While promoting his new book, Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowering the Bar, Shep looked back at the dramatic reunion, which included allegations of an affair from Craig Conover, and claimed that an NDA was signed by Madison at some point during production.
“Things got out of control on that reunion. Craig [Conover] was not happy and was shot out of a cannon and the accusations started to fly,” Shep recalled to Us Weekly on March 10.
Following news of a romance between Madison and Jay Cutler, which was simply prompted in an effort to get revenge on their exes, Austen Kroll and Kristin Cavallari, who were linked weeks prior, Craig said Madison “flew to Miami to f-ck” a married ex-MLB player.
As for Shep’s thoughts on the matter, he shed some light on what went down behind the scenes before suggesting Madison has made Southern Charm cheesier than it once was.
“I know that there was, like, an NDA signed, which doesn’t seem to mean anything anymore, not worth the price of the paper they’re printed on,” he confirmed. “It’s crazy and, you know, mixed emotions about it because I think our show started as fairly normal, humble people … your average small-town, Southern people. And now it’s like, you know, DMing baseball stars… it’s turned into something a little more cheesy than I would’ve liked.”
Moving forward, Shep said that although he won’t be refusing to film with Madison moving forward, he has given her some advice ahead of production on season eight.
“I’ve told her — maybe she took my advice, [it’s] doubtful — but I was like, ‘Madison, if you just kind of own your outrageousness, I would watch that. I would watch that on its own merits, but you got to own it. It’s crazy to me, but it’s funny and compelling.’ So maybe she took my advice, but maybe she just can’t help herself,” he stated.
Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowering the Bar will be released next Tuesday, March 16.
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