Something scandalous is happening with reality TV. It turns out many of the reality programs aren’t very real at all.
The latest revelation comes from A&E’s hit show, Storage Wars. Former Storage Wars star Dave “Yuuup” Hester is suing A&E, alleging that substantial aspects of hit reality show are fake (gasp!).
Now this isn’t the first reality show to be accused of not being real.
Hester asserts producers of the program plant expensive items in storage lockers that its “stars” are supposed to bid on. It has also been alleged that producers have asked some of the cast members to give them special pieces that are planted in the lockers. The production company would then pay a rental fee to the “star” for using their items.
Now this isn’t the first reality show to be accused of not being real. A contestant on HGTV’s House Hunters revealed back in June that she was told she could not be featured in an episode until she had already closed on a home. Yet, she was still required to view other homes even though she had already purchased hers.
And then there’s TLC’s Breaking Amish whose cast members supposedly lied about their backgrounds and had actually left the Amish community several years before the show began.
You would think most people would be outraged, but many viewers don’t seem to care.
“Who cares, it doesn’t matter to me” to the sarcastic, “Really, it’s a fake? I am shocked!!” fill up message boards by people who follow such programs. The posters seem more amused people actually thought the shows were real, than outraged by the fact the producers take “creative license” with many of the storylines.
But it seems to be a sad state of affairs for people like Dave “Yuuup” Hester that, when it comes to reality TV, things just aren’t always as they seem.