...on the "Fans of Reality TV" message board:
Originally Posted by pagesix
'RUNWAY' JAY TURNS DOWN PRIZE
December 13, 2005 -- 'PROJECT Runway" winner Jay McCarroll says he turned his back on the reality show's $100,000 grand prize.
McCarroll, who beat out 11 other competitors last spring on Bravo's designing reality show, walked away from the dough and the chance to be mentored by Banana Republic designers.
McCarroll told the Washington Post that he couldn't discuss his reasons for shunning the cash — due to strict contractual stipulations — but didn't deny that he thought there were "too many strings" attached to the grand prize.
McCarroll will be the focus of a one-hour Bravo documentary, "Project Jay," which will premiere in February, showing his move to New York and his efforts to launch a clothing line. — Post TV Staff
Well, at least he had the option to turn it down.
The American Idol winners get really taken in by their strict contracts.
That's interesting. I wonder if he figured he'd lose 'street cred' or something? Kind of stupid to shun the pockets with the cash and the connections. If he was that low down on the idea, why compete in the first place? Regardless Bravo has to be stoked--bad publicity makes good ratings.
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