The first part of the Southern Charm Season 5 union airs this week, and host Andy Cohen will be sitting down with Craig Conover, Shep Rose, Kathryn Dennis, Cameran Eubanks, Naomie Olindo, Austen Kroll, and Chelsea Meissner to discuss one of the messier seasons in the show’s history. But, one of the main cast members who was right in the middle of the drama, Thomas Ravenel, did not go to New York to film the reunion.
The cast shot the reunion last month, just weeks after two women came forward and accused Ravenel of sexual assault. So, the 55-year-old stayed behind in South Carolina, but his girlfriend Ashley Jacobs did show up to talk about the drama between her, Ravenel, and Dennis.
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An insider told All About The Tea that Jacobs showing up to the reunion without Ravenel was another desperate attempt to grab the spotlight.
“She was actually desperate to participate, so she caved for measly $5k, and hotel accommodations,” said the source. “After she agreed to Bravo’s terms, she behaved like she was prepping for the Oscars. She jabbered about it non-stop, and arranged for a custom outfit and jewelry.”
The insider also revealed that Jacobs didn’t want to stay near the rest of the cast, so she requested accommodations in a separate hotel. Then, the day before taping, she met with a Bravo executive and a producer for eight hours, and they had her watch the rest of the season. Supposedly, to get her to “perform,” they promised that they would bring her back next season and said they would fire Kroll for repeating the escort rumor about her in front of cameras during the season finale.
Jacobs didn’t hit the reunion stage until the second half of filming. But, when she did finally make her entrance, Cohen and the cast “gasped in horror” because her body is so emaciated. At first, the cast showed Jacobs sympathy instead of hostility because of her gaunt appearance.
When the cast asked her about her weight loss, Jacobs blamed stress and anxiety. But, they all blamed her troubles on Ravenel, and gave her “reasons to dump him.” Jacobs would not throw Ravenel under the bus, but the insider says she had a hard time articulating, so she came across as a “mistreated wife” who was making excuses.
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Apparently, the sympathy for Jacobs doesn’t last long, and the cast eventually called her out for her nasty behavior towards Dennis. The insider says that Jacobs does give Dennis a backhanded apology, but she said she has no regrets. Jacobs never took responsibility for her behavior and had an excuse for everything.
Bravo has not officially renewed Southern Charm for season six, but it will probably happen soon. However, Ravenel’s future on the show is still up in the air.
Part one of the Season 5 Southern Charm reunion airs Thursday night on Bravo.