Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn are STILL TALKING about Hannah’s premature departure from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5. Then they have to RESPOND to the others’ comments to whichever interviewer has them rehashing the past. The problem is, neither will budge on their position. So we get the same defensive statements over and over.
This time though, Sandy’s snarky responses managed to turn another Below Deck alum against her. Perhaps all the interior crew of coastal Europe should take offense to what Sandy really thinks of their work, because it’s hardly a comment that uplifts other women.
The Real Housewives of Potomac had its first big cast shakeup with the exit of Monique Samuels after four seasons on the show. Karen Huger, Robyn Dixon, Gizelle Bryant, and Ashley Darby have been the core four since the premiere season. Candiace Dillard joined in Season 3 and, after taking some newbie heat from Karen, fit into the group quite well. She brought the drama, but also solidified friendships overall.
The support she got from Robyn and Gizelle after her physical altercation with Monique helped her finish out the season. But Candiace was still visibly upset at the reunion, and questioned Monique’s accountability and remorse for the incident. The fallout from that event really dampened the mood at the reunion. While Karen called for healing within the group, Monique chose to take the easy route and quit the show.
Jen Shah’s indictment for alleged money laundering and wire fraud shocked viewers and peaked interest in the fledgling edition to the Real Housewives franchise. At the very least it livened up 2021 a bit. Everyone had a bad year except Andy Cohen apparently.
The fact that Bravo cameras were filming at the time of Jen’s arrest was nothing short of serendipitous. Then there was her dramatic exit from the courthouse. Also caught on camera. So of course viewers were anxious to know how much of it would be included in Season 2 of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Would Jen be legally allowed to participate? Would Bravo cut ties with her?
Despite Jackie Goldschneider’s claim to be the new queen bee of Real Housewives of New Jersey, this show has, from day one revolved around Teresa Giudice. Half of the cast and alums were either family members or in her social circle. So maybe they all came in with a strong opinions, but each season repeats the theme. You’re either with Teresa or against her.
Everyone else just seems to be fillers. Whether they contribute anything to a story line independent of Teresa depends on what they bring to the table. And this season’s cast has been underwhelming in that regard, as they just ride each other’s outraged coattails.
Captain Sandy Yawn has been the branded as the most intense of all micromanagers. The Below Deck Mediterranean captain has a habit of inserting herself into any crew drama, and therefore into more camera time as well.
Maybe Sandy does this because she thinks it makes her a good leader. Certainly it’s a management style, but Captain Lee Rosbach can run a tight ship without watching over each dinner service or assigning cabins. So it could just for her own benefit that Sandy waltzes on screen at any opportunity, especially to the galley.
The Real Housewives franchise has its fair share of cast financial scandals. And as each scandal breaks, fans question how the network vets their cast members. Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd supposedly violated California labor laws. Former business partners sued Dorit Kemsley & PK Kemsley for monies owed.
Teresa Giudice spent 11 months in jail for bankruptcy fraud. Her ex-husband Joe Giudice was away for 41 months. Phaedra Parks’ ex-husband Apollo Nida who served 96 months. Recently, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was charged with alleged conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. She’s facing one of the heaviest legal battles in Real Housewives history. A battle that, if lost, will come with a lengthy prison sentence. If found guilty, Jen could face a maximum sentence of 30 years.
As with any new cast of the Real Housewives franchise, viewers get to know both the personal and professional lives of the ladies on screen. Such was the case with the premiere season of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. We got to see Mary Cosby as the “first lady” of her church, Lisa Barlow setting up venues for Sundance, Meredith Marks’ boutique and fashion line, and Heather Gay expanding her spa business.
But Jen Shah was always noticeably vague about what she did except to say that she was in marketing. We got a quick scan of her offices during an early episode, but that’s it. She brought her “boss bitch” self to the Shah Squad though, who thanklessly turned Jen into our favorite glam-zilla for the cast events.
Jen Shah’s arrest this week for alleged money laundering shocked Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fans. Maybe for no other reason that she had the bravado to appear on reality TV and showcase her opulent lifestyle while supposedly running a telemarketing scam.
Shah-tastic Jen was more than enough without the alleged felonious dealings. Her outrageous tantrums and reactive aggression solidified a second season of the show. She polarized cast members and viewers alike. But everyone is now paying attention as to how this will play out, both on and off camera.