The new season of hit TV show Cheaters airs next week in the UK, so we caught up with the host Joey Greco for the low down on what to expect from this 12th explosive season.
The new season of Cheaters is about to start in the UK so for those who haven’t heard of it could you tell us a little about it?
Joey Greco – “It’s a relationship based private investigator show where if a party senses that their partner may be unfaithful, they call our show, we send out our private investigators to find out what the truth is then we confront the individual with our client and the information that our detectives have gathered.”
The past seasons have been very entertaining and quite dramatic at times, can we expect more of that from this season?
JG – “You know, I think it will be more of the same. Except now, that the digital age continues to provide us with more equipment and better ways to hide what you do and also investigate what you do, we have to do the same, so we have to keep up with the criminals.”
Do you have a favourite moment from this season?
JG – “Yeah, my favourite moment is when Joey stays out of the fights. You know, you do your best to get the people to communicate as adults and try to talk things out, but sometimes they will not listen and especially when it’s women fighting, that’s one thing I’ve learned not to get in the middle of.”
You’ve been presenting the show for 10 years now, do you ever feel sympathy for the people doing the cheating?
JG – “I don’t know if I’d define it as sympathetic, for this reason, I look at it as them being an emotional bully and at a certain point these are events that someone brings upon themselves. Now, through this, I just hope that they learn to make better decisions and, I don’t want to say this in a condescending or patronising manner, you want them to grow as people. At the time, I would necessarily say I’m sympathetic because, this is a situation that they precipitated.”
You’ve been breaking the news of cheating partners to people for a decade now, does it ever get any easier?
JG – “No, I wouldn’t say it gets easier. I’ve become more accustomed to it, and the reason that I don’t think it gets easier is because every situation and every client is different and their situation is different so to treat them all as a standard cookie cutter, I don’t think would be wise on my part. I want to take everyone into consideration as an individual.”
The show deals with the serious issue of cheating, but some of the confrontations have been quite entertaining. Has there ever been a time when you’ve had to stop yourself from laughing?
JG – “Actually, yeah, a couple of times actually. This is what I love about social media and Twitter, I can see on the feeds that someone will call me out, because they caught me laughing. I mean, I’ll do my best to sort of get out of the shot, but on this one particular occasion, we were in a van and the client wanted us to catch up with his girlfriend who was with another gentleman and we stopped at a light and he said ‘Let me out, just let me out’ and I told him ‘I’m sorry, we can’t let you out, I’m not going to do that’, because that just wouldn’t have ended well. So then, he just starts yelling, like she could hear him from the van. This was a man with a deep, deep, bellowing voice and he just started yelling ‘I love you!’ and when he did it the first time, it shocked me because I wasn’t expecting it so I almost started giggling, and I was smirking because I got caught off-guard. I just was like ‘Oh my gosh’ and I had to turn and tried to get out of the shot, and I was biting me cheek and my tongue, but someone called me out on it.”
The English show The Jeremy Kyle Show has just took off in America, do you think that an English version of Cheaters could work over here?
JG– “I know there have certainly been a lot of requests and you know we appreciate the desire for that, but I don’t know, who knows where we may end up.”
Would you be quite interested in taking part if it did happen?
JG – “You know, there’s always that element of ‘you never know’, you never know where I’ll turn up.”
Are there any plans for another season in place?
JG – “Actually, yes, season 13 is about to begin shooting.”
So what’s next for you Joey?
JG – “We’ll see where that road goes!”
The UK premiere of the new series of Cheaters can be seen exclusively on Really, weeknights at 11pm from Monday 2nd July (Sky 248, Virgin 267, Freeview 20)
Cara Mason @Cara_FAM