Everybody knows that reality shows have nothing to do with reality. They have a prepared script, prepared participants who provoke conflict, and of course, great editing. All these things make the lives of the participants look like a cohesive TV series and millions of viewers can’t stop watching!

Pimp My Ride

“Pimp My Ride” was one of the coolest reality shows of the 2000s where guys turned old cars into fantastic cars with TVs inside and huge speakers in the trunk. But in 2015, Huffington Post held an interview with the participants of the project and found out that in fact, it wasn’t all as great as it appeared to be on the air. They said:

  • “The cars were in garages for about 6 months on average instead of several weeks as it was presented to us.”
  • “They tuned the cars only for show: first, they didn’t fix the internal parts, second, most of the cool things they put on the cars were removed right after shooting (mostly because of safety precautions because installing a monitor on a door handle to watch a movie while opening the door is a really strange idea).”
  • “Rusty cars, completely broken parts — most of these problems were made up by producersat the beginning of the show in order to demonstrate how big the transformation was.”

“I know that I’m quite overweight but they went too far. According to the script, there were supposed to be sweets all over my car, allegedly in case I would get hungry. But I never had any sweets in my car, it was made especially for the show. In the trunk, they installed a cotton candy machine. I think they liked this idea and they just used a fat guy to implement it in real life.”

Seth Martino

  • “The final parts of the episodes were often shot many times. The producers said, ’Come on! We tried! Give us more emotion.’”
  • The only person all the participants had very good memories of was Xzibit. As one of the participants remembered, “He was always relaxed, funny, and supported all ideas.”
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