Reza Farahan opened up about the moment he learned that Shahs of Sunset had been canceled during a podcast appearance earlier this month.
Before offering an update on where he stands with Tommy Feight and confirming the status of the spinoff pilot he filmed with Mercedes “MJ” Javid and Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Reza admitted that when it came to his communication with producers, he didn’t feel they were upfront with the end of the series.
“On February 9, we had a Zoom. Literally I was like locked and loaded with ratings. I was gonna ask for a raise,” Reza recalled of his conversation with producers on the December 1 episode of the Side Piece With Melissa Pfeister podcast. “And they were just like, ‘Oh.’ … They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, sorry [there’ve been] counters but there’s this other thing.”
Although Reza immediately suspected that the producers were “distracting [him] from a Shahs funeral,” they assured him that wasn’t the case, suggesting that the show was likely being put on “pause.”
“They were like, ‘No, you know, Atlanta was on pause for a year and they came back,’” he shared.
So how did Reza find out that the series was actually canceled? “TMZ,” he revealed.
“TMZ did an article because, you know, [Mike Shouhed] had some issues legally… An article came out that said Shahs of Sunset was canceled. So I’m feeling like, you know, they weren’t really upfront with us,” Reza stated.
As for where he stands with Tommy, who vandalized his property amid a feud prompted by comments Reza had made about MJ’s health issues following their son Shams’ birth, Reza said that while he doesn’t “get to spend very much time with Tommy,” they have crossed paths recently and are doing better than they were years ago.
“He did come and pick Shams up from the house and I’m hoping over time that can change but I have to accept everyone’s process and their pace and their speed and I’m very grateful that we’re not in the place that we were before,” Reza noted. “I wish we were a lot further along. But that, over time, has been getting better.”
Also during the interview, Reza confirmed that his spinoff series with GG and MJ hasn’t yet gotten a “go” from any network.
“We did shoot this other thing that TMZ reported about. We did some sort of other show with me, Golnesa, and MJ. We filmed one pilot and I think they have now an obscene about a time to decide whether or not they wanna roll with it,” he explained.
Shahs of Sunset premiered its first season on March 11, 2012, and it aired its last episode on August 29, 2021.