I don’t know how we got to the point where Real Housewives fans went from casual viewers to self-taught law students, but here we are. The bulk of it started with the twisted web of a sham divorce and embezzlement allegations swirling around Erika Jayne this season on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Then, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was arrested (or if you ask her, #unarrested) for her alleged role in a fraud and telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly. Meanwhile, there have been plenty of lawsuits, shady business deals, and countless unpaid back taxes in the Bravoverse that make me wonder why I did pull an Elle Woods in the first place.
Jen’s legal drama is sure to be the center of Season 2 of RHOSLC. She got tipped off about her arrest and while the Bravo cameras were rolling. And fans were forced to take off the rose-colored glasses that Jen’s alleged bad behavior might extend beyond her adult temper tantrums. The Shah Chalet was revealed to be a facade, much like Jen’s supposed millions. And it begs the question of how many members of the Shah Squad are sticking by her side. And which ones are running for the hills to avoid being lumped into the federal investigation.
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.
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.
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 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.
Jen Shah showed her true colors throughout the first season of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. We know she’s prone to temper tantrums, insulting her so-called friends and refusing to take responsibility for her actions.
Fans have been undoubtedly excited for the upcoming Season 2 of RHOSLC after an explosive debut. However, the anticipation reached an entirely new level when Jen was arrested for her alleged involvement in a long-running telemarketing scheme. She and her No. 1 assistant Stuart Smith are facing federal money laundering and fraud charges, which hold a maximum 30-year sentence in prison. Jen’s managed to have all of the marital problems, legal issues and explosive outbursts that it’s taken Teresa Giudice 11 seasons to master.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is filming their second season and I’ll go ahead and say it will be amazing. We’ll have crime. We’ll have scandal. We’ll have Mary Cosby quietly chuckling to herself beneath the depths of
fake Yves Saint Laurent voile blouses in her closet. Going into the first season, Jen Shah seemed to get the most attention. She was kind of… insane at times. It was almost as if Jen took a crash course in how to bring the most drama and passed with a 4.0 GPA.
But Jen went the extra mile. Not only did she get her fair share of media attention, she managed to score a quintessential accessory only a few Housewives have – a mug shot. On the bright side, Jen was in full glam when she was arrested, so it will be more like a smug shot. Per the usual Housewife rhetoric, Jen isn’t exactly humble about her affluent lifestyle. Her RHOSLC audition video has resurfaced and now we get our first taste of how Jen spent other people’s money. Allegedly.