A&E tries to quash 'Storage Wars' lawsuit
The network has repeatedly denied suggestions the show is faked, and wants a court to reject a suit claiming otherwise.
According to the New York Daily News, A&E is trying to get a judge to quash David Hester's lawsuit on procedural grounds. Hester's accusation that the show was rigged was not addressed, though A&E has repeatedly denied suggestions that the show is faked. Hester, known for yelling "yup" when he bids, has alleged that A&E fired him when he refused to go along with the charade.
Hester's lawsuit, which seeks $2.2 million in damages, comes as A&E tries to expand its "Storage Wars" franchise with shows in Texas and New York. Rivals including Spike TV and truTv also have storage auction shows on their schedules.
"Storage Wars", which follows the adventures of a group of people in Southern California who purchase items abandoned in storage units, attracts about 4 million viewers on a weekly basis, making it one of the most popular shows on cable. The ratings are so strong that Entertainment Weekly wondered whether fans care if the show was faked, especially since other hit reality shows such as "Breaking Amish" and "The Hills" blurred the line between fact and fantasy.
One thing that is real about "Storage Wars" is the impact it has had on the storage industry. Attendance at auctions, which were once pretty sleepy affairs has skyrocketed because of the show, as have prices the goods are fetching. Being a storage warrior, however, is much harder than it looks. For one thing, most of the goods in units are mundane household items. A fair number have drugs and pornography.
While buyers do "score" some cool stuff on occasion, that is the exception rather than the rule. Most people have the sense to remove their valuables from a locker if they have fallen behind on the rent.
--Jonathan Berr doesn't think the "Storage Wars" will be the same without Dave Hester. He doesn't own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.
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Of course it's fake, it's reality TV. Anyone who thinks otherwise has my pity.
The only thing that matters is whether or not it's entertaining.
There's no such thing as reality TV.There isn't one thing on any of those shows that isn't a set-up.People are told what to say & half the time the shows contain more beeps than dialogue.The biggest fakes are the losers on MTV.Who behaves like that in real life?The youth of today look up to these idots & have the stupidity to view them as celebrities.It's a sad world we live in today when shows like Jersey Shore are the most popular thing on the tube & you have to try to explain to your teenage son that his main focus in life should'nt be to get some girl drunk & "get it in"
There is nothing true about tru-TV. Lizard Lick Towing and Operation Repo have some of the worst actors I have ever seen! And if you can't tell by the various camera angles and staged scenarios that those shows are fake, I'd like you to invest all your money in a company I'm starting.
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