black eye. It is now privileged.

Homosexual: Lawyer-client.

Brands: There is a lot of chaos. You already see in this week’s episode. It was really frantic. It’s the kind of vibe that goes forward. Maybe not at this level all the time. It’s tumultuous and traumatic. These are my two T’s in a pod.

We’ve seen each of you deal with big conflicts so far this season: Heather with Whitney and Meredith with Lisa. Where are you now ?

Homosexual: [Gesturing to Marks] Well, we’re best friends. So that answers you.

We’ve seen you show your support for Jen Shah so far in the season as she goes through a tough time. Now the guilty plea has taken place. Looking back, does this new information change any of those feelings?

Homosexual: It didn’t change my feelings looking back. It just changed my double-down on the bracket going forward because it was a huge surprise. Obviously, anyone who loves or knows Jen would realize how colossal it would be to plead guilty. And that in itself is something you need friends to back you up for.

Brands: It was very surprising and shocking. It wasn’t something that I don’t think any of us had anticipated, this close to his trial, in particular. No, it didn’t change anything in the past because now we’re looking forward to what she’s dealing with. And that’s a lot. It’s intense. These are things you never wish on your worst enemy, but on your friends. You just have to move on.

These interviews have been edited and condensed.

Mary Cashion

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