If you've ever wondered why people are obsessed with 90 Day Fiancé, it's because the relationship drama is both cringeworthy and so entertaining to watch. Remember when Danielle threw that binder at Mohamed? Or when Pedro and Chantal's family got into a fight one time....and that second time...and also this other time?
There's just something about watching someone try to bring to their partner to the U.S. while also trying to convince everyone around them that they're actually in love and not just looking for a green card that's oddly compelling.
But this overflow of drama has led some people to ask if the show and its many spinoffs are actually real, or if producers are scripting scenes to entertain viewers. So what's the deal: Is 90 Day Fiancé scripted?
Is 90 Day Fiancé scripted?
The answer is mainly no...but also a little yes. The couples on 90 Day Fiancé are real, and the producers never put anyone together. As Screen Rant reports, the couples have to complete the K-1 visa process on their own, and they have to be in a real relationship before applying to be on the show.
However, some of the show's most memorable scenes have had some influence from the producers. Screen Rant also listed scenes from the show that are real, and a bunch of others that are fake. That scene in season 5 where David's friend Chris asks his fiancée Annie for a massage? Totally scripted.
"Yes, the awkward scene of Chris asking for a massage was SCRIPTED," Chris' wife Nikki wrote on Facebook, according to inTouch Weekly. "The producer asked him to say it & Chris had to say it more than once because it didn’t come off as natural. We were fed our lines while sitting at the table, which is why no one reacted. WE ALL KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT."
Speaking about the show in general, Chris said: "Well, absolutely part of it is [scripted]. No question. Some of it is real and then teased with and added to subtracted from."
According to inTouch Weekly, Nikki added, "I wouldn't say that there's a written script that's like, 'Hey, read this line, read this line. But there are times where there are different people or producers that come up to you and say, 'Oh, I think it would be cool if you do this,'" or "'I think you should say this.'"
Here's the awkward "massage" scene, by the way:
Other former cast mates have spoken out about the validity of the show. Ashley and Jay appeared on the show's sixth season, and reports of their breakup and possible divorce rocked the Internet in 2019 before they later reconciled. Ashley later countered those rumors, and Cheat Sheet reports that she made a lengthy Instagram post about her time on 90 Day:
"We have been asked to be very deceptive about many things during our run with the show. We have been asked (and agreed for some time) to fake our relationship by not posting anything that makes us appear that we are together. Personally, I thought this show was just for entertainment & that’s what we were told. Since the show has ended I never confirmed the status of our relationship due to the contract.
As for fellow cast members popping off: YOU WORK FOR THE SAME SHOW, so — acting like you’re mortified about the falsity of things that happen is COMPLETELY hypocritical. Most of you from Season 6 went on a social media TIRADE about the editing and fraud of the show, so don’t suddenly act like you have no idea how this goes."
And over on Reddit, a commenter that claims to works in TV production (but not on 90 Day) explained how the manufactured content that we see on TV is mainly for entertainment: "Trust me, even a documentary with the purest intentions is presenting a version of reality at best. And these producers do not have the best intentions. They aren’t trying to illuminate you to the struggle of couples trying to get a K1 visa. They’re carnival barkers who want to give you a freak show."
But while the truth about the TLC show may be a bit murky, we kinda don't care if our favorite scenes are scripted or not. I mean, as long as we get to see couples like Fernanda and Jon fight after the club, who are we to complain?
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