The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City have returned, and the season’s already off to a wild start. Based on the first few minutes of last night’s episode showcasing Jen Shah’s arrest, we can see that it’s only going to get crazier from here. Jen’s facing money laundering charges amid accusations she was an orchestrator in a long-time fraud scheme. She could be facing up to 30 years in prison. But that apparently doesn’t stop her from lashing out at her co-stars (aka Meredith Marks). And praising those who are loyal and stick by her (Heather Gay, for some reason).
Jen has maintained her innocence throughout the whole ordeal so far. But the feds and a judge will determine that. She did call herself the “Wizard of Oz” at her job, which confused both her co-stars and the viewers who tried to understand exactly what she did for a living. And apparently, even Heather, who thinks Jen can somehow redeem herself from this, knew from the get-go that Jen was seemingly involved in some shady business.
During last night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Miss Heather made her clubhouse debut. And didn’t hold back from talking about Jen’s legal woes. A fan first asked how Heather can support Jen as a friend, but not support the things she’s being charged for. With a mouth full of challah bread (iconic), she explained her answer. “I have one job and it’s to be Jen’s friend. That’s it. And, you know what, you need friends when you’re in a situation like this,” Heather said. Now that’s called a ride-or-die. But I don’t think a pep talk from Heather or Coach Shah will be enough to fix this one.
Andy Cohen then proceeded to ask Heather if she’s ever questioned Jen about whether or not she’s guilty of the charges. Heather claims she never felt the need to. “It’s irrelevant,” Heather responded. “I knew her business was unsavory when I was her friend. So why would I change now that it’s public?” Again, it begs the question of why Jen would join a reality TV show in the first place if she is guilty. Or if her friends couldn’t even understand what she tried to portray as her humble little business.
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The RHOSLC star went on to explain that when Jen appeared on her podcast, she asked her questions “for like an hour” about her business. “Because I love business and I know how hard it is to make money in business — it doesn’t just flow,” Heather continued. “And I never understood it. I just assumed it was something that was, like, right along the line of nothing I’d want to be involved in. But I didn’t think it was illegal. I didn’t think you could go to prison for it.”
Heather finished by adding that if she knew of the mess Jen was going to get herself in, she would’ve offered her some real advice. “I would have said, ‘Babe, don’t do this. Your life is worth more than that,” she said. This entire thing gives me chills. Almost as much as it did when Jen said she hasn’t “been to jail yet” during the premiere ep.
The RHOSLC ladies are already being 10x more upfront about the legal drama of this season than the majority of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, aside from Sutton Stracke, when it comes to the Erika Jayne of it all. Now that’s some real queen behavior. And the season is just getting started, so buckle up.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HEATHER SAYING SHE ALWAYS KNEW JEN’S BUSINESS WAS “UNSAVORY”? DO YOU AGREE WITH HEATHER FOR SUPPORTING JEN THROUGH HER LEGAL WOES?
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