‘Married at First Sight’: Does Cast Pay Big If They Don’t Say I Do?

Married at First Sight cast takes a big leap when they sign up. But if they fail to follow through with their contract terms, it looks like they might take another big leap — into debt.

Married at First Sight: Couples In it to Win It

The experts on the Lifetime show say marriage is the way to go to find people that will commit to a relationship. The Married at First Sight experts believe people will fight for a marriage more than just a dating situation. And, of course, who wants to go through the hassle of a divorce?

Viewers of Married at First Sight have seen their fair share of doomed marriages. While a lot of couples make it through the social experiment, there are plenty that can’t make it work. Recently, first season cast member Jamie Otis called out the experts for matching Olivia with Brett Lindsey.

Jamie said, “They’re just not a good match.” And her comment ruffled Married at First Sight expert Dr. Viviana Coles’ feathers. She replied, “Gee, thanks, Jamie.” But Jamie didn’t apologize, and some fans think there may be bad blood between Jamie and MAFS, despite that her marriage worked out great for her.

Married at First Sight: Brett Lindsey - Olivia - New Orleans

Damages for Backing out of the Show

Recently, a source came forward and said people don’t see the whole picture with Married at First Sight. They said the participants must go through with the marriages or pay huge damages. The source said that it could be as much as $50,000. If true, that’s a hefty price tag for saying “I don’t.”

That could be why ill-suited MAFS pair Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice kept trying to make it work. Some fans wonder if the legal agreement scares couples into staying together – at least until Decision Day. Fans commenting on this info don’t like the idea that there’s legal action hanging over the spouses’ heads.


The source sent the info to MAFSfan, adding that the show is “over produced.” Most savvy TV viewers know reality show isn’t as “real” as advertised. But the same source alleged that Married at First Sight fibs to cast to amp up the drama. Of course, it’s not likely that MAFS would confirm or deny this leaked info.

Married at First Sight: Amelia Fatsi - Bennett Kirschner


Married at First Sight: Will People Stop Coming on the Show?

Even if what the source leaked is true, it doesn’t seem likely that Lifetime will lose viewers over this info. And most people are accustomed to “scripted” reality as the norm these days. Now, Married at First Sight is casting for its new season, with another one already in the works.

So with two seasons more of MAFS in the works, it looks like plenty of people are willing to risk it all for love. No doubt, some potential (and past) cast members might pursue casting for a slice of reality fame. But it’s obvious some people are truly seeking Married at First Sight love for the right reasons.

So, while there might be a few bad apples, fans think there are still genuine people in the process. As the drama rises this season and the strangeness continues due to the pandemic, fans aren’t sure what to expect. Watch for more MAFS strangeness ahead during self-filmed episodes and the Tell All.

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