How The Stars Of 90 Day Fiance Really Feel About The Show

What 90 Day Fiancé fan can forget the absurd scene in season five in which David Toborowsky's friend Chris Thieneman asked David's fiancé, Annie Suwan, if she would give him a Thai massage? It was a gross question, and we're not sure if we were relieved or even more grossed out to learn the producers allegedly manufactured that uncomfortable moment. Thieneman and his wife Nikki Cooper, who was also part of that creepy scene, revealed in a YouTube video that the request for a massage was scripted, no doubt in an effort to ratchet up the drama and make Toborowsky and Suwan's circumstances all the more awkward.

With tricks like that potentially going on behind the scenes, it's no wonder some 90 Day Fiancé stars have a lot to say about how real the TLC reality show actually is. From allegations of brainwashing to claims of shady editing, here's how the stars of this hit series really feel about the show.

90 Day Fiancé's Cortney Reardanz says producers are manipulative

Cortney Reardanz, who appeared on season one of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, met her Spanish model boyfriend Antonio Millon on a dating app (via Screen Rant). Sadly, once they connected in person, Millon failed to give Reardanz the kind of attention she felt she deserved, and their flame quickly fizzled out. Viewers may remember some fairly repetitive arguing between the two, and Reardanz says some of that drama was drummed up by producers.

In an interview with The Domenick Nati Show in 2020, the 90 Day star said, "You film for like 13 hours a day. So when you keep doing repetitive things, or you keep having the same conversation with a person all day ... I think it becomes like almost brainwashing where you start to feel irritated with this person." She went on to say scenes on the show are real and unscripted, but she still wondered how much producers were "manipulating the situation." She said, "I think the producers know how to play on your emotions, or maybe they studied psychology ... I don't know if they're doing it on purpose or if they like studied how to get what they want." Other 90 Day Fiancé stars have weighed in with similar assessments.

Other 90 Day Fiancé stars blame creative editing

As Tarik Myers' season of Before the 90 Days played out on TV, the star was evidently not pleased with how he was being portrayed and took to social media to vent. Maybe Myers was just embarrassed by his awkward proposal to Hazel, or maybe something sinister really was going down behind the scenes. 

In Touch reported that in a since-deleted Instagram post, Myers referenced having made a deal with "the devil." As he claimed, "The devil will lie on you, the devil will lie on your woman... And the devil will build a big, beautiful machine to fool you, right?" Fans speculated the devil, in this case, was TLC. But, Myers must have gotten over his gripes because he has since appeared on the spin-off series, Pillow Talk, and was seen filming for TLC in August of 2020, according to Soap Dirt.

Eric Rosenbrook and Leida Margaretha, the controversial stars of season six of 90 Day Fiancé, had more to say on the questionable tactics at TLC. They told The Domenick Nati Show that they were encouraged to act a certain way under the threat of breach of contract. Rosenbrook said the producers edit out context, adding, "They will create situations ... [to] try to get responses that they want." Still, some stars have no qualms with the show's production. Before the 90 Days star, Geoffrey Paschel told Dominick Nati, "I don't feel like they steered me [in] any direction ... it was all real."