'Tallafornia' exploiting its stars, says Norris
Published 14/03/2012 | 05:00
TV3 last night defended its reality show 'Tallafornia' after Senator David Norris accused it of "exploiting young people".
Mr Norris, who is facing a huge bill from his failed presidential campaign, launched an attack on the 10-episode show in the Seanad yesterday.
He said it was a "drink-sodden programme" which encouraged its participants to "behave licentiously and compete to bring people home to bed them".
"What will happen to those people whose images are permanently on film when they want to get married 10 or 20 years from now? What will their children think when their images turn up?" he asked.
But TV3 strongly defended the show, which is due to finish on Friday. A spokeswoman said Mr Norris was free to watch 'The Late Late Show' if he didn't like 'Tallafornia'.
"It may be very different to when David Norris was young but it is a slice of reality of what goes on today," she said.
The spokeswoman said none of the cast of 'Tallafornia' were forced to do or say anything they did not want to do.
In the Seanad yesterday, Mr Norris received support from Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone, who agreed the show was "desperate".
'Tallafornia' has attracted an average audience of 330,000 over the past two months.
TV3 is planning a second series of the reality show.