Andy Cohen Has Complicated Thoughts About Jen Shah's Guilty Plea

Jen Shah is not the first member of the "Real Housewives" family to have a negative run-in with the law, and she probably won't be the last. That said, considering how firmly she insisted that the charges against her were totally false on the last season of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City," it was surprising to say the least when she pled guilty at the last minute. Andy Cohen in particular seems to have complicated feelings about Shah's guilty plea

Shah has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, according to Deadline. As part of a deal, she reportedly switched her plea and pled guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Deadline reports that the "Real Housewife" now faces up to 14 years in prison and could be fined $9 million in restitution. Apparently, the news broke while Cohen was in the middle of his Sirius XM show, "Radio Andy," so he was forced to give his real thoughts on the fly. 

Andy Cohen says he doesn't know how to feel

Andy Cohen has a special relationship with all of the women who star on Bravo's "Real Housewives" shows, including Jen Shah. So you'd expect that he'd have complicated feelings on hearing the news that Shah had changed her plea to guilty

Reacting to the news in real time on Radio Andy (via E! News), Cohen at first said, "All it means is she's changing her plea." He also explained that his personal relationship with Shah may make it hard for him to be objective. For instance, she had just sent Cohen a gift for his 2-month-old daughter, Lucy. "And I was like, 'Jen Shah, with everything you have going on, that you thought to send to send Lucy a gift ...' I just thought that was so nice of her," he told his co-host John Hill. Finally, Cohen added, "I don't know how to feel about this, Jen Shah pleading guilty."

In fairness to Cohen, he was caught off-guard with the news in this segment, and he hasn't been afraid to be tough on Shah in the past. At the "RHOSLC" reunion show, for instance, the Bravo host didn't back down when questioning Shah about the fraud allegations, per People. Shah said at the time that she was "innocent until proven guilty," but all of that seems to change now.