Celebrity Apprentice Australia – No Winner Decided – Is This Ethical?
It is not unusual for reality television shows that are not live to air to film two or three endings to ensure no spoilers leak out before the Grand Final actually screens on television.
However what did shock me was reading in news.com.au was host of Celebrity Apprentice Australia, Mark Bouris, saying they had filmed two endings but they had not picked a winner. Is this standard practice in the industry and does this mean other reality shows who film multiple endings also decide who wins later on?
Mr Bouris told news.com.au:
While the series has already been filmed, two endings have been shot.
Bouris says he is not deciding on the winner until the series has run its course.“I want to watch it like viewers and see who really deserves the title at the end of the series.”
Is this code for the Network NINE, the producers and Mr Bouris waiting to decide who is going to be the most popular winner according to the chatter on the social media. I had always been under the assumption the winner was decided on the day and was confined to the chosen few to stop it from leaking out.
Also I find the lack of transparency a concern and a tad unethical as the most worthy person may not win but the most popular or likeable.
Sure it is only a reality TV show, but there is big bucks at stake for either an individual or a charity. Also the viewers give up hours of their time to these shows and invest considerable emotional energy. It is like watching a sporting team in the grand final you want to know it is fair being fairly judged/refereed and the best team/person wins.
With My Kitchen Rules grand final coming up on Sunday let’s hope they don’t subscribe to this practice and are judging on who is the best cook on the day and this decision was made on the day it was recorded NOT this week.
Masterchef: The Professionals also shot multiple endings but a Network TEN spokesperson said the decision to film multiple endings was due to the long period between recording and transmission and Marco Pierre White’s other work commitments. The spokesperson said the producers knew who had won and this was decided on the day of filming.
This is good to hear but again raises the question again whether there needs to be a reality television code of practice.
Celebrity Apprentice Australia Series 3 starts on Tuesday night on NINE at 8.40pm.