After a desperate attempt to make some quick cash, Jungle Gold stars George and Scott found themselves more broke than ever and back in Utah—and fans are asking, “Is this whole show fake?”
George Wright VI and Scott Lomu arrived in Ghana $1 million in debt, determined to dig up some of the golden millions that, supposedly, are so plentiful and, in their minds, at least, easy to access. They quickly found that perhaps the ease with which one can become a multi-millionaire in Ghana is overrated, and perhaps more of a fairytale than reality. After spending $150,000 and losing one investor, the two found a second investor who was able to front them a smaller amount--$40,000—but that amount was just enough to get the two in even more trouble, it turned out in the end.
Another Quick-Cash Scheme
What seems to get George and Scott in trouble is their constant scheming to find a shortcut. Get a job? Work hard? Doesn’t seem to be in their game plan. Rather, the two would prefer to find a scheme to get them some quick cash, pay off their debts, and have plenty left over to support what has been, it appears, to be the lucrative lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Sure, owing a lot of money would lead one, naturally, to look for ways to make a lot of money to pay it back as quickly as possible—but gold mining in Africa?
Perhaps not the best scheme for amateurs to turn quick cash.
Black Market Gold Disaster
Desperate and on the verge of finding themselves back in Utah to face their wives regarding how broke they are now, the two developed another scheme to flip a bar of black-market gold for some serious money. Of course, the plan required them to meet an unknown buyer back in the bush and give him their remaining cash--$35,000—with no guarantee that the gold was even real, or that either of them would make it out of the bush alive. But, again, desperate people will do desperate, crazy, sometimes dumb things, and these two were desperate.
And they did a really dumb thing.
Not only did Scott and George take all $35,000 of their remaining cash into the bush and give it to some unknown guy for a bar of what may or may not have been gold, they found themselves the victim of an armed robbery on their way out—guess it was gold, because those guys wanted it back. Huliq readers have had a lot to say on the subject:
- Anonymous: "The name for this show is all wrong... it should be called jungle dummies."
- Anonymous: "Seriously, these guys didn't see this coming? First thing I would have done was switch the gold into a different bag or hid it in the truck (and brought weapons or armed body guards) that's a ton of $...wow, if these guys go back, they'll be killed because they're really not very bright..."
- Mike Rios: "I would never have stopped for a road block that wasn't there 10 minutes earlier. The only thing these guys know about the criminal element is what they have in a video game at home. They were advertising, 'Please Rob Us.'"
- HitWhit1: "Either this show is COMPLETELY fake OR these guys are the dumbest bags of pretty-boy hair EVER."
Which hits on another question: How much of this show is fake?
Fact or Fiction?
It seems unlikely that ALL of this show is factual—somebody would be hurt or worse by now, with all that has happened throughout the season. And, the camera crew just follows along behind, whatever the situation, even on a back-bush gold deal gone bad, with no one noticing that they are even there with their cameras and other equipment. But, when it comes down to it, does it really matter how fake it is? As several Huliq readers have pointed out, it still makes for good TV, which viewers must agree with, because the ratings for this show have steadily grown as the season progressed. Although an official announcement has not yet been made by Discovery Channel, there is little doubt that Scott and George will get a shot at a second season, if they are interested—and why wouldn’t they be? As Huliq reader WillyGold pointed out:
Dumb? Clueless? Really?
Watch and learn. Jungle Gold will be back for season 2 because of its record-breaking ratings. These two will get a very lucrative contract from the Discovery Channel. If they take every bit of gold they find in season 2 and flush it down the toilet, they'll still end up as millionaires. The rest of us should be so "dumb" and "clueless".
So, George and Scott are now back in Utah, $300,000 more in debt than they were when they initially arrived in Ghana. But, will they end up as millionaires when it is all said and done? Depends, one would guess, on whether or not their 15 minutes really does reach beyond the small screen into book deals and other opportunities, as contracts for reality “stars” are notoriously minimal. But, it could happen. And, you never know, they could luck into some real gold in Season Two of Jungle Gold. Okay, it’s not likely, but it could happen.
Image: Discovery Channel
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