Bravo reality TV sets have been hit hard by COVID-19 as countless shows have had to shut down production due to the positive coronavirus test results by cast and crew members. In early November 2020, Bravo’s Family Karma paused production after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19, E! Online reported. That was quickly followed by The Real Housewives of Atlanta having to halt production for two weeks due to a production team member testing positive. A source told Variety that “the set follows rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols including contract tracing.”
Then, in early December 2020, came the network’s most high-profile COVID cases with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills suspending production on Season 11 after Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsley, and Kathy Hilton all reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. TMZ broke the news stating that the women are doing OK all things considered. But wait — that wasn’t all. During the Dec. 10, 2020 episode of Southern Charm, viewers learned that a handful of the show’s cast members got diagnosed with COVID-19. After not seemingly following the proper coronavirus safety protocols, Austen Kroll revealed he had tested positive, per Page Six.
So who else tested positive? Keep on scrolling to find out.
COVID-19 hit the 'Southern Charm' crew hard
Austen Kroll was not the only Southern Charm cast member who tested positive for COVID-19 — Craig Conover caught the virus, too. It soon came to light that Craig’s girlfriend, Natalie Hegnauer, and Shep Rose’s girlfriend, Taylor Ann Green, all received positive results. Shep lucked out when his results came back negative. Responding to his COVID-19 diagnosis, Craig stated, per People, “I feel weird that my test was positive. I feel dirty.” Of his symptoms, Craig said, “I got dizzy a couple of times. Taylor feels it a lot, too. But we didn’t have fevers. We didn’t have anything, it’s pretty strange.”
Austen was surprised by the news, revealing, per Page Six. “Craig and I thought we were invincible. It’s really weird to be a part of a statistic. Like, s**t, I am one of them.” Fortunately, Austen’s girlfriend, Madison LeCroy, tested negative for COVID-19. As a precaution, Madison had to close her hair salon and quarantine away from Hudson, her young son.
The two had a one-on-one conversation about their relationship, but things did not go well. Madison told Austen, “I’ve tried so hard to make this work, over and over again.” Austen begged for another chance, but Madison wasn’t having it, stating, “That’s not an option. I’ve learned my lesson. I wish you the best and I never regret anything. But you’re not the one for me long-term.” The takeaway from this very special episode of Southern Charm — wear a mask and practice social distancing.
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