It was an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” that fans won’t forget anytime soon. Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star, Mary Cosby, 50, landed herself in hot water following a comment aimed at her co-star, Heather Gay. The game “Versace or Hibachi,” led by show host Andy Cohen, provided a seemingly light-hearted platform. But what transpired has the Bravo fanbase and social media buzzing with accusations of “body-shaming.”
For those who missed it, Andy Cohen showcased various outfits of Bravo celebrities and asked his guests for a quick fashion verdict. When a picture of Heather Gay, 49, sporting a Gucci x Adidas logo-print corset popped up, Cohen threw the ball into Cosby’s court. Her answer? Less than favorable. “I don’t think Gucci makes that,” was her curt reply, followed by a thinly-veiled jab at Gay’s size, stating, “I’ve never seen a corset in, like, a size 14. Have you?”
The atmosphere tensed immediately, with guest comedian Ziwe Fumudoh and Cohen himself visibly shocked.
RHOSLC: The Aftermath and Public Reaction
Cosby’s comments didn’t stay confined to the Bravo studio. Heather Gay responded with grace and humor on a clip shared by the bravo by betches Instagram account, affirming the authenticity of her much-discussed corset. “It’s real. And it’s spectacular! 😜,” she wrote.
The digital sphere lit up with varying reactions. Fans overwhelmingly supported Heather Gay, flooding comment sections with praises for her look and accusations against Cosby for “body-shaming.” One fan put it bluntly, saying, “The fact she feels so comfortable fat-shaming Heather is despicable.”
Other co-stars had mixed reactions. Meredith Marks told PEOPLE last month that she was thrilled to have Cosby back on RHOSLC. “She brings a very unusual humor to the show… I also like that she’s pretty direct and doesn’t really hold her opinions back, so I thought it was great to have her back,” she said.
Moreover, Cosby’s return to RHOSLC earlier this year had initially been welcomed. Footage of her rejoining the cast led to largely positive comments, with fans stating that last season felt incomplete without her unique energy.