Vicky Pattison blasts Geordie Shore over ‘awful’ treatment of ‘young vulnerable cast’

The MTV show OG claims the stars weren't given the support they needed

Vicky Pattison

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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Geordie Shore original Vicky Pattison has criticised the show that made her famous, saying it capitalises on the young cast's weakness and did not look after them properly.

Speaking to Fleur East on The Reality of Reality TV podcast, Vicky who joined Geordie Shore back in 2011 just as reality TV was beginning to take off, admitted to Fleur that she didn't really know what she was getting herself into.

"I personally believe that Geordie Shore worked best when we were vulnerable," she said.

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"The nature of the show worked best when the young people on it were vulnerable.

"It's an awful thing to say, but I don't feel like sometimes everyone got the support they probably needed, that is my personal opinion, but I think that stems true for a lot of reality TV shows, if you look at what the desired outcome is."

The self-confessed reality TV addict, who has appeared on Ex on the Beach, Celebrity Dinner Date, I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp, Celebrity Masterchef, and Celebrity Coach Trip told how when it came to preparing for the shows, I'm a Celebrityand Geordie Shore were VERY different.

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Vicky went on to reveal that when she had interviews to prepare for the jungle it was the "polar opposite," explaining, "It doesn't thrive on disfunction, it thrives on unity, on people coming together, a sense of camaraderie, supporting each other, solidarity..."

Vicky recounted the time she sat down with the show's psychologist explaining how she was only going to tell the bare minimum, because she was distrustful of therapists, but after refusing to answer some of the questions, Vicky was told, "Once you lie to me about anything, you are then a liar and I have to discount everything you say, because you can't be truthful to me, so I can't give you an accurate assessment."

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After hearing this, Vicky crumbled and started to tell her everything.

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Speaking about this year's show, Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios said, "While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain. Our celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals but they can still look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans and plenty of thrills and surprises along the way."

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