Pamela Anderson calls for an end to reality shows, slating them as an 'epidemic of ugliness'

Pamela Anderson has called for TV makers to stop making reality TV shows.

The former Baywatch star has called them 'an epidemic of ugliness', and said that appearing on them leaves stars feeling 'used, dirty, and with no feeling of accomplishment'.

Anderson has featured in a number of reality shows in the past, including Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, Promi Big Brother, the German version of Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars (the US, Argentinean, and French versions) and Dancing On Icein the UK.

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Tweeting yesterday, she said: "Did I enjoy being on a reality show? Please no more reality shows
or reality stars.

"Even France is polluted with them – it's an epidemic of ugliness, superficial competitions,
desperate and exploitive – for the artist.

"You are usually bullied into doing TV like this by agents fighting over commissions – you're left without any great amount of joy or money – you feel used, dirty, and with no feeling of accomplishment."

She later added that 'unless of course – you attempt to find any meaning or redemption by donating all to charity. It's how I forgave myself'.

How reality shows are made, and the duty of care programme makers have for participants after the cameras have stopped rolling, have come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks.

It emerged last week that 26-year-old Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on the 2017 series of Love Island, had taken his own life.

Reality shows have been linked to the suicides of 38 people worldwide, according to an investigation by The Sun on Sunday.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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