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Jen Shah has been laying low since her arrest in March for allegedly committing fraud and money laundering. But when she does crop up or post something to social media, Jen is clearly maintaining the facade. She looks fabulous and is acting like the Jen we’ve seen on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Like nothing ever happened. Side note, Jen still claims innocence.
But living a Shah-tastic lifestyle costs something. And now that Jen’s “telemarketing” business is non-operational, the RHOSLC star needs to find another way to pay the bills. Getting husband Coach Sharrieff Shah to do her hair only helps so much, though he does do a fantastic job as per a video Jen posted to her Instagram Stories recently. But regardless of who is doing the glamming, fans are questioning Jen’s antics and presentation on social media.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is already in the running for best city after just one explosive season. So many memorable moments have already been made — from Meredith Marks’ “disengaging,” Mary Cosby’s unconventional marriage and Jen Shah’s erratic and explosive behavior. And Season 2 is already looking to top the debut. Jen’s arrest for her alleged involvement in a fraud and telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly is sure to be a major focus. She and her No. 1 assistant Stuart Smith are facing up to 30 years in prison for their involvement. But much like during Season 1, Jen’s not taking accountability, proclaiming her innocence and making posts on social media like she’s not facing decades behind bars.
Season 2 will really be unlike any other. Apparently, Jen was tipped off while filming about her arrest, may or may not have attempted to flee and the whole thing traumatized producers. While her boss Andy Cohen is giving the benefit of the doubt to Jen, hoping that the so-called “Wizard Of Oz” of marketing is innocent. However, other Bravolebrities, including former housewives, aren’t so sure.
The silver lining in the mess that was 2020 was that Bravo gifted us with the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. And they didn’t just launch a new show, they knocked it out of the park with Season 1. Jen Shah’s outbursts. Heather Gay’s loyalty. Meredith Marks’ disengaged attitude. Mary Cosby in her closet with her step-grandpa. We loved every minute of it.
The show stood so well on its own after Season 1, fans probably forgot that a few Vanderpump Rules stars made an appearance at the beginning of the show. Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Lala Kent, both from Utah, are pretty tight with Whitney Rose and Heather. They made an appearance at the Shah Chalet, which may or may not have been just a set up by production. It opens the doors for more VPR cameos in future seasons, now that we know Pump Rules isn’t dead and gone for good.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City only recently finished their first season. And truthfully, it was one of the strongest first seasons from a franchise that we’ve seen in well, forever. Bravo really nailed the casting, right down to their heroes (Heather Gay) and villains (Jen Shah).
But as we have recently come to learn, Jen isn’t just a villain on screen. She might also be one off screen, having been busted by the feds for alleged shady business practices. It’s true, throughout the season, her castmates had questions about what exactly it is that Jen does. Her husband is a college coach but we all know that’s not bringing in chalet money. Even if it was a rental. Nah, Jen was always dressed to the nines in designer clothes and had multiple assistants, plus a glam squad. And everyone was wondering for what. We never got our answer on the show. But now we think we might have an idea.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is gearing up for the most epic second season ever, thanks to the mess that is Jen Shah. She’s taking cues from Teresa Giudice in more ways than one, including facing federal fraud and money laundering charges. The allegations are that Jen and her assistant Stuart Smith were part of a telemarketing scheme that targets the elderly, and could face up to 30 years in prison. This is after she spent all of Season One showing off her outrageous wealth and spending. 30 years is a long time without glam. Or spa treatments. Or Coach Shah pep talks.
But in true Jen fashion, she is avoiding responsibility by pleading not guilty and defending her innocence in tone-deaf Instagram posts. Bravo promises to show fans as much as they legally can about the drama. The cameras were there the day Jen went to the courthouse donning a furry jacket and leopard heel boots in true Disney villain fashion. And while Andy Cohen is “praying” the allegations aren’t true, other housewives are throwing in their two cents, saying Jen is pretty dumb for signing up for a reality show if she had all of this going on. That really hasn’t worked out well for anyone — just look at what’s happening with Erika Jayne.
Ever since Andy Cohen announced a special episode of Watch What Happens Live featuring the kids of Housewives, there’s been drama. The show will feature Brielle Biermann, Riley Burruss, Noelle Robinson and Kairo Whitfield from the Real Housewives of Atlanta; Frankie Catania, Gia Giudice and Albie & Chris Manzo from the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Also, Real Housewives of Orange County’s Briana Culberson and Shane Keough and Real Housewives of New York’s Victoria de Lesseps and Avery Singer will be thrown in the mix. And last but not least, newbie Brooks Marks from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will be there too. So there’s definitely a variety of old and new, with plenty of OGs making a return.
But apparently, some of the wives were not happy that their kids were left off the list and made a call to Daddy Andy to complain. Andy said it was someone with daughters, which removes NeNe Leakes from the suspect list (even though she would’ve been a good contender). It was a bit of a red flag that no Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kids were featured, but Lisa Rinna totally owned it and admitted it wasn’t her calling the network. We know that her daughters Amelia Gray and Delilah Belle Hamlin are busy working on becoming the next Kardashians anyway.
You don’t have to be a member of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City or a celebrity in general to question what Jen Shah was doing on reality TV. As per official court documents, Jen was accused of running a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. Was she aware of her involvement in alleged illegal dealings? It’s necessary to note that nothing has been proven at this time, and Jen pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Jen either unwittingly put herself in a more precarious situation, or some level of narcissism had her feeling invincible. Either way, everyone in the Real Housewives circuit has an opinion, and some alums are coming out of the wood-work to share theirs.