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Is Sara Jeihooni OK? 'Shahs of Sunset' star won't return to show over 'toxic environment of negativity'

'I just didn’t mesh with the cast. Embarrassing my culture for a check is just really not my vibe,' said Sara
Sara Jeihooni from 'Shahs of Sunset' (Sara/ Instagram)
Sara Jeihooni from 'Shahs of Sunset' (Sara/ Instagram)

Ahead of 'Shahs of Sunset' Season 9 premiere, we cannot wait for what's in store for us. While the OGs are all set to bring their A-game, there are a few who will sit this one out, especially Sara Jeihooni.

The former cast member is just not in the mood to be a part of the show any longer. The experience has left her drained, to say the least. Talking to US Weekly, she revealed how the environment had gotten too "toxic" for her to handle. 


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Sara joined 'Shahs of Sunset' as Reza Farahan's friend and her storyline was a controversial dating history with R Kelly. Introduced at Reza's housewarming party, Sara quickly found friends in the Persian bunch but later saw herself peeling away simply because they were hardly on the same page. 


"I just didn’t mesh with the cast. Embarrassing my culture for a check is just really not my vibe," the reality TV star told the outlet earlier this month and added: "It’s just a very toxic environment of negativity and bullying. Before I started this show, I had a very set career. I was doing well, and to be in such an environment — I just didn’t feel like I needed to subject myself to that."

One cannot blame Sara for thinking the way she does because the viewers witnessed immense angst and toxicity when Season 8 was on air. The rift between Reza and Mercedes 'MJ' Javid had reached a fever pitch. At one point, it was hard to say if they were even friends. While MJ couldn't stop accusing Reza for not being a good friend, he decided to react in the most uncouth fashion. During a party with a deck full of people, Reza announced that MJ's uterus exploded because she had 10 abortions. It was uncalled for and heavily criticized by cast members as well as the fans.


"They’re just the most toxic group of people I’ve quite frankly ever met. They’re truly not a representation of Persians. I’ve never met Persians like them to be honest," Sara said and added: "I just feel like this is the only show on TV in this country that shows any representation for Persians and it’s just not a true representation."

Catch 'Shahs of Sunset' Season 9 on Bravo every Sunday at 8/7c. For more information, check your local listings.