‘Reality’ tv not so ‘real’

News has come to light that some of television’s most popular ‘reality tv’ programmes are being  cunningly staged with the under-handed use of vote-rigging, cheating, odd-stacking, forced stress and torture, and regular spiking of ‘contestants’ daily food and fluids with psychoactive and psychosis-inducing drugs.

The stunning revelations came to light when viewers of a reality tv show became concerned over how upset a contestant had become because he ‘couldn’t get his croquettes on the plate’.

At the end of the reality tv show’s challenge, the contestant who sparked the viewer concern had –in a puddle of tears – slumped against his workbench, hugging himself, crying hysterically, causing his fellow contestants to also become emotional as they tried in vain to console him over his apparently tragic shortcoming.

After a flood of calls to the station in question over the show  – which often sees contestants crying, seemingly at the drop of a hat – an employee came forward with the shocking news that the contestant’s reaction may have been caused by his ‘forced lack of  sleep’, which he suggested was a result of intense UV lighting in their contestant’s rooms, coupled with loud aggressive music in order to forcefully deprive contestants of sleep, employing torturous sleep-deprivation methods not unlike those in the often extreme and harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists.

The reality tv employee alleged that such periods of sleep deprivation were often known to last a minimum of 40 consecutive hours – beyond the normal limits of proper brain function without sleep.

'Top Chef' contestant Joey in tears, as he confesses to the camera that 'he's never julienned carrots so poorly'

‘Top Chef’ contestant Joey in tears, as he confesses to the camera that ‘he’s never julienned carrots so poorly’.  It was also later found that Joey might have even been more upset because he was ‘doing it for his mum’.  ‘Mum’ loves a good julienne’, he was heard saying.

Soon after these shocking revelations went public, employees of other stations and programmes came forward with more similar allegations about sleep deprivation methods, and even the blatant ignoring of viewer ‘votes’ in favour of pre-written scripts with already predetermined winners to attract higher ratings – most notably on ‘music related’ ‘reality’ programmes.

The most controversial information leaked to the public came from one particular show, who’s employee reported that their own contestants suffered a regular program that saw their food and drinks laced with the drug Scamelle-3. 


Scamelle-3 has been known to cause hyper-sensitivity to emotional trauma, and is more commonly used amongst repeat offenders in rape and homicide cases, in order to force them to feel extreme guilt for their actions.

Speaking further on the subject which serves to explain the often hysterical and inconceivably extreme reactions of reality tv’s participants, the reality tv show’s employee explained how small teams of drug laboratory experts were employed to ensure that all contestants remained on the edge of their emotional thresholds, by putting purposefully measured amounts of Scamelle-3 in contestants food and drinks.

It was also revealed that many of reality tv’s hosts are explicitly encouraged to use drugs in order to cause them to be excessively boisterous, over-emotional and generally over the top, especially when it came to things like talking about paint.

The controversial news brings back into focus the recent deaths of some ‘reality tv’ contestants, particularly that of French Survivor contestant Gerald Babin.  One reality tv show producer has come out to confirm the startling reports in a seeming revolt against his peers, speaking out against the manipulative treatment of guests and even viewers.

He argued that ‘most viewers aren’t even interested in who wins but rather, who loses, who suffers the most’, also adding that ‘most viewers are deemed to be more stimulated by the suffering and humiliation of reality tv’s contestants’, more obsessed with who goes, rather than who stays, which puts those on the show under extreme pressure.

A 'Bachelor' contestant in hysterics after being voted out.  Allegedly the main source of her anguish was because she 'wasnt able to wear all the dresses she'd bought since she'd been voted out earlier than expected'

A ‘Bachelor’ contestant in hysterics after being voted out. Allegedly the main source of her anguish was because she ‘wasnt able to wear all the dresses she’d bought since she’d been voted out earlier than expected’

His comments led him into alluding to the recent suicide of an ex contestant from The Bachelor after some 3 years of post-show suffering, as well as the recent suicide of a former contestant on The Bachelorette.


While reality tv has long-enjoyed some of the biggest ratings of any style of television programme, viewer trust is starting to wane as the behaviour of its contestants becomes more convoluted, with hysterical screaming and screeching, tears, breakdowns and even aggression and violence now not uncommon – and the results of each show less and less reflecting the actual sentiments of the viewing audiences.

One ex-contestant spoke out about his treatment on one particular show, saying that he ‘felt like a drug-crazed lunatic the entire time he was there’, and that once he was told to go home, he was forced to seek counselling for severe emotional trauma that he is still being treated for.

It seems that the amount of ‘reality’ in the poorly named ‘reality tv’ is something that should have been questioned for some time now.

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