Todd and Julie Chrisley had their day in court on tax fraud charges. What does the verdict mean for Chrisley Knows Best? Keep reading for what we know so far about the popular reality series.
The verdict is in on Todd & Julie Chrisley’s tax fraud charges
In 2019, reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were indicted on federal tax evasion charges. Altogether, the couple faced 12 counts of tax evasion, bank and wire fraud and conspiracy.
The trial begin in the couple’s native Georgia in May. After weeks of testimony, the jury began deliberations on Friday, June 3.
However, they didn’t take long to reach a verdict. On Tuesday, June 7, the jury came back with a verdict of GUILTY on all charges.
The reality TV stars plan to appeal the verdict. In the meantime, TMZ reports that the couple remains free on home detention until sentencing. At this point, no date has been set for their sentences to be handed down, but they could face up to 30 years in prison.
What does that mean for their flagship reality show and multiple spin-offs?
Future of Chrisley Knows Best hanging in balance?
A week before the trial kicked off in May, the USA Network announced major news about the Chrisley family. The network renewed Chrisley Knows Best for Season 10.
Growing Up Chrisley, which features two of Todd and Julie’s children, will return for Season 4. However, the series starring Savannah and Chase Chrisley will move to the E! Network.
Additionally, Todd Chrisley will host and executive produce his own dating show to air on E! as well. Deadline writes that viewers of Love Limo “will see singletons put their dating life into the hands of Todd Chrisley.”
However, the press release didn’t mention a premiere date for Love Limbo.
Chrisley Knows Best returns to USA on June 23, 2022, with new episodes from Season 9. Furthermore, the show has already been renewed for Season 10, which will air later this year.
The USA Network has yet to respond to the guilty verdict of their biggest reality stars. At this point, it seems unlikely the network will pull the already-scheduled new episodes or Season 10.
But the series very well could end with Season 10.
A look back at reality shows canceled amid scandals
If Chrisley Knows Best is canceled after the guilty verdict, it wouldn’t be the first reality show that ended due to a scandal. TLC has had to cancel several of their hit shows amid backlash from viewers or in one case, a star convicted of possessing child pornography.
The network originally canceled 19 Kids and Counting in 2015 after news broke that Josh Duggar from the Duggar family molested his younger siblings. He didn’t face criminal charges.
A few months later, TLC rebranded the show as Counting On, starring his sisters Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna. The show was canceled again in 2021 after Josh was arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.
He was found guilty in late 2021 and received a sentence of over 12 years in prison.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, another TLC show, was canceled in 2017. The decision came after news leaked that Mama June was in a relationship with a convicted child molester.
She has since ended the relationship. WEtv gave Mama June a second chance with a show featuring her weight loss journey. From Not To Hot was later rebranded as Road to Redemption, which documents Mama June’s road to sobriety.
Real Housewives scandals
While TLC has a history of canceling shows amid scandals, Bravo takes another avenue. Real Housewives Of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice served almost a year in prison after a conviction on fraud charges similar to the Chrisleys.
However, Bravo welcomed her back into the fold with open arms after her prison release.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah is currently facing charges of wire fraud for allegedly running a telemarking scheme. She goes to trial next month.
However, she is currently filming Season 3 of the Bravo show.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne is named in several lawsuits alleging that she helped her estranged husband, Tom Girardi, steal money from plane crash victims, among other accusations. While she isn’t facing legal charges (yet,) fans are divided on her guilt. Her legal woes were addressed during Season 11 and continue to be a topic on Season 12, which is currently airing.
Bravo continues to stand by Giudice, Shah, and Jayne.
So, even if Chrisley Knows Best is canceled, the USA Network could rebrand it, depending on the length of Todd and Julie’s prison sentences.
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