`Joe' rejects wonder about their reputations
New York Daily News
First they were dumped by "Joe Millionaire." Now the spurned women of Fox's red-hot reality show are worrying about how they'll shake their image as moneygrubbers.
"I'm concerned about what people think of me," said contestant Dana, 26, a secretary from Los Angeles who, like the others interviewed for this story, refused to give her last name. "I'm still single, and I think the gold-digger label will be hard to shake."
Dana was one of 20 women who flew to France last fall believing they were going to meet a multimillionaire bachelor. It wasn't until weeks after the show was taped that the women found out the man, Evan Marriott, was a construction worker.
"It worried me, after I found out about the premise of the show, whether I'd ever get a date again," said Amanda, a 28-year-old flight attendant from Arizona. "I hope nobody takes the show that seriously."
Gretchen, a 29-year-old senior account manager from Santa Monica, Calif., who was cut in the first episode, took the lie in stride.
"I assumed there'd be a twist to the show, and I think it's hysterical," she said. "But I'm not the one who ended up last with all eyes on her. After I saw the second episode, I was glad I got out early."
Over the weekend Fox executives defended the ploy, saying it's all part of being on a reality show.
"I think that when people get involved in these unscripted shows these days, they know they're in for a ride," Gail Berman, Fox's entertainment president, said.