Jen Shah was made for
jail reality television. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premiered last year and served mountain views with blender co-dependency. We also got some pretty interesting characters, and Jen provided a little bit of everything. She had the paid team of friends, expensive wardrobe, and now fraud charges. Welcome to the world of Real Housewives, Jen darling.
Season 2 of RHOSLC is heavily anticipated as Jen found herself busted by the Feds for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Her arrest is now content for a storyline and fodder for anyone she’s ever screamed at, which would be most people she knows. Back in April, Jen plead not guilty to the allegations lodged against her and it appears she wants all of the charges dropped as well. While Jen’s smile might be a thin disguise, she is now trying to hide her blurry
Jen Shah was the HBIC on Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Last season, during a RHOSLC cast trip to Las Vegas, Jen got in Whitney Rose’s face. She also screamed at her most loyal supporter, Heather Gay.
In March of 2021, audio of Jen allegedly verbally attacking her Shah squad and designer Koa Johnson leaked. Jen sent cease and desist letters to the Instagram accounts that leaked the audio.
Similar to Jen Shah of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Erika Jayne’s extraness has proven to be her downfall. Both Jen and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star have bragged about their extravagant lifestyles, only to be caught up in embezzlement and fraud lawsuits that could lead to jail time. Or at the very least, a complete shake-up of their XXPen$ive lifestyles. It just goes to show that all that glitters is not gold.
Erika’s husband Tom Girardi is truly in some deep shit. The longtime L.A. lawyer has had his assets frozen and lost his license to practice law after being accused of embezzling more than $26 million in unpaid funds to victims of horrific accidents. The lawyer stole the money from victims to fund he and EJ’s extravagant lifestyle, which is just downright evil. To add to the craziness, Erika filed for divorce around the same time news of the lawsuit broke, looking like a last-ditch attempt for her to recover her assets. Even though she’s claiming her 81-year-old husband with failing health somehow had the time to cheat on her while swindling millions from his clients. Rich people problems, am I right?
Erika Girardi isn’t exactly in the clear, even though she’s crying scapegoat and getting her co-stars to run a sympathy campaign for her. But the proof is in the pudding, and she’s fair-game for an investigation. Even the feds are tuning in to RHOBH now, and I wonder what they think of Sutton Stracke’s crying or Kathy Hilton’s antics? They’re definitely taking plenty of notes of how EJ bragged about her love for Tom just DAYS before filing for divorce. Messy, messy.
Dina Manzo is angry. The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum has a lot of brewing family turmoil. On the positive side, Dina is happily married to new husband, David Cantin. But the road to Dina’s happily ever after was plagued with ugly obstacles from her past. As you know, Dina and her sister, Caroline Manzo were cast on the inaugural season of RHONJ and both were married to brothers in the Manzo family.
According to urban legend, Dina joined Real Housewives to gain financial independence from Tommy Manzo so she could leave his allegedly cheating ass. Dina ultimately got what she wanted, but the demise of her nuptials came at a big price. Dina and David have both been victims of violent assaults and Tommy got popped for hiring the attacker(s). Big sissy Caroline went against her blood to protect her last name. Now the sisterly feud continues to boil as Dina checks Bravo for being “insensitive” during her difficult time.
Ever since the news broke about Jen Shah’s arrest, anticipation for her return to the small screen sky-rocketed. It was damn good luck that the Feds came for her while Bravo cameras were rolling for Season Two of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Jen has yet to have her day in court to determine if she is guilty of the charges. The arrest was very much real though, and RHOSLC fans can’t wait to see Jen humbled a little.
Of course, Season One was volatile and entertaining in its own right. Heather Gay just wanted to party and hook up. Whitney Rose accused Lisa Barlow and Meredith Marks of being afraid of Jen, which caused a lot of strife at Coach Sharrieff Shah’s birthday party. Lisa and Meredith denied the allegations, despite Jen’s tendency to rage and throw glasses. Interactions with Jen were so toxic that Meredith wisely “disengaged” from confrontations all season. And while no one admitted to fearing Jen, the RHOSLC ladies agreed that she is untrustworthy.
Everyone watching this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is holding their breath to find out more tea about Erika Jayne’s legal situation. Her divorce from Tom Girardi came at a questionable time, as it coincided with the longtime lawyer facing fraud and embezzlement charges. Mrs. Girardi claimed her 81-year-old husband was cheating on her, but everyone’s wondering whether or not it’s all a sham attempt at protecting their assets.
Tom is being accused of embezzling more than $26 million dollars to victims of horrific accidents and their families, including orphaned children. He can’t practice law anymore, his health is failing and he’s losing his home. Meanwhile, as of episode two, Erika is still prancing around her closets filled with designer clothes (probably deciding what to sell) and hanging with her $40k a month glam squad. It’s left a gross taste in everyone’s mouth to watch.
The big question is whether or not Erika was aware of Tom misappropriating legal funds to afford their lavish lifestyle and her wannabe pop music career. Miss XXPen$ive is doubling down that she didn’t know anything, but I’m with Sutton Stracke on whether or not I believe that. Evidence against Erika, including her signatures on a few questionable documents, point otherwise. But she’s saying she’s nothing but a scapegoat.
Kelly Dodd is not known for mincing words, and that’s basically what makes her popular with certain people. She has been on Real Housewives of Orange County since Season 11, and the lack of filter on her mouth combined with her lack of patience for Vicki Gunvalson endeared to her a large audience. Kelly has weathered several storms on camera, including quite possibly the most erratic weather system that appears at least once a year, Shannon Storms Beador.
Kelly makes a point of letting people know exactly what’s on her mind and it often works against her. She goes for shock value and doesn’t care if the results place her in an unflattering light. Either way, it keeps her name in people’s mouths, which makes Andy Cohen happy. That said, her problematic personality does lend itself to humor… sometimes. She might not be drowning in pesky things like facts, but she can be funny. Recently Kelly and her husband have been traveling on the East Coast and chilling with friends. But don’t worry, she packed
her mask the sarcasm in a carry-on bag.
Out of all the insane stories and controversial moments that have happened in the Bravoverse over the past year, Jen Shah of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City really takes the cake. Her first season on the show was filled with her erratic behavior and seemingly picture-perfect life, which we all know is really a scam now. Jen was arrested a few weeks back for allegedly being involved in a long-running fraud and money laundering telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly. And while she’s been posting on Instagram as if she’s not facing 30 years behind bars (#unarrested), the charges alleged against her and her assistant Stuart Smith are truly horrific, to put it in the words of her old buddy Brooks Marks.
Jen has pleaded not guilty both in and out of the courtroom, but the evidence isn’t looking too good for Miss Shah. She was apparently tipped off about her arrest, somewhat attempted to flee and traumatized producers in the process. And even though Bravo did their homework, it’s really curious why Jen would even appear on a reality show in the first place if she was involved in such shady business. At least Bravo is going to get some crazy footage for Season 2.