The real deal or nah? A new season of My 600-lb Life premieres on TLC Wednesday, Jan. 10, and fans couldn’t be more excited. Still, many loyal viewers of the hit docuseries often wonder if the drama they see on the show is 100 percent authentic.
Show alum Steven Assanti recently answered that question in a live-streamed Facebook video that has since been deleted. According to the Rhode Island native, there’s no acting involved — but he did admit that producers asked him to reshoot scenes on more than one occasion.
“Is this show real? Yes. Is it acting? No. Is it exhausting? Yes. Very. So exhausting to the point that there are days that I don’t even want to film. And I try to avoid being filmed, but the camera crew — especially one of them in particular — is so persistent that he will continue to knock on the door, and knock on the door, and knock on the door until you can’t stand it anymore….It’s just a lot of work,” Steven said, per Starcasm. “A lot of filming, a lot of days put in.”
He added, “I don’t really — and I can’t really — tell you what the process is, because…I could get sued. There’s a lot of filming involved, a lot of retakes. And it’s a lot of work for someone who’s morbidly obese.”
Despite the hard work that goes into filming a reality show, Steven revealed in his video shat that he hopes to capitalize on the notoriety he gained from his appearance on My 600-lb Life. “I enjoy it. Because…I mean, it’s something that I would like to do for a living, I guess. In show business — I’d like to build on that,” he continued. “You know, build on my appearance on reality TV and make it something that’s worth it.”
My 600-lb Life returns for its sixth season on TLC Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. EST.