Prepare to have your delicate sensibilities offended, because what you see on the Discovery Channel’s “Cash Cab” is NOT THE WAY IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS. Online reports about “Cash Cab’s” lack of veracity have circulated for a couple years, but the A.V. Club does a nice job of summing up the findings:
Riders are generally found or screened at a bar or on the street. People who are gregarious, funny, and sometimes half in the bag get told they’ve made it on a non-specified reality show and that a cab will be coming to take them to the shoot. A cab pulls up, and, surprise, it’s the Cash Cab! This might explain why so many improv-comedy types are on the show… Other revelations: The cash is fake (Winners are mailed a check) and there’s some leeway in the red light challenge.
I don’t know about you, but I was shocked — SHOCKED, I SAY — to learn that something on television was presented in a false light. Must every cherished totem be dashed at our feet? What’s next? Rigged voting in reality competitions? Actors on reality shows? Make-up on news anchors? My stars, I’m getting the vapors!