Just the other day, we were talking about how very long the off seasons of Shahs of Sunset seem to be. Well, season six is fast approaching so we need to get ready for the premiere this Sunday. I got very excited for GG’s recent interview on E! and it was completely devoid of anything interesting. I believe her interview got cut way down because that was the day Rob Kardashian had a public meltdown.
Today, our friend Shira Weiss has not one but two great interviews onto prepare us for Sunday’s premiere. There is a lot of information there but that doesn’t mean it is all good news. The cast of this show is different from the housewives because they all know each other and their relationships within the group are always changing.
Let’s start with MJ. Sadly, her father who basically raised her as a single parent has been very ill for quite some time. She has been spending a lot of time in the hospital with him and this tragedy has affected more joyous events in her life. Her marriage to Tommy has been delayed.
SW: At the Season 5 reunion, you said you planned to get married in June of 2017. In the first episode of this new season, you say the wedding is on hold while you’re focusing on your dad. Do you guys have a new date in mind?
MJ: Culturally, you don’t plan a joyous occasion when someone is in such a critical condition. There were so many complications all at once and there are times when you can’t even function. I’m proud of how well I held myself together, but have been trying to hold it together as best as I could. There will definitely be a wedding!
Last August on the final reunion, MJ seemed to turn on Asa. At that reunion, MJ said she would never be friends with Asa again. Here is what I wrote about the friction between these two on part one of the reunion, “For some reason we start ganging up on MJ. Mike and Asa both have issues with Mercedeh. They are actually arguing over the fact that Asa eats too fast. Asa says that MJ is not a loyal friend and she badmouths her businesses to anyone who will listen. Why didn’t we have any inkling of this during filming? Apparently, the basis of the issue between MJ and Asa stems from when Vida was on WWHL and said that Asa needs to stop making the show all about her businesses. MJ says that Asa thinks MJ told her mother to say that. Asa says that MJ is jealous of her success. MJ says that Asa is just thin skinned and can’t handle Vida’s comments so she blames them on Mercedeh. MJ says that she and Asa are never going to be friends again and ends it with “With all do respect, Fuck You!” This is so weird, I never saw any of this on the show. It’s kind of sad.”
In the Huffington Post interview, it seems things have only gotten worse.
SW: There were a lot of tension between cast mates at the reunion. You said you would never be friends with Asa again. Where are the two of you now?
MJ: Let me say that I was so naive for such a long time. I gave Asa the benefit of the doubt and allowed her to take cheap shots at me. I’m annoyed with myself for being beguiled by her for so many years. Things are cold. What you will see unfold is: what kind of double standard her definition of friendship is – not just with me, but with everyone. She criticized me last season, she criticized my mom, she made anti-feminist remarks and she was ageist towards me. She was pretending to be this empowering person – a demagogue complex. I’m glad I articulated things at the reunion because what she does this year is going to take the cake!
I am sad to here that MJ is going to be back on Team Reza this season. Andy pointed out last season that Asa is the only cast member Reza has not spent a full season viciously attacking. It sounds like it will be Asa’s turn to be bullied. Did I mention she was pregnant during filming? I doubt that will matter to Reza.
In Mike’s interview, he hints that there is a lot of drama about Asa’s pregnancy because she is not married. UGH.
SW: Asa announces to your group that she is pregnant this season. Did you all feel a sudden itch to have a baby after hearing her news?
MS: This is one of my closest groups of friends and each one are my brothers and sisters. To see Asa as the first one pregnant was really exciting to me. She and Jermaine (Jackson) have been together a long time, are in love. It was unexpected news and also very good news. After the excitement settled, I started to think ‘They’re not married,” ‘Did they plan this?’ You see this on the show. I’m not a hater, but was just being worried as a brother about the decision being well thought out. At the same time, we’re all getting older and time is something we can’t stop. Get with it or you get left behind. She did the best thing for her and this was her decision. You see this season how we all react, the conversations we have about it with each other and with her, and there’s a lot of drama over it.
Wait, Jessica is back on the show, WHY????
We see a little bit of her with you this season, including a kiss on the lips. Is there anything we can tell viewers regarding your status with Jessica?
Look forward to an amazing season that’s also volatile and full of drama. Watch the evolution of my life. You saw us date, propose to one another, getting married, divorced and now you just have to watch what comes next.
One the first episode, they show MJ and Reza going for anal bleaching. Um, at least they are getting that out of the way. MJ really wants to get pregnant and Asa’s pregnancy will fuel that desire. Despite Reza saying on the reunion that he and Adam wanted two babies via two surrogates, on the promo trailer Adam is pushing for that and Reza doesn’t appear ready. So everyone seems to have babies on the brain in one way or another.
Are you guys ready for the new season? I always have such high hopes, only to be infuriated as the season plays out.