When Jen Shah was unexpectedly arrested for wire fraud, Andy Cohen I knew with almost certainty what was coming. Jen later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison. Despite some fans’ hopes, Andy knew Jen couldn’t return Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 4.
However, her presence is still ever-present in season four, much to the chagrin of some fans. Even though the RHOSLC cast continues to talk about her, they seem to be doing just fine without Jen. On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Andy asked Lisa Barlow who Jen missed the most. She replied, “Nobody.”
There have been talks about Jen’s husband Sharrieff Shah appearing in Season 4. But Jen made it clear she didn’t want that. Still, the inmate doesn’t seem to be able to break away from RHOSLC. At least that’s what her Instagram would suggest.
Does Jen want royalties for RHOSLC mentions?
While Jen is locked up, someone is out there running her Instagram and presumably make their thoughts known. During the season four premiere, Jen’s story spread fans’ opinions again. One read: “Obviously there’s no show without the queen.” Another said: “I need [Jen] back,” with an imaginary slogan: “Even though I’ve left, I’m apparently here to stay.”
But another post tagged Andy and asked: “Now [Andy,] for the mention [of Jen’s] names on [RHOSLC,] is she paid?” The person who manages Jen’s account added some comments, adding, “She might as well get a check if you use her name 700x.” However, there is no precedent for celebrities receiving royalties when they are mentioned on television.
The mere mention of a name does not infringe any copyright or trademark, as names do not constitute expressive content. Otherwise every late night show and celebrity podcast would be bankrupt. The only potential problems with attribution would be libel or slander, but Bravo almost certainly covered their bases here.
“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” continues Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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