Austen Kroll is a ‘frustrating friend’

“Southern Charm” stars Craig Conover and Shep Rose said their co-star and friend Austen Kroll is sometimes “frustrating” to deal with.

“Austen can be a frustrating friend to have at times, but we all are,” Conover, 34, told Vidak For Congress.

Rose, 42, adds that most of their fights come after a night of drinking.

“Yeah, you know, we all enjoy each other because we’re quite different in a lot of ways,” says Conover, with Rose stressing that they “couldn’t be more different.”

A preview for season 8 of the Bravo series showed Conover and Kroll, 35, in a physical altercation and later Rose yelling at Kroll. The cast members were traveling to Sea Island, Georgia, when the drama went down.

“Austen and I were like 8-year-olds wrestling at summer camps,” says Conover. “I don’t even remember what it was about.”

While the men kept quiet about the fight’s catalyst, Conover and Kroll’s friendship had been tense for months after Kroll caused drama in Bravo’s “Summer House” when he hooked up with two cast members on the same weekend.

Shep Rose poses for a promo photo
“Southern Charm” stars Shep Rose and Craig Conover teased that their friend and co-star Austen Kroll can be “frustrating” at times.
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“It’s a shame, because Austen was quite offended about his ‘Summer House’ double romance,” Rose says. “I was posting on Instagram with [Kroll]and I couldn’t erase the hateful comments fast enough for Austen not to see them.”

Rose adds that Kroll is “very sensitive” to fan criticism, but that it also “affects everyone”.

Craig Conover poses for a promo photo
Conover and Kroll went through a rough patch before filming “Southern Charm.”
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“I would kindly ask them to tone it down in this current environment,” Rose begs the fans, half-jokingly.

Rose also teased that there was “some physical abuse between the boys this year,” including when Conover also “thrown down” with re-emerging boyfriend Whitney Sudler-Smith during the season.

Austen Kroll poses for a promo photo
Kroll faced backlash after appearing in “Summer House” and being in a love triangle.
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†[You] pain in his shoulder, remember?” Rose asks his friend to which Conover says that Sudler-Smith “always gets hurt”.

Season 8 of “Southern Charm” premieres June 23 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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