It’s safe to say that people are all about reality shows nowadays. These shows have a unique appeal. In some ways, they seem to mirror life for some us: the struggles, the successes and everything in between.
It’s no wonder that reality television programs continue to enjoy pretty steady viewership season after season. However, that doesn’t mean that these shows are being viewed positively by the general public.
According to a 2018 poll by Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult, 48 percent of viewers tend to view reality programming unfavorably. Moreover, in the questionnaire, 27 percent of respondents viewed reality tv as very unfavorable and 21 percent it is somewhat unfavorable. Even more interesting, an overwhelming 61 percent of the respondents have said that there is “too much” reality program available today.
Perhaps, this negative view of reality shows is due to constant revelations that reality shows are mostly fake. In fact, we found 14 of the fakest reality programs around, along with two that are absolutely real:
16 Fake: Say Yes to the Dress
Those who have participated in the show have later said that things are scripted and staged for the cameras. For instance, they choose the bridesmaids that come on the show. Moreover, there are also reports that the production crew would handpick brides and groups that already have some tension going on. That way, they can get some really interesting soundbites.
15 Fake: Breaking Amish
Since the show started airing, fans spotted a number of red flags with TLC’s “Breaking Amish.” For starters, one of the cast members, Jeremiah Raber, was already spotted outside the community before he supposedly broke out from his Amish group. Meanwhile, cast members Rebecca and Abe supposedly met for the first time on the show. In reality, however, the two already had a child together, according to a report from Mail Online.
14 Fake: Cupcake Wars
According to a Reddit thread, teams are informed beforehand about the theme of the episode. Moreover, an online source who had a friend appear on “Cupcake Wars,” said, “The final challenge that I mentioned before, where they had to make 1000 cupcakes, was for a Hollywood event that was supposedly that night. It was actually weeks later.”
13 Fake: Mystery Diners
Reports have surfaced that the show has a tendency to bring in actors who would play the role of ‘culprits’ in each o the episodes. In fact, one episode featured The Grove Bar & Grill in Arizona who suspected that their newly hired cook, Chef Dave, was behind the large loss of supplies and food in the restaurant. As it turns out, however, Radar Online reported that Chef Dave is none other than Dave Germain, a “self-proclaimed actor” and owner of DisJointed Productions LLC.
12 Fake: House Hunters
According to a post by user hopeuci on Reddit, “Met someone on a plane once who was on House Hunters. After she purchased her new house, the show came and taped her viewing that house. Then they took her to two other houses to make it seem like she was going to pick between the three. In reality, she had bought a house before they even taped the show.”
11 Fake: Catfish
According to a Reddit post by user Rachellelenaa, “Um they make you hype up some of the stories to make them more intense. And a lot of the time they will try to make it more intense by saying that they were in a relationship. Kinda how on my episode Ryan said that him and the fake me were seeing each other on and off for 10 years. Um once the cameras are off nev goes back to being his arrogant self. He’s super into himself. I would try to talk to him and crack jokes. He would either ignore me or make me feel stupid just by his body language and facial expression.”
10 Fake: Geordie Shore
Claims that MTV’s “Geordie Shore” is fake were proven back in 2016 when a shot of the show’s script was leaked online. And although there are no actual lines, the script outlines exactly what the cast members should be doing. For instance, one part outlines the “group chat about Chloe shock departure.” Another line on the script stated, “Nathan, Marnie, Abbie, Zahida and Sarah getting manicures and pedicures."
9 Fake: Love It or List It
In “Love It or List It,” homeowners get to decide if they love their newly renovated home enough to stay or if they would rather move into a newly found home. In reality, however, it seems that participants end up making both choices. According to a post on Reddit, “My aunt and uncle were on "Love It Or List It" and 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.”
8 Fake: Beachfront Bargain Hunt
According to a post by realtor John P. Wells on Active Rain, “ "Beach Front Bargain Hunt", season 16 episode 2, is about one of my listings at 254 North End Blvd in Salisbury, MA. It was listed for $219,000 and sold over a year ago with a few upgrades for $227,000. This HGTV show represented it as listed for $275,000 and gave the buyer agent credit for selling it for negotiating the price down - credit which the agent gladly took for the sake of publicity.”
7 Fake: American Idol
According to a post by ishityounot on Reddit, “A friend of mine tried out for American Idol and she said it always seemed like the people wait then they get their big shot in front of the TV judges. In reality, it's a ton of steps, and hours of waiting, to go through loads of intermediate judges who decide if you're either TV material, the insane or terrible people, or actually good enough to move on.”
6 Fake: Jersey Shore
An extra who worked on “Jersey Shore” spilled the beans on show, telling The Daily Beast that “everything that happens here is completely scripted.” In fact, that epic fight between Paul D. DelVecchio Jr. and Vincent J. Guadagnino was reportedly staged under a streetlamp so that the lighting would be perfect. On the other hand, there are also rumors that Nicole Polizzi never hit a cop car. Instead, she hit one of the members of her security team.
5 Fake: Keeping Up with the Kardashians
According to a report from Cosmopolitan, there is some suspicion that the Jordyn Woods drama is all for the camera. After all, Woods did appear on Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” shortly after and as Stephanie Sidley pointed out on Twitter, “Jada Pinkett Smith is very close to the Kardashian’s and has dinner with Kris Jenner almost once a week.”
Meanwhile, back in 2018, the show premiered with an epic fight and conveniently, the Kardashian sisters also had an all-out war of words on Twitter around the same time.
4 Fake: The Voice
According to user celodavo on Reddit, “I am a singer and applied to be in the voice, over the past few weeks I recorded the program and it is a lot of fun but It is not all about the voice. Everything happens as you are told. Even your song from the blind audition is chosen for you. You need to attend to 5 auditions before doing the "blind audition" that goes on tv. and YES the coaches can see you.” Others have also claimed that they had a similar experience.
3 Fake: Long Island Medium
For quite some time now, people have been questioning the authenticity of “Long Island Medium” star Theresa Caputo. In fact, one widow who had a reading with Caputo told Radar Online, “She didn’t hit on anything surprising, and became very agitated and angry when I shut her down. I refused to fake it and cry ‘Oh my God, you’re right!’” Moreover, she also pointed out that Caputo’s assistant had interviewed her prior to their session so that “he totally could have told her (Caputo) everything.”
2 Real: Guy’s Grocery Games
“Guy’s Grocery Games” is a fun show where contestants get to shop like crazy and then cook inside a grocery store. And even if Flavortown Market itself is not a real store, E! News reports, “There's no fake aisles, all the food is real, and any that doesn't get used is donated to local organizations in Sonoma County, California.” Yes, that’s real enough for us.
1 Real: The First 48
According to a Reddit post by a “former shooter/producer” on the show, “We dont [sic] really pick and choose what episodes we follow, a team of shooter/producers literally live out in each county and respond to EVERY homicide 24/7. Kicker is not ALL cases get solved, so consequentially we cover many cases that dont [sic] get solved/aired ...”
Sources - Hollywood Reporter, Reddit, Radar Online, Cosmopolitan, Active Rain & The Sun Online