The Cheaters Stabbing Incident
Bobby Goldstein Productions
Ah, Cheaters. If you haven't channel-surfed past its syndicated ass enough times to have an idea of what it's about, let me enlighten you: A fucker suspects that their significant otherfucker is cheating on them, and contacts a smarmy host and his "cheating investigators." After a couple of half-assed research scenes, there's inevitably a huge confrontation/screaming match during whatever the hell compromising situation the show bothers to whip up that particular week. Show business as usual, right?
And then, one fateful night, a particularly irate cheating boyfriend just up and stabs the host, Joey Greco.
Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesIn all fairness, this is Joey Greco.
I'm not going to embed the actual video, because, although it is relatively tame, its casual, flailing "Holy shit, what even happened just now?" treatment of the incident actually makes it surprisingly convincing. (It's here if you want to take a look and aren't currently at risk of having a really uncomfortable stabbing-related discussion with a boss/teacher.) It certainly convinced me when I first saw it over a decade ago. I never really bothered to research it, because come on, but for years, it was a constant blind spot in my "reality shows are fuckery" spider sense. This was a time before a thousand other reality franchises started jumping their particular sharks, so it was fairly easy to believe something like that could actually happen. "Well, sure, most reality shows are bullshit, but remember that one guy who stabbed a host when the host and a camera crew caught him cheating? It's only logical something like that would happen eventually."
Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAlso, again, this is Joey Greco.