Jen Shah Explains Why She Refused Andy Cohen's Interview Offer Ahead of Prison

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Jen Shah will report to prison in February but before she serves her 6.5 years Bravo's Andy Cohen had hoped to sit down with her for a one-on-one interview.

That isn't going to happen now, according to Shah.

“I will not be doing the 1:1 with Andy Cohen and Bravo,” Shah wrote in a Thursday Instagram post. 

She cited Bravo's "unwillingness to remove contractual provisions that would allow the network to legally make misrepresentations of me and my story, relating to any and all topics, prior to and during the course of my participation."

She went on to explain that she would "rather remain silent and wait until I am able to accurately share my story than continue having complete lies and misrepresentations about be smeared across the headlines."

Shah pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud which saw Shah as the spearhead of a telemarketing scheme that defrauded people (many elderly) out of millions of dollars.

The Salt Lake City Tribune cited a 92-year-old World War II veteran as one of her victims. He "lost more than $100,000 — and then took his own life."

Another victim, only identified as Tricia was reluctant even to be interviewed.

“This is not easy for me,” she said. “Because I’m telling the world I was stupid enough to get caught in a scam. And I’m not a stupid person, but I did make a big mistake.” She said she is suffering from heart failure and is “just recovering from being in deep depression. You get to the point where there is no way out. … I don’t have the money to take care of myself.”

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