'Storage Wars' Phony? 'YUUP!' Says Former Star's Lawsuit
Are you sitting down? Because it may come as a huge shocker that not everything on "reality" television is actually real. And when it comes to the A&E show "Storage Wars," one former star says that includes everything from what is in the storage lockers to one cast member's breasts.
The show, which centers around a group of quirky SoCal dwelling characters who make their living buying abandoned storage units sold at auction, has aired for three seasons. One of the bidders featured in the first couple of seasons, David Hester, says he got the boot from the popular show after he complained to producers about some of the fakery behind the scenes.
Hester, known for his distinctive bidding cry of "YUUUP!" and his dead-serious demeanor when it comes to buying units, has now filed a lawsuit concerning his wrongful termination and calling out the producers for rigging the series.
"The suit, filed by Beverly Hills powerhouse attorney Marty Singer, offers specific and explosive detailed allegations about how the show is faked," explains RadarOnline.
Among the allegations are claims Hester was asked by the producers to give them valuable items for them to plant in the storage units for "discovery" on the show, that producers locked the units after they were won so they could continue to add interesting items into the space, and that producers urged the buyers to look at certain boxes or piles in order for them to "find" the valuable items they'd planted.
Hester's suit gives this example: "[I]n one episode a pile of old newspapers announcing the death of Elvis Presley was discovered. In another episode, a BMW mini car was found buried under a pile of trash.”
In fact, Hester says one particular company has been providing the show with stellar items of value in exchange for their business being featured on episodes.
Hester even says one cast member's plastic surgery was paid for by the show in order to bump up her sex appeal.
The auctioneer on the show, Dan Dotson, told TMZ Hester's claims are false, adding: “We only sell legitimate units on Storage Wars. Every unit goes through a 64-day legal process and no one has access to units prior to auction.”
A&E says the show is real, and has not commented on the lawsuit.