Reality TV is wildly popular because the storylines are so over-the-top. And if you are paying attention, current and past cast members of some of your favorite shows are spilling the tea when it comes to who's keeping it 100 and who's not.
And if you don't know by now that reality television is not 100 percent real, then you must be delusional!
Let's take for example a recent episode of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta that highlights the supposed three-way love affair between Jasmine Washington, boyfriend Rodney Bullock, and Keanna Arnold who rounds out the happy trio. Die hard fans of the show should be having vivid flashbacks to when Kalenna Harper (formerly of Diddy Dirty Money) and her BFF/sometimes-lover Ashley Moore danced with the idea of a threesome with Harper's husband.
Moore wasn't down with it then, and she took to Instagram to affirm that she ain't with it now saying, "Samething they tried to do with me and k! And I said hell no! They still tryin this storyline."
And if you check out Real Housewives of Atlanta veteran Sheree Whitfield's recent interview on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, she reveals that while the ladies flow between friendships on-camera, they aren't BFF's when they are not taping. And even with all of the prompting from the show's producers, things can sometimes get out of hand like the time Sheree "shifted" Kim Zolziak's wig a little.
Losing control is a good thing, let many of these show-runners tell you. A Refinery 29 interview with an anonymous reality TV producer provides some insights into how many of the cat fights and lovers' quarrels are instigated.
"Every producer is different, but I think that for the most part, producers ingratiate themselves into the trust of these cast members so they feel more comfortable — for lack of a better word — manipulating them. You know what makes them tick, you know what buttons to push. They’ve told you their deepest fears, insecurities, and desires, and you can use that to your advantage in the field — if you choose to do so," the producer explained.
Remember that in many ways reality TV is soap operas on steroids; created only exist to gain and keep your attention. So the next time you decide to indulge in these guilty little pleasures, do yourself a favor and don't get caught up.
It ain't real, people!