'Epidemic of ugliness': Anderson calls for end to reality TV

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Pamela Anderson has called for an end to reality television, saying it leaves people feeling “used, dirty, and with no feeling of accomplishment”.

The former Baywatch star lashed out at the popular format despite her past appearances on Big Brother, Dancing On Ice and US show Dancing With The Stars.

Writing on Twitter, the 51-year-old US actress branded reality TV an “epidemic of ugliness”.

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.”

Anderson, who has two sons, added: “Unless of course – you attempt to find any meaning or redemption by donating all to charity. It’s how I forgave myself.”

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Her comments come after several former Love Island stars urged producers of the UK show to provide support to contestants who struggle with their new-found fame, following the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis earlier this month and Sophie Gradon in June last year.

Both are believed to have taken their own lives after appearing on the ITV dating show.

ITV has promised to offer therapy, social media training, and financial management advice for all contestants of the show.

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK.

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