Andy Cohen, the executive producer of the “Real Housewives” franchise, recently reacted to the arrest of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah.
- He added, “I’m waiting to see how it plays out. I have nothing to add to what we already know, other than I certainly hope and pray that none of it is true.”
Why Jen Shah was arrested
Shah was arrested one week ago on multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering, as the Deseret News reported. She faces 30 years and 20 years in prison, respectively, for those charges.
- “Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on reality television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s first assistant, allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release, according to the Deseret News.
- “In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money,” she said. “Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes.”
Will the arrest be on ‘RHOSLC’ Season 2?
One source told People magazine that “RHOSLC” was filming its second season at the time of the arrest. The crew was reportedly filming the group of women preparing for a trip to Colorado.
- “The cast left for a trip to Vail on Tuesday, including Jen,” the source told People magazine. “She was filming.”
But, according to Variety, Shah left the set after she said she had an emergency with her family. Cohen confirmed to Variety that Season 2 of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” was being filmed at the time of the arrest.