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Mercedes "MJ" Javid Reflects on "Not Communicating" with Her Family to "Vent" Filming The Traitors

The Shahs of Sunset alum shares what she was "stripped away" of and has a "theory" about competing on Peacock's The Traitors...yes, it involves Reza Farahan.

By Jocelyn Vena

Bravo fans spent many years getting to know the many sides of Mercedes "MJ" Javid during her time on Shahs of Sunset, including getting to watch her go from single girl about town to settling down Tommy Feight and becoming a mom to son, Shams.

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But, there's more to MJ than Shahs of Sunset fans got to see in the past. When she was recruited to join Season 2 of Peacock's The Traitors, it meant she get to show more of herself on the competition series, but she would have to leave her loved ones behind to do it. 

In the latest episode of Bravo's Hot Mic podcast, MJ sat down with host Alex Baskin to chat about heading to Scotland to film the competition series. For the conversation, MJ is joined by Erica Forstadt, who works behind the scenes on Bravo shows, including having spent time working on Shahs of Sunset.

Keep scrolling to find out what MJ is sharing about her The Traitors experience.

Here’s what you may have missed on Bravo:

Shahs of Sunset's MJ Admits to Holding Out on Reza About Joining The Traitors

"Y'all Came to Our House to Play": Tamra, Larsa, Shereé & Phaedra Talk The Traitors Fashion & Competition

Kyle Cooke Reveals the Bravoleb He Thinks Would Make the Best "Traitor"

What Mercedes "MJ" Javid Revealed on Bravo's Hot Mic Podcast

Mercedes Javid wearing a silver outfit in front of a step and repeat at the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse.

Mercedes "MJ" Javid Shares Behind the Scenes Secrets on Peacock's The Traitors Season 2

In the conversation on Bravo's Hot Mic Podcast, MJ opened up about being "stripped away of everything" like her phone and revealed what it was like to be "not communicating" with her family to "vent" about what was happening during filming the series so far from home back in Los Angeles. She added that in between the action, you're "alone with your thoughts for hours and hours... you can trust no one."

In the clip below, MJ also reveals her "theory" about competing on the show and, yes, it involves Reza Farahan's appearance in Season 1 of the Peacock series. 

Mercedes "MJ" Javid Says Reza Farahan’s Alpha Personality Hurt Him on The Traitors

When do new episodes of Bravo's Hot Mic podcast premiere?

Mark your calendars! New episodes of Bravo's Hot Mic will be released bi-weekly and are only available with a paid subscription ($3.99/month).

Who are the guests on Bravo's Hot Mic podcast?

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Kyle Richards and The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge appeared in Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Bravo's Hot Mic, respectively.  Vanderpump RulesScheana Shay appears in Episode 3 with The Real Housewives of Orange County's Shannon Storms Beador appearing in Episode 4. Episode 5 featured The Real Housewives of Miami's Larsa PippenHeather Dubrow and Terry Dubrow appear together in Episode 6. Episode 7 featured The Real Housewives of Orange County alums Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley.

And now the current episode is all about MJ, so make sure you check it out for all the tea she's spilling.

Reza Farahan and Mercedes Javid at Bravocon 2023.

What is Bravo's official podcast Bravo's Hot Mic about?

Bravo's Hot Mic offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of Bravo's biggest moments from the people who know the real story. Host Alex Baskin is a longtime Executive Producer across multiple Bravo series and sits down with the stars of Bravo shows to discuss memorable moments and the things you didn't see.

Who is Alex Baskin?

Alex Baskin is the man behind the curtain of so much iconic reality TV action. Having produced more than 50 shows for nearly every network around, he currently serves as Executive Producer of multiple series including Bravo's RHOBH, RHOC, Vanderpump Rulesand E!'s Botched.

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