‘RHOSLC’ without Jen Shah is a ‘breath of fresh air’
It’s absolutely amazing. Whitney Rose, a co-star on “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” described the absence of Jen Shah as a “breath of fresh air” on the podcast “Two Ts In A Pod with Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge.” Rose discussed the experience of filming the fourth season while Shah is serving time in a Texas prison for telemarketing fraud. She mentioned that the upcoming season returns to the original essence of the show, with lighter fights that are just as dramatic, but not centered around someone going to prison.
Judge interjected, highlighting that not having Jen around felt different, to which Rose responded by saying that her absence was refreshing. Rose further explained that it was easier without her presence, although she acknowledged that Jen played a significant role in building the show as an original cast member. However, the absence of toxicity allowed the cast to bond in a different way and develop deeper connections. Rose pondered whether this change was due to Jen’s absence or the natural dynamics of the fourth season.
Despite Shah’s absence, Judge acknowledged that she was a valuable character on the show. Rose agreed, stating that many people were nervous about Jen’s absence, but the cast members were able to bring their A-game and deliver an exceptional season.
Shah began her prison sentence on February 17, 2023, and her original six-and-a-half-year term has been reduced by one year. She pleaded guilty to wire fraud after orchestrating a telemarketing scheme that targeted thousands of people, particularly the elderly.
In another revelation, Rose shared that new housewife Monica Garcia has an unexpected connection to Jen Shah. Although Rose has never met Garcia, she has heard a lot about her. Garcia used to be friends with and worked as an assistant for Jen. This connection has been a topic of discussion among people associated with the show.
For more updates on reality TV, visit TheFantasyTimes. Shah’s guilty plea in July 2022 exposed her involvement in defrauding thousands of people, particularly the elderly, through a telemarketing scheme. Initially pleading not guilty, she reported to prison on February 17, 2023, and her sentence has been reduced by one year. Additionally, she has been ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution and has already started making payments.
“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” is nothing but a “breath of fresh air” without Jen Shah, according to her co-star Whitney Rose.
On this week’s episode of “Two Ts In A Pod with Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge,” Rose dished on filming while Shah is serving time for telemarketing fraud in a Texas prison.
“I will say that season 4 kind of goes back to the original OG Salt Lake City roots,” the 36-year-old shared. “It very much is like season one in that the fights are lighter. They’re just as dramatic but we’re not fighting over you know…”
“Someone who’s going to prison,” Judge chimed in, to which Rose responded by saying that “having Jen gone is like a breath of fresh air.”
“Honestly, it was so much easier,” she continued. “I think it just felt weird not having her because she’s been an OG.”
“We built the show with her. But I don’t think we missed her in the sense of toxicity — like we were able to all bond in a different way and get to know each other on a deeper level and that was nice. And I don’t know if that’s Jen or if it’s just season four, the dynamics of it,” she added.
And while Shah remains holed up at a Texas prison, Judge did note that the 49-year-old was “a good character on the show.”
“She brought it for sure,” Rose agreed. “And I think a lot of people are nervous about not having Jen but we brought it. It’s still everything.”
Elsewhere, Rose revealed that new housewife Monica Garcia actually has an unlikely connection to Shah she recently discovered.
“I will say I’ve never met her, but I’ve heard a lot about her,” she shared. “She was formerly friends and assistant to Jen Shah.
“So I had heard about her because she worked for Jen and her name is brought up a lot on the streets.”
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Shah pleaded guilty in July 2022 to defrauding thousands, particularly the elderly, in a telemarketing scheme.
She originally pleaded not guilty in the headline-making case.
The Bravolebrity reported to prison on Feb. 17, 2023, to serve her six-and-a-half-year sentence, which has since been reduced by one year.
She also was ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution and has already started making payments.