Who among us doesn't like to indulge in a few guilty pleasure reality TV shows? Curling up with a tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and the most recent episode of The Bachelorette is one of the few indulgences in life that no one should be judged for partaking in. In fact, keeping up-to-date with the scandals on certain reality shows is actually a great way to communicate with your fellow man. Debating about which contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race actually deserves the lifetime supply of fancy makeup, the cash prize, and social media infamy brings co-workers, family members, and even strangers together.
Accordingly, many reality TV fans know that nothing on their favorite shows is completely real. How many times have the Kardashians or various Shark Tank contestants complained, noting that things have been taken out of context or that their words have been twisted? One tends to wonder, though, "Just how fabricated are these shows?" Reddit has discovered the answers. Users are telling all their behind-the-scenes secrets and you won't believe which of your binge shows are hiding big secrets.
Sometimes The Show's Premise Is Completely Made Up
From Reddit user LinuxSuperUser8:
"I have a friend who signed up to audition for a show that she thought was The Bachelorette, or something similar. I guess its standard practice to not give the actual name of the show, and just say, 'We need good looking, energetic young women for blah blah blah.'
"So she got called back, went through a few different interviews and a screen test. Finally, they tell her that the concept is that she will be running a pawn shop with another woman. She is a dental assistant with no experience remotely related to the pawn business.
"Pawn Queens ended up being on for two seasons and they gave her a backstory about how/why she got interested in the pawn business. Not exactly shocking, but it was pretty interesting to see that they basically looked for hot girls first, then put them into a proven concept (Pawn Stars-type reality show)."
A Collector "Bought" His Own Memorabilia On One Show
From Reddit user violentsky:
"My father is a dealer in a particular variety of memorabilia, and also fairly well known as an authenticator of said memorabilia. He was on a show featuring storage units a few years ago. The show crew peppered a storage unit with some of my father's own collectibles, the hosts 'found' them, then brought them back to my father to be appraised. He then offered to purchase his own items back from the hosts."
Those Kids From Made Never Really Change
From Reddit user spiderlanewales:
"[I] was on an episode of MTV Made. It wasn't super-scripted, but certain things were added to make the kids look stupid. On our episode, the producers had socks stuffed inside a kid's drums to make them sound bad, even though the kid didn't actually do that. Stuff like that, but the scripts had room for ad-libs, and the show was fine with that as long as nobody said anything too crazy or suggested anything they couldn't deliver on.
"Unfortunately, a lot of the kids on the show go back to how they were before almost immediately after filming. People can totally be who they want to be, but why apply to the show? And also, it kinda sucks when the show drops a [ton] of money on you (our episode involved paying for an appearance from Finger Eleven when they were huge) and it ends up being a waste for everything other than getting a TV episode out of it."
The Executive Producers Aren't Even Fans Of Their Cast
From Reddit user sudonem:
"I've worked on promo photo shoots for several reality shows and they are all basically fake/staged.
"The one exception in my experience was Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
"That was the only production I've ever worked on where we needed huge security guards. Not to keep the set locked down. They were there to keep the talent from attacking the crew and each other. God damned ridiculous."
Also, one of the network executives was complaining about the music being played at one "point (it was definitely vulgar). Totally understandable except that the person we were shooting not only requested it, it was HIS music. Not sure what the execs were expecting on that one. You hired the guy."