'Jersey Shore' and other reality show people must agree to VD clause
The writer of a new novel revealed this week that the cast members of Jersey Shore -- and most other reality shows -- had to sign a clause in their contract agreeing not to hold the production responsible if they get the clap on the show. Did Snooki sign a no pregnancy clause, too?
"What I’m told is that it’s pretty standard for reality shows," author Seth Kaufman told the New York Daily News. He says specifically that MTV has a VD clause for all the guidos and guidettes, listed under the heading "Health of Other Participants" for everyone to see.
"Producer hereby informs me, and I acknowledge and accept, that the other participants have not been screened for any diseases, sicknesses or other health conditions (and specifically have not been tested for any sexually transmitted diseases) and I assume all risks of interacting with the other participants, including any consensual contact," it reads.
Kaufman has a passage talking about a similar clause in his new book, The King of Pain, a fictional story about a producer who runs a reality show in which people agree to be tortured, starved and branded for money. It's got to be better than another season of Jersey Shore.
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