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wtf: Steven Slater: The Reality Show

Is something less horrifying when it’s also inevitable, or more horrifying?

Steven Slater, the now-infamous Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job in the most spectacular way — we talked about his instant folk-hero status here last week — could well be hosting a new reality show, according to TMZ:

According to well-placed industry sources … Stone Entertainment — a powerhouse in the reality TV world — is going after Slater to host a show in which various disgruntled workers quit their jobs in extravagant ways.

The whirlwind of frenzied thoughts this sends flying through my mind are many and contradictory:

Who didn’t see this coming?

Oh dear god what have we become?

The show’s going to be called ‘Take This Job and Shove It,’ isn’t it? And Toby Keith or Keith Urban or someone like that will remake the Johnny Paycheck song for the theme and it’ll be awful…

How long until the 15 minutes of fame Warhol promised us all starts sounding more like a threat?

Is there anything a person can do these days that isn’t fodder for the amusement of a nation?



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  • Orangutan

    It’s news like this that makes the idea of becoming one of those mountain-man-survivalist types seem really quite appealing.

    The cynic in me also thinks that this was all a setup from the get-go. INCLUDING the woman who smacked him with her carryon.

  • bronxbee

    you sooo called this!

  • DaveTM

    I see only one big problem that will cause this idea to crash and burn. There is no way any company is going to allow anyones names, faces or company name or logos to be put in this show. They will be walking around in a huge blur the whole show since legally they won’t be allowed to show any of it.

    Also you’d think they’d have to do this on company property so they’d have to get the rights to film there first, if they lie to get those rights that’s a giant lawsuit on their hands.

    This is some stupid exec’s idea and it will never get anywhere near being actually made.

  • Hmm…

    I like your thinkin, Orangutan. And if it WAS all a setup, I kinda like the whole thing a lot more.

  • @Orangutan – Even the mountain man survivalists have reality shows now. There’s no escape.

    @DaveTM – Good point. And what company with enough money to buy TV ad time would want to buy a commercial during that show?

  • Dokeo

    Wow, it only took this guy seven days to jump the shark.

  • nyjm

    How long until the 15 minutes of fame Warhol promised us all starts sounding more like a threat?
    New email sig!

  • PJK

    How long will it take for American audiences to develop some taste? Then rubbish like this wouldn’t stand a chance.

    Though I might have to modify the above to read “World audiences”, since this phenomenon doesn’t seem to restrict itself to America anymore.

    And now I must make excuses for my country, for giving the world Big Brother.

    We are sorry!

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