Andy Cohen is the king of Bravo and all things to do The real housewives. As the executive producer of all spinoffs, Cohen is always on top of everything that happens. After The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star, Jen Shah was arrested for fraud, fans of the show wanted to get Cohen’s take on the knocking event. After days of speculation, the talk show host finally broke his silence on the matter.
What did Andy Cohen say about Jen Shah’s arrest?
Shah has huge problems with federal authorities after being accused of participating in an elaborate telemarketing scheme. When Cohen returned to his Radio Andy reception functions, RHOSLC fans wanted to know what he thought of the news.
“I’m waiting to see how it goes,” Cohen said. “I have nothing to add to what we already know. Other than that, I certainly hope and pray that none of this is true.
Cohen didn’t seem to want to divulge more information. When his co-host mentioned that they heard that some of his “Shah Squad” assistants were probably undercover, Cohen looked shocked.
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A new report suggests that RHOSLC the producers will use all the footage from the day Shah was arrested. Federal authorities actually went to where the housewives were filming looking for Shah.
“The production sees this as a big story,” a source told Us Weekly. “One that everyone will want to see unfold.”
The insider said all of this drama was “rated gold” and the production plans to use “as much footage as possible that they are legally permitted to use.”
What is Jen Shah accused of?
Bravo world was rocked last week when it was reported that Shah had been arrested for fraud. Shah and his aide Stuart Smith have been indicted on charges that could lead to decades in prison if found guilty.
Shah and Smith “are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud in connection with telemarketing in which they assaulted 10 or more persons over the age of 55, carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, punishable by up to 20 years, ”the press release read.
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HSI Special Agent Peter C. Fitzhugh criticized Shah and Smith for their alleged fraud.
“Shah and Smith have flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success’. In reality, they would have built their opulent way of life at the expense of the vulnerable, often elderly, working class people, ”Fitzhugh said in a statement. “As alleged, worryingly, Shah and Smith have objectified their very real human victims by calling them ‘leads’ to buy and sell, offering their personal information for sale to other members of their fraud network.”
The trial for Shah is scheduled to begin in October this year. Bravo has not released a statement about what will happen to Shah on the show. It is not known if Shah will continue to feature in the blockbuster franchise and speak out about the allegations against her. RHOSLC is set to wrap up filming for Season 2, which is slated to start airing by the end of this year.