The Juiciest Secrets That Expose How Reality TV Shows Really Work

We all remember how shocking it was to find out The Hills was scripted. Even the ending where they pulled away from an L.A. backdrop to reveal a set made us wonder what is real and what is fake on TV. But the truth is, we all know that reality TV shows are one big scam.

The producers are just puppet masters acting behind the scenes to give us the most entertaining show possible, and it totally works. Whether it’s a competition show like Survivoror it’s a trashy show like Jersey Shore, we always stay glued to our couches. Check out all the juicy behind-the-scenes secrets about how reality shows work, and then blissfully go back to watching The Bachelorette.

It’s The Producers, Not The Judges, Who Have The Final Say

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GLENDALE, CO – MAY 30: Paula Sloan and her daughter Sydney pitch their produce called the Fly Right, that is used in cheerleading training, as they tryout for the ABC reality show Shark Tank, May 30, 2014. The reality show held a casting call, at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, to watch 1-minute pitches form people who want to take part in the show. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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Everyone likes to blame Simon Cowell for crushing dreams, but it’s not always his fault. Most of the time it’s the producers of competition shows that have the final say on who advances and who gets cut.

If you ever make it past the first round, read your contract carefully. There is usually a clause that explains that the producers will keep whoever is the best entertainment.