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    TV kidney competition was a hoax

    [size=12pt]TV kidney competition was a hoax
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    The 'contestants' were all in genuine need of a kidney
    A Dutch TV contest which purported to show a dying woman choose a patient to receive her kidneys was a hoax.


    The "donor" in the show was in fact an actress - though the three people vying for an organ were real patients in need of a kidney transplant.

    The three knew that The Big Donor Show, which aired on Friday, was not real. The producers say it was made to highlight the shortage of Dutch donors.

    Before the hoax was revealed, the show had attracted widespread criticism.

    "We are not giving away a kidney here, that is going too far even for us," presenter Patrick Lodiers said at the moment when the fake donor was apparently about to reveal her choice of patient.

    The 37-year-old "donor", identified only as Lisa, was to make her choice based on the contestants' history and profile, and conversation with their family and friends.

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    Earlier in the week Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende had criticised the programme, saying it could damage the reputation of the Netherlands.

    There were calls from lawmakers to ban the show and Dutch embassies received complaints about it.

    But Mr Lodiers said it was "reality that was shocking" because about 200 people die each year while waiting for a kidney in the Netherlands, and the average waiting time is more than four years.

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    Re: TV kidney competition was a hoax

    I were pretty offended myself that they did this, and now it's almost ingenious.

    They managed to create a serious buzz, at least here all over Europe.

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    Re: TV kidney competition was a hoax

    everybody in Holland said it was outragious.
    but what they have now done was a good thing...

    why BNN did this was because the owner of BNN died 5 years ago because they couldn't find a kidney for him.
    Rosie O'Donnell is a dude!

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    Re: TV kidney competition was a hoax

    "Mr-holland" wrote:
    everybody in Holland said it was outragious.
    but what they have now done was a good thing...

    why BNN did this was because the owner of BNN died 5 years ago because they couldn't find a kidney for him.
    Love that avatar my brother.

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    Re: TV kidney competition was a hoax

    "baumy300" wrote:
    "Mr-holland" wrote:
    everybody in Holland said it was outragious.
    but what they have now done was a good thing...

    why BNN did this was because the owner of BNN died 5 years ago because they couldn't find a kidney for him.
    Love that avatar my brother.
    likewise
    Rosie O'Donnell is a dude!

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    Neph is going to be so dissapointed.

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