The real reason Dating Naked was canceled
Jessie Nizewitz, who appeared in the first season of Dating Naked, sued VH1’s parent company, Viacom, for a whopping $10 million in 2014, after her uncensored crotch accidentally snuck into prime time television.
While the show is all about nude dating, no nudity is actually shown — contestants’ private parts are typically blurred. In what appears to have been an editing mistake, Nizewitz’s private parts appeared for a split second on the screen during a bout of naked wrestling. According to Deadline, Nizewitz argued in her lawsuit that she’d been hesitant to film the wrestling scene for fear of such a slip, but she said that producers promised that her genitals would be fully obscured.
After the episode aired and her lady bits were seen by the world, she claimed that she suffered “severe extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment” due to the experience. Making things worse, the brief moment of nudity lives on forever in screenshots.
Her argument didn’t sway a New York judge, however, who ruled in 2015 to dismiss her case and even required her to pay Viacom’s legal fees. According to Entertainment Weekly, Viacom claimed that she’d signed a contract that stated that “she would participate and be filmed fully nude; that the footage could be exhibited and distributed without restriction.” Producers also claimed she had told them during the casting process that she used to work as a stripper and called nudity “not a big deal.”