Bravo TV reportedly asks its reality stars to sign an 'STD clause'
According to reports, Bravo wants to wash its hands clean off possible lawsuits that could emerge from reality TV stars bedding each other during the filming of the network's reality TV shows.
Bravo TV, known for airing several reality shows, reportedly asks its stars to sign an "STD clause." According to Page Six, reality stars who appear on the network's shows have to sign a clause promising that they wouldn't sue Bravo if they got an infection while filming a show.
Their contract also specifies that their co-stars aren't tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
The outlet claimed the network's hit TV show, Vanderpump Rules is a "hotbed of diseases." In 2015, James Kennedy called his castmate Jax Taylor a "dirty, dirty boy" on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live because the latter slept with several women during the filming of the show.
James also claimed Jax had herpes, which the latter denied during a Reddit AMA.
Insiders in the network told Page Six that such contracts are common practice, especially in reality TV shows. According to reports, MTV had a similar clause in place for its cast on the Jersey Shore. The network forced reality stars to promise not to sue if they acquired a disease while filming the series. In 2010, the show's creator SallyAnn Salsano said during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable that producers instead handed out herpes medicine, Valtrex to the cast "like M&Ms."
"'Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!’ It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up," she said during the roundtable eight years ago. But much before Jersey Shore aired on the network, MTV had a similar clause in place for its first reality TV show, The Real World.
Radio Times claimed that cast members were required to grant full access to their lives to the producers of the show. They also had to accept the risk of mishaps and diseases, including STDs and death. The show lasted 14 seasons, running from 1992 to 2017. The outlet wrote, "...participants are told to accept that others might have STDs but warned that MTV is not responsible should they contract AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases during filming including gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory diseases."
In contrast to MTV and Bravo, some networks have a more humane approach to the cast members of reality TV shows. ABC reportedly conducts STDs for cast members who appear on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette but we can't confirm if reality stars have to sign a similar clause.
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