If you want to participate in a reality television show, the first question you might want to ask is:
“Who will be playing the part of me?”
Sure it could be you. But it could also be whatever you the producers feel like creating. There is a line of reality wannabees from here to Hollywood so when it comes to signing a contract, the participant has exactly zero leverage. Feel the producers cheated you out of a victory? Bummer, they can do that. Want to leave the show? You’ve got to go on camera and explain why. Don’t like the embarrassing and unrealistic way you’re being portrayed? Too bad, you signed the line that is dotted. Got an STD while shooting the show? The production company often has a legal protection for unprotected sex too.
So who will be playing the part of you? Hopefully not the guy with crabs who got cheated out of his winnings and forgot to read the fine print.
The Wrap has more including sample contracts.