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NBC Takes from the Average Joe?

Published July 28, 2005 in Television
By Beth Rodio | Image from NBC
NBC: Average Joe Average Joe
Q: What is funnier than NBC stealing ideas from their "Average Joes?"

A: Nothing I can print without incurring mail bombs.

Did NBC Steal from the Joes?

Two of the show's "Average Joes" say yes, according to the Associated Press. Alfred La Ponza and Bill Costaras, both "Joes" claim that the show used their ideas and storylines for the show without giving them either money or credit.

Specifically, they cite the use of plastic surgery on the Joes as something they proposed to the network.

I'm not sure which I think is funnier: that NBC would have to steal already-trite ideas from its contestants, or that its contestants think these ideas are worth stealing.

NBC refuses to comment, which is good, because the only appropriate response is "na-na-na-na-poo-poo."

Stay tuned for updates.

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