The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City returned for a third season on September 28, and it started with a lot of drama. To begin, Mr. Shah, who has since admitted fraud, was seen bragging about making “millions”. In an interview conducted for Season 1 on December 9, 2019, Jen, 48, said, “What I’ve been doing for the last 20 years is direct response marketing. I’m making millions. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do for money . I’m like the Wizard of Oz.”
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The footage was used in the first two minutes of Wednesday’s episode, which showed the difference three years have made in the lives of the cast, who also, among other things, Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay and Whitney Rose.
Jen’s ongoing fraud case will naturally feature in this new season of the show, as her husband, Sharrieff Shah Sr., told her (in 2022), “Our time is coming. I just can’t lie to you. This is a test for all of us.” And later in the episode, when Jen was busy planning her husband’s 51st birthday party, they talked about staying away from drama as her track nears. Obviously, we now know that Jen walked away from a trial by pleading guilty to her charges, but this episode was filmed before then, and in her private confession, Jen said, “I’m not going to enter a trial when I’m not guilty. I’m innocent. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I’m not thinking about myself. I’m thinking about my family. I can’t imagine being away from them. It would literally kill me.”
She also complained about living in a house that is “only” 4500 square feet with a “normal” closet, which made us cringe a little, but at the end of the day, that’s just who Jen is. For those who haven’t been following along, Jen allegedly scammed hundreds of people — mostly elderly people — out of money through a nationwide telemarketing scheme. Her arrest in March 2021 was documented in season 2 of the show, and in July 2022 she reversed her earlier not guilty plea by pleading guilty before US District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan federal court. Jen currently faces up to 14 years in prison and up to $9.5 million in restitution, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 28.
Later in the episode, Lisa apologized Seth Brands for calling Meredith a “whore” last season. It all went down at Coach Shah’s party, where Lisa also told Meredith that she hoped to talk to her again in the future, but no one thought it was the best place to have such conversations. Lisa spent most of her conversation with Seth “promoting excuses” for her behavior, so he didn’t feel like her apology was genuine. And she was so overwhelmed by their chat that she left the party in tears, but Meredith and Jen didn’t even bat an eye. They know that Lisa has made her bed and now she has to lie in it.
Want more drama? New episodes of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City sent on Wednesdays at 21 on Bravo.