- Desiree Burch told Insider that she would love to see a bisexual man on “Too Hot To Handle.”
- The narrator for the show said that she didn’t know the reason why there weren’t more LGBTQ contestants.
- She added that she would love to see more variations such as including middle-aged contestants.
“Too Hot To Handle” narrator Desiree Burch told Insider she doesn’t know why there aren’t more LGBTQ+ contestants on the show.
The reality dating show about a group of horny singles who are given a sex ban returns for its third season today. In the show, the singles must find romantic connections without kissing or having sex or money will be removed from the final prize fund.
After the first season, writer Hannah Connolly said in an opinion piece for Digital Spy that the series missed an opportunity to include more queer representation in the show. Although there have been three bisexual contestants on the show in its first two seasons, no same-sex relationships have been shown so far.
Burch, who is also a comedian, spoke to Insider about diversity on the show ahead of its third outing on Netflix
“I would say that they definitely are expanding every time. They kind of expand the range of countries they go to and people that they’re appealing to,” she said. “I feel like they’re constantly trying to sort of better themselves in terms of like ethnic, you know, national, racial diversity.”
Burch continued: “They are still heterosexual people. I don’t know if they’ve gone, ‘We would have to have an entirely different show for that,’ or not. I mean, they’re not entirely heterosexual. There have been some bisexual women on the show. I’d love to see a bisexual man on the show. But to that end will anybody engage with that or not? It remains to be seen.
“I wonder how much their perception of people’s politics plays into what they’re showing on screen, or if it’s more about: we’ve done the maths and there’s not enough combinations to actually have [more queer contestants].”
Burch also told Insider that she would love to see more variations from the show’s formula in general. The third season of “Too Hot To Handle” had already introduced new twists to the show’s format including increasing the prize fund to $200,000 rather than $100,000.
“I’m the kind of person that wanna see a ‘Too Hot To Handle’ with only people who were middle-aged,” Burch said. “That’s a whole different ball game. Or half and half because that’s a whole different thing. And that’s not a thing that you see so much, but it’s a thing that exists. It’s not just younger women dating older men, it also works the other way. I’d love to see different combinations of it if the show were to sort of continue to grow.”
Insider has reached out to representatives of the show for comment.
All three seasons of “Too Hot To Handle” are available on Netflix.