Top Shot insider Trent wasn’t happy with some of the accusations made against the show by competitor Ashley Spurlin. Here’s his rebuttal:
“Spurlin alleges that the Season Two drama regarding himself and Jamie Franks was created in the editing room. This is not the case. Their relationship decayed just as it appeared on the show. Jamie found a way to make smartass comments while he knew the cameras were not on him and Ashley, for some dumb reason, would respond only when cameras WERE rolling, thus making it look like he was picking on Jamie. Jamie was smart about it, Ashley was not. This was the same trap . . .
that George and Ashley frequently fell into and this made them look like the villains they were. And they did react this way to Jamie on and off camera. It was in no way fabricated by editors. Watch season two and you’ll see Ashley give Jamie crap about not being in the Navy. How is that created in the editing room?
A note on drama on Top Shot, period: The producers go to great lengths to find type A personalities, or else you’d have the most boring show ever. Producers want people who WANT to win, who are incredibly competitive and big personalities. It’s a TV show. Those personalities will always clash, it’s how it works. It’s a reality TV show and I think Spurlin forgot that.
On competitions being rigged/faked:
There are is a whole legal team on set every day to make sure that all competitions are fair. This is a part of standards and practices and are common on TV game shows wince the “21″ scandal happened (those of who have seen the show “Quiz Show” know what I’m talking about.) This legal team is independent of the network and production companies. They are there because there is a great amount of money at stake, so they legally are required to be there to double check the producers, challenges, guns, weapons, etc to ensure that the challenges are fair.
If something is deemed unfair, the compliance people will see it and the challenge will be redone. The cast members are made aware of this team from day one. It is explained to them very clearly and if they have any concerns, they can raise their hand and ask for the compliance team. And this does happen. Many challenges are re-built and re-shot because of gun errors, set errors, mechanical errors, etc…and accidents happen. And when they do, the compliance team ensures that the challenge is reset and shot again to make it fair.
Ashley never once spoke to the compliance people on set ever. He never once raised his hand or objected to the way a challenge was being made unfair.
In the case of the names being drawn out of the ammo box, the compliance team made sure that all cast member names were printed on them.
As for Maggie’s hair and the wind-blowing, I’m not sure to what he’s referring. Did he want to make your readers think it was shot on a sound stage?
All challenges are shot in order and in real time. However, things like the walk-ups to challenges and the walk-aways are shot with breaks. Breaks so that the compliance team is allowed to step in, explain the rules and answer any questions. That is probably what he’s referring to.
Spurlin also alleges that the producers change hands from season one to season two. Some staff came and went, but the producers are the same. He also alleges that it was different because “Survivor” producers came in. “Survivor” producers were hired ALL seasons of “Top Shot.” Season two wasn’t special.
Again, they do shoot the challenges in real time, except for stopping down for rules, resetting challenges, etc. All of this is done under the supervision of the compliance department.
Spurlin’s assessment of Top Shot, I believe, comes very much from a simple case of Sour Grapes. Ashley didn’t take to the conditions of the house too well and his performance on the show was sub-par for someone with his shooting background. Some people take better to the show than others. Ashley simply didn’t.”