Meghan Markle's portrayal of her stint on 'Deal or No Deal' has been challenged by Lucas Green, Chief Content Officer for Banijay, the firm behind the iconic game show's revival. This comes in response to Markle's criticisms of the show, which she voiced on her podcast "Archetypes."
Responding to Markle's charges, Green emphasized the evolution of the show, stating, "We are constantly evolving the format so that it isn't the same show it was 15+ years ago." He continued, highlighting the efforts in modernizing the format to align with the company's values and societal norms.
In a previous episode of her podcast, Markle, a former suitcase model on the program, reflected on her experience, asserting she was "reduced to a bimbo."
Elaborating on her discomfort, she shared, "I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage." While she admitted gratitude for the job, she expressed disapproval of the program's focus solely on looks and not intellect, leading to her feeling belittled.
Discussing her time on the show with Paris Hilton, Markle stated, "It was solely about beauty and not necessarily about brains." She lamented feeling minimized to a stereotype and shared her distaste for the lack of emphasis on intelligence, even though she was among smart women.
Contradicting Markle's perspective, former "briefcase girl" Claudia Jordan defended her experience on the series. The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' alum acknowledged that a modeling gig on a game show might not necessarily be about intellect but refuted the claim of models being treated as bimbos.
Jordan underlined that the show's executive producers strategically placed microphones on the most outgoing and fun models to interact with contestants. She also credited the show, Fremantle, and NBC for providing ample opportunities.
She concluded, "That's the kind of opportunity that IS what you make it. If you just show up and don't engage - then you'll check and not get much out of it - but if you show up and seize your moments ... then there's no limits to what you can do with the opportunity."
These rebuttals to Meghan Markle's assertions were initially reported by Page Six.