A recent report from Insider sheds light on the “traumatizing” conditions some contestants on the reality TV show “Love Is Blind” have experienced. In the report, season two cast member Danielle Ruhl speaks out about the show’s inadequate screening methods and the lasting damage that being on the show has caused her.
According to the report, the screening process for “Love Is Blind” involves scouting potential contestants on social media sites, conducting interviews and background checks for criminal history, and a psychological screening that includes reviewing their relationship history. Ruhl was surprised to pass the psychological screen despite disclosing her history of mental illness and a suicide attempt.
What Happened With Danielle Ruhl On Love Is Blind
Once selected, the 15 men and 15 women finalists are put into conversation pods, where they can fall in love and get engaged without seeing their future spouse. Ruhl recalls fainting in a dating pod while drinking Champagne but having to continue with on-camera interviews. Eventually, she got engaged to Nick Thompson, and the two were flown to Mexico for a post-engagement vacation with other cast members.
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Post-filming, contestants felt discarded by Netflix and the producers. One said that when he voiced his concerns about the filming conditions and lack of support to a Kinetic executive, he was told to "fuck off."
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However, behind the scenes, Ruhl’s experience was not what it appeared on the show. Insider reports that producers told her she couldn’t attend a group party due to concerns about COVID-19, resulting in a panic attack. Ruhl’s panic attack was later edited into a storyline about her being upset with Thompson for talking to another woman at the party. Ruhl says she told producers about her mental instability and suicidal thoughts, but they persuaded her to stay.
Ruhl’s experience with “Love Is Blind” has caused lasting damage, according to her. She says she hasn’t felt like herself since before filming and is trying to refind who she is. Kinetic Content, the production company behind the show, released a statement saying they have rigorous protocols in place to care for each person before, during, and after filming.
This report highlights the importance of ensuring the well-being of contestants on reality TV shows. It’s essential that production companies have robust screening processes and provide adequate support to contestants throughout filming and after the show airs. As viewers, we need to be aware of reality TV’s potential impact on contestants’ mental health and demand better standards from the industry.
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