Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel's girlfriend Ashley Jacobs' last attack on Kathryn Dennis clearly didn't endear her to the rest of the cast.
In fact, in the finale episode, different members of the cast enjoyed tossing around a juicy rumor about Ashley. It even got brought up to her face.
Is Ashley Jacobs an escort?
It was Naomie Olindo who brought it up, teasing that "There’s an awkward rumor" about Thomas Ravenel's girlfriend, Ashley Jacobs.
Cameron Eubanks asks "She’s pregnant? … She’s an escort?" It's clear that he has already heard this rumor.
The rumor, we learn, allegedly originated in Santa Barbara, where Jacobs originates.
Kathryn Dennis, of course, got wind of it, and says: "Naomi apparently heard this rumor about Ashley being, like, an escort. I’m not being mean. I’m just throwing that out here. …"
And Thomas Ravenel's ex and the mother of his children has some thoughts on the matter.
"Regardless," Ashley continues. "I’ve heard from several people and I f--king believe it."
It's no surprise to any Southern Charm viewers that Ashley doesn't think much of Kathryn.
"She’s so delusional," Ashley says of her boyfriend's baby mama while speaking to Jennifer Snowden.
"You know what she says?" Ashley asks rhetorically. "I don’t think about you, I don’t talk about you.’"
Ashley keeps right on going, asking: "But you know what I want to say?"
"Every night you go to bed and lay your head on your pillow," Ashley imagines. "You think about how Ashley Jacobs is winning."
it is very difficult to imagine that Kathryn thinks anything of the sort at any time of day.
Austen Kroll actually brought up the rumor to Ashley's face.
"Women can be nasty," Austen says. "But they’re like, ‘I think Ashley is an escort."
Interesting to blame an entire gender for nastiness when you're the one bringing up a juicy rumor, my dude.
"That’s not true," Thomas Ravenel insists. "That’s absurd!"
"I don’t know," Austen admits when Ashley asks if he believes that she's really a nurse. "How would I know? I’ve never seen you do anything than spend his money."
If Austen hadn't wanted to stir up drama, he wouldn't have brought it up. And he definitely wouldn't have pretended to doubt that she's even a nurse.
"The factors are you’re not working," Austen explains. "[Thomas] is paying for everything and then you said you would date Shep or I if we were older."
"Obviously," Austen explains. "As guys, it’s guy code to be like, ’T, you sure this girl has the right priorities?’"
At the end of the finale, Kathryn and Ashley go head to head after Ashley crosses some lines.
"Don’t forget that your kids were taken away from you," Ashley taunts Kathryn. "Don’t forget that. Someday they are going to want to know why."
"All you are is a gold digger, no one f--king likes you, including your boyfriend," Kathryn replies. "It’s all in your head."
"I’m not going anywhere so get used to this, okay?" Ashley says. "I am the best thing that has happened to him and he is the best thing to have happened to me."
"Why is he miserable then?" Kathryn asks. "Why is he depressed?"
"My boyfriend can’t stand you," Ashley insists. "I have to hear about this all the time."
Since this was filmed, contrary to Ashley's assertions, Kathryn and Thomas were shown on social media getting along just fine as they coparented.
Obviously, there's no shame in someone being a sex worker of any kind, but we haven't actually seen anything to suggest that Ashley is an escort.
Instead, Ashley seems to be a nurse. Oh, and a golddigger.
The real issue here is that people just don't seem to like Ashley -- if anything, her feud with Kathryn has made people like Kathryn more.
Ashley also doesn't feud well on camera -- you can see her becoming flustered and, as Kathryn says, childish as she tries to deflect criticisms. It doesn't play well.
If more people liked Ashley, then this rumor wouldn't matter to them.
Instead, they're having a lot of fun with a piece of fake news. If she were making a better impression, they'd probably be tripping over themselves to defend her.