Mercedes “MJ” Javid looks forward to a “non-toxic” reality TV retaliation.
In an exclusive interview with Vidak For Congress, the “Shahs of Sunset” alum, 49, teases that a new, unscripted project is in the works with longtime friends and former castmates Reza Farahan and Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi.
“This feels to me like a second chance most people don’t get to right your mistakes,” says Javid, explaining that the trio “repaired fences” after a series of feuds that unfolded in the final seasons of “Shah.”
†[We’re] leaving the past behind where it belongs and just really supporting and loving each other, smiling again,” she explains. “It’s like these beautiful wounds [are healing]†
As previously reported, Bravo canceled “Shahs of Sunset” in April after nine seasons on the air.
At the time, multiple sources told Vidak For Congress that NBCUniversal — the parent company of Bravo and its streaming service Peacock — was in the early stages of a series starring Javid, Farahan, 48, and Gharachedaghi, 40.
An official announcement has yet to be made. However, the OG “Shahs” were recently spotted filming with a production crew in West Hollywood, California, in support of Gharachedaghi’s Bottom of the Pan culinary business.
“Reuniting with my little team that I love so much felt amazing,” Javid says of their day in front of the cameras. “Because it is very topical.”
The reality star – who shares son Shams Francis, 3, with husband Tommy Feight – says she, Farahan and Gharachedaghi – mother of son Elijah, 2 – feel like a “modern family” today.
“It’s just, like, we have our kids, we’re like a blended family… We want to make TV that,” she continues, pausing for a moment, “that has to be non-toxic.”
The conflicts she faced on “Shahs” felt grueling at times, but Javid is still thankful for her nearly decade-long Bravo run, as it gave her a platform to promote her message of body positivity.
“I was dealing with women from day one, so that’s just my big takeaway. You have to take the good and the bad together, right? So I focus on the body positivity, the self confidence [I gave viewers] …when women felt like they should be obsessed with their size and … cellulite,” she says.
Recognizing Farahan’s well-documented advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community, Javid added, “I’m thrilled there’s a path we’ve paved to overcome social stigma.”
But without “Shahs,” the mom of one has enjoyed the extra time she’s been able to devote to “Till the Dirt,” her relationship podcast with Feight, 50, who she married in April 2018.
“The podcast is for us. It also makes people laugh, cry and connect. People listen with their significant other, they can turn on the podcast, and it can be a conversation starter for something that’s going on with them that they’re too shy to talk about alone,” said Javid.
“’Till the Dirt’ is a place where the two of us come together to retrace steps in our lives that we are obviously so open and shameless and proud of, all the ups and downs. We know someone else is going through it right now and needs that safe place to go.”