’90 Day Fiance’: 7 Strict Rules TLC Cast Members Must Follow

90 Day Fiance personalities like Paul Staehle and Karine Martins follow a strict set of TLC rules if they want to stay on the air. Staying on the air means more exposure and more opportunities to further your brand. But, that doesn’t come without its drawbacks. Here are some of the craziest rules TLC stars have to follow.

#7 – Background Checks for 90 Day Fiance Stars

Doing a background check on 90 Day Fiance public figures is standard practice for TLC. Some things include criminal background, interviews, checking with employers, and more. This also includes screens for mental health and other things like substance abuse.

Unlike a dating show, a criminal past isn’t a deal breaker for being on 90 Day Fiance. Remember, the TLC show is a docu-series, which means that the cameras are there to document what is happening in their lives, good or bad. The show isn’t matching people (like a dating type show).

Meanwhile, shocking things usually leak while a 90 Day Fiance season airs. Sometimes it might be strategic by the network. But, other times, there are reveals that seem to catch everyone off-guard. So, it’s certainly a way to keep viewers on their toes.

The criminal history of the cast members often come out over the course of new 90 Day Fiance episodes. Viewers see that with Before the 90 Days star Geoffrey Paschel. His criminal history leaked long before he came clean to Varya Malina on the show.

Meanwhile, Paul Staehle has his own criminal past as well. Karine Martins’ husband spent time behind bars before he was a reality star. Paul Staehle was accused of arson (burning his own property). He revealed on 90 Day Fiance that he took a plea agreement after serving 18 months in jail.

Since then, Paul Staehle turned things around. And, he lives happily in America with Karine Martins and son Pierre. So, it’s certainly possible to turn over a new leaf and stay on good terms with TLC.

#6 – Not Appearing on Other Shows

Most networks like TLC want to protect their assets – their stars. To do this, they make it so that their people can’t appear on shows for other networks. This is a way for 90 Day Fiance to hold onto popular stars and continue to profit off of them.

In addition, people on shows like 90 Day Fiance sign legally-binding contracts. But, with so many spinoffs airing when main franchises take a break, most have opportunities to appear on other seasons.

Meanwhile, not appearing on other networks is just fine for Darcey Silva. Darcey frequently comes back for more content. So much so that most 90 Day Fiance viewers feel she should have her own show by now.

A source told Soap Dirt that Darcey Silva is 90 Day Fiance‘s highest paid cast member and gets lots of perks in a addition to her pay.

90 Day Fiance: Darcey Silva - Before The 90 Days

#5 – Advanced Marriage Information on 90 Day Fiance

One of the big questions surrounding 90 Day Fiance pairs is whether or not couples are married or still together. While TLC can’t require that the couples get married (or stay married), the couples do have to be available for filming during the process.

The relationship status question is a huge draw for 90 Day Fiance viewers, and the couples have both signed an NDA which doesn’t allow them to give out information that will appear on upcoming episodes.. Particularly because things can change drastically between what’s airing and what’s happening in real-time.

There’s also the fact that 90 Day Fiance duos splitting impacts filming. This is especially true if a couple breaks up while shooting new content. So, it’s in TLC’s best interest to keep couples together. The longer a couple stays together, the more content they can film. And, that definitely works out for the network’s bottom line.

Split rumors surround numerous 90 Day Fiance duos like Jay Smith and Ashley Martson, and more.

90 Day Fiance: Jay Smith - Ashley Martson

#4 – 90 Day Fiance Stars Watching What They Say

This is a huge one for 90 Day Fiance alums. When stars sign non-disclosure agreements, what they can and can’t talk about is very clear. TLC wants to keep spoilers as close to the vest as possible. And, even though spoilers always leak eventually, they try to run a tight ship and want their people to fall in line.

Even so, there are certain people like Lisa Hamme and others that get in trouble over what they say online to fans (and what they intentionally leak). So, it’s always worth watching to see who lets the cat out of the bag every season. Lisa Hamme isn’t shy about the fact that she puts her foot in her mouth quite a bit with her outspoken personality. But, a source also told Soap Dirt that Lisa has a friend that anonymously leaks things for her on Social Media.

90 Day Fiance: Lisa Hamme - Before the 90 Days

#3 – Watching What They Post Online

90 Day Fiance celebs watching what they say applies to more than just public events and interviews. This also applies to posting spoilers online. Sometimes slip-ups happen. But, stars that do this lose out on bonuses once the Tell-All for the season airs. So, there are financial incentives to not letting anything slip.

Even so, Anna Campisi let slip recently that Mursel Mistanoglu was with her in Nebraska when he was supposed to have left her and back in Turkey. The cat was out of the bag when Anna was doing a live stream and you could hear Mursel in the background screaming her name. Anna and her kids realized the mistake instantly as seen below.

#2 – 90 Day Fiance Celebs Subject to Network Editing

A common theme among 90 Day Fiance alums is the way TLC edits the final product. And, how they come across on television as a result. Reality stars have no control over how the network chooses to present them. And, this is often a point of contention between the network and the people they film.

Due to time constraints and how they want to push the narrative, what happens in reality and what’s on camera often do not align. But, that’s the gamble network stars take if they want to feature in more content.

The way TLC spliced together Michael Jessen’s pre-nup segment with Juliana Custodio angered him. Michael is one of the few cast members that has the financial means to fight TLC in a court battle. So in a gutsy move, Michael and his ex wife were often on social media setting the record straight and pretty much daring for the network to sue them.

#1 – Following a Script on 90 Day Fiance

In line with network editing to push certain narratives, some elements of 90 Day Fiance follow a script as well. Cast members repeat certain lines and actions to emphasize certain story angles.

Due to this, the real life versus reel life debate is a constant topic among viewers. Meanwhile, most agree to this because it usually means more time on the air.

In Steven Frend’s case, production asked him to repeat lines over and over during his time filming with Olga Koshimbetova. One short scene took place over many hours and Steven lost his temper a couple of times. The final edit made him look like a very temperamental person that was in dire need of anger management. In reality, his friends say he’s one of the most chill people they know.

Depending on how scenes come together, that can shift an entire narrative to maximize drama.

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