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People Who've Been On Reality TV Are Sharing How Fake It Was
 

 
It's no secret that enjoying a reality show often requires a certain suspension of disbelief. However, it's still super shocking once you find out how fake these shows really are.

Redditor u/TailstheTwoTailedFox asked the question, "Redditors who have been on a reality TV show such as Hardcore Pawn or Pimp My Ride or Pawn Stars, how FAKE was it?"

Here are some of the most surprising responses:

1. "The Kardashians filmed their reality show in my restaurant. For this particular episode, they were getting kind of 'drunk' on champagne. However, the producers told the staff to pour sparkling water into champagne flutes, which they then proceeded to get 'drunk' off of." "Nobody actually drank any alcohol."


2. "My sister Julie was on The Real World. Our entire family went down to visit her. Julie was really excited for us to come down, but she also gave the show a ton of footage of her being annoyed that we were coming. When we got down there, she started inventing issues and even picked a big f*ght with my dad. When our family was leaving, the producers begged us to stay. They even offered us money."
"No one in the family had any hard feelings about the f*ght. We all knew it was drama she made up for the camera. When the show aired, my family had like four episodes. Julie was by far the most successful cast member. These shows don't pay well, but she made a ton of money on her celebrity."


3. "My best friend was on 16 & Pregnant. They asked her to reenact a conversation that she had had with her mother off camera. The funny part is, they had her reenact it about a week after giving birth, so she was no longer pregnant. To hide that, she wore a big sweatshirt and held a teddy bear in front of her tummy so you couldn't tell the difference."


4. "I was on Jerry Springer. The episode never aired, but the entire thing was fake. They even asked me to find friends to complete the storyline of a double love triangle. The coolest part of it all was when they literally asked me if I wanted a fake doctor's note or a fake death certificate made out in a fake family member's name in order to get me out of work."
"They literally had a guy on staff whose only job was to get people out of work so they could attend filming."


5. "I was a guide at Fort Niagara when Ghost Hunters shot an episode there and claimed to see an apparition out of the window of the bakery in the French Castle. Turns out it's a double pane window, and due to the imperfections in the glass, it made their own reflection appear distorted."
"I was able to replicate it the next day."


6. "When my wife and I were looking to buy a home in Michigan, our agent told us we had the opportunity to be on House Hunters if we wanted to. We talked to some person from the show, and they told us the basic process: We'd buy whatever home we wanted, then they would film us there before we moved in, as though we were just looking at the place as well as looking at two other 'prospective' places that they had selected. Then we'd ultimately 'choose' the house we'd already bought and live happily ever after."
"We watched a few episodes, and I convinced my wife how stupid they would likely make us look, so we passed."


7. "I was selected to be on Pawn Stars in the background. They tell you to pretend to look and point at items and to be really quiet. The director person tells Rick and the person with the item everything to say."


8. "At a bar in New York City, someone approached my dad and his buddy asking if they wanted to be on a gourmet cooking show. Naturally, they agreed. We arrived in a strange part of Manhattan and got a call from the producer saying, 'We're sending a car to pick you up immediately.' We hopped into a taxi and...BOOM, 'You're on Cash Cab!'"
"We lost, got kicked out in Chelsea, and ended up spending our own money on food and a taxi home."


9. "I have several friends who were on the first season of Moonshiners. They do make moonshine, but what you see on the show is not what it's like in real life. Most of them are licensed to sell alcohol, and they do sell it locally at the package stores. The others only make a little to have for themselves and a few friends."
"The producers had them set up stills in the woods and even told them what to wear to make it look more 'backwoods' than anybody in this area has looked in 50 years."


10. "I tried out for Canadian Idol. The contract they made us sign literally stated that the producers could override the fan votes if needed to make sure the person they wanted to win would win."
"I still tried out. I was not the next Canadian Idol."


11. "I know two people who were on the Swiss version of The Bachelor. They pretty much feed you lines, piece together unrelated footage, or even make up complete storylines."
"One of them went there with her best friend, but they had to pretend they hated each other."


12. "Several years ago, my cousin went in for a tattoo at the shop from Inked. It was an 'off' filming day, so NONE of the artists from the show were in."
"He got his tattoo started, and they asked him to come back in a few weeks when it was healed up to schedule an appointment to finish it. When he showed up, filming for the season was finished. The shop was closed, cleaned out, and the space was for sale."


13. "I worked on Love It or List It, and 99% of the work isn't done by the people shown doing the work on TV. It's done by subcontractors. Most of the stuff they put in for design purposes was taken back after the shoot because it wasn't part of the homeowner's budget."
"We got blacklisted from several stores because we would buy thousands of dollars' worth of stuff and take it back after we shot."


14. "There was a Dutch version of Pimp My Ride. A player of a football team we played against had his car 'pimped,' but the car didn't even make it home. He had to call the car repair service on his way back from the studio."


15. "I was on an episode of Wife Swap. One of the wives was a burlesque dancer, so her new husband had to emcee a variety show of which she was the headliner. I was the juggler in that act. The people are real, and lots of their interactions are real. But a TON of scenarios are staged. He'd never done anything showbiz before, so naturally we tried to help him. The director kept telling us that he was in charge and needed to be doing the planning."


16. "My mate was on Tattoo Fixers. He filmed the 'big surprise reveal' like five times because he wasn't surprised enough."


17. "I was on set for a filming of Ghost Hunters in Buffalo, New York. On the show, they're 'investigating' an upper level of the Buffalo Central Terminal when they hear a 'disembodied' voice say, 'Get out!' It was the property manager on a lower level yelling at homeless people to clear out."
"Everyone knew it was him, but it somehow made it into the show as an 'unexplained' event."


18. "My uncle was on Pawn Stars attempting to sell something. The item wasn't even his. He knew a guy who worked on the show."


19. "I worked on a cruise ship when they filmed Undercover Boss. The CEO pretended to be doing a documentary and had various crew members train him for a few hours. He claimed to stay in a crew cabin to get a 'real' feel for how it was to be a crew member. Not only did they use a passenger cabin in the shot, but he didn't even stay there. He stayed in the grand penthouse!"
"When they did the 'reveal' that he was actually the CEO, they did like five shots of the crew's 'surprise.' His big gesture at the end was $150,000 toward crew welfare (pay for parties, day trips, etc.). It came to like $8 per crew member when you consider how many crew members there are. Those that were featured (and even one who got cut from the show) on my ship did get an all-expenses-paid European cruise, so that was nice for them, at least, provided they wanted to go on a cruise on their vacation from working on a cruise ship."


20. "My brother was on X Factor UK. There are several rounds before the televised rounds, so all those rubbish acts you see on TV have been picked by producers to go through."


21. "A friend of mine was on The Bachelor. She said they were constantly given alcohol and were put on a strict sleep schedule where they were literally put to bed and woken up. Also, there were no clocks anywhere, so all the girls were in a constant state of alcohol-fueled disorientation."
"The entire thing was completely controlled, and she said no one really knew the guy because none of their interactions were real."


22. "I was on Stan Lee's Superhumans. It was a long shoot day at the high-altitude chamber I worked at. They brought in a guy who had climbed Mount Everest a bunch of times without supplemental oxygen, so we brought him to the same altitude in the chamber with some 'Westerners' to compare against. He asked for oxygen after 15 minutes, and after 30 they asked me to pretend to pass out."


23. "My cousin was on Hell's Kitchen, and she said that they would film for over 10 hours a day. Then they'd go to sleep around 11 p.m., only to get woken up at 2 a.m. to film again to make them more irritable."
"The producers would purposely bring up topics to create drama among the chefs. They retaped when they answered the door in the beginning a couple of times to make them seem more surprised."


24. "My family was on World's Strictest Parents. We hosted two rebellious teenagers in our allegedly really strict home. The producers were bummed because the kids actually liked us and we got along with them, so they had to go up to the kids and convince them to get angry for no reason and cause drama."
"We're still close with the two teenagers and talk to them often!"


25. "I had a friend who was on MTV's Catfish. The guy who was catfishing her was the one who applied for them to be on the show. They barely talked or knew each other prior to signing up and had to force some fake conversations so they could be used on the show."


26. "I was on an Australian reality show called Surprise Chef. The story in this episode was that the chef met my boss at the supermarket, then cooked all the aquarium volunteers a nice surprise dinner. We all knew what was happening, so for the scene where we all got surprised in the shark tank, we knew what was happening and did seven takes of fake surprise. The celebrity chef cooked nothing. He went in for a few takes, and an actual chef cooked all the food while he stood outside chain-smoking."
"The food was average. I think I drew the short straw of things you get in a reality show — a sh*tty meal."


27. And finally: "My friend was on Intervention. They lied to get her on the show, saying it was a documentary about chronic-pain patients. Then they forced her to take medicine when she didn't need it, just to get shots of her 'using' for the show."
"Her episode doesn't have a 'several months later' segment at the end because when they sent her to rehab, they realized she was in legitimate pain and actually increased her meds."


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Any of you have any "Reality TV Experiences" ???


Last edited by HitmanBeats; 06-09-2021 at 01:14 PM..
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 1 week ago '13        #2
johndoee1 
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Do people not naturally know these things are scripted and fake ?
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 1 week ago '11        #3
Tony Franks  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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sounds like what I expected
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 1 week ago '18        #4
HitmanBeats  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12 OP
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 johndoee1 said
Do people not naturally know these things are scripted and fake ?
I was a camera man for the local fox news in my city. I told a news anchor that "Run's house" was fake. She cried. Dead a*s.
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 1 week ago '13        #5
THEDONN  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 1 week ago '09        #6
BrooklynStiles  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 HitmanBeats said



8. "At a bar in New York City, someone approached my dad and his buddy asking if they wanted to be on a gourmet cooking show. Naturally, they agreed. We arrived in a strange part of Manhattan and got a call from the producer saying, 'We're sending a car to pick you up immediately.' We hopped into a taxi and...BOOM, 'You're on Cash Cab!'"
"We lost, got kicked out in Chelsea, and ended up spending our own money on food and a taxi home."




This sounds fun as hell and not scripted at all. Cash Cab is real
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 1 week ago '15        #7
Veggie Burgers 
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I tried out for Canadian Idol back in the day. I can cosign them just trying to push non-singers through to make good tv. I'm not a horrible singers but definitely not good enough to win a competition. But I also freestyled during my audition and they liked my personality so they pushed me through to the 2nd round. I might've made it to tv if I stuck with the Boyz II Men song I sang in my initial audition but I got c*cky and tried to sing a Sisqo song that was way out of my vocal range . Funny thing was that I ended up getting the same producer when I tried out for Canada's Got Talent. Dude was a d*ck both times. Lol.
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 1 week ago '12        #8
daman729 
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Some of the stories on those judge shows be fake as fu*k too. Know a chic who got paid to be on divorce court a long time ago lol.
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 1 week ago '05        #9
4REAL  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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4. "I was on Jerry Springer. The episode never aired, but the entire thing was fake. They even asked me to find friends to complete the storyline of a double love triangle. The coolest part of it all was when they literally asked me if I wanted a fake doctor's note or a fake death certificate made out in a fake family member's name in order to get me out of work."
"They literally had a guy on staff whose only job was to get people out of work so they could attend filming."
I believe there was a point in time where Jerry Springer was real in the 90s. But as the show went on, it's like it became full-time WWE. Jerry Springer became faker and faker by the year. I'm surprised there aren't more people coming out of the woodwork with "Jerry Springer is fake" stories. It makes me wonder if talk show hosts make their guest sign confidentiality or something because you don't hear these shows being ousted. The same goes for Maury also.
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 1 week ago '18        #10
S-Class 
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I want some background on Flavor of Love
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Top 10 most propped recently  1 week ago '17        #11
Rule 336  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x16
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So cash cab isn't fake?
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 1 week ago '20        #12
MrDarkCloud  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Most of these shows do create fake drama just for ratings and storyline purposes.

IDK how many of y'all watch Black Ink NY. Sky's oldest son exposed that sh*t and how it operates. She faked a "reconciliation" story just for views and so she'd have something going on. And as soon as the cameras stopped filming, they wouldn't talk at all.
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 1 week ago '16        #13
kuul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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 S-Class said
I want some background on Flavor of Love
I want to know if that girl really sh*tted on herself.
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 1 week ago '16        #14
kuul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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Women love these fake a*s shows too.
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 1 week ago '10        #15
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it's called "assisted reality" ha, and those non competition ones are docu-soaps...
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 1 week ago '04        #16
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 Tony Franks said
sounds like what I expected
These people aren't Meryl Streep you if you made it to 3rd grade you can see they're "acting".
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 1 week ago '19        #17
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Someone I know made it kind of far in American Idol. She was a very polished performer, with years of experience on stage, even though she was only early-20s at the time, and she was a monster vocalist.

They deadass told her, her background was too clean, and her talent level too high and polished. Mind you, this chick was beautiful, had an excellent body, and could also dance really fu*king well.
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 1 week ago '07        #18
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x51
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i been trying to tell people for over 15 years about this

so many conversations with people who'll say a movie was ok "but not very realistic"

but when i tell them their beloved "reality" show is almost entirely scripted, they look at you like you just told them Santa wasn't real

people are really trading life experience for cut rate budget TV shows narratives

the only reason reality shows are everywhere is because Hollywood ran out of ideas and these shows are crazy cheap to make
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 1 week ago '05        #19
Micheal C. Will  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Sucks for the people who watched that crap thinking it was real

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 1 week ago '04        #20
KidKingGoD 
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That’s show biz video production is a very toxic environment.
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 1 week ago '08        #21
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Love it or List it is my favorite HGTV show.
House Hunters is second ... as long as they go to cool spots.
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Top 10 most slapped recently  1 week ago '17        #22
PackerTrelli3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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Without reading


Pimp my ride HAS to be up there with the stories lol
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 1 week ago '18        #23
antisocial100 
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Shouts to OP for putting in the work for this thread
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 1 week ago '19        #24
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Growing up I met a girl that was on blind date and she said they feed you shots
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 1 week ago '05        #25
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If you believe reality TV is real, you are a damn waste of space or 12.
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