Eddie Judge took to social media to post a lengthy statement after being trashed by reality show fans. He was criticized after last week’s episode which featured Tamra and her 33-year-old son Ryan in therapy.
In one scene, Tamra talks to Eddie about Ryan’s therapy and her fear he would commit suicide. Tamra said, “I struggled with depression, I was sad, I had no self-worth. To hear Ryan say that, it scares me. I worry that one day Ryan might commit suicide. That’s my biggest fear.”
Eddie said about Ryan, “When you’re struggling with childhood issues as a man, you’re not a man.”
One angry fan wrote, “Eddie saying your son isn’t a “Man” because he is struggling with childhood issues and needs to get over it???? What a cruel, careless, A$$!!! I’m disgusted by his lack of empathy.”
Eddie clearly was not pleased with the reactions of fans and took to Instagram. He wrote, “Time to move on… just because you see it on TV doesn’t mean it’s real! I’m happy most of you understand this and those that do not, you need to learn how it works. Reality TV is not Reality. These shows are designed to get maximum reaction from the viewers.”
He added, “Has anyone reached out to a villain on a TV show and messaged him/her what a piece of shit he/she is because of what they saw that person do or say to someone else on that show? Oh yeah, no. Because someone wrote that script. Well, someone writes the script on reality TV. Just not exactly the same way a scripted show is produced. I stand behind what I said and never did I say that people with a mental illness need to man up. I understand mental illness. I also understand when someone uses mental illness as an scapegoat.”
Eddie then called out Ryan saying he is not mentally ill. He said, “Ryan is not mentally ill and he is not using it as an scapegoat. He is struggling with life. And, you don’t have to be mentally ill to feel depressed. However, the TV show will figure out how to get max reaction by editing a touching moment in such a way to get you to watch for more. If they do not, then we have no show. Get it? The end!”
A fan showed support, “People need to lighten up & not misconstrued words .. the producers if they mix it up & make it sound mean .. they should then offer help at the end of the show with a phone number for counciling .. or whatever the message is of the show .. we all know you are a down to earth guy who has supported Tamara & her family for years .. we get you Eddie .. don’t stress it great words & explaining you did ?”