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  1. alley rat
    alley rat April 5, 2005 at 4:08 pm |

    Hi Thomas!

    I can’t offer you any answers to questions, but I just wanted to say hello.
    You’re one of my favorite commenters – I’m glad to see you guest blogging today.

    a.r.

  2. jenna
    jenna April 5, 2005 at 5:57 pm |

    I think sometimes the producers will kick someone off if they didn’t disclose their seedy past during the early elimination process. I remember reading something revently about an american idol contestant who had been arrested for domestic violence, and remained on the show because the producers knew about it, even if the public didn’t. That might account for some of the inconsistencies. Another reason could be that different shows have different target audiences. American Idol’s is very young, so someone involved in porn is out of luck. Joe Millionaire’s (remember that one?) was more mature, so when one of the contestants was revealed as a porn star, it was no big deal.

  3. Thomas
    Thomas April 6, 2005 at 10:18 am |

    Jenna, I remember the couple who were kicked off Temptation Island, allegedly for failing to disclose that they had a child together. They swore that the producers knew, and merely used the kicking-off to pruduce a dramatic episode. My gut tells me their version is true, and I distrust the producers’ accounts of what they knew when.

    On the audience determining the standards, you may be on to something, but that makes the disparate treatment of sex and domestic violence all the more upsetting.

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