Don’t believe everything you see on TV, even if its marketed as “reality”. Most shows have a team of writers who decide where the story arc goes and how it gets there. So when a genre comes along that claims to remove any behind the scenes meddling with the story, audiences expect that the show is being driven by the people on screen. But in some cases, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Shocking Secrets Reality TV Producers Won’t Tell You.
The Celebrity Apprentice
The show runners of The Apprentice do their best to make it look like hard work. And for a long time, audiences bought it. But after a round of the show’s popular celebrity edition, one star spoke out. Penn Jillette, one half of the famous duo Penn and Teller, wrote about his time as a contestant. And the reality is that the participants spend most of their time waiting around doing nothing. Jillette also stated that even when competition time came around, they had nothing to do with business. He compared the experience to being in junior high, saying the work is not very challenging, and the people are crazy. As for The Donald, Jillette had some choice words about him too. And wrote that Trump’s hair “looks like cotton candy made of piss.” Burn.
Audiences are in love with love, and producers have been capitalizing on that since day one. Perhaps the most blatant example comes in the form of ABC’s The Bachelor. If you’re unfamiliar with the show’s premise, think of it like this: one bachelor goes shopping for his soulmate amongst a group of pre-selected ladies. With that much competition under one roof, things get heated. And apparently producers fan the flames by filling the participants with booze. Multiple ex-contestants have stated that they were uncomfortable with the amount of alcohol on set, and the constant suggestions that they have more of it. One past contestant even alleges that she was kicked off the show for refusing a drink.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Theres no room for secrets in a court of law. So when the worlds of show business and criminal justice collide, the public gets a rare glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes. And at one point, it was the Kardashian clan who had their day in court. During divorce proceedings between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, one of the editors on Keeping Up With The Kardashians testified that not all of the show’s drama is real. Some scenarios were fabricated by the team using footage that was edited out of context. And the whistleblower specifically mentioned cutting the show to make Humphries look like a colossal jerk.
Finding a house can be a nightmare. And as it is with most nightmares, it’s kind of entertaining watching it happen to someone else. House Hunters chronicles the quest for a perfect home by following homeowner hopefuls as they compare three different places to live. The participants always end the show with a new home, so every episode has a happy ending. And they should, considering that everyone who applies to be on the show has to already own one of the houses. That’s right! Participants know which house they’re going to buy because they’ve already bought it. Which kind of ruins the whole thing.
Since there have been stars, there have been tour guides trying to make a buck off showing us where they life. MTV took that idea and ran with it in their show Cribs. If you’ve ever watched an episode, you’ve probably fantasized about having your very own mansion. Add a couple of european sportscars, a pool, and a fridge stocked full of beer, and you’ve got yourself a good time. All the segments start with the same promise, that the house we’re about to see belongs to the celebrity giving the tour. So when one homeowner tuned into the show and saw Ja Rule giving a tour of her home, she filed a lawsuit. It turns out, the rapper had rented the place for a weekend, and played it off as his own for the crew.