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Shervin Roohparvar Responds to Shahs of Sunset Cast Mates Calling Him a “Con Artist”

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Shareif Ziyadat

Shervin Roohparvar might be a newer face to Bravo‘s Shahs of Sunset but during his three seasons on the show, he's certainly found a way to stand out, even while standing next to some of the biggest personalities we've ever had on reality TV. The 37-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-reality-star recently took a minute to sit down with us and chat about what it's really like coming into a reality TV show a bit late, being in the center of cheating scandal during season six and the recent comments his Shahs cast mates made about him in the press when they called him a “con artist.”

For those obsessed with all-things-Bravo, you probably already know that Shahs of Sunset, the reality show focusing on Iranian Americans living in Los Angeles, is one of the network's highest-rated programs and started airing in 2012. Shervin joined the cast during season four as a friend of the group, before joining Reza Farahan, Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mike Shouhed, and Mercedes Javid on the main cast for seasons five and six. You would also probably know that the people already on the show are stiff competition for airtime with Shervin coming in as a newbie.

“I was always a big proponent of the show since season one. And when the show first came out it was like, I’m a Persian and you’ve got a reality show about a bunch of Persians. There was this hype about it. Everybody wanted to see it and everybody watched it,” he said. “Persians being extremely judgmental people, culturally, everybody kind of hated on it. They said this and that and had these remarks but I was always supportive… so coming onto the show there definitely was some intimidation.”

Shervin continued, “I had this major fish out of water feeling. With all that said, having watched reality TV before, I oftentimes saw members kind of brought in as ‘new blood' and I definitely — it wasn’t in my personality — I wasn’t going to become a sheep to be fed to the wolves. Intimidated as I was, the respect I have, but when push comes to shove, I stand my ground.”

And standing his ground was definitely something he did — especially when he found himself in the epicenter of a cheating scandal this past season. Many fellow cast members accused him of cheating on his longtime girlfriend, Annalise Carbone with multiple women since she's been living in Australia. Shervin, though he initially denied these allegations, came clean on-screen this season about hooking up with other people while she was gone.

“Most times [being on reality TV] is f*ckin’ awesome and I love it. I have no regrets in my decision [to do the show]. Other times, I want to crawl under a rock and hide until the end of time,” he explained. “So when I was in the hot seat, those were the times I wanted to crawl under that rock. It wasn’t easy and it sucks that people are passing judgment on you from across the world even though they’ve never met you… That part was difficult. It's what the hardest part was.”

However, Shervin is also adamant that there are pieces of the puzzle that will help clear his name — and that that'll happen during the reunion show which airs tonight at 8 PM on Bravo. “I’ll tell you that my whole story will come to a clear resolution,” he promised.

While the nature of the reality TV beast is that people from all over the world are going to be all up in your business, what was surprising for Shervin is some of the comments that other Shahs of Sunset cast members, Reza and Mike, had to say on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last week about their scandal-ridden castmate.

“Shervin was trying to bone Leila Gharache — A.K.A. GG's sister. He was trying but he couldn't get it up,” Reza claimed with Mike by his side. “Because when some people do certain things, their penis doesn't perform the way it's supposed to. Shervin is the biggest con artist on Shahs of Sunset. He is literally the fakest human being.”

Shervin, who said several times that Bravo is “adamant about being real,” also had some choice words in response to the guys. “Reza and Mike did some low blows and I’m not usually the type of person to engage in these types of things,” he said. “But for the first time, I engaged. I got in there and I had to answer. My viewers, my fans, they were demanding an answer from me. My own friends and family were like, ‘listen, we know that you always take the high road but enough is enough. I mean, you have to say something. I really think you should.’ So I did. I definitely said some things that I needed to get off my chest. I tried to do it with as much class as possible, but my opinion is it’s kind of classless to do it, period. So it’s a bit of an oxymoron but I did the best that I could.”

He's speaking of this Instagram post, which he posted just two days after their comments aired:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Drops 🎤 #shahs

A post shared by Shervin Roohparvar (@alphasherv) on

However, that's not the only thing he wanted to say about the whole debacle. “It’s interesting that when I’m in the room, nobody has the balls to say anything but it’s when I’m on another continent that they grow a pair… I have not spoken to Mike or Reza [since WWHL aired] but Adam called me to kind of gauge my temperature on the situation and I told him, ‘look, man, I’m not somebody who wants to carry something out. I’m doing my thing. But if someone’s going to take a nibble, I’m going to take a bite.'”

“I’m really disappointed that they’ve chosen to take this path,” he continued. “I’m not going to lie, I lost a little bit of respect. I mean, you guys are forty and fifty years old. Come on. You should have some more sense than that. But, again, that’s the path they chose. I’m not going to stoop to their level and go out of my way to hurt them or dig up dirt or release the dirt that I have. It’s not my character. I have more important things to do than that.”

Lastly, he said, “As far as this drama between myself and Mike and Reza, I don’t get angry at people for their weaknesses and jealousy is a weakness in my eyes. It comes from low self-confidence and I prefer to help than hurt. So if there’s ever anything I can do to help them gain more confidence, I’m a phone call away.” Was that a sly dig or a genuine peace offering? Honestly, we're not so sure — but guarantee the next season of Shahs of Sunset will answer that for us!

Besides his gig as reality TV star, Shervin has made his entrance into the restaurant biz. While he has one Seattle cocktail lounge already open, he has another called By the Pound planning to open in the spring — as well as a fine dining restaurant called Vine and Spoon which boasts award-winning chefs, Bryan Ogden & Larkin Young. For those of you planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest, add these spots to your agenda ASAP!

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