10 Shocking Lies Reality TV Shows Told You
When we sit down to watch reality television, we assume that the premise of the show and what’s going on in the show is something we can believe as, at least mostly, true. Why else would the program fall under the category of reality television if whatever they are telling their viewers is not the reality of the television show. Since the genre has been around long enough, there are plenty of people who realize that the people who appear on the show have been coached in one way or another, but you still might not realize just how truly misleading the show is being. Check out our list of 10 shocking lies reality TV shows have told you over the years and tell us what you think.
While Judith Sheindlin used to be a real New York Judge, these days, her role is that of an arbitrator. Even more shocking is that even the people who lose a case in front of her, win some money.
This was best underlined by a couple of roommates who wanted to make some quick cash, so they contacted the show with a crazy tale. Even when most of the production team sussed that they were lying, they still taped the show as it was considered ‘good TV.’ The roommates all made between $250 and $1,200. The winners and losers are all paid by the show.
Call Of The Wildman’
Animal Planet once had a very popular show called Call of the Wildman, which starred Kentucky’s Ernie Brown, Jr. who works as a animal nuisance removal expert. The show has him catching all kinds of weird animals, such as very large snapping turtles with his bare hands.
The problem is the network made Brown’s work quite a bit easier. One investigation into the show found that animals were drugged before filming to make them easier to catch while other animals are planted to create entire scenes. Trappers were also used to get wild animals, which were then released and re-caught by Brown.
While The Bachelorette and The Bachelor is supposed to be about helping people find their soulmate, the fact of the matter is, former contestants have spoken out about how the storyline created by producers gets in the way of any real feelings developing on the show. Unsurprisingly those starring on the show are made to follow producers’ orders and stick to a script. Even the show’s creator Mike Fleiss has admitted that the show is more about good TV than actual relationships.
The Biggest Loser
While the show is billed as being one that helps morbidly obese people lose a lot of weight safely, it turns out The Biggest Loser tends not to take safety into consideration.
The show’s alumni have talked about merciless taunting by trainers, eight-hour long workouts (for people over 300 pounds!), severe caloric restrictions and more. In the first series, the eventual winner became so malnourished that he was urinating blood, a sign of kidney damage.
‘Catfish’ Turns Up The Catfishing
The MTV show Catfish was originally started in order to help people who were being conned online, or Catfished. The problem is that when ratings started to suffer, the show began to ramp things up and sometimes would also change stories or make them up entirely. The irony of a show called Catfish making up stories was apparently lost on the producers.
Pimp My Ride
Past winners of the MTV show Pimp My Ride spoke about the real reality of appearing on the program. They say most of the tricked out accessories installed were removed immediately after scenes were filmed. Features like the robot arm in Seth’s Nissan Maxima was totally a lie, as it was controlled by a guy on a computer off-screen.
Other mods, which were real were shoddily installed and stopped working after the car wasn’t on the show anymore.
Renovate My Family
Renovate My Family was a show that was supposed to give one lucky family a week a new home, as well as personal advice on how to eat healthier, live longer, have better marriages, etc.
Like other shows along these lines, the Biggins family was one instance of this show being a lie. The Biggins’ “free” home was worth more than ever before and they ended up getting a $400,000 tax bill. The stress of bills piling up actually caused the parents to divorce. So much for fixing the problem.
Man Vs. Wild
Man Vs. Wild was supposed to be a program that showed just how much of a manly man Bear Grylls actually is. One particular crew member lifted the veil on the show in 2006, admitting that scenes were staged for dramatic effect. Turns out Grylls never built a raft (the crew did), wasn’t attacked by a bear (it was a crew member in a bear suit) and never slept rough under the stars (he was in a warm hotel bed).
Alaskan Bush People
The Discovery Channel show Alaskan Bush People was supposed to be just as the title suggested. The show centers around the Brown family, who were supposedly born and raised in the wild, with no influences from the outside world.
The problem is many of the stories told on the show about the family’s real experiences with animals have been debunked by real wildlife experts. Even worse is that they lived half a mile away from Alaska’s busiest state highway when they were filming season 1 of the show. Their ‘bush’ home even had a pizza place down the road. That’s hardly being removed from society.
Those who watch Storage Wars have probably thought the stars of the show were not only bitter enemies, but also big time bid winners, judging from the number of people who are always present but never win a sale.
It turns out the show’s producers often populated the sales with paid extras who were instructed not to bid. The items the stars would usually find that were worth a lot of money weren’t actually found in storage lockers but provided by local merchants.