‘Too Hot to Handle’ producers kept cast drinking to a minimum

Things aren’t like they used to be on reality TV.

Standard operating procedure for dating shows was previously to get the contestants liquored up, and then roll the cameras. But a star of current reality smash “Too Hot to Handle” — the show gets hot, scantily clad single people together on an island and then bans them from touching each other — said that the Netflix show gave them a strict ration on booze.

“They limited us to two drinks a night, and they had to give them to you,” Bryce Hirschberg said on “Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn.” “So they were very much, believe it or not, looking out for us during this whole thing. They didn’t want us to look bad.”

Another possible factor is that reality producers are wary of repeating a controversial incident during the taping of another hit series, “Bachelor in Paradise,” in which it was claimed that the show taped a sexual encounter between two stars, one of whom was allegedly too drunk to consent. An investigation found no misconduct.

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