LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Did MJ “rob a bank”, what happened to Diamond Water, why is Asa on Shahs of Sunset a political refugee, is Lilly Ghalichi leaving Shahs, and will Asa’s boyfriend join next season? The Shahs of Sunset Reunion Part 2 returns tonight. But LALATE anticipates that you will next season see one to three more “friends of Shahs” making appearances and possibly a new credited “full” Shah.
Is Lilly Ghalichi leaving Shahs of Sunset? During the Shahs Reunion Part 1, Reza was asked by Andy Cohen if he would take Lilly back into the group. Reza admitted he would. But it remaining unclear if a production dispute, rather than just a personal dispute, erupted during filming. Full episodes elapsed this season with no appearance, not even a reference to, Lilly Ghalichi. Entire trips were taken with no explanation where is Lilly.
In the final episode, Bravo aired footage of Lilly Ghalichi and Coconut, her apparent last remaining “reality” “friend” on the show, enjoying a night of take-out food. It remains unclear if that footage was specifically filmed for the final episode or was simply B-roll film, extra footage, inserted into the final episode to fulfill contractual provisions. And yet, in a quasi “what happened to Destin and Rachel on Millionaire Matchmaker” moment, Bravo brought Lilly Ghalichi back into the reunion with not much explanation about her future role in the show.
As Bravo-fans remember, Shahs’ season one debut was initially derailed following litigation by one character who asserted that they were not depicted as they had hoped in a reality tv program.
This season, Bravo inserted a series of “friends” of Shahs into the cast, GG’s sister and clothing-optional Sasha, in multiple episode arches to create conflict when there was none. LALATE anticipates that fans will see the same conflict from these and possibly one to three more friends of Shahs added to the cast next season.
But the real key will the main cast. LALATE further anticipates that producers will seek to insert a full new cast member into the lineup that could stir up the dynamics immediately. The new cast member is anticipated to create conflict with the producers’ perceived lead of the show, Reza. Tonight, part two of the reunion airs. Expect no more claims that MJ robbed a bank (she didn’t), that she can’t vote (she can), and that Jeff Lewis baths himself completely in Diamond Water.