'Bling Empire' Season 3: Is the show scripted? Showrunner says sex toy incident was '1000% real'

'Bling Empire' Season 3: Is the show scripted? Showrunner says sex toy incident was '1000% real'
Kevin Kreider, Christine Chiu and Anna Shay, stars of the Netflix hit series 'Bling Empire (@kevin.kreider/Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: From couture shows to private jets, 'Bling Empire' gives fans a taste of all the absurdly rich experiences its cast encounters. And now that the show is back for Season 3, it's about to get crazier. 'Bling Empire' gained popularity for being a one-of-a-kind show for its portrayal of the wealthy Asian-American community in LA and centring around their affluent lifestyle.

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But the more widespread the show gets, the more the fans wonder about the authenticity of the reality TV show. For many, 'Bling Empire' comes off as a scripted endeavour, while many fans are convinced that the socialites really do experience the decadent drama portrayed in the show. The incident where Kim Lee and Guy Tang threw a sex toy out of Anna Shay's window right into a spa-day party's festivities, inciting drama, comes to mind when questioning the show's authenticity. So is the show really scripted, or is it real? Here's what we know.

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Is 'Bling Empire' scripted? 

According to the show's producer Jeff Jenkins, the sex toy incident was completely organic. "It was 1000% real and unexpected and insane, absolutely insane," Jenkins told Oprah Daily, further adding, "If viewers laugh as hard as Brandon (Panaligan) and I laughed when that took place, then mission accomplished." Cast members, too, have added their two cents when asked if the show is scripted. Last year, star Kevin Kreider spoke out on the topic, saying, "To me, it's 100 percent real. I know for what I went through, that was so real." He continued to add, "I even talked to the producers, and I said, 'Does this happen often in reality?' They said they pray for stuff like this because it's gold. It's real."

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And Kevin probably has a point. Most reality shows are formed by producers who throw random strangers together to make up the cast and expect them to start acting like friends. Things don't exactly pan out the way they are expected to, at least not without plenty of trials and tribulations. But that is not the case with 'Bling Empire'. The show's cast already has some prior connection to each other. As told in the first episode, the Asian-American community in LA is small and tight-knit. So it doesn't surprise that many cast members have some sort of relationship off-camera. Or at least they've come across each other in some social setting. So, naturally, it is easier to believe the show is real and unscripted.

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But there have been a few instances where the show has edited scenes from different timelines to make 'Bling Empire' more exciting. So while we can believe the show is not scripted, it does include some manipulations to its storylines for exciting elements.

Watch the trailer for Season 3 of 'Bling Empire'


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'Bling Empire' Season 3 premieres on Netflix on October 5 at 12 am PT and 3 am ET.

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