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24 Secrets From The Sets Of Reality TV Shows

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Have you ever wondered what reality television sets are like? In the nearly 20 years since the genre took over our television screens, rumors have swirled about how much "reality" these programs really show. A recent Reddit thread asked insiders to dish the dirt on reality TV secrets - and damn, did the crew and cast members deliver! Here are the most shocking reality show production secrets, revealed.
  • Gordon Ramsey Is Actually Nice

    "Gordon Ramsey is actually a pretty nice guy. The Hell's Kitchen restaurant is a set in a soundstage. The customers are usually friends and invited guests of the show and its crew."

  • MTV Gets Their Talent Wasted To Spice Things Up

    "My friend was on that old show Taildaters on MTV way back when (a guy would go on a blind date with a girl, and his best friend would be spying on them from a monitor and I believe was able to occasionally page them. Yes, with a pager).

    In his episode, the date was going really well = boring. My friend told me that the producers pulled him aside and smoked him out and gave him some liquor - which led him to act weird and eventually get a glass of water thrown at him by his date. Now, I took this as BS and thought it was a way for my friend to spread an anecdote of how MTV smoked him out, but after watching his episode I noticed that in one scene he was his normal charming self and the next he was kind of slurring his words, had droopy eyes and started eating off his date's plate with his hands."

  • The Girls On 'Millionaire Matchmaker' Are Actually Taken

    "My boss was on an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker and said that most, if not all, the girls they had brought for him to interact with were already in committed relationships and were just there to be on television."

  • The Sellers On 'Pawn Stars' Are Actors

    "A close friend of mine worked in casting for several shows. Most notably: Pawn Stars. She told me one night while we were drinking that around 90% of the time the people bringing items into the shop were NOT the true owners. They would scour the internet for people selling interesting things and then hit them up to see if they wanted to bring it on the show. If the true owners were total duds and not suitable for camera work, they would pay them a few bucks to take the item and have a trained actor bring it to the pawn shop for the purposes of the show."