'Celebrity Watch Party': Fans call the Fox show a 'rip-off,' say they should be sued for copyright infringement
However, Studio Lambert, creators of 'Celebrity Watch Party', confirmed the show is not a rip-off and that they had created the format in the UK years ago
'Celebrity Watch Party' is about stars watching popular TV shows and reacting to them. Since everything and everyone is under lockdown to battle the COVID-19 crisis, the celebrities used their phones and laptops to tape themselves enjoying some good, bad and ugly TV.
The line-up was impressive and fun for Episode 1. It starred Rob Lowe, Romeo Miller-Master P Tyra Banks, Meghan Trainor, Joe Buck, Raven-Symoné, JoJo Siwa, Steve Wozniak, Curtis Stone, and Robert and Kym Herjavec. The most fun responses came from Rob and Romeo, who didn't hold back while commenting on the TV programs.
Besides the fact that it's a very authentic look into the lives of celebrities and the whole relatability factor that comes into play — stars in their loungewear — 'Celebrity Watch Party' makes for an interesting watch because you simply can catch up on popular shows on a show.
However, fans seem to have an issue with the concept of the show, with most calling it a 'rip off' of shows like 'The People's Couch' and '90 Day Fiancé: Pillow Talk.'
"90 day finance (sic) pillow talk needs to sue for copyright infringement #90DayFiance #celebritywatchparty," a fan commented, while another shared: "Sorry #CelebrityWatchParty, you are no #Gogglebox or #PeoplesCouch or #PillowTalk."
"What is this shit #celebritywatchparty. This is a blatant rip off of #peoplescouch from @BravoTV. And it’s TERRIBLE." a viewer pointed out. "#CelebrityWatchParty I'm sure @BravoTV is so happy to see @FOXTV rip off their old show #ThePeoplesCouch," a user tweeted.
"#CelebrityWatchParty total #ripoff of the #90dayfiancepillowtalk but is it tit for tat? Hard to say. I don’t like that celebwatch has #narration - #ummm we can figure #shit out for ourselves!," a fan expressed while another shared: "I’m mad #CelebrityWatchParty copied #90DayFiancePillowTalk but not that mad that I’m not watching."
However, Studio Lambert, creators of 'Celebrity Watch Party', has confirmed that the show is not a rip-off and that they had created a show using the same concept for viewers in the UK ('Gogglebox') as well. "Hi Tammia, it's not a rip off. We created the format in the UK years ago. We made a version for Bravo and now we've made a celeb version for Fox. Hope you enjoy it," the studio responded to a fan's tweet.
Catch all the new episodes of 'Celebrity Watch Party' on Fox every Thursday.