Jen Shah Speaks Out From Prison Amid Viral RHOSLC Finale

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Jen Shah did not absolutely love The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City‘s season four finale to say the least.

During the explosive January 2nd episode, Heather Gay accused Jen of giving her a black eye the season prior.

“BRAVO, if I punched Heather in her eye, you guys would have footage to prove it,” Jen, who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for wire fraud and money laundering, wrote on Instagram Jan. 2. “It’s clear the show can’t live without me since I was brought up at the beginning, middle and end of season 4.”

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY -- "Sinners in the City" Episode 112 -- Pictured: Jen Shah
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY — “Sinners in the City” Episode 112 — Pictured: Jen Shah — (Photo by: Gabe Ginsberg/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jen Shah / Instagram
Jen Shah / Instagram

The 50-year old went on to claim that Andy Cohen “is still butt hurt” as she turned down an interview following her legal drama stating, “Why would you sit down with someone who ‘gave’ another cast member a black eye? Next story.”

Heather’s revelation came to light when the cast confronted season four newbie Monica Garcia, who used to work as Jen’s assistant, of running the social media account Reality Von (Tea)se, which they claimed anonymously bullied them online for years.

And after Monica confirmed she was previously involved with the account, Heather likened the betrayal to what the group experienced with Jen.

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Episode 18148 -- Pictured: Meredith Marks
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN — Episode 18148 — Pictured: Meredith Marks — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“We are friends and we have been through this bulls–t before with Jen,” the Bad Mormon author said. “For years, we were afraid. We’d wake up sick that a lie would be posted and told and spread and exposed and exploited, but we were in it with her. And we are the type of girls that ride or die, and each one of us, at different times, rode hard and we shut down feelings of doubt and things that didn’t f–king add up.”


Heather added, “I went on book tour and defended her and took s–t for the fact that she gave me a black eye.”

Heather Gay pictured from RHOSLC with a black eye.
Heather Gay pictured from RHOSLC with a black eye.

Even though Monica claimed she only used the account to take Jen down by exposing her criminal behavior, she was outcast from the group following the drama.

Heather Gay gathered her fellow OGs Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow and Whitney Rose on a beach to drop the bombshell before their final dinner.

“There’s something I need to tell you guys, and it’s big, and it’s not good,” she began.

“You guys, we’ve come a long way, us four. We have, and Monica is not who she says she is. She’s not our friend. She’s someone [who] has schemed and worked to infiltrate our friend group,” Gay, 49, went on.

“The name that you all know her as, the woman whose birthday we celebrated, who we’ve been trying to champion and support and defend, is Reality Von Tease.”


An emotional Marks, 52, responded, “I’m freaking out. I am so tired of people trying to hurt us. This is so f–ked up.”

In a confessional, Gay explained that the Reality Von Tease account was created over three years ago.

“It quickly expanded to troll all of us. Me, Whitney, Meredith, Lisa. These were character assassinations. They may not have created this content, but they made sure to repost every hateful thing they could find about us,” she said.

“But, we never knew who it was.”

Gay told her co-stars that she made the discovery after her longtime hairstylist — who was a close friend of Garcia’s — “had a crisis of conscience and came clean” about their mutual pal’s social media activity.

RHOSLC cast photo.
RHOSLC cast photo.

“Within minutes, my phone was flooded with screenshots, text messages, audio recordings, videos, photos, DMs. Volumes of evidence exposing Monica,” she continued. “I was devastated.”

At the ladies’ Bermuda Triangle-themed dinner, Gay delivered a biting speech directed at Garcia.

“The mystery for me with Monica is, ‘Who is the real Monica?’ … The real Monica is someone who really doesn’t want to be our friend, but wants to profit from our lives and our pain. I know who you really are, and who you really are is the cyberbully, internet troll Reality Von Tease,” she said.

See Monica share her side of the story when The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s season four reunion kicks off Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

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