Yeah, yeah...I'm such a cynic but from day one of watching seeing this show I've had very serious doubts as to the authenticity of it.
Am I the only person in the country who doesn't believe this show is for real?
Here's the thing...they're not alone on some island like they would have you believe. There's obviously a camera crew there, people! I have a real hard time grasping the idea that the "contestants" are roughing it wherever they are because I highly doubt CBS would make its crew, especially Jeff Probst, go without decent food, water, plumbing, etc., for the sake of trying to pull off this show.
My husband loves watching the show but he's not too sure that it's for real either. He basically watches it for the entertainment factor with the cat fights between the contestants, etc.
I do watch it now and then for amusement as well but just can't find truth in it. I've often joked with my husband that I think the contestants are Hollywood wannabes looking for an acting job and that CBS is shooting this whole thing on a studio backlot and that after a contestant is voted off they walk through the cleverly shaded walkway straight into the front door of a Hilton Hotel, which is where I also think everyone is staying after shooting for the show is over. They only shoot 60 minutes (minus commercials) once a week so there's a heck of a lot of free time unaccounted for.
Here's another thing...you know all the "secretive" conversations between two people now and then. Someone obviously had to tape that and edit it. When they sent the first contestant to Exile Island a couple of weeks ago she wasn't alone. She was talking into a camera. Who knows...if there was a cute guy on the operating end of that camera they probably had a little "thing" going on to kill time.
One last gripe and then I'll drop it...someone obviously spends a heck of a lot of time setting up the immunity and/or reward challenges every week. Do you really think all the people who do this are roughing it with the contestants? They're probably having one big shindig after taping for the week is over.
OK...that felt good to get off my chest. I know it's Valentine's Day today and I'm supposed to be all lovey-dovey and everything but instead I chose to be a grump and point out everything I think is a hoax. Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!