Whitney Sudler-Smith is no stranger to cast hookups, whether he is denying being involved in one or just watching the carnage unfold around him. He has an uncanny way of side-stepping the drama on Southern Charm season after season. Whitney just seems to have the long-game in mind and doesn’t sully his name with any reality show tart.
Whitney’s one weak spot was Kathryn Dennis. He denied hooking up with her in Season 6, claiming a southern gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. Clearly he learned his lesson after she chose Thomas Ravenel over their brief hook-up during the premiere season and his ego now suggests he act otherwise. But maintaining good decisions can’t be easy.
The latest season of Southern Charm showed off an entirely new vibe. OGs like Cameran Eubanks, Thomas Ravenel and more were out. The show confronted racism, the pandemic and everything in between. The only thing that stayed the same was Madison LeCroy and Austen Kroll’s turbulent relationship, and it escalated to new heights.
By now we know Madison has a thing for athletes. She’s allegedly FaceTimed with Jennifer Lopez’s fiance Alex Rodriguez and apparently signed an NDA about it. We also know that she has a thing for Jay Cutler, and that thing seems to be making Austen jealous. She was super pissed when Austen started hanging out with Jay’s ex Kristin Cavalleri, and thus began one of the messiest relationship webs in reality TV history.
It’s the year 2021, and we’re somehow still caught up in the drama between Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel, even though he isn’t even on Southern Charm anymore. Their relationship has been a mess since Season 1, but took an especially dark turn in the past year.
Season 7 kicked off with the two apparently living together, which shocked and confused us all. It seemed like they might try to rekindle their flame for the 500th time until Thomas did was Thomas does, and secretly had a baby with another woman. Since then, the custody battle over their two kids has gotten ugly. Thomas alleged that his son, St. Julien Rembert Ravenel was “formerly diagnosed with FAS due to Kathryn’s excessive drug and alcohol consumption while he was in utero,” according to court papers. He also claims Kathryn, who has publicly struggled with drugs and alcohol, uses cocaine and leaves it accessible to their kids.
The latest season of Southern Charm covered a variety of twists and turns. Many episodes followed the Southern BLM movement and cast-members getting publicly called out for racism. Fans also saw the cast navigate the very early days of the pandemic. On a more superficial note, there were a few love triangles to keep up with. The greatest shock of all? Perhaps seeing Thomas Ravenel sipping coffee with Kathryn Dennis in episode one. Personally, I was floored.
At the time, the two were living together. It still boggles the mind. Later, fans learned Thomas was also preparing to father his next child with a woman Kathryn had no awareness of. In more recent months, these two have had all their court proceedings aired out. And it hasn’t been pretty, especially for Kathryn who is up against possibly the slimiest creep we have ever seen on Bravo.
Shep Rose has been a mainstay on Southern Charm since the beginning. He’s a womanizer, a party animal, and a bit of a late bloomer.
And now Shep can add author to the list, as he just released his book Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowering the Bar, about his life, relationships, and his time on the show. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet. However, I’m not exactly dying for life advice from a 40-year-old frat boy who has family money. But at least he knows what it takes to make good TV, unlike Landon Clements.
The current era of Southern Charm‘s main source of controversy is Madison LeCroy, Austen Kroll and their various relationships A-List celebrities (and athletes). But, true fans will never forget where it all started.
It was really the drama between Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis that put the show on the map. It remained a central plot for seasons to come (even in his absence). And while there have been many villains in the show’s history (cough cough Ashley Jacobs), Landon Clements is definitely a name that’s hard to forget.
Throughout the seven seasons of Southern Charm, there have been so many controversies, arguments and scandals that it’s hard to remember them all.
However, there is one villain who may be gone for the show but will never be forgotten — Ashley Jacobs, Thomas Ravenel‘s ex. And Shep Rose is apparently still a little scarred by Ashley’s time on the show, but aren’t we all?
I thought Thomas Ravenel “leaving” Southern Charm was something everyone was happy about. Yeah, he provided some interesting storylines. However, he also pleaded guilty to assault.
Quite frankly, he should have been fired long before he “left” the show in 2018. At least in my opinion. Hopefully, most people feel the same way. However, Shep Rose is on the fence with this one.