Real World Cancun house, cast revealed; swine flu shutdown rumor “100% untrue”

Production on The Real World Cancun in Mexico has not shut down because of swine flu, which has impacted MTV stars Heidi and Spencer. But the cast is back in the United States having completed production, according to messages on at least two of their MySpace pages, as both the cast members and their Cancun home have been revealed.

The swine flu shut-down reports came on the always-credible sites Radar Online and Perez Hilton. Citing zero sources (who has time to do reporting when you’re drawing on photographs?), Perez said “has been shut down in the wake of the Swine Flu outbreak in Mexico” on April 17, while Radar pulled their story that said it “learned exclusively that production on The Real World: Cancun has been shut down, and its seven young cast members have been removed from the Mexican coastal city–all for fear of deadly Swine Flu.” As part of a later story, Radar modified the claim, saying “that MTV reality staple The Real World wrapped the filming on their 22nd season on April 17 in Cancun.”

But production company Bunim-Murray has denied that via its Twitter account, posting twice: first that “@PerezHilton swine flu may be the new susan boyle, but your RW Cancun post is as false as her teeth” and later that “reports from #perezhilton about #RW Cancun shutting down due to swine flu are 100% untrue!”

Meanwhile, Vevmo has pictures and names of the eight–the show is apparently sticking with the larger group–cast members: Ayiiia Elizarraras (a model), Bronne Bruzgo, Christian “CJ” Koegel, Emilee Fitzpatrick, Jasmine Reynaud, Jonna Mannion (who may have appeared on Discovery’s Endurance), Joey Rozmus, and Derek Chavez. Vevmo also has links to their MySpace pages, several of which both confirm they were cast and have returned to the states, although others are now marked as private.

Finally, Jaunted reported that the cast lived in the ME Cancun hotel “in some of the hotel’s Level Suites which includes the Passion Suite and its bed on a terrace.” That’s a familiar location to those who saw The Real World Hollywood, as the cast vacationed there. When the location was announced, we learned that the cast would work for travel web site StudentCity.com–or, you know, doing whatever pretend work they do between drunken orgies on the beach.

Real World: Cancun Shut Down For Swine Flu [Perez Hilton]
Exclusive: Swine Flu Shuts Down Real World Cancun and Swine Flu Hits Hollywood [Radar Online]
The Real World Cancun Complete Cast [Vevmo]

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