One of the most cringeworthy 90 Day Fiance moments was a fake, according to a friend of one of the stars of the show.
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan are U.S. bound from Thailand, and David revealed during the last episode that the couple would be temporarily living with his friend, Chris Thieneman, and his wife Nikki Cooper.
While discussing the living arrangement, Chris suggested that Annie pay her way with lots of Thai cooking—but it was his second request that had viewers calling foul. Chris asked his pal’s fiance to deliver Thai massages by the pool—and his wife, Nikki, didn’t seem bothered by the request. The couple are now putting TLC on blast, explaining away the comment as a line in a script. Nikki posted an explanation in a private Facebook group, writing—
“I will ONLY answer questions to things that has aired. I think it’s only fair & to answer everyone’s questions. Yes, the awkward scene of Chris asking for a massage was SCRIPTED. The producer asked him to say it & Chris had to say it more than once because it didn’t come off as natural. We were fed our lines while sitting at the table, which is why no one reacted. WE ALL KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT. We are NOT paid the only people that are paid are people who are asked for compensation & the couples. I’m a very outspoken person you’d be a fool to think i just sat there & allow my husband to disrespect me, Annie & our marriage.”
“If I came off as harsh, aggressive, or like I’m attacking members of the group i apologize, but I don’t agree with how Sharp/TLC is making my husband look for ratings. I have receipts of EVERYTHING we’ve paid for. I also have text messages between the producers & I️ & I️ have no reason to lie about ANYTHING.”
Chris chimed in, and explained that his goal was just to help a friend, adding that the gaffe was the result of peer pressure, with a side of dumbass. Chris wrote—
“I get it. I do. I wanted to help my best friend he had been living in Asia teaching English for so long he had no help to get back. Mentally he was ready to rebuild all the burned bridges he damaged and wanted to come back. He needed one extra hand up. So I thought. As far as the comment goes I have to own up to it though I didn’t ask for massage in the original scene. Not until the director Adrienne encourages me to in front of all cast and crew. I did think I was being a team player and had a little peer pressure. But EVERYONE was in on it. And I’m the dumba** who allowed it. Hindsight 20/20.”
In a second comment, Chris further explained that a Thai massage is no biggie — simply a massage with your clothes on. He again reiterated that the line was delivered at the urging of a TLC director.
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90 Day Fiance airs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET, on TLC.