Simon, of course, remains a hot topic this week in his custody battle with Tamra, complete with jarring allegations made in court and social media meltdowns adding to the train-wreck.
Prodded by Dr. Drew, Simon reluctantly opened sup about the salacious nature of programs like the Real Housewives franchise.
“You gotta understand what the object of the whole show is: It’s for drama,” Barney said, explaining that producers will take the 5 percent of your life that constitutes “the bad side” and blow them up to be major storylines for the sake of ratings.
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The articulate Barney went on to say how he believed that “fame is a drug,” and “that there are certain endorphins given off when people are recognized.
“It’s like a fix, you need that next fix, that next piece of fame, that recognition,” he said. “It’s … I don’t know, I guess it’s a disease I’m immune to.”
The appearance came a year before Simon’s divorce from Tamra after a 12-year marriage; Tamra subsequently re-married her new husband, Eddie Judge, with a Bravo crew on hand for the televised special that chronicled the big day, Tamra’s OC Wedding.