The ‘Jersey Shore’ smush room was entirely at their own risk!
According to entertainment journalist Seth Kaufman, the cast of the hit reality show – known for drinking, partying, and “smushing” – had to agree to what’s known as a “VD clause.” That means all those late night hot tub escapades and fighting for the smush room was at their own risk, and they actually had to sign a contract agreeing that they cannot hold show producers responsible for any sexually transmitted diseases they may catch while filming.
“What I’m told is that it’s pretty standard for reality shows,” Kaufman tells the NY Daily News.
Under the heading of “Health of Other Participants,” the clause reads in part:
Producer hereby informs me, and I acknowledge and accept, that the other participants have not been screened for any diseases, sicknesses or other health conditions (and specifically have not been tested for any sexually transmitted diseases) and I assume all risks of interacting with the other participants, including any consensual contact.
A MTV spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.