You are an awesome country with awesome people. You make America better looking by proxy. You’ve given us Ryan Reynolds AND Ryan Gosling.
You make us sound cool. (Thank you Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette). And your TV shows aren’t bad either. (Degrassi High, forever).
I’ve been getting this questions for years and it’s time you knew the truth! No, it’s not some big anti-Canadian conspiracy…
…It’s sadly, just the way it is. And it’s not just Canadians that can’t apply.
For Survivor, the cast application actually says, “You must be a United States citizen and live in the United States.”
Jeff Probst explained on his website a while back the reason why folks in other countries are excluded from casting:
The issue surrounds the ‘rights’ to the Survivor format. Mark Burnett/CBS only have the rights to do an American version of Survivor. This means you have to be an American citizen.
Survivor is just one example, but you have to assume that because it’s on CBS, as is Big Brother, the same reason applies across the board.
It’s pretty typical in the world of reality show casting. Most shows I’ve cast require that contestants are legally able to work in the United States. As of now, the only big show I know of that’s cool with Canadians is The Bachelor. Jillian Harris hailed from the great north, as did Jesse Palmer. And there have been a fair share of rose takers from Canada, too. Remember Justin “Rated R?”
The Bachelor’s love affair with Canada doesn’t stop there. Coming this fall, The Bachelor Canada is premiering. I’m thinking all those CBS shows should take a hint (or a rose?) from ABC and do right by their Canadian fan base.
Who’s with me!?
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