Saturday, May 28, 2022

Bravo’s Reality Stars Reportedly Must Sign an ‘STD Clause’

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 13092 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariah Carey, Andy Cohen -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE — Episode 13092 — Pictured: (l-r) Mariah Carey, Andy Cohen — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo)

*A colleague of mine who once worked on ABC’S “Bachelor/Bachelorette” stunned me when she revealed that producers of the series always find it challenging to find contestants who don’t have STD’s….specifically herpes.

It seems Hollywood and herpes go hand in hand. Don’t believe me? Ask Andy Cohen over at Bravo.

The network is home to many reality TV personalities, and exes have taken steps to protect themselves and it’s talent if a herpes outbreak ever occurs.

According to Page Six, Bravo has its reality stars sign an “STD clause,” in which the talent agrees not to sue the network if he/she is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.

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James Kennedy and Jax Taylor

Apparently, the show “Vanderpump Rules” has a serious herpes problem, The Grio reports. Back in 2015, one of the series stars, James Kennedy said that his castmate, Jax Taylor was a “dirty, dirty boy.”

“It’s called herpes!” he said of Taylor to Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.”

“Jersey Shore” creator SallyAnn Salsano also said in 2010 that producers would give out the herpes medication Valtrex “like M&Ms.”

“Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!’ It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up,” she said during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable.

Producers clearly know the risks involved when they cast desperate unknown actors to pose as contestants who are willing to sleep with anyone for 15 minutes of fame. But the network doesn’t want to be held liable for the dirty genitals on set. 

Bravo warns its stars that contestants aren’t tested for STDs. Meanwhile, the final 50 contestants on ABC’s “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” are required to take complete health screenings.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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