Jen Shah Of “Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City” Is Being Mandated Mental Health Treatment After Her Prison Release, And Andy Cohen Was Grilled For Supporting Her
As a longtime Real Housewives watcher, I’ve seen my share of wild personalities, but when I saw Jennifer Shah on Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, I knew something in the milk wasn’t clean about her. I didn’t know it was a marketing scheme primarily targeting the vulnerable elderly that left them traumatized and broke, but hey, I’m not the FBI. Jen played innocent until she took a plea deal and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison. On top of her prison sentence, Jen will have to complete a mental health treatment program once she eventually gets out. Meanwhile, Andy Cohen also felt the fire, as he was grilled by Chris Wallace about his support of the housewife and felt the same pressure he’s put hundreds of rich women through over the last decade, plus at reunions. Justice comes in many forms!
49-year-old Jen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison, where she’ll be heading by February 17. Apparently, Jen will serve her sentence at the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas. And TMZ says that when Jen eventually gets out of jail, she’ll still have work to do:
Once Jen serves her time, she’s going to be under 5 years of supervised release… during which she’s got to do her mental health treatments.
At her sentencing, Jen got emotional as she apologized … saying, “With the proper medication I can now see what happened.”
The docs say Jen must continue to take her prescribed meds when she gets out of prison, unless her healthcare provider decides otherwise.
Jen’s probation officer has to sign off on the mental health program she chooses … and she may be subject to testing to see whether she’s reverting to drug and alcohol use.
Do I believe that Jen’s crimes were a result of her mental health? Absolutely not. Do I think Jen could benefit from mental health treatment? 100% yes, absolutely. Her lying on the show was wild. She initially assured everyone and their mother that she was innocent of the crimes against her but, of course, that was a lie. Still, at first, it was enough for at least Andy Cohen to believe. Eventually, after she pleaded guilty, he came around and was mad that Jen lied to him, but he still didn’t seem to want Jen to get any prison time. I wouldn’t either if I was him–now, she can’t be a mess on his show! RHOSLC is going to lose ratings, and he’s going to lose money! Us Weekly says that during a CNN interview, Andy was grilled by Chris Wallace about his support of her:
“You’re on the record last November as saying that you hope she would get no jail time,” Chris Wallace questioned the Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host, 54, during the interview, which aired on Sunday, January 15. “And the question I have is: Why would you take her side against the thousands of people she defrauded, including a lot of elderly?”
Cohen, who scrunched up his face while trying to think back, replied, “I think that I was hoping she was actually innocent.”
Wallace, 75, fired back, “She pleaded guilty!”
The Bravo star attempted to correct the veteran journalist by pointing out that he said that before the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star pleaded guilty — “I think,” Cohen said — but Wallace noted it was after. “Oh, really? Oh, God,” Cohen cringed, laughing. “Wow, this is fun.”
…In his CNN interview, the Real Housewives executive producer clarified the context of his comments, explaining he was asked about her “status with the show.”
Cohen, who acknowledged to Wallace that Shah “[did something bad] and should go to jail,” added, “I think I was saying, “Look, you know, sometimes you get to know someone and you get to like them, you hope they are not guilty of something horrible.””
Andy should know better than to try and be interviewed by an actual journalist. He should stick to his own audience of elitist idiots and social climbers. Maybe he could try to do an Entertainment Tonight interview, or at most he could try The Sherri Shepherd Show-level of journalistic integrity. Anything above that, and he’ll end up right back here.