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20 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows From Actual Participants And Workers

September 10, 2020 2.5k votes 358 voters 31.9k views20 items

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At this point most people know that most reality tv shows aren't completely real. But how much is real and how much is fake – and which shows are worse offenders than others? These Redditors either worked or participated in a number of reality shows and are ready to spill the tea on all the behind-the-scenes secrets.

  • 1. Chosen Profession

    From Redditor u/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).

  • 2. The Better Ending Isn't Always The Truth

    From Redditor u/xXGARR377Xx:

    My aunt and uncle were on Love It Or List It they had them record both endings and the network chose which one they thought was best. They are still in the house and they love it, but the show says they listed it.

  • 3. Like A Prison

    From Redditor u/ogcoliebear:

    I worked on a certain MTV dating show where one of the contestants tried to escape the house in the middle of the night, and one of the Production Assistants had to tackle him in the front yard and drag him back into the house. It's like prison, they are completely cut out from the outside world (no computer, books, phones, watches) and they are fed mostly booze. They all go insane.

  • 4. Lies And Lies

    From Redditor u/CRASHtheDOG:

    I worked on the MTV show "Next" for a little while. Everything you see is completely fake and scripted. I was working as a production assistant on the show when one of the contestants didn't show up. Since I was the new guy (I'd only worked 3 or 4 days for them at this point) they asked me to take his place. I didn't want to do it at all but after some cajoling and the promise of more work with MTV I agreed. They made me look like a complete idiot on national television, put "facts" up about me that weren't true, and to boot they never even f*cking hired me again. so, f*ck MTV