Journalist Seth Kaufman just completed a tell-all book about reality shows called “The King of Pain,” and one of the fascinating tales from the tome is that the “Jersey Shore” cast had an STD clause in their contracts that would forbid MTV from being at fault should one of them catch a sexually transmitted disease. Say what?
“What I’m told is that it’s pretty standard for reality shows,” Kaufman said of the so-called “VD clause.” Here’s the specific language the author was given:
Producer hereby informs me, and I acknowledge and accept, that the other participants have not been screened for any diseases, sicknesses or other health conditions (and specifically have not been tested for any sexually transmitted diseases) and I assume all risks of interacting with the other participants, including any consensual contact.
Kaufman said that he obtained the clause from “someone close to the show.” What other revelations do you think will be brought to light in “The King of Pain”?