In Season 17 of Real Housewives of Orange County, a major accusation has been made by Emily Simpson against John Janssen, who was previously in a relationship with Shannon Beador. Emily claimed that John had called Shannon “fat” and “unattractive” during their time together. This allegation came during an awkward moment on the show, as Shannon broke the fourth wall and demanded an apology for her ex-boyfriend’s behavior from her co-stars.
There were earlier hints that Shannon may have been financially supporting John, as Heather Dubrow commented in a confessional that Shannon pays for everything and her relationship with John’s son seemed unconventional. However, it was Emily’s claims that truly caused a stir among the cast.
Despite the accusations, Shannon and John are no longer together but continue to spend time with each other as friends. However, John’s daughter reportedly dislikes Shannon’s presence in their lives.
The confessional comments from Heather came in the midst of a chaotic episode, during which Shannon was upset about the other ladies discussing her relationship. She insisted that John was a private person and had previously stated that any negative comments about their relationship would be the end of it. It is concerning that Shannon would chastise her partner for discussing their relationship problems with friends, as it could be seen as a red flag. After all, John should be aware that Shannon is part of a reality show and that their relationship would be subject to scrutiny.
Emily defended her actions by stating that she simply wanted to be a good friend to Shannon. She believed that Shannon deserved better and wanted to help her, but Shannon was not open to their assistance. It is unclear whether Emily’s intentions were genuine or if she was simply trying to make for great TV.
As the season continues, viewers will find out if Emily’s allegations are true and if they played a role in the end of Shannon and John’s relationship.
Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 8/7c.