Discovery's Naked and Afraid has earned a reputation similar to that of other reality shows. Some contestants claim there are myriad ways the show isn't real, stating not only were they misrepresented, but that producers aired outright lies. Many contestants have done interviews or Reddit AMAs to share their stories of being in Naked and Afraid episodes, hoping to set the record straight about interactions with their partner, the crew, and locals.
If you've seen The Bachelor, Deadliest Catch, or any of the numerous Real Housewives shows, you've probably guessed that reality TV is scripted on some level. But Naked and Afraid has apparently faked not only dialogue, but causes of injuries, the sources of contestants' food, and the supposed remoteness of the show's filming locations.
The Wilderness May Not Be All That Wild
The production camp is reportedly very close to contestants, and the filming location is usually not too far from civilization. The show clearly isn't as remote as it claims.
Some contestants say they've interacted with locals, heard music playing, and were allowed to do as they pleased as long as the cameras weren't rolling.
Food Is Sometimes Planted By Producers
A Reddit thread notes it's suspicious that right as a candidate is nearing the end of the show or is close to starving, they miraculously catch an animal. There was one contestant in particular who supposedly captured a deer in a snare.
Viewers were quick to note the deer didn't show any indication of being caught in a trap - such as marks around the neck.
Editing Is Selective
Contestant Alison Teal claims the show is more about drama than living in the wilderness. Teal said in a Reddit AMA that she built many items for survival, including a ladder and fishing net, which weren't shown on TV. Teal felt her weaving skills, good instincts, and overall resourcefulness didn't come across on the episode.
Another contestant, Shane Lewis, broke his toes while filming, but viewers were only told that he hurt his foot.
A Sick Contestant Was Given An IV And Fluids
When Kim Shelton ate a turtle in Costa Rica and subsequently got food poisoning, producers portrayed her as being very ill for days with no medical attention. In reality, Kim was given food and an IV of fluids to help her recover.
Furthermore, there's a medical tent for participants where one woman says she received vitamins.