Reality television is supposed to show contestants or competitors in real life situations. Granted those situations are supposed to be high stress and entertaining, which is why the popularity of the shows has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade. However, recent developments have put a somewhat unrealistic effect on series that are supposed to be filmed with real life people dealing with real life events.
According to the New York Post, several reality shows have come under fire for tampering. One popular cooking show former contestant even revealed that it was not uncommon for ingredients to be swapped out by staff of the show, and replacing salt with sugar can have disastrous effects. The revelations are really calling all the credibility of the shows into question.
The news is not exactly ground shaking to fans like Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, because reality television is all about ratings. Strong personalities or extremely unfortunate circumstances get viewers to tune in. If a show can accomplish the lofty goals of earning viewers, then a little tampering is probably viewed by producers as a good thing. It is hard to say if the latest revelation will impact any of the shows in a negative way, but it seems likely that a statement will be coming.