Dan Levy Says He Had to Take a 'Hiatus' from Reality TV After Working on The Hills

Ally Mauch
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For some time, Dan Levy went cold turkey on reality TV — but he's since found his way back to the genre.

Before Schitt's Creek secured his rise to fame — and multiple Emmys! — Levy co-hosted MTV's official After Show for The Hills. During an appearance on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Levy explained why the gig pushed him to take a break from watching reality shows.

"Before I did [Schitt's Creek], I was working on MTV with The Hills for a long time, a show that some people might know, and I was doing the after show," Levy, 37, told host Jimmy Fallon.

"When you work so closely with a reality television show — and I love The Hills — it takes the magic out of the experience of watching reality television, because you end up knowing too much about how it works," he explained.

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Luckily, however, Levy said that quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic reignited his love for unscripted television.

"So I had to take a long hiatus, and then quarantine happened, and I had quite literally watched every show on television," he said. "So I finally resolved myself to accepting the fact that I only have reality TV left, not to diminish the genre. But it started, and then it became a problem, because I couldn't stop watching it and now it's all I watch."

His favorites? "I started The Real Housewives of Atlanta, I ended with Below Deck: Mediterranean," Levy said.

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The actor is particular passionate about the most recent season of Below Deck. "The drama that happens on the last season of Below Deck: Mediterranean is earth-shattering," Levy said. "I have many times thought about vacationing to Australia to take Hannah [Ferrier]'s yachting course."

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In addition to binging reality TV, Levy has also been working on developing his skills in the kitchen.

"I was trying different pasta sauces, I was making breads, I was baking cookies. I did the Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies that I found the recipe online, and they weren't quite as good," he told PEOPLE for this year's Sexiest Man Alive issue. "I did a banana bread recipe that a friend swore by, and then I made it, and it wasn't quite as good. And then, I did a sourdough bread that turned out like a really heavy, dense brick."