Kim Kardashian isn’t the only “reality” personality faking scenes. The TLC show “Toddlers & Tiaras,” which features children as young as four years old, is largely staged to hype the drama. The show even creates fake pageants, according to a new report.
Maxine Tinnel, a pageant organizer said much of the action is highly manipulated, choreographed and contrived. Mother-and-daughter duos chosen for their eccentricity, she told the New York Post.
Tinnel said she “staged” six pageants for the network. Although the moms and daughters are largely acting out scripted scenes, they are not paid, she added.
Kardashian’s reality show “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” was largely scripted this season to portray Kim’s estranged husband Kris Humphries, as an insensitive lout to justify her decision to divorce him after just 72 days of marriage and a blow out $18 million wedding, from which she profited.
Humphries has told friends the show grossly distorts him, but Kardashian went beyond that by allegedly airing a fake scene that was purported to have occurred in October in Dubai. But evidence suggests the scene was filmed on an LA sound stage in December and inserted in the show.
Producers “attempted to backfill the storyline” to create a fictional substitute for events they didn’t have on tape,” Keith Girard, editor and publisher of TheImproper told McClean’s, Canada’s newsweekly magazine.
TheImproper was one of the first to raise questions about the scene, and Girard likened it to the gameshow cheating scandals of the 1950s. They resulted in congressional hearings and restrictions on game show manipulation.
Robert Redford directed a 1994 movie “Quiz Show,” which delved into the scandal. It starred John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria and Christopher McDonald.
On Toddlers & Tiaras, shows are staged to take advantage of colorful characters. “Find the crazy families first, then find a pageant near them,” Tinnel said.
The children are forced to be in front of the camera for up to seven hours at a time. Many parents feed their children “pageant crack,” sugary, caffeinated drinks, and candy to boost their energy levels, the newspaper reported.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” on Bravo, is supposed to be about friends interacting in that exclusive enclave. But none of the housewives are friends or associate with each other when the cameras are turned off, according to reports.
We’re learning that networks “have every incentive to coach the players, fabricate confrontations, fake scenes and create controversy just as the networks did with game shows,” Girard says.