A star of A&E´s popular reality series Storage Wars is accusing the show of rigging key elements in a lawsuit that followed his ouster from the program. Dave Hester, a key bidder for unclaimed goods in Southern California storage lockers, who´s known as "the mogul," says he complained to network executives and producers about items he says were "planted" to heighten the show´s drama. In response, he was fired from the show, he claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California Superior Court. Hester charges A&E and Original Productions with wrongful termination and is seeking $750,000 in damages. Among items
Who the hell ever believed a minute of it anyway? come on! all of these shows are fake. the only difference between reality tv and the rest of tv is that reality tv works without union writers and actors. That´s the "reality"
If you watch the show, you can tell from what the actors say that situations are rigged and Barry gives it away constantly. Thank heaven that Dave Hester was fired, nastiest man in TV. You can tell he is a mess from the way he acts on and off camera. The show did an hour of explaining what goes on and this is not a surprise, dave. ROTF - Pompous little twit.
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The only reason I watched Storage Wars was to see Barry. He´s fun and doesn´t take things seriously. Dave with his potty mouth and bad attitude drove me away. Anyway, most reality shows are scripted as can be and I accept that.
Every time I watch that, I can hear my late father´s voice saying "Hey! That´s MY stuff! So I forgot about it - what do they think they´re DOING?!" I have wanted to see that happen since the show started; it probably has and hasn´t gotten any airtime...
They´re all faked. Scripted and faked. Pawn Stars? Try walking into the Gold and Silver when taping is underway -- you can´t. The place is cleared out before taping begins so the scripted shows can be shot. American Pickers -- same thing.
Poster #2 is correct. The phony aspect isn´t even disguised anymore in these so-called "reality" shows, what with all the silly little vignettes and intelligence-insulting back-stories that are constantly popping up.
Here´s your rule of thumb for the day: if it´s on teevee, don´t fall for it. The shows are phony, the commercials are overblown bait-and-switch piles of deliberate misinformation, and the news is spun sugar in the morning and baloney at night.
I went to some storage auctions here in western pa, before the show was on the air. I found some interesting items, but I made a major effort to return the personal items to the owner of the unit, or his or her relatives. Photo albums, h.s. yearbooks, and the like, were always returned. Then along came storage wars, and a one hundred dollar locker here became a 500 dollar or 1000 dollar locker, when the huge crowd of newbies showed up. (8-10 buyers used to participate, now 150-200 show up.) As far as Dave Hester goes, I have watched the show from its beginning, and would note that he seemed to be in financial trouble last year, closing his thrift shop, looking for a new location. He is a bully, and I do wish someone would kick his butt. As for the salting of lockers, I have no doubt that such a thing is happening. There are ridiculous finds every week, worth thousands of dollars. And that is not reality.
You mean " Finding Bigfoot" is fake? All those people who have "seen" Bigoot are lying? Say it isn´t so. As far as the Real estate shows go , people really believe these scenarios play out like they do. Is it illegal to fake these reality shows? So many questions.
Hester is a kill joy. He´s nasty and mean and loves to antagonize people. I don´t care if it´s salted now and then. It´s a cute show, harmless fun and it´s the thrill of finding the unknown that makes it unique. I enjoy the show although I don´t watch as often anymore.
Hester is having hissy fits about his contract. He mistakenly believes he is the star of the show. Not so. Barry is.
I´ve seen some episodes and I noticed that after the first season they all got expensive new vehicles and the price of storage units just kept going higher and higher. Dave Hester would be the one to sue the show, wouldn´t he?
I´m sill waiting for American Pickers to stage a fight between Mike and Frank over a 1935 Indian motorcycle...and the bike gets destroyed in the melee. WO-HOO, now THAT´s Entertainment! Then the Pawn Stars Rick saves the day and buys it then has the dude on American Restoration restore it...Hey wait a minute, didn´t we have an eposode similar to that where the Indian dudes paid $35K for the bike?
If it´s on TV - it´s entertainment which also includes the "talk" shows. Take all with a grain of salt and utilize it with an hour or so where it takes no mental exercise to exhaust one. Everything is for ratings and advertising dollars. In fact, there is so much advertising on programs these days, it is frustrating to even think about enjoying a short period of leisure time.
Sorry #30, I think you would find that even some parts of Brandi are fake. Ah, Hester, the man everyone loves to hate! Perhaps even the firing of Hester and the suit are fake to drum up interest and ratings. And American Pickers-what a load! The "stars" are one-dimensional and boring. And to think that two men plus a production crew travel thousands of miles hoping for a "find". Wow! Look! A rusted oil company sign! Now let´s negotiate with this cranky geezer to part with it. That show was old the first time it was aired. The "restoration show it spawned is infinitely worse. How many times can one watch someone fixing rust damage and then, behold! the unveiling of an old Coke machine that every gas station once had. What excitement! What drama! Be still my heart.
Oh, come on, if you don´t like them, there is a remote handy. If I had my druthers, I would get rid of hester, brandi and darrell. They have to be programmed as they only last an hour. They had a show devoted to how it works. They should run it again. I watch their marathons, just like I watch NCIS and have seen those over and over. Okay, I have no life and am stuck at home, can´t drive and need to be entertained. Posey is tired of performing. lol
Please, I have watched the show a few times and have some serious doubts about the intelligence of anyone that believed it to be true. Mr. Hester was a dick on every one of the shows I saw and would doubt if he is even capable of being honest. He played himself as a jacka** weather by script or because that is his personality, he went along with it and no doubt raked in more cash than he will ever earn buying storage lockers. It sound like the network just got tired of the assh*le and didn´t renew his contract so now he has to whine about something.
Why take all this so seriously? We can´t all be genii, like some here I could refer to.
Geez, lighten up.
I´m glad Hester is gone. And Barry rocks. Jerrod and Brandy are cute. And Darrell serves the jerk role. Dave won´t be missed.
Side note to producers, however: Please don´t substitute that rich guy with the rolls of cash in his pockets or the woman who doesn´t like "her" territory invaded.
Or cancel it. Who really cares? Our national debt will still be too high and we´ll find other meager avenues to distract us from our Democrat-induced nauseating Reality Show. Now, is THAT real enough for ya?
I find it hard to believe that television professionals would air things that aren´t true. The next thing we might find out is that ´The Hawaiian´ isn´t going to save us, stop the oceans from rising, and rescuing the economy! s/off
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