Skip to Content
reality TV reviews, news, and analysis since 2000

Rob Mariano punches potential Tontine contestant in the head

Rob Mariano hasn’t officially begun to host Tontine yet, and already he’s making hosting history: He punched a potential contestant in the head. Twice.

The drama was caught on tape and took place at a casting call for the new show, which promises a $10 million prize that will be funded by the contestants’ life savings. It’s not clear exactly what happened, especially because the audio is bad, but it’s clear the guy pissed Rob off.

At the San Diego auditions, someone stands between Boston Rob and a man, who Rob tells to “walk away” several times. Then the man shoves Rob, who immediately punches the guy in the head, followed by another punch to the head and a shove. The YouTube video’s title says Rob “Decks [a] Heckler,” and explains that the guy is “in his face.”

Ryan Seacrest, Phil Keoghan, Jeff Probst, and Julie Chen, you’d better guard your jobs, because you certainly didn’t think to be the first host to deck one of your contestants. And potential Tontine players, you have been warned. Here’s the video:

Boston Rob Decks Heckler [YouTube]

All reality blurred content is independently selected, including links to products or services. However, if you buy something after clicking an affiliate link, I may earn a commission, which helps support reality blurred. Learn more.

More from reality blurred

About the author

  • Andy Dehnart

    Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.

Discussion: your turn

I think of writing about television as the start of a conversation, and I value your contributions to that conversation. We’ve created a community that connects people through open and thoughtful conversations about the TV we’re watching and the stories about it.

To share our perspectives and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive space, I’ve created these rules for commenting here. By commenting below, you confirm that you’ve read and agree to those rules.

Happy discussing!