7 Things You Didn’t Know About Storage Wars
Storage Wars has been on air for 10 seasons and counting and is showing no signs of slowing down. Since the show first aired in 2010, it has become the most watched program in A&E’s history and its even launched a couple of spin-offs. Storage Wars has generated a lot of drama for its day, so check out these 7 things you didn’t know about the popular show:
7. A&E Admits to Staging Elements of the Show
During a panel discussion about reality TV, Storage Wars producer Thom Beers admitted to occasionally moving items from one to locker to another. “Now what I will tell you this: We have 20, 30 auctions, and so occasionally maybe one piece shows for one auction container, storage locker to another, you know, but that’s as far as we’ll go. That’s, I think, important,” he said. He also admitted to writing cast members’ lines. “I have to admit: There’s some writing involved. We do it in Storage Wars, we do it in America’s Lost Treasures,” he said. He claims that cast members are fed about half their lines, but producers also “allow them to translate what we need to push the story.”
6. Dave Hester’s Lawsuit
Dave Hester filed a lawsuit against the show in 2012, alleging that the show was rigged. According to him, producers for the show would stock lockers before they were to be auctioned off to buyers and told participants which lockers to bid on. They also told participants how much to bid and occasionally financed the bids of weaker cast members. When he complained to producers, he was fired, so he filed a lawsuit, claiming that he couldn’t be fired for objecting to activity that could potentially be illegal under the Communications Act of 1934, which prevents broadcasters from rigging a contest involving intellectual skills to deceive the viewing public, and alleged he was owed money because he was set to earn $25,000 per episode for a guaranteed minimum of 26 episodes. He lost the lawsuit and was forced to pay the network’s legal fees; however, he was able to proceed with the wrongful termination lawsuit, which he settled for an undisclosed amount.