Shauna Minoprio

Executive Producer Shauna Minoprio gives you the insider scoop.

on Nov 9, 2006


Ah, the stages of production sorrow .... It's painful for me personally to watch this episode because ultimately I am the person responsible for ensuring that the competition rules are followed. In a competition where there is this much at stake, it's a role that you have to take extremely seriously. It's part of the deal we are making ... they take unpaid time-out from work and risk public humiliation and we give them a competition that is fair for a series of incredible prizes. So this show was definitely a low-point for me as the producer. When accusations of cheating suddenly surfaced out of the blue this is my thought process:

Denial Holy crap, did Sam just accuse everyone of cheating? He can't do that, not now, it's far too late to prove anything. He's only saying that now 'cause he's on the chopping block. He's grasping at straws to try and stay in the competition and we should just ignore it.

Anger Oh, for god's sake! How is it possible that all the other contestants understood the rules, and Betty did not??? Her lack of ability to grasp the information that we conscientiously gave them all repeatedly is completely infuriating.