Spilling the tea! The drama on TLC’s hit reality TV franchise 90 Day Fiancé is through the roof, which sometimes leads fans to wonder if the show is actually real, if the storylines are fake, if certain conversations are scripted, if scenes have been staged or if the couples are real people or just actors.
One of the first former cast members to speak out about the show and how it’s filmed was Chris Thieneman, and his wife, Nikki Cooper. The couple appeared on 90 Day Fiancé season 5 as part of pal David Toborowsky‘s storyline with his now-wife, Annie Suwan. They also returned when David and Annie continued their storyline on season 3 of the spinoff, 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
Nikki previously spoke out against the scene on Facebook shortly after and claimed it was scripted. During the mukbang, Chris explained why he decided to go along with requesting a massage from his friend’s wife in front of his own wife.
“There isn’t any other excuse than stupidity,” he said. “The first scene, the original scene I never asked for a massage. Not until Adrienne, the director, encouraged me to say it in front of the whole cast and crew did I let a little peer pressure set in. Once I knew it was an open request, I didn’t have time to think (which in hindsight I obviously didn’t think at all). I wanted to be a team player and just went with it. Afterward, I even told Nikki, ‘I never felt comfortable saying that.’ But it was too late then. I was naive to think that since I wasn’t a real cast member that I wouldn’t be singled out. I will own up to my mistake. But as I have said before, we have been nothing but respectful and helpful to Annie.”
Season 2 cast member Cassia Tavares (who married and later divorced Jason Hitch) reportedly said that the couples featured are “real” but that the network does “produce” certain situations for the television audience. One example she gave was when she took a pregnancy test on camera. According to the Brazil native, the producers asked her to take the test even though it was clear she wasn’t pregnant. Cassia claimed the editing made her “look like someone she isn’t.”