Ep 13: Going Behind the Scenes of Reality TV with Kate Casey


Before we dive in today, we just want to take a moment to say thank you! We really appreciate that you’re here and listening to our show, and how loyal and supportive you are.

In today’s show, we’ll start off by chatting about Married at First Sight! The current season is coming to a close, and soon the couples will need to decide whether they want to stay married. So if you’re not up-to-date on the show, go watch it and then come back so you don’t accidentally hear spoilers!

Can you believe that Kate and Luke have been having sex since the honeymoon?! The way he talks about her has never been okay, but knowing that they’ve been intimate this whole time is wild. We’ll also talk about AJ and Stephanie’s interactions in the newest episode, and Stephanie’s (wise!) decision to go to bed mid-drama. Everyone is talking about Kate and Luke, so we’d love to hear your thoughts on AJ and Stephanie in particular!

Our guest today is Kate Casey, who you may recognize from her podcast Reality Life with Kate Casey! She interviews top producers and directors, and somehow manages to get the inside scoop on everything. Today, she goes beyond her professional life, and explains both her complicated relationship with her father and what it’s like to be a parent of five children.

Kate believes that lots of people (including some from this season of MAFS…) go on reality shows not because they believe in the premise of the show, but because they want a boost to their business or social media. Tune into the episode to hear more about her theory, as well as which shows she recommends watching!


In This Episode:

[00:58] – Welcome to the show, and thank you so much for being here! Before we start, here’s a shoutout to a listener who left a review on iTunes.

[02:32] – Let’s talk about Married at First Sight! We’re approaching the end of the season, when the people on the show will decide whether they want to get married.

[05:06] – Jamie and Doug move onto talking about AJ and Stephanie, and whether any of the couples are a genuinely good match.

[07:23] – Doug and Jamie introduce today’s guest, Kate Casey.

[09:08] – Kate talks about her life growing up, and explains the complicated non-relationship that she had with her father (and how they get along today).

[14:00] – We learn that Kate’s father isn’t interested in doing a DNA test.

[14:48] – Is it manageable to have five kids?

[20:48] – Kate has been watching this season of Married at First Sight, and shares her reaction to Luke as well as her thoughts on why people tend to go on later seasons of reality shows.

[25:18] – Kate talks about how many cast members pitch themselves for a spinoff, and shares her experience in meeting the cast of 90 Day Fiance.

[31:06] – Jamie rewinds a bit and explains what they’re talking about for anyone who isn’t up to date on this season of MAFS.

[34:05] – Would Kate sleep with someone if they told her that they felt dead and repulsed after making out with her?

[35:58] – Kate shares her thoughts on this season of the Bachelor, and whether Colton is in love with any of the girls.

[39:16] – Doug explains that lots of the guys auditioning for MAFS in the first season were actors.

[41:43] – Jamie believes that the experts on MAFS are pure, she explains.

[46:43] – The American MAFS is more genuine than the Australian version, Jamie explains, and Kate talks more about the Australian version.

[50:28] – Kate offers some suggestions for reality shows that Jamie might like to binge.

[52:01] – What are Kate’s top three favorite reality shows, and what are some she dislikes?

[59:47] – We hear Kate’s recommendation for what to watch after finishing Leaving Neverland.

[61:41] – Where can listeners find Kate to learn more about her or keep up with her podcast?


Links and Resources:

Married at First Sight

Married at First Sight Happily Ever After?

Hot Marriage. Cool Parents. on YouTube

Jamie Otis

Wifey 101 by Jamie Otis

hotmarriagecoolparents on Instagram

Jamie Otis on Instagram

Doug Hehner on Instagram


Himalaya podcast app

Love and Knuckles

Reality Life with Kate Casey

Kate Casey on Twitter

Kate Casey on Instagram

Reality Life with Kate Casey on Facebook

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Born This Way

Long Lost Family

Instant Hotel

Yummy Mummies

The Real World

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance

Wild, Wild Country

Abducted in Plain Sight

The Keepers

Leaving Neverland

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