The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 November 2005

Beyond trading spouses

An Oklahoma man is suing the producers of ABC-TV's "reality" series Wife Swap, claiming they sent him, not another woman, but a gay man, causing him to become emotionally distraught. Jeffrey Bedford of Haileyville says the show misled him as to its intentions.

Named in the suit: ABC, the Walt Disney Company (ABC's corporate parent) and RDF Media, which produces the show.

(First link has been updated.)

Posted at 9:23 AM to Soonerland

Maybe if the name of the show had been "Queen for a day" then they could throw out the suit.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 9:34 AM on 19 November 2005

I had the misfortune to catch part of a more conventional episode of that show once in an eating establishment (what's with TVs in sandwich shops, anyway?) and if I hadn't already finished eating I would've lost my appetite.

And if I hadn't been able to flee the premises I would have had to leave the sandwich behind regardless.

"Nanny 911" has more redeeming value -- and I only saw thatonce by accident.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:03 AM on 19 November 2005

My feeling on this is- if you sign up to be a contestant on "Wife Swap," or any reality TV show, for that matter, then you deserve everything you get.

Posted by: Chase at 1:25 PM on 19 November 2005

Many people don't quite comprehend that it's going to cost them rather a lot to get their 15 minutes of fame.

Then again, there were people backed up in the Walgreen's lot this morning to get a look at Susan Lucci.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:30 PM on 19 November 2005

Just look how bad their getting on TV and to think that DISNEY owns the ABC network

Posted by: spurwing plover at 5:25 PM on 24 November 2005