Reality TV just got a little too real. Â
VH1’s series about a woman looking for a rich guy hit a snag with contestant and potential ‘winner’ Ryan Jenkins being sought for his involvement in the murder of his (separated) wife.
I’d imagine this will serve as a wake up call to producers wanting to make shows fast and cheap, and to people eager for their 15 minutes of fame. Just because people are on TV doesn’t mean it’s all going to have a nice Hollywood ending.
Most reality shows do research into contestants, including both psych, physical and background testing, though there is no word as to whether this was done on this show. Â Not to say it necessarily would’ve ruled this guy out, but to say that its contestants are safe and protected as much as a show could, this should be done. Â Especially on shows where feelings and hurt and love are involved.
Ryan Jenkins was a contestant onÂ Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.