I love a good conspiracy theory, so you know this one alleging that Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott invented this whole cheating scandal just to get a reality show out of it is right up my alley.
This all started back in December, when a Canadian woman named Emily Goodhand came forward to reveal her alleged two day affair with Dean. No one really believed her at first, but it seemed like no sooner had Tori acknowledged that the accusations were true than we started hearing about a Lifetime reality show in the works. It’s called True Tori, and it follows Tori and Dean through their attempts to salvage their marriage in the wake of his infidelity. Supposedly.
In reality, some people are claiming there never was an affair at all, and this was all a ploy to create a narrative strong enough to support a reality show. This could be a cheating publicity stunt of the type that would make Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson proud.
As someone who (admittedly and ashamedly) watched the first episode, I can tell you that this conspiracy theory isn’t too hard to believe. Everything is so presentational and scripted-seeming, something that I’m apparently not the only person to notice. Some people pointed out that the opening monologue that Tori gives — when she gives context for the show and details the events of the weeks leading up to it when she learned her husband had been unfaithful — had been pulled almost word-for-word from a blog post she made at the time. That post was captioned, fittingly:
‘This isn’t another scripted story. This is my life.’
Ironic. I know her husband cheating on her seems like an odd thing to make up, but Tori has boasted in the past that she understands what it takes to carry a story. In her book Spelling It Like It Is (I know) she wrote:
‘I’m Aaron Spelling’s daughter. I knew how to write the story. I knew what would tug on heartstrings.’
So the ‘watch-ability’ of her situation would’ve been something she would’ve absolutely had an awareness of, whether or not she fabricated for that purpose. But many viewers have noted some inconsistencies that point more toward a stunt than genuine family trauma, and I’m gonna lay them out here:
- Tori says they were alone on Christmas because Dean was in treatment, but he shared a photo of their son Liam to Instagram that day.
- Even if it was a photo that Tori sent him that he subsequently posted, rehab facilities rarely if ever allow their clients to retain their phones or have any access to social media.
- On New Years, the couple again shared a photo together, also including their oldest children Stella and Liam.
- It seems more likely that Dean didn’t enter rehab until January 23rd, when his official statement was released. His next sighting was February 24th, which would make sense with a typical thirty-day program.
- Tori shows herself having to deal with all four children by herself, claiming to be late for school every day because it’s too much work…but she’s been known in the past to have three nannies plus a personal assistant.
- Jezebel points out that Tori has a great relationship with Us Weekly. She’s given them multiple covers and interviews over the years, so it’s odd that they’d be willing to sacrifice that relationship for an unknown woman’s cheating allegations. But given that they did, why would Tori’s first interview responding to the scandal be with them?
- Emily Goodhand has disappeared. She seems to have vanished into thin air, which is particularly strange behavior for a 28-year old who was previously so willing to share the story of Dean’s indiscretions. Did she want fame? Money? With absolutely no follow-up interviews or images of her face in the media, she doesn’t seem to have gotten either.
All I’m saying is it’s a lot to think about.
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