'House Hunters' won't be the same
What a disappointment to learn that those cute couples on the reality TV show already picked out a new home before filming started.
This post comes from Len Penzo at partner blog Len Penzo dot Com.
First, allow me to set the stage.
Longtime readers know I love "House Hunters." No, I mean I really love that show.
Maybe too much. (Post continues below.)
Although I don't have official stats, I think it's safe to say that since "House Hunters" debuted in 1999, I've watched upward of 96% of the show's episodes.
Heck, I practically consider Suzanne Whang, who was the show's host for nearly a decade before being unceremoniously dumped for a faceless boring narrator in 2008, to be a part of the family. (Although I have to say, I do like the name of the latest faceless boring narrator -- Andromeda Dunker.)
That being said, I was having a little lunch in the break room last week when I found out that "House Hunters" is faked.
That's right. Faked.
I know. I couldn't believe it either.
You know the show: A cute couple go looking for a new home. They drag along a completely worthless real-estate agent who takes them to see three (no more, no less) homes for sale -- two of which are more often than not way beyond the cute couple's incredulously ginormous budget. The cute couple then talk it over for all of two minutes before they finally select one of the three homes.
Now the word is out that those cute couples weren't really house hunting after all. Nope. Apparently the cute couples featured on the show already had their new homes before they were even a twinkle in the "House Hunters" producer's eye. Uh-huh.
"House Hunters" merely re-created a very twisted version of the homebuying process. You know what that means: All those scenes where the cute couples are fretting about sticking to their ridiculously high budgets -- and pondering whether it's possible to host a party in a home that's missing hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops -- were just a sham.
Boy, do I feel like a sucker.
Can you blame me when I say I feel slightly betrayed? Well, I do.
By the way, I've also watched 6 bazillion episodes of the "House Hunters" spinoff, "House Hunters International."
It turns out that show is faked too.
Yeah, yeah. You can go ahead and pooh-pooh this all you want. You can also tell me how gullible I am because "reality" television shows aren't really real.
But this was big news, folks. The Huffington Post had a story on it, and the news even made it to the Drudge Report. (I’m not sure why, though, considering a lot of people have known this "unknown" fact for years.)
In the end, it doesn't really matter. My world has been turned upside down forever more.
But I'll never be duped again. That I promise you.
From here on out, I'm only going to watch honest reality television shows. You know, really authentic stuff -- like "Jersey Shore."
More on Len Penzo dot Com and MSN Money:
- The 15- vs. 30-year mortgage debate: Why 30 is better
- Why big spenders are terrible in bed
- Your big fat stupid expensive wedding
- Should you rent or buy?
- What's wrong with 'House Hunters'?
- Calculator: How much house can you afford?
While entertaining, these types of programs are very misleading while purportedly acting as if actual, truthful life-stories of the participants. It is a shame that a simple disclaimer was never used to at least share some sense of truth that these shows are basically works of fiction.
I think this is a great show to see how couples pick home based on there needs and wants. I could care less if it's "fake". Realtiy shows like Jersey Shore, American Idol etc. are more fake and stupid to watch. You would have to be a very naive perso to assumed that this stuff is not staged. Clue: the cameras and no on camera moments.
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