Bravo has participants in its reality TV shows sign an “STD clause” promising not to sue the network if they get one of the many infections they list in the contract while filming, Page Six reports.
Insiders tell the paper that such provisions are actually the norm across all major networks, especially on dating shows.
- Vanderpump Rules, about Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR and the sex lives of the staff who work there, is cited as a “hotbed of disease.” In 2015, VR star James Kennedy calledJax Taylor a “dirty, dirty boy” on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, adding “It’s called herpes!”
- In 2010, Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano told The Hollywood Reporter that producers handed out herpes meds “like M&Ms.”
- ABC, meanwhile, has said that it tests contestants on dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for STDs, ensuring that the finalists in both shows are disease-free.