The production company behind “Deal or No Deal” has responded to Meghan Markle’s critique of the show’s beauty-focused ethos, with Chief Content Officer Lucas Green stating that they are constantly evolving the format. Markle had previously described her stint as a briefcase model on the show as feeling “forced to be all looks and little substance,” and that she felt “objectified.” Former colleagues, however, have disputed her claims, with fellow model Patricia Kara saying she never felt objectified and model Donna Feldman seeing the job as a stepping stone to bigger things. The debate continues as to whether it is a case of different perspectives or someone not telling the full story.
Quoting a recent article by Hindustan Times, Meghan Markle’s critique of the beauty-focused ethos of the game show “Deal or No Deal” has been met with a polite, yet firm retort from the U.K.-based production company behind the show. Lucas Green, the Chief Content Officer of the production company, responded to Markle’s allegations that the show’s briefcase models were reduced to “objectified bimbos” by stating, “No, but we are constantly evolving the format so that it isn’t the same show it was 15 plus years ago.”
In her podcast ‘Archetypes,’ Markle had brought up her briefcase-carrying stint on ‘Deal or No Deal’ in conversation with Paris Hilton. She expressed that the show was a beauty pageant without a crown, where she felt “objectified” and had a “cookie-cutter” role to play. “I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance,” she confessed. Markle believed that the show was about pretty faces, not brilliant minds, despite being surrounded by smart women. The experience left her with a “pit in her stomach.”
However, Markle’s comments stirred up a storm in a teacup, prompting responses from former colleagues. Patricia Kara, a fellow briefcase model, retorted, “I do not share her experience at all. I never felt objectified.” Model Donna Feldman sided with Kara, asserting she never felt like a “bimbo” on the job. Instead, she saw working with the likes of Howie Mandel as a stepping stone to bigger things.
As the stage lights dim on this game show drama, the question remains: Deal or no deal? Is it a case of different perspectives, or is someone not telling the full story? Only time will tell.