Jackie Warner blames editing: “I would never do a docu-drama about my life ever again”

Jackie Warner is about to return to Bravo as a star of a reality series, Thintervention, but it is not one about her life, because she says she was basically burned by the editing on her first series, Work Out.

In an extended interview with After Ellen, Jackie said “I’m OK watching Work Out again” and said that “in terms of hurting me professionally it didn’t.” But she isn’t happy with the show.

“I don’t think what they did was fair, but they’re trying to edit the show to get the highest amount of drama. So that’s why I would never do a docu-drama about my life ever again. I wasn’t comfortable with the editing, and what I shot after the hours and hours of footage wasn’t represented after the final editing and that was always disappointing to me. That’s sort of the game you’re in when you sign up for a reality show,” she said. Though Jackie is not specific, she is likely referring at least in part to this controversy.

As a result, she has more control on her new show: “it’s different for this new show that I’m shooting for Bravo because I’m executive producing it so I am in the editing room. It’s a whole different ballgame.” Jackie describes that series, Thintervention, mostly with platitudes: “I take seven people through a life changing journey over the course of eight weeks. We really go through emotional ups and downs and they were very very brave for allowing their personal lives to be exposed.”

An interview with Jackie Warner [After Ellen]

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