Promoting the new ABC reality series Opportunity Knocks yesterday, its executive producer, Ashton Kutcher, said that reality television has kept Los Angeles alive as films leave to be produced elsewhere.
“I try to create jobs. With all the films moving out of Los Angeles, television and reality television supports a lot of people who make film, make television. And I think without reality television, the city of Los Angeles would be a pretty barren zone. There are a ton of jobs that are created through reality television and so — just not always for actors,” he told TV critics.
Initially, he was asked, “what do you think about actors bitching about reality shows?” and replied, “They bitch about reality shows? They probably just don’t bitch to me because I make them and that would be weird.”
He later went into an extended metaphor about a cake that others are eating before someone gets a piece, and said, “And I think that all those actors that are sort of bitching or worried about reality TV taking away their money or their jobs, there’s another cake coming and they’ll be fine.”