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Something that's a bit taboo in the world of reality TV is dating someone from behind the camera.
It can break the fourth wall and ruin the illusion of reality, in some cases.
These 11 relationships range from short flings to marriages with kids.
A sound guy on "Bachelor in Paradise" reportedly jumped off a balcony and broke both his legs to avoid being seen with contestant Michelle Kujawa.
During the first season of "Bachelor in Paradise," one of the contestants, Kujawa, found love on the beach ... just not with a contestant. According to Cosmo, Kujawa and an audio operator on the show were together in a hotel room — and rather than get caught, the man jumped off the balcony, breaking both of his legs and both of his feet. He ended up getting fired anyway.
"Siesta Key's" Madisson Hausburg is engaged to former producer Ish Soto.
Soto, who is 20 years older than Hausburg, was a producer on the first season of "Siesta Key," where he met Hausburg — and two of her ex-boyfriends, Alex Kompothecras and Brandon Gomes.
Their relationship was shown beginning in season three, when Hausburg introduced her family to Soto. She also broke the news to the rest of the cast that she was dating the former producer.
In August 2020, the two moved to Los Angeles together and got engaged.
Whitney Port married a former producer of her "Hills" spin-off, "The City."
Port was originally introduced to audiences as Lauren Conrad's friend at Teen Vogue during "The Hills," but she left at the end of the fourth season to move to New York City and star in her own spin-off, "The City."
One of the producers, Tim Rosenman, would end up becoming Port's husband — while they met on the show, they didn't start dating until after it ended in 2010. They got married in 2015, and their son, Sonny, was born in July 2017.
Last summer, Port and Rosenman re-watched "The City" together and provided commentary and behind-the-scenes tea.
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss is married to Todd Tucker, a former line producer on the show.
Burruss and Tucker met in 2011 during the fourth season of the show while the cast was on a trip in South Africa.
"I was trying to play it cool in Africa as it's against the rules to cross the line with the talent," Tucker told The Daily Dish in 2014. "In production that's a big no, no !… I loved her smile, she had a great butt! LOL! She seemed very humble and genuine."
Burruss explained more about their relationship to Glamour in 2013: "He did end up quitting the show. That was a big decision for him to have to make. He resigned, but then they came back and said they didn't want him to quit. He still works with the same production company, but he doesn't work on our show."
Their wedding was televised in a special Bravo spin-off, "Kandi's Wedding," in 2014. They now have two kids together.
"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood met Andrew Glennon when he was working as a crew member on "Marriage Bootcamp." She was there with her ex, Matt.
Things have since turned sour for Glennon and Portwood, who share a son together. They broke up in 2019 amidst domestic violence accusations, and Portwood was granted a restraining order against Glennon in 2021.
The two met in 2017, when Portwood was appearing on "Marriage Bootcamp" with ex Matt Baier. Their relationship ended during filming of the season, which is where Glennon came into the picture. At the time, a source told E! News that the two didn't begin dating until after production wrapped to avoid a scandal.
David Burns of "The Real World: Seattle" fell in love with the show's casting director, Kira.
Burns was on the seventh season of the show, back in 1998. He secretly dated Kira, the show's casting director, while filming — of course, it eventually got out and all played out on-screen.
Two decades later, Burns spoke to Jezebel about the relationship.
"I think one of the only reasons I opened up to the experience was I was so attracted to her, and she was a good soul. It was almost cathartic to be able to tell her my story, and I almost forgot that there was a camera or that they were monitoring this and had a clinical psychologist analyzing me, you know what I mean? We both fell in love, really hard and deep. It got destructive," Burns said in 2019.
He also that MTV knew something was up when he didn't actively date around like the rest of the cast. He couldn't remember how exactly the story broke, but knew that "someone betrayed Kira on her end."
The relationship didn't end up working out.
"It's a terrible place for a relationship to blossom: on the set of a television show," he said.
Kristin Cavallari "secretly dated" a cameraman on "The Hills" in 2010 for a few months.
Cavallari and Miguel Medina, a cameraman on "The Hills," were able to keep the relationship a secret while filming.
"We dated for a few months and nobody knew," she told "Hills" co-stars Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag when they appeared on an episode of "Very Cavallari" that aired last year. "I was dating Brody on the show and like, meanwhile, Miguel was filming it."
The relationship was outed a week before filming wrapped on the show in 2010 when the two were spotted at an airport together.
"Road Rules" champion Susie Meister met her husband while filming - he was a sound guy.
Meister met her future husband while she was competing on "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" in 2009. She wrote about the beginning of their relationship for The Good Men Project in 2012.
"I noticed a handsome man on the crew and decided he would be my project for the next six weeks (or until I got sent home for losing in man-to-man combat or physically attacking a cast member)," Meister wrote. "He was a Sound Guy. He was paid to listen to me, and I gave him an earful. I would ask him every day where he would take me on our first date, where we would get married, what we'd name our children," she added.
Meister eventually made it to the finale — and won — which meant that she'd be able to attend the season's wrap party and speak to the sound guy for real.
"I don't know many reality cast members who haven't had a crush on, hooked up with, or dated a crew member," she wrote. "I'm just lucky my Sound Guy happened to live up the imaginary dream man I created in my mind. In one day, I won $70,000 and 'met' the British audio mixer who would become my husband — a sound guy indeed!"
Rozlyn Papa was sent home from "The Bachelor" due to an alleged relationship she had with a producer.
Papa was a contestant on Jake Pavelka's season of "The Bachelor" in 2010. But before she could get very far, host Chris Harrison sent Papa packing due to a relationship she had with a producer.
Papa maintains that she and the producer were just friends and that nothing ever happened, but Harrison says otherwise.
"She had a physical relationship with a producer on our show," he told People. "You cannot do that. There is no gray area … Other girls on the show saw it. The producer confessed more than once and to more than one person. I cannot make it any clearer."
"We would never go to the lengths we did and take the steps we did, firing somebody and kicking someone off our show if we thought maybe something might be happening," Harrison added.
Julie Berry and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst dated for years after Berry competed on "Survivor: Vanuatu."
Berry competed on "Survivor: Vanuatu" in 2004, which is where she met iconic "Survivor" host Probst. They didn't begin dating until after the season had wrapped, when Probst emailed Berry "just to say hello," he told People in 2004.
"The funny thing was there was this perception we were flirting on the show, and that was actually just fun stuff on the show. I didn't really talk to Julie until long after the show was over," said Probst.
The two confirmed their romance during the "Vanuatu" reunion when they held hands during the end credits.
They dated for three years before calling it quits in 2008.
"It's hard to be friends. Maybe it's too soon. But I definitely fell in love on 'Survivor.' For sure. And wouldn't change a thing about it," he told USA Today after their break-up.
During the first-ever season of "The Real World" in 2002, housemate Becky Blasband began dating a director, Bill Richmond, on the show.
Their relationship was also shown on camera. The two hit it off during a cast trip to Jamaica, which eventually led to Richmond getting fired.
"She and I had been eyeing each other, so to speak, for a couple of months. We got involved for the weekend," Richmond told the New York Times in 1992. "Becky and I went out one night and they got a shot of us kissing. We are all on good terms. We played it up a little bit on camera," he said. "It's a funny irony and makes for a great story at parties. I do feel bad about it."
He was eventually re-hired by MTV.
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