Fox releases details of 'Playing It Straight's unaired conclusion
By Reality TV World staff, 07/28/2004
Despite having been pulled off the airwaves after only three episodes, last spring's Playing It Straight series has continued to remain of interest among its small (but devoted) group of viewers -- so much so that Fox has apparently grown so tired of viewer questions about the program's ending that it's finally gotten around to posting episode synopses of the remaining unaired episodes at Fox.com
Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman had announced back in May that the network planned to "provide" viewers with information on the conclusion of both Playing It Straight and Forever Eden, the network's other Spring 2004 reality series that had been yanked from the airwaves mid-run. However until the topic was once again brought up at this month's Television Critics Association summer press tour, the network had failed to release any information on either series.
Playing It Straight followed single gal Jackie, a college student form Appleton, Wisconsin, as she embarked on a dating adventure at Sizzling Saddles Ranch in Elko, Nevada. Jackie thought she was on a typical dating show, until it was revealed that some of the guys were gay.
The program that challenged America to "test your gaydar" had a unique twist but the rules were simple: to win, Jackie had to pick a straight guy as the last man standing in order for the couple to split the cash prize. However, if a gay guy fooled his way to the finish line, he would leave $1 million richer -- and Jackie would leave empty-handed.
In the final unbroadcast episode, three men were remaining at the ranch: Banks, Chris and Sharif. After spending a last date with each, Jackie chose Banks, saying she truly felt a romantic connection to him. Since Banks was, indeed, straight, both he and Jackie were awarded $500,000 each.
More remarkably, according to Fox, Jackie and Banks are still together nearly a year later and apparently one of reality TV's rare "still together" couples. Leave it to poor television ratings to deprive viewers from witnessing the development of one of reality TV's scarce lasting romantic relationships!
• Lee - a financial consultant from N. Huntington, PA.
• Luciano - a personal trainer from Miami Beach, FL.
Those results match with what the Gawker website had reported back in March, namely that of the program's then ten remaining men, Brad, Bill, Chad, Lee, and Luciano were all gay. Also apparently correct was their report that Sharif had been heard commenting that he'd made it "almost all the way."
The five straight men were:
• Banks - a software consultant from San Diego, CA.