Andy Cohen has shared his thoughts on “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah’s guilty plea.
After hearing that Shah was pleading guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to telemarketing Monday, Cohen was initially hesitant to speak negatively against her and label her as “guilty,” Page Six reported.
“All it means is she’s changing her plea,” the 54-year-old host said during Tuesday’s episode of his Sirius XM show, “Radio Andy.” “I don’t know how to feel about this.”
He said he was taken aback by the plea change because the Bravo personality had just sent his 2-month-old daughter Lucy a present.
“I was like, ‘Jen Shah, with everything you have going on, that you thought to send Lucy a gift…’ I just thought that was so nice of her,” shared Cohen, who is also dad to 3-year-old son Ben.
However, actor John Hill, who co-hosted the episode with Cohen, sided with the victims of Shah’s alleged telemarketing scheme.
“When you say you’re guilty of something, it maybe means you’re guilty,” Hill said.
Shah was arrested in March 2021 for allegedly scamming hundreds of people out of money through a nationwide marketing scheme. She initially pleaded not guilty to all charges and maintained her innocence in the months that followed.
Shah insisted that she did not commit the allegations against her when she spoke with Cohen during the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Season 2 reunion earlier this year.
“I’m fighting this. I am innocent,” she told Cohen. “And I will fight for every person out there that can’t fight for themselves because they don’t have the resources or the means, so they don’t fight.”
However, on Monday, Shah pleaded guilty when she appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan federal court.
She admitted to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. The other count against her, conspiracy to commit money laundering, was dropped as part of her plea deal.
Shah’s attorney Priya Chaudhry said the reality star changed her plea because she “wants to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family.”
“She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed,” the lawyer explained, adding that her client was “sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends and supporters.”
Shah previously faced 50 years in prison but now faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and five years of supervised release. She asked in her plea deal that her sentence is reduced to 11 to 14 years behind bars.
Shah’s sentencing is set for Nov. 28.