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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

No, I'm Not Making This Up

As BW readers know, I do watch some Fox shows for entertainment, such as NFL football when the Cowboys are on, or American Idol.

According to Yahoo/AP, Fox is planning to have a TV reality show based on a company's layoffs:

NEW YORK – The Fox network is making a reality show out of the troubled economy. An upcoming series titled, "Someone's Gotta Go," lets employees of a small business decide which one of their colleagues will be laid off.

Fox says it has no air date yet for the series, which is being developed by the company behind "Big Brother" and "Deal or No Deal." Each week, a different company lays off an employee.

Wonder if Glenn Beck will be the host. Sick entertainment.

And no, I am not making this up. I'm hoping it is a late April fools joke.

Update: Variety has the full story.

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  • Having watched layoffs at my company several times over the years, I've certainly heard people comment on why one person was let go when someone else remained. In reality, there are many factors that figure into the decisions but it's disgusting for "The company's books will be opened up to the employees, who will learn what everyone makes and what's in their human resources files. Employees will also get a chance to say, face to face, what they really think of one another."

    Of course, the real "winner" is probably the person who is let go. After all, the remaining employees are likely to tear one another apart and who would want to work for a company that would participate in such a show.

    Why do producers think the economic crisis is an opportunity to debase people? Too bad they can't show the people pulling together to help one another.

    I'd suggest the first employers to be featured are Fox and Endemol. Hopefully, the show won't get approved but if it does, it will be an hour or so each week that can definitely be spent less painfully . . . perhaps root canal.

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 6:33 PM  

  • I work for a big corporation (most employees are located in Asia) and we've had two rounds of layoffs just since the beginning of 2009 with rumor of another round of layoffs to come by the end of June. This seems disgusting to me that FOX wants to profit off of working families. Isn't FOX owned by Rupert Murdoch? I guess he wouldn't have a clue what the working person is going through in times as they are now.

    By Blogger StandupGuy?, at 10:08 AM  

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