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Shocker! The Turtleman Show was Fake


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In news that should shock absolutely no one, a reality TV show was staged.  Yes, that’s right.  Reality TV, all of it, is staged.  Even the “Call of the Wildman.”

The Animal Planet television show that followed around Kentucky’s Turtleman, a Marion County native born by the name of Ernie Brown Jr., has been formally exposed.  A show that frequently showed the Turtleman “saving” animals with his bare hands, these animals were often in precarious places that seemed too unlikely to be real.  That was exactly the case.

In an investigation by the USDA, they found the show’s producer guilty of animal cruelty for setting up scenes and letting the Turtleman loose.  At times they could easily trick the audience into believing it was real.  Other times, their own mistakes revealed the fallacy.

The show also came under fire after an episode filmed in Danville made it appear that a water moccasin, a venomous non-native snake, had invaded a city park swimming pool. A Danville city investigation found that the incident was completely staged.

That’s kind of funny.  It’s not kind of funny when the show’s actions killed innocent animals.  That’s why they producer is facing up to $100,000 in fines.

Herald-Leader: Were rescues staged on Turtleman’s show?

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 responses to “Shocker! The Turtleman Show was Fake”

  1. W.C.

    Considering the success of reality show stars in elections, I guess this news will take Turtle Man off the list the Party is considering for the 2020 ticket.

    1. Seven Ate Nine

      Obligatory totally unrelated Trump reference made my some loser in every single comment section

  2. BigBlueBass

    So let me get this straight…. you’re telling me that deer don’t just show up in an abandoned stores in KY? ……. MIND BLOWN!

  3. dan213

    I always disliked that show. Portrayed everyone from Kentucky as idiotic simpletons and fed all those stereotypes of Kentuckians as a bunch of inbred redneck hicks. Personally I find that offensive. Maybe it’s just me but I dislike anything that denigrates the state of Kentucky or its people.

  4. Sentient Third Eye

    Nothing in this revelation that hasn’t been public knowledge for at least a few years. One point of clarification, though. Although the show was entirely scripted and almost always staged, Ernie’s actual captures were not faked. He actually did them for real, just as he used to before the show ever existed.