The footage and the spoilers confirm the same thing: Jenna did say some prejudiced racial comments and negative comments toward homosexual behavior. While these comments resulted in tension with her roommates, and anger in some of them, she certainly did not go bragging about the comments on the Internet. So how did those spoilers get online? Chris!
If you saw the “Real Talk” after show, you’d know that this information was not online because Chris vented to a friend who’s really bad at keeping secrets. Chris wrote the entire post, thought of a username for his friend, and told her to post the information about Jenna. Whether you think this is a form of revenge on Jenna or you think this is a way to ensure important conversations aren’t left on the cutting board, this is a violation of Chris’s contract.
Cast members are contractually obligated to keep all events that occurred during filming confidential, and leaking information about these events is grounds getting kicked out. In fact, this happened on Road Rules Viewers Revenge in 2007 with David leaked information online and immediately got the boot. Cast members have also been fined for leaking information after filming and lost opportunities to compete on Challenges for contributing to spoilers.
What makes Chris any different? On “Real Talk” we did see production confront Chris for leaking information and giving him a cease and desist letter. Essentially, he got a written warning and if he continues leaking information he will get the boot.
Of course, Chris also did have to confess to Jenna as a personal “mission.” While it appears that production did not anticipate Chris leaking information, it did turn into a perfect opportunity to force an uncomfortable mission onto the cast.
Why leak this information? Why jeopardize being on the show? According to Chris, he wants to have conversations about social justice and inequality. While Jenna’s comments occurred on multiple occasions, there was no guarantee production would show it. This was a way to ensure public awareness of these conversations, basically forcing production to include these conversations in episodes. However, I can’t help but feel Chris wanted to get some sort of revenge on Jenna, and he even admits that his anger with her contributed to having his friend post this online.
Do you think Chris deserved to stay? Or should production have given him the boot for violating his contract?