Must See TV or Most Embarrassing TV? There’s a new report that says Bravo is still filming The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, despite Jen Shah’s legal woes. The reality television star plead not guilty to federal fraud and money laundering charges just last week. Here’s what you need to know.
Just last week it was reported that Jen and her first assistant, Stuart Smith, conspired to defraud older and computer illiterate people by operating multi-state telemarketing and in-person sales teams that would sell “essentially non-existent” services and fight consumer efforts to obtain refunds.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City: Bravo Is Still Filming The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Amid Jen Shah’s Legal Drama
The alleged scam began in 2012 and continued until 2021, according to the Justice Department. And now it looks like Bravo is trying to bank on this drama with high ratings.
Apparently, execs over at the Bravo network are planning to make the federal fraud and money laundering charges she faces a central part of the reality show’s second season — including exclusive footage of the embattled businesswoman’s arrest, a source told Page Six.
“Bravo knows full well that viewers are following every detail of this case and will continue to do so as it progresses, so producers plan to follow it just as closely and use whatever footage they legally can,” one insider close to the situation said.
“So far, they have filmed the lead-up to and aftermath of Jen’s arrest as well as her costars’ reactions, of course.”
“It’s rare that Bravo has a big hit like ‘RHOSLC’ on its hands right out of the gate, and the team hoped to continue that momentum when production for Season 2 began,” an insider said.
“Now, with the news of Jen’s arrest, they are sure to have even more success than they imagined, especially since Jen hopes to continue shooting if Bravo and her lawyers allow it. She can only say so much, however, as it remains an ongoing case.”
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