How fake is Naked and Afraid?

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Each week on Discovery’s new buzzed about show Naked and Afraid, two people are left in a jungle together for 21 days without food, water, or clothes. They are allowed one personal item, and are told to fend for themselves. The Daily Mail reveals that with last week’s participates Kim Shelton and Shane Lewis not everything is as it seems. (Shocker for a reality show, right?) Just how fake is Naked and Afraid?

Shane Lewis had two major gripes about the story presented on the show: that they didn’t show the help Kim received when she got food poisoning from a turtle, and that they downplayed Shane’s three broken toes by calling it a “hurt foot.”

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Kim and Shane were upset and starving after their shack burnt down on the 14th day, so they were excited when Kim caught a turtle to eat. They both felt revitalized after eating the turtle, but Kim became violently ill for days afterwards. Of course when something like that happens it would be horrendous for the crew there to not intervene, and they did: giving her an IV drip to hydrate her and fed her bread, rice, and baby food for give her strength. After a few days, it looked like Kim had miraculously recovered, while Shane was in agony without adequate explanation as to why.

Shane complained to The Daily Mail that the portrayal made him look “pathetic.” He says, “When I agreed to do the show I said to the producers that if you’re going to do a real, raw show I will do it. They said they wanted to show the reality and how difficult it was, but they went for the ratings. They gave it the Hollywood treatment.”

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