Reality shows often bill themselves as being an honest look into the lives of their subjects. If you watch The Kardashians, you would assume that you're seeing real life unfold.
But the truth is that most reality shows aren't as "real" as they claim to be. Here are some examples of shows that were either caught faking it during an episode, or were revealed to be faking later by one of the show's stars:
1. The amount of food on Sal and Mallory's plates kept changing on an episode of Love Is Blind, showing how much the show's narrative is pieced together during editing from different moments.
In fact, this is why the show uses those signature gold cups for drinks. You can't see the level of liquid inside them, which helps immensely for continuity. Otherwise, people's glasses would be magically refilling as the editors pieced together the lines and reactions they needed.
2.The "Bling Ring" Netflix documentary The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist revealed that the cops showing up at Alexis Neiers's house on her reality show Pretty Wild was completely staged.
Alexis explained that the arrest happened when the production crew wasn't there, so they returned later and re-created the arrest by having a couple of the producers knocking on the door.
3.In an early season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, there's a storyline where Kris hires a nanny who sunbathes topless and generally behaves unprofessionally. Here's the thing, though: The "nanny" is actually porn star Bree Olson, who says she was cast on the show through her talent agent.
The show probably thought they could get away with it since Olson wasn't famous at the time. However, she hit mainstream fame a few years later when she was one of Charlie Sheen's "goddesses."
4.When Snooki and Jwoww got in a "fight" on Jersey Shore, Jwoww's socks kept appearing and disappearing on her feet, showing that it was shot with multiple takes.
5.Heidi Pratt said that her job at Bolthouse was made up for The Hills, so the storyline about her being "fired" was also BS.
Of course, The Hills also ended with that final shot revealing the cast on a sound stage, so we should probably assume that a LOT of that show was fake.
6.Many game shows that feature an audience — like Deal or No Deal — feature paid audience members to fill out the crowd. You can often find listings for these "roles" on casting sites.
I worked as one of these paid audience members before, and they will actually direct the audience to react certain ways! For example, they might tell one section of the audience to yell, "Deal!" at the contestant while another section yells, "No deal!" Sometimes, the production team will have the audience cheer, boo, lightly applaud, or act shocked when there aren't even any contestants onstage, just to have a variety of reactions filmed.
7.Remember MTV's Next? And how they had all those "fun facts" for contestants? Well, some contestants have claimed those facts are fake and that the show wrote lines for them.
8.Naked and Afraid provides medicine (as well as food and water to take with the medicine) to the survivalists, according to one contestant. The same contestant also claimed they were so close to a nearby town in their "middle of nowhere" setting that they could hear DJ music from a block party at night.
9.Storage Wars allegedly plants valuable antiques in the storage lockers to create drama, according to a complaint filed by former star Dave Hester. Hester even claims that the show's production staff would sometimes fill entire lockers with stuff.
10.Christine Quinn claimed on Twitter that Selling Sunset has "5,000 fake storylines."
30 minutes till the launch of #SellingSunset 🥰🥰enjoy the new season and all of its 5,000 fake storylines! 💰 💅
She didn't go into detail as to which ones were fake, but knowing what we know about OTHER reality shows on this list, it's not that wild an accusation.
11.One Love Island fan pointed out a continuity error in this scene from the show, in which case a glass magically moved.
How does Laura's glass get from behind her in one camera angle to on the table in another angle without her even making a move toward putting it on the table?! #LoveIsland #Angles #Magic