Andy Cohen is speaking out about Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah's arrest, claiming he was just as shocked as the public when he heard of Shah's alleged crimes.
“Oy vey,” Cohen — who serves as an executive producer on the Real Housewives franchise — responded when a fan asked about his thoughts on Shah's legal troubles on the Monday, April 5, episode of “Radio Andy.”
While seemingly reluctant to dive into his opinions on the matter, Cohen, 52, said: "I’m waiting to see how it plays out. I have nothing to add to what we already know, other than I certainly hope and pray that none of it is true."
He also declined to share whether Shah still has a spot in the franchise in light of the recent drama.
OK! reported that Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested last week in Utah on federal charges for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering as part of an alleged telemarketing scam. Both parties pleaded not guilty to the charges associated to the alleged scheme, which purportedly targeted many elderly people across six states.
"Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their 'success,'" HSI special agent-in-charge Peter C. Fitzhugh described of their alleged scam. "In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people. As alleged, disturbingly, Shah and Smith objectified their very real human victims as 'leads' to be bought and sold, offering their personal information for sale to other members of their fraud ring."
The reality star is currently free after being released on a $1 million bond, and her trial is set for October. If convicted, Shah could face up to 30 years in prison.
Her initial arraignment was postponed after Shah and her attorney had difficulty joining the virtual hearing, as more than 250 people reportedly dialed in.
Meanwhile, Shah doesn't seem too fazed by her possible conviction, since she's been spending her time posting fan support on her social media. She's even addressed the controversy while throwing shade at her friends via her Instagram.
“Thank you for being loyal, believing in me and not believing the hype," she wrote on her Instagram Story on Saturday, April 3. "This journey has showed me who my true friends are. All my love. #ShahSquad."