Who was it that said scripted reality TV show stars are taking away jobs from actors?
Tabard remembers that Victoria Wood was quoted in this paper as being a bit miffed about the issue, implying that these reality-based programmes were stopping other performers from earning a living.
But Wood should note that, in fact, these TV ‘celebs’ are more adept at putting themselves out of work first.
Take Geordie Shore – it’s been reported recently that filming has been suspended on the TV programme after two cast members were arrested for being involved in a fight in Newcastle.
A spokeswoman for the show is said to have confirmed that a police enquiry has taken place into “an alleged offence by a member of the cast”.
Press reports say two of the show’s stars, Vicky Pattison and Holly Hagan, were held for questioning after a teenage girl was allegedly assaulted.
Producers have decided to remove “certain cast members” from the production process for the time being, the spokeswoman added.
While such brawling is clearly unacceptable, Tabard wonders if the reported claims should come as a surprise.
TV companies Lime Pictures and MTV, which produce and broadcast the show, market the programme on certain qualities that viewers should expect. A line on the show’s official Facebook page says it will probably include “a lot of tashin’ on” (snogging), “getting mortal” (very drunk) and “jagerbombs” (a drink that involves a shot of Jagermeister mixed with an energy drink). A recipe for disaster, no?
Tabard hopes this recent incident means these horrid shows continue to put certain performers out of work – their own.