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Mar 25, 2013 09:08 PM

Next Great Baker contestant's shop goes out of business

Lesson learned? Being a jerk on a reality show can be the Kiss of Debt.

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  1. Karma, baby! As a consumer on a limited budget, I support as much local business as I can afford. If I lived in her town, I would definitely shop elsewhere, after the seeing the way she competes.

    1. Maybe the kiss of death is believing a "reality" show has your best interests and your financial back. TV editing is a bitch.

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      1. re: HillJ

        While this is true, she practically asked for them to portray her this way. Crying about how she has no money to run her shop then sabotaging the other contestants? She made her own bed, now she has to sleep in it.

        1. re: iluvcookies

          I have no way of knowing what the real honest truth is because I don't know these people. I do not believe that reality shows are one ounce real nor do I believe the words coming out of contestant and judges mouths are anything more than scripted, heavily edited and rescripted agreements along the life of the show.

          What I believe is that (most) everyday people who engage in these shows to further career dreams are unfortunately naive in thinking it will lead to more than 15 mins of infamy. These shows are money makers for producers, often nothing more.

          Do they entertain joe public, yes they sure do. High drama does and watching others burn...and a few, a very few long term winners.

          So I don't know that I would categorize myself as sympathetic as much as not surprised...but, you know when someone's living is destroyed I can't find "she deserved it" in that kind of moment.

          1. re: HillJ

            She did turn up the oven on one of her competitors, causing the cookies to burn and the competitor to lose. That is unprofessional behavior and I can't imagine how that would have been "created" if she did not do it.
            I'm not happy to see her lose her livelihood, but if her "real life" is anything like her NGB persona, then she has no one to blame but herself. At thd of the day, it was her decision to put her reputation on the line. Now she must live with that decision.

      2. I'm not suggesting this is what happened in this case, however, this is a true story:

        A young actress was selected for a reality show which was a competition for a part in a musical. She was thrilled - initially. Then one of the producers approached her and said if she was willing to act like a "spoiled b*tch" on the show she would be guaranteed a spot in the finals. She thought about it. Then realized that it was her reputation at stake. She couldn't do it and politely said no. She was one of the first cut.

        This is the reality of reality shows.

        In the end, they are looking for characters. Some people want to be on TV so badly they'll do anything.

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        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          Of course, as viewers, no one forces us to watch. In the end, don't you believe these shows are looking for viewers and advertisers? Clearly there's plenty of both.

          Promoted as meanies these bully contestants wind up the bread and butter top rating grabbers. Yet, as viewers we're going to sit back and say "good they got what they deserved."

          I find that kind of rah rah very confusing.

          1. re: HillJ

            There's more than one way to skin a cat.