‘Southern Charm’ Star Kathryn Dennis Tells Austen Kroll to ‘Back the F*** Up’ After Sobriety Comments

Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis has come under fire in recent months after allegations from ex-boyfriend Thomas Ravenel that she’s not as sober as she claims. The mother of two split up with Ravenel in 2016, and since then the two have been fighting a bitter custody battle fraught with scandal. 

Ravenel has previously accused Dennis of being intoxicated on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, as well as failing a recent drug test. Now, Austen Kroll is doing the same, and Kathryn Dennis isn’t happy. 

Dennis’ rehab period

When Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel split up, Dennis was struggling with substance abuse and addiction. After failing a court-ordered drug test, Dennis shipped out to California, where she entered a rehabilitation program. 

Since then, Dennis has returned to Charleston claiming sobriety and a changed lifestyle. Her custody battle against Ravenel has been ongoing in the meantime, with Dennis jockeying for full custody after Ravenel was charged with second-degree assault and battering in a separate incident. 

Recently, Dennis and her fellow castmates went on a trip to Colorado, where she felt alienated by a marijuana fueled feast some of them partook in. According to Dennis, she would have liked to be consulted about it, given her sobriety.

Thomas Ravenel, however, has been making claims that the Southern Charm star never totally sobered up. 

Thomas Ravenel accused her of being intoxicated

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel accused Dennis of being intoxicated on national television in May. According to documents obtained by The Blast, Ravenel claimed that Dennis was “highly intoxicated on drugs and/or alcohol” during a May episode of Watch What Happens Live

Dennis called the claims against her “patently false.” She went on to defend herself via an Instagram post, in which she wrote, “I struggled to be still during #wwhl. so much is going on in my life right now and I was anxious and nervous af. [A]nxiety sucksss and It’s important to talk about. that said I gotta tell you how much your support means to me and also how big of a role that it plays when I’m having a hard time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

However, it seems as if Ravenel isn’t the only one who thinks Dennis may have been intoxicated on the show — or in general.

Austen Kroll lashes out at Dennis

Dennis’ appearance on Watch What Happens Live came into question during the recent Southern Charm reunion episode. Craig Conover and Cameran Eubanks agreed that she seemed different during the episode. 

Conover said, “You looked uncomfortable or a little spaced out or something.” 

Eubanks added, “It was very uncomfortable to watch. She looked like something was the matter.”

Dennis said her behavior was due to the nerves of her ongoing situation with Ravenel. “There is so much going on with my legal stuff with Thomas, and having to edit and tailor everything you say 24/7 just to protect yourself is really, really stressful,” she said. 

That’s when Kroll decided to spice things up. “It doesn’t seem like you remember even being there,” he claimed. Dennis was not happy. 

“I haven’t rewatched the episode because I’m too embarrassed to watch it but don’t ever think for a f****** second you’re going to come after me and my sobriety. You better back the f*** up,” Dennis shot back at Kroll.

However, Dennis’ reaction was tempered by the revelation that, while she might not be smoking weed or utilizing other drugs, her sobriety doesn’t seem to exclude drinking.