‘Naked and Afraid’ has often been accused of faking its extreme situations over the years, such as when the Daily Mail reported that sick contestants were given intravenous drips. And a contestant has since come forward to say the show doesn’t always tell the truth about how their survivors get sick in the first place.
Phaedra Brothers appeared in the 2014 episode “Himalayan Hell”. Their trip got off to an inauspicious start when they had to move at the last minute after the ‘Naked and Afraid’ crew discovered a tiger had killed 13 people at their original filming location in northern India. “None of the things I had researched over the past two weeks even applied to the new location,” Brothers later told Channel Guide magazine. “We were both blind going there. The food she had packed was also lost, so one of the crew members offered to make her a chicken curry.
“I woke up sick, sick, sick. Just vomiting and diarrhea,” Brothers recalled, saying the meal left him with terrible food poisoning. Not only did she have to start while dehydrated, but the show’s narration later blamed it on her drinking unclean water. Although medical tests showed an intestinal parasite, the on-set doctor said she had dysentery and the producers of “Naked and Afraid” threatened to delete online comments saying otherwise. “I think they thought it would be a better, more dramatic story, but it wasn’t the truth,” Brothers added.