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Teen Featured on 'Wife Swap' Sues Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:00PM
Wife SwapHere's a tip for anyone who wants to appear on television: don't go on a reality show. Sure, there are a few reality shows that might be OK, but for the most part, they are going to be edited to make you look bad or they're going to be a horrible experience in general. There are other ways to get your 15 minutes of fame (note: please don't go for your 15 minutes of fame either).

A teen who appeared on the ABC reality show 'Wife Swap' (the title should tell you pretty much what the show is about) is suing the show and Disney for $100 million (say that in a Dr. Evil-like voice). She says that people at the show actually told her how to act (like a spoiled brat) and even wrote specific lines for her to say (viewers who think that reality shows are 100% unscripted live in a fantasy world of unicorns and rainbows). She says that after the show aired she was physically and verbally assaulted at school.

She appeared on the show when she was 15 (she's now 18), so I wonder if she wanted to appear on the show in the first place or whether her parents forced her too or what exactly the situation was. I wonder if her agreeing to be on the show and signing a contract means she has no case or whether the fact that she was underage means that the contract might not hold up in court?

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Thomas T. Dodds II

BY LAW: A minor can NOT enter into a contract. There are numerous laws on the books covering this subject. It is similar to a teen being issued a credit card. The issuer should beware. I do not watch this show but if it claims to be unscripted then there may be accusations of fraud. This could become a snowball from hell for Disney. My reality fix is "Deadliest Catch," God Bless Capt'n Phil Mar '10. Rest In Peace.

March 28 2010 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Why do I get the feeling that she is the real Big Loser?

March 24 2010 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KIrsch

Her frivolous case does not hold up, and you don't sue a show because someone at school hurt your feelings, the $100 million makes it sound like she just wants to make money. And it's "forced her to" not "forced her too"

March 23 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

If our culture encouraged us to physically and verbally abuse people who file frivolous lawsuits, we'd be spared the vast majority of this crap.

March 23 2010 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brett Alan

And if we just nuked the entire Earth, we'd be spared all sorts of crap.

The notion that physical assaults are preferable in our society to frivolous lawsuits is incredibly absurd.

March 23 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I think as I minor, parents can sign for her. Not sure. So she really didn't have any say. In any event I'm sure she didn't have any say on being on the show.

March 23 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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