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'The Real World' Star Eric Nies Says the Reality Show Saved His Life

It's been nearly 29 years since MTV's The Real World: New York first debuted, and while it had a huge impact on reality television, the experience greatly affected one cast member on a personal level.

The reality series premiered on May 21, 1992, and followed seven strangers who were picked to live in a house and have their lives taped.

"If the Real World didn't happen and my life didn't go the way it did, I might have been dead," says Eric Nies in a teaser for the For Real: The Story of Reality TV's Real World reunion, headed up by Andy Cohen.

"There were a lot of wounds that I was suppressing from my childhood and I was on a self-destructive path. I started using drugs at a young age," the 49-year-old former reality star, who went on to host The Grind on MTV, continues. "I was able to look at myself and see the things that I didn't like about myself that I wanted to change. In a way, The Real World kind of saved my life."

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by Anonymousreply 102/22/2021

Don't get old.

by Anonymousreply 202/22/2021

ANDY COHEN is hosting?.....Fuck that. I am not watching this queen. I do think it's hilarious that Andy is now aging in DOG YEARS...

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by Anonymousreply 302/22/2021

I hate to say it, but I’m getting a bit jaded when it comes to talking about abuse. I’m sure a lot of it happened, but it seems like dredging up abuse stories is the way to become a media darling these days.

by Anonymousreply 402/22/2021

I believe Eric and his brother posed full-frontal for Bruce Weber, in a woodsy setting. Right?

by Anonymousreply 502/22/2021

Poor Eric. His attempt to launch a career after The Real World went absolutely nowhere. He must be homeless by now

by Anonymousreply 602/22/2021

He used to be so beautiful

by Anonymousreply 702/22/2021

He looks like Francis in Stripes now.

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by Anonymousreply 802/22/2021

Wait and see---this reality show "series" is going to turn into Andy Cohen bragging about how HE "created" reality television. Just like the ABC Soap Opera Special where he bragged about himself..

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by Anonymousreply 902/22/2021

I loved the relationship between Julie & Heather.

by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2021

Andy Cohens part of this ? Fuck that I’m out. Cant watch his wonky eye and “look at me” hosting. He’s insufferable and makes it about himself.

by Anonymousreply 1102/22/2021

So Andy Cohen? Not Martha Quinn or Tabitha Soren or John Norris? Anybody affiliated with MTV?

by Anonymousreply 1202/23/2021

[quote]headed up by Andy Cohen

I know what I'm not watching.

by Anonymousreply 1302/23/2021

Who was he abused by?

by Anonymousreply 1402/23/2021

AC is morphing into Wilford Brimley. Poor dear. His world is youth and beauty and she’s NEITHER.

by Anonymousreply 1502/23/2021

What's up with his hair? He can't afford a decent cut?

by Anonymousreply 1602/23/2021

Could you get the phone?

by Anonymousreply 1702/23/2021

He needs to embrace fis thinning hairline and get a close cut.

by Anonymousreply 1802/23/2021

Eric still looks great, except for that awful wig on his head.

Julie looks good, too. Just a more mature version of her 90s self. Heather looks EXACTLY the same. Norm is...larger.

by Anonymousreply 1902/23/2021

Even though this show was a low point of 90's culture, it still pings massive nostalgia.

by Anonymousreply 2002/23/2021

Christ, I used to drool over him back in the day...

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by Anonymousreply 2102/23/2021

r21 Same, girl. Same. The dad jeans and flannel are making me horny.

by Anonymousreply 2202/23/2021

R20 I agree on the nostalgia. I wouldn't mind occasionally rewatching the 90s seasons of RW,

by Anonymousreply 2302/23/2021

Is he wearing a Caesar cut to remind us that he too was really popular for about 10 minutes in the early 90s?

by Anonymousreply 2402/23/2021

Holy shit Norman looks so old and fat now!

by Anonymousreply 2502/23/2021

Don't worry R14, I'm sure Uncle Andy will ask. Along with... so were you sodomized? Tell us about that. Did you like it? Did they touch your penis? Please show us your penis for reference.

by Anonymousreply 2602/23/2021

I think he's tremendous.

by Anonymousreply 2702/23/2021

I think it is hysterical that Cohen is trying to entrench himself as the father of reality tv when he hates being associated with it.

by Anonymousreply 2802/23/2021

Eric has a nice big penis. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 2902/23/2021

[quote]Andy Cohen


by Anonymousreply 3002/23/2021

R29 I wouldn't say it's "big," but it's certainly adequate.

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by Anonymousreply 3102/23/2021

That is his brother John actually, who was also In the same book. This is Eric.

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by Anonymousreply 3202/24/2021

He used to be so hot.

Now I think he wears a toupee.

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by Anonymousreply 3302/24/2021

He tried so hard to use his attractiveness to launch a showbiz career. He was always talking various plans (I think involving dancing).

Nothing ever panned out and he remains a nobody

by Anonymousreply 3402/24/2021

I feel bad, I'd watch this if Andy wasn't hosting.

And it's not even that I dislike the guy, I just don't think this is right for him.

These are people in their late 40s/early 50s who aren't going to be yelling at each other like the Housewives.

Since these people have had to live in the actual real world for decades they should have gotten someone more serious, kinder or more sympathetic.

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