One Original Member of ‘The Real World’ Won’t Be Living At Loft – Why Not?

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The premise of MTV’s The Real World is the blueprint for practically every reality TV show since. The 1992 show is often considered the birth of the uber-popular reality television genre. Almost 30 years later, the show gets the cast from Season 1 together for a limited-series event. All told, The Real World lasted for an astounding 33 seasons on MTV, the last airing in 2019. 

The Real World Original Cast Returns to New York. 

The first season of The Real World kicked off in New York City. The original “seven strangers” were Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Kevin Powell, Heather Gardner, Norman Korpi and Julie Gentry. Model Eric Nies rounded out the New York cast. He later harnessed his popularity from The Real World into hosting MTV’s The Grind

For the last few years, there have been rumors of a new season of The Real World. However, the plans always fizzled out. But last month, news came that new episodes of the popular MTV series will premiere in March. And to the delight of ‘90s kids everywhere – the show is heading back to New York with the complete original cast. 

Have they learned to be polite after all these years? 

Which Alum Won’t Be Living In Loft? 

Eric Nies is arguably the most recognizable of the original seven, especially to MTV viewers. However, he is the only one who won’t be living in the loft during the new series. 

Why? That remains a mystery that Nies is keeping secret until it comes up on the show. He will appear via video monitor from his NYC hotel room. While he remained tight-lipped on the details, he did tell The New York Times that it was “definitely not” his choice. 

Is there drama between Nies and his former co-stars? He did, after all, have a flirtation with Julie during the original production. 

His absence could also be due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Fans will have to tune in to find out why he’s living separately from the others. 

How to Watch The Real World: Homecoming New York

Good news – you won’t have to wait long to find out. The Real World: Homecoming New York premieres March 4th on Paramount+. The streaming service is a rebranded CBS All Access. 

The streaming service will have tiers with different content at different prices. The price tiers aren’t available yet, as the service doesn’t launch until Thursday. 

Will you be watching The Real World revival? Let us know in the comments down below. 

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