The co-hosts of ABC talk show The View have made their thoughts crystal clear on Bravo host Andy Cohen’s treatment of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah (via Twitter). The post from “The View” follows Cohen’s comments during BravoCon 2022 that suggested Shah could be leaving the reality series due to her legal troubles (via Page Six). In July 2022, Shah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a telemarketing scam, according to Page Six’s report.
Shah isn’t the first star from a “Real Housewives” series to get into legal trouble while still on television, as “The View” co-hosts have pointed out. Others, like Teresa Giudice and Erika Jayne, have faced similar controversies. Jayne has been embroiled in legal troubles surrounding her husband Tom Girardi’s alleged embezzlement (via BuzzFeed News), while Giudice was sentenced to prison for fraud in 2015 (via Today).
Now the women of The View have some choice words for Cohen, who appears to be showing his bias towards Shah’s legal troubles.
The moderators of “The View” feel unfairly treated
In response to Andy Cohen’s comments at BravoCon 2022, The View co-hosts debated whether Cohen was correct in implying that Jen Shah won’t be returning to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (via Twitter). Whoopi Goldberg noted in the clip that “Teresa Giudice did 11 months in jail for this, but they didn’t cut her off, is that an indication of double standards?” Goldberg’s co-hosts agreed, with Sunny Hostin mentioning that although they didn’t of the Real Housewives series sees “there seems to be a lot of crime going on”.
After Joy Behar commented that Teresa Giudice got out of jail and looked “like Gina Lollobrigida,” Alyssa Farah Griffin called out Andy Cohen’s inconsistency in his treatment of the “Real Housewives” stars. Going into more detail on Giudice and Erika Jayne’s respective issues, Griffin said: “I’m inclined to think Andy is right about that until you find out we’re breaking up. But they have to be a little more consistent.”
Behar also noted that the hosts of “The View” previously joked about a “Real Housewives of Leavenworth” series, referring to the US Penitentiary Leavenworth, a medium-security prison for male inmates (according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons).