‘Love Is Blind’ Star Nick Thompson Claims He’s Going To Be Homeless, Can’t Find A Job Because Of Show
Love is blind, but it’s also poor. Reality TV star Nick Thompson appeared on the second season of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind‘ and he did not find love or fortune.
Well, he found love briefly. He and Danielle Ruhl did decide to get married, but they divorced after just one year of marriage, and it was a bit messy. Both of them accused the other of being emotionally abusive throughout their relationship.
Thompson is pretty active on his Instagram account. He’s been trying to get his podcast up and running, but it hasn’t really taken off. In the meantime, he’s been trying to find work, and to hear him tell it, no one wants to hire him because they don’t take him seriously due to the show.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Thompson claims he’s going to be homeless in less than two months.
I lost my job last November. I’m having an incredibly hard time finding [a new] one. I burned through my savings that cashed out my 401(k). I’ve got two months left in the bank to pay my mortgage. I can’t get a job because people don’t take me seriously. I was a a VP in software for five years. It’s not like I don’t have track record of experience or success.
And it sounds like he believes he’s entitled to some royalties from Netflix. After all, he says anyone can go on there right now and watch his season. Netflix continues to profit off it, but he sees nothing from it, which was surely in the contract he signed.
He says Netflix paid them below minimum wage for 10 weeks of filming.
When you think about the amount of money that’s being made, and the way that it’s the path for future seasons, and the fact that anyone can go on and watch me … and I’m going to be homeless. I received only $7.14 an hour while being treated like a prisoner. You are filming 18 to 20 hours a day. And that doesn’t that necessarily mean that you’re always going to be on TV, but you’re miked up from the moment you get there in the morning, and you’re miked up all the way until you leave.
He goes on to explain how at the end of the day, you’re locked inside a hotel room without a key or your wallet, so you really have no choice but to stay.
You literally are held captive like a prisoner, and there is absolutely no reason that you shouldn’t be considered an employee when you’re technically under the control of your employer for 24 hours a day.
And while it sounds like a lot of sour grapes to us, we will give him credit for trying to change things. He has helped launch the Unscripted Cast Advocacy Network, which aims to provide mental health and legal services to past, present and future reality TV stars.
You can find out more here.