Simple Life 4 couple received $5,000 to have producers try to destroy their marriage

How much is a marriage worth to the producers of The Simple Life 4? $5,000.

That’s how much a couple received for appearing on the show and letting Paris and Nicole wreak fake havoc through their home–except not all of what they did was set up.

During production of an episode of the show, Nicole took Doug Nolan to a strip club, but the real rub came when “the show’s producers asked Shari to call her husband at the club,” according to The Acorn. Shari “found herself talking with Doug while he was in the midst of a lap dance.”

Nicole’s accomplice wasn’t exactly unwilling; Doug says the experience “was fun for me. I was very much in the doghouse with Shari at the end of the show. They made me do it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. They said the same things as me-‘they made me do it.'”

For her part, Shari says that created “minor discord” in their marriage. And ultimately, she says Paris and Nicole “were both pretty normal and nice, actually.”

Agoura Hills family opens their home to ‘Simple Life’ [The Acorn]

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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.