Robin Leach says to not be “suspicious” about audio that “was enhanced in post production”

The somewhat insignificant conspiracy surrounding Jordan Knight’s departure from The Surreal Life: Fame Games has just been fueled by the show’s host.

To recap, Jordan left the show because of a family death. He learned of that death on a phone call that sounded like it was recorded in post.

Host Robin Leach tells AOL’s Vegas Pop that Jordan definitely left because of a family death. “It all happened within just a few hours of Jordan arriving at the house, so it wasn’t because ‘he started to lose it,’ and ‘wanted off the show.’ Jordan was far too emotionally shaken up with the news of her death to continue. And it was impossible for the continuous filming to be halted for him to return and resume two weeks later,” Leach said.

He added, however, that “The audio of the call was enhanced in post production. Don’t be suspicious. It was that simple.”

But his dismissal and admonition do nothing except increase suspicion, because his explanation makes very little sense, unless the people producing the show were massively incompetent. First, much of the entire conversation, including some of Jordan’s speech, was subtitled, so audio enhancement really wasn’t necessary. Second, we know that the voice-over sounded completely different because a few seconds later, the show included actual audio from the phone call that was perfectly clear, although it, too, was subtitled.

In other words, why re-record only part of the conversation, the actual reason for his departure? Why not also rerecord–or, um, “enhance”–that last part, where his wife says, “I love you, too?” It’s not like that would have required a lot more time or effort.

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