Andy Cohen said that he doesn’t think The Housewife and the Hustler will impact Erika Jayne’s status on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and questioned why a pair of alums in the Bravo franchise were featured in the recent documentary from Hulu.
The documentary detailed allegations of fraud and embezzlement against Jayne’s estranged husband Tom Girardi, 82, and examined how Jayne, 49, could peripherally be involved in the legal fracas.
The Bravo boss, 53, speaking on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy Wednesday, was asked if the documentary could have an impact on the reality star’s standing on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The latest: Andy Cohen, 53, said that he doesn’t think The Housewife and the Hustler will impact Erika Jayne’s status on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and questioned why a pair of alums in the Bravo franchise were featured in the recent documentary from Hulu
‘Well, I don’t know,’ Cohen answered. ‘I don’t think that documentary will affect her future on the show.’
The caller said that after watching the Hulu doc, they were put off by seeing Jayne on the series amid the ongoing legal situation.
Cohen noted he was puzzled by the appearances of Real Housewives alums Danielle Staub, 58, and Dana Wilkey, 46, in the documentary.
‘I will say the idea that Danielle Staub and Dana Wilkey are the experts in this documentary about Erika is questionable at best,’ Andy said. ‘So I kind of realized I wasn’t gonna learn anything new from them about Erika.’
The documentary detailed allegations of fraud and embezzlement against Jayne’s estranged husband Tom Girardi, 82, and examined how Jayne, 49, could peripherally be involved in the legal fracas
Background: Cohen noted he was puzzled by the appearances of Real Housewives alum Danielle Staub, 58, in the documentary
Cohen added that ‘the Tom Girardi stories continue to be deeply disturbing, and we have to see how this plays out.’
Jayne was dropped by her legal team from the firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Monday amid the release of the new Hulu doc.
The legal firm said ‘the relationship of trust and confidence that is essential to a properly functioning attorney-client relationship has broken down and, in the good faith assessment of counsel, the relationship is irreparable,’ Page Six reported Tuesday, citing court docs it reviewed.
The firm, which was representing Jayne in the bankruptcy of her estranged husband Tom Girardi, said it had informed the Atlanta-born reality star of its decision on Monday.
Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in March, the same month his legal license in California was revoked
The couple rose to fame on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The firm said it had advised the Bravo personality of ‘the potential consequences of not timely securing replacement counsel’ if she did not retain a new attorney in timely fashion.
The Housewife and the Hustler featured interviews with former clients accusing Girardi, 82, of financial theft in their cases, and noted Jayne’s involvement in an LLC he had, with some funds allegedly being routed to her company EJ Global.
Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in March, the same month his legal license in California was revoked.
Tom faces a litany of legal problems, including a $2 million class action lawsuit claiming fraud and embezzlement from the firm Edelson PC in connection with the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died.
Problems: In addition to the split, Tom Girardi faces a number of other legal situations, including bankruptcy and multiple civil lawsuits from his former clients
He and Jayne were sued for allegedly embezzling funds meant for families of victims, while Edelson PC, a firm for their ex clients, said in court docs their divorce last fall was orchestrated to ‘fraudulently protect Tom and Erika’s money’ as they’re ‘on the verge of financial collapse.’
In the Hulu doc, attorney Sunny Hostin pointed out that Jayne is seeking to have her high-dollar items classified as ‘separate property’ in their split, claiming they were ‘gifts to her.’
Reporter Brandon Lowrey of Law360 said in the doc that the estranged couple is ‘together in these bankruptcy proceedings’ and that ‘it’s going to be hard for her to say she didn’t know that anything was going on.’
In a preview for the show’s 11th season, Jayne said of the accusations, ‘No one knows the answer but him.’