Cabrogal, I reached out independently to participants — mostly via their Instagram accounts. Those who chose to speak with me responded. No interviews were arranged by the studio, and no one was forced into speaking with me. Reddy and Reddy alone gave me his account of the week. And for the record: I did, in fact, quote Brandonn Mixon complaining about his depiction on the show and saying he regarded its shooting as “staged.” To be sure, I also quoted plenty of others saying it wasn’t staged, but with all of them I was only conveying to the reader exactly what was said to me. Again, I understand your skepticism. But again, you’ll see that I address that skepticism directly, talking about the nature of reality-shows and the urge, even the need, to question them.