Apparently, not all networks contract alike. Page Six reports a pretty interesting clause in a number of Bravo’s reality shows, protecting the network from lawsuits in the event that one of their stars contracts an STI.
Dubbed the “STD Clause,” sources familiar with Bravo’s contracts told Page Six that while these clauses aren’t necessarily uncommon (especially on dating shows), they seem to appear quite often in contracts produced by Bravo.
Not to mention, the contracts allegedly warns its signers the network does not test their fellow costars for STIs before production. This is in stark contrast to shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, whose producers require the 50 finalists to be screened for STIs beforehand, reports Page Six.
The publication also mentions an episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, where Vanderpump Rules star James Kennedy referred to costar Jax Taylor as a “dirty, dirty boy.” He later added, “It’s called herpes!”
Additionally, the publication mentions a time when Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano said during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable that producers handed out Valtrex (a herpes medication) “like M&Ms.” She added, “Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!’ It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up.”