Kidney donation on Big Donor Show wasn’t real, was intended to “raise public awareness”

The Dutch reality show that was to follow a terminally ill woman giving away her kidney is a hoax.

The sick was actually “an actress, not actually dying of a brain tumor as claimed,” the show revealed on Friday, although the patients were really people who needed kidneys.

Why do the show? “The entire exercise was intended to pressure the government into reforming its organ donation laws and raise public awareness of the need for organs,” the AP reported, citing what the show’s host said on the program. Adding to that, “around 200 people die annually in the Netherlands while waiting for a kidney, and the average waiting time is more than four years — more than in other European countries.”

“Politicians have really dropped the ball,” one of the kidney recipients contestants said.

Dutch kidney donation show revealed as hoax [AP]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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