Johnny Carson says Survivor contestants are “silly people.”

Johnny Carson says Survivor contestants are “silly people.”
In a rare interview, Johnny Carson “disparaged” reality TV to Esquire, according to Reuters summary of the interview. He said of Survivor‘s cast members, “These silly people will do anything the director suggests because they want to be on television. They want to be somebody! I say, take ‘em and put ‘em in the Congo for four days–see how they do over there.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.