Some people fervently watch reality TV with the notion that it is all authentic. No one is acting and everything being said and done is 100% real. Despite making you think that reactions and conversations are never scripted, this is hardly the case.
As more people who have participated in these type of shows come forward and admit that they were given a role to play to break into show biz, the more we realize it’s that reality TV is an oxymoron. One show that was popular from 2004 to 2007 was MTV’s Pimp My Ride.
The premise was to take an old, beaten up car and fix it up with extravagant and often unnecessary upgrades. Turns out not all that glitters is gold.
Alvin Nathaniel Joiner aka Xzibit was the rapper turned host of Pimp My Ride.
The rapper showed up at the participant’s house to take a look at the car and see all the things wrong with it before promising it to make it look like a million dollars.
The exterior of the cars were given a complete and total new look.
But it was some of the outrageous add-ons to the vehicles that had participants calling out the show’s producers.
Many claim the cars broke down within weeks of getting the cars back.
While others say the expensive accessories put on were just for the show and taken off immediately after.
Justin Dearinger from season six said they put a “pop-up” champagne contractor in his car.
After filming, the device was removed. Co-executive producer Larry Hochberg argued that it was all about perspective.
“Sometimes we did things for safety reasons that the kids on show interpreted as us ‘taking away some items,'” Hochberg says.
Dearinger’s champagne contraction was removed because the show didn’t want to promote drinking and driving.