Whitney Rose Wants To Confront ‘Lying’ Jen Shah For Scamming Old Folks
Whitney Rose hasn’t spoken to or seen Jen Shah since filming wrapped on Season three and wants the opportunity to confront Jen Shah for lying about being innocent.
“It would be really nice to be able to sit down with her and have her explain,” the Wild Rose Beauty founder told Us Weekly. “She’s accountable to us. We spent all this time with her lying to us, and I wanna hear from her.”
As part of her plea deal, Jen Shah pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to forfeit $6.5 million of proceeds traceable to the conspiracy and pay up to $9.5 million in restitution. She is also facing up to 30 years in federal prison. The charge of money laundering was dropped.
Jen Shah, 49, pled guilty in July 2022, after Season three of RHOSLC wrapped filming. However, Jen swore she was innocent throughout the season. The Utah native maintained her innocence as she prepped for her since-canceled trial and in dramatic fashion, which included many breakdowns.
Whitney revealed that it’s been “hard” to watch the show in real time with the knowledge that Jen agreed to plead guilty after telling her costars she was innocent.
“That’s just what she’s brilliant at,” the skincare guru explained. “And there was a point where she had me thinking, ‘Maybe this is a mess. Maybe this is a messed up situation where someone flipped on her. Maybe she didn’t know.’”
At BravoCon, Andy Cohen insinuated that Jen Shah will not be returning to Real Housewives of Salt Lake City after pleading guilty to fraud. When asked by a fan why Jen wasn’t at the con, Cohen said the sun had set on Shah.
“Once we wrapped she pled guilty, I think that was kind of, unfortunately, the end of, you know, the engagement there,” the Superficial author, 54, said at a BravoCon event in October. “But I hope to sit down with her and talk to her at some point on camera, because I have a lot of questions for her.”
Whitney wants the opportunity to confront Jen face-to-face about her actions.
During a September episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Whitney shared:
“It’s gonna be unfortunate if we don’t get that chance to sit down and talk through not only her pleading guilty, but all of the things that we went through this last year together,” Whitney told the gossip outlet. “If we don’t get that chance, then that’s unfortunate.”
Whitney also addressed her feud with costar and cousin, Heather Gay.
“You can’t fix something if not everyone sees that it’s broken,” Whitney told Us, explaining that she no longer wants to be the “orchestrator” of healing within the RHOSLC group. “I can’t do the work for other people. … I’ve always tried to be the peacemaker and bring everyone together, definitely because of my childhood. And I’ve just realized that doesn’t translate with this group of friends. And it’s not my burden to bear — it’s theirs.”
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs on Bravo, Wednesdays, at 9 p.m. ET.