Jennie Nguyen was fired from The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Bravo reality series on Tuesday, after a series of controversial posts that mocked Black Lives Matter.
Joining the RHOSLC cast for Season 2 of the latest spinoff, Jennie is a Vietnamese American and mother of three who gained her fortune by owning successful medical spas. In an official statement following her offensive comments on social media, Bravo announced that the recently added reality television star would not be returning for Season 3.
“Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” Bravo’s statement read.
“We recognize we failed to take appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention,” the statement continued. “Moving forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions.”
Jennie Nguyen has yet to comment on her RHOSLC firing or the fan backlash.
According to Page Six, Internet sleuths and fans of the series looked into Jennie Nguyen after she joined the cast for Season 2 and found multiple posts mocking Black Lives Matter and those who participated in protests.
In memes and photos reposted and shared on her Facebook page, protesters were referred to “BLM thugs” and “violent gangs,” shocking fans.
Viewers demanded her exit far before Bravo’s announcement on Tuesday, and momentum for her firing grew on social media such as Twitter.
“Bravo’s really not going to fire Jennie. I’m just speechless…,” one fan wrote on Twitter after the reality show’s controversial posts surfaced. “There’s plenty of evidence and they would rather still have her FILM and use it for a storyline. That is crazy to me. #RHOSLC.”
“Are y’all still going to watch bravo if they don’t fire Jennie Nguyen?” another fan asked. “I’m not. It’s blatant disrespect. Her story line isn’t even that interesting so why would they keep her after being exposed as a racist? #RHOSLC.”
A Change.org petition titled “Fire Jennie Nguyen for being a Racist” even received over 800 signatures before Bravo officially fired her on Tuesday.
On Monday, just a day before the announcement, executive producer Andy Cohen called her controversial posts “upsetting,” and announced that Bravo was having “serious” discussions about next steps for the series.
Earlier this month, Jennie released a confusing statement on Instagram about the posts, writing that she thought she was speaking out against violence. Many fans of RHOSLC called the posts out for essentially equating the Black Lives Matter movement with violence.
At the time, she said that she had “since learned how offensive and hurtful [her] words were.”
Many of Jennie Nguyen’s former co-stars also condemned her posts and unfollowed her on Instagram. Jen Shah, a cast-mate whose husband and children are Black, also called out Jennie and said that her apology was “disingenuous.”
“We have some real s–t to talk about,” Jen wrote on Instagram.
Though filming for RHOSLC Season 3 began prior to Jennie’s firing, she will reportedly be absent from the show entirely, along with Mary Cosby, another cast member who will not be returning due to controversy and backlash.
After skipping the Season 2 reunion, Mary came under fire for racist comments and “did not want to confront the controversy surrounding her this season.”
According to Page Six, she allegedly told Jennie Nguyen that she had “nice slanted eyes.”
Despite the show becoming marred in controversy, Season 2 is expected to continue to air its final two episodes Sunday nights on Bravo before returning for Season 3.
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