For reality-TV fans, the revelation that not every aspect of a show is legit is like learning there's no Santa Claus. They move on and enjoy the presents.
But the curtain on "reality" is getting pulled back more and more. Last spring, HGTV acknowledged that the home viewings on House Hunters are done for the cameras after buyers have already chosen their properties. In his recent wrongful-dismissal suit, former Storage Wars star David Hester charged producers with planting valuable items in the bins up for...
A&E has fired back at Storage Wars star Dave Hester for claiming that the show is rigged, and has shifted focus to question the motivation behind Hester's allegations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E filed its response to Hester's lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, in which the network accuses Hester of fabricating a "tabloid-worthy drama" as a distraction.
When fired Storage Wars star Dave Hester ("Yuuup!") filed suit in December against A&E and Original Productions, accusing them of rigging the show by planting valuable items in some storage units, he reignited an old debate questioning how "real" reality TV actually is. Other series, like TLC's Breaking Amish, have weathered criticism that participants' backgrounds were embellished. And it's now widely accepted that docusoaps like MTV's The Hills were heavily scripted.
A&E's hit show Storage Wars is rigged — at least according to a lawsuit filed by Dave Hester.
In the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, the former host claims that he was fired from the series after complaining to producers about the alleged rigged practices, which he says include producers planting valuable items in the units.
Your trash might be his treasure. Dave Hester, the alpha-dog star of the reality hit Storage Wars, tells us why his show continues to be the highest-rated series in all of A&E history.
TV Guide Magazine: What's America's fascination with abandoned storage lockers and the people like you who bid on them?
Dave Hester: Everyone wants to hit the lottery. Shows like Hoarders look at people with a sickness or addiction but we tell exciting modern treasure-hunt stories. And you can actually go out and try this yourself. Anybody can bid on this stuff.