Networks ‘now offering good behavior bonuses’ to stars who do not post offensive comments on social media – The Sun

Networks ‘now offering good behavior bonuses’ to stars who do not post offensive comments on social media – The Sun

NETWORKS such as Bravo and MTV are reportedly considering adding "good behavior" bonuses for reality stars in the wake of a string of firings.

In recent weeks, the likes of Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute from Vanderpump Rules, Taylor Selfridge from Teen Mom and Below Deck star Peter Hunziker have all been fired for racist comments or actions.

Now, sources close to the networks have claimed that bosses are debating adding a new clause to contracts that would see their stars get additional bonuses if their social media accounts remain above board.

Speaking to Page Six, the insider said: "They’re talking about ‘behaving well,’ as in not using racial slurs on social media and not getting into fights with castmates.

"It’s not a high bar."

The claims come weeks after it was alleged that several networks have also hired private investigator Edward Myers to root out potentially controversial tweets or comments online from their stars' accounts.

The decision to add the bonus to contracts comes after rising tension and Black Lives Matter protests across the country have seen celebrities called out for past behaviour, and in some cases, lose their jobs over their actions.

Both Stassi and Kristen were fired after former castmate Faith Stowers alleged the had reported her to the police for a crime that she was not connected to.

Racists tweets from Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni also resurfaced which led to Bravo confirming all four would not return.

Peter was fired from Below Deck: Mediterranean after a racist and sexist meme he’d posted to his Instagram resurfaced.

“Peter Hunziker of Below Deck Mediterranean has been terminated for his racist post. Bravo and 51 Minds are editing the show to minimize his appearance for subsequent episodes," read a statement from the company.

Taylor, who has also appeared on MTV's Are You The One and The Challenge, faced criticism after Twitter users dug up her problematic comments from 2012.

“We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the Black people because they scare me,” she wrote.

The insensitive tweets didn't stop there, as Selfridge penned “My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi."

She had previously been confronted about her remarks last year on Season 8 of Teen Mom, and she had apologized on the air in a conversation with boyfriend Cory Wharton's ex Cheyenne Floyd.

However, MTV decided to let her go in June.

MTV also "severed ties" with The Challenge contestant Dee Nguyen after she tweeted offensive remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dee, 27, was forced to apologize after her insensitive comments about Black Lives Matter, including the tweet: "IDK why some of [you] think I'm anti-BLM. I've been saying that since the day I lost my virginity."

The network also announced it had cut ties with longtime Siesta Key star, Alex Kompothecras, after past alleged racist behavior on social media recently resurfaced.

The 25-year-old original cast member of the series came under fire when fans shared his alleged use of the N-word, among other racial slurs, on Instagram.

Lifetime has also cancelled an upcoming virtual reality show with Abby Lee Miller after she was accused of racism by former Dance Moms contestant Adriana Smith.

The network confirmed that a 12-episode series set to air later in 2020 and which would have featured dancers from around the world submitting videos to Abby, will no longer air.

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