Andy Cohen is the king of Bravo and everything related to The real housewives. As the executive producer of all derivative products, Cohen is always on top of everything that happens. After The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star, Jen Shah was arrested on fraud charges, fans of the show wanted Cohen’s opinion on the event. After days of speculation, the talk show host finally broke his silence on the matter.
What did Andy Cohen say about the arrest of Jen Shah?
Shah is in serious trouble with federal authorities after being accused of participating in an elaborate telemarketing scheme. When Cohen returned to his Radio Andy hosting duties, RHOSLC fans wanted to know what his take on the news was.
“I’m waiting to see how it plays out,” 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 release any more information. When her co-host mentioned that they had heard that some of her “Shah Squad” assistants were probably undercover, Cohen sounded shocked.
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A new report suggests that RHOSLC the producers are going to use whatever footage they got from the day Shah was arrested. Federal authorities went to the place where the housewives were filming looking for Shah.
“The production sees this as a great story,” a source told Us Weekly. “One that everyone will want to see unfold.”
The insider said that this entire drama is “gold-rated” and that the production was planning to use “as much footage as possible that is legally authorized to use.”
What is Jen Shah accused of?
The Bravo world was rocked last week when it was reported that Shah had been arrested on fraud charges. Shah and his assistant Stuart Smith have been indicted on charges that could face them decades in prison if convicted.
Both Shah and Smith “are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing through which they victimized 10 or more people over the age of 55, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, ”the press release reads.
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HSI Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh harshly criticized Shah and Smith for their alleged fraud.
“Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success.’ In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people, “Fitzhugh said in a statement. “As allegedly, disturbingly, Shah and Smith targeted their very real human victims as ‘leads’ to be bought and sold, offering their personal information for sale to other members of their fraud network.”
Shah’s trial is expected to begin in October this year. Bravo has not issued a statement on what will happen to Shah on the show. It is not known if Shah will continue to appear in the successful franchise and will speak out about the claims against him. RHOSLC is close to wrapping up filming for season 2, which is expected to begin airing later this year.