Not Reality: Crooked Cupid Steve Ward Cast Male Friends As 'Dates' On VH1 TV Show 'Tough Love'

Embattled VH1 reality star Steve Ward didn’t just scam the woman he slept with after promising her a spot on his show: The women who actually made it to the screen on Tough Love put their lives on hold for a chance for the crooked cupid to find them their perfect match, but instead he hooked them up with his buddies!

In an audio recording released on, a man who has been identified as Ward told a prostitute that he regularly casts his friends as “eligible bachelors” on a newly released secret audio recording.

“Every single season of my show, I’ve had friends on camera,” Steve told the woman. “Friends on camera. Mostly, it’s all guys. For the most part. But I even had girls as extras.”

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Tough Love execs promised the women that they would “be sent out on dates with men hand-picked by Steven from his pool of hot, eligible, bachelors, according to a press release from the first season of the show.

Little did they know they may have been participating in Ward’s scheme to dole out favors

As has reported, he promised the woman in the recording a spot on the show in exchange for sex!

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“I”ll put you on my show,” a man identified as Steve said during their rendezvous at the W Hotel Los Angeles.

“If that’s all you want to come out of this, fine. I’ll fast track you. I’ll get you to the front of the line and I’ll make sure you end up on the show. This is my sixth season. It’s as simple as that. I can do that.”

However, multiple former cast members tell exclusively that they didn’t meet Steve at all during casting and only saw him for the first time when cameras were rolling.

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