Netflix went straight into the world of reality TV after unexpected hits like 'Love is Blind' and 'The Circle'. The latest series Too Hot to Handle put together a group of 10 young contestants in a tropical island, but not for dating or finding love like in 'Bachelor in Paradise'.

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Well, these contestants still have to find love, but not in a physical way as they must always keep their hands to themselves. The contestant Bryce Hirschberg from Too Hot To Handle revealed that keeping hands to yourselves included not being allowed to masturbate by producers.

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But how do producers make sure that any contestant doesn't find their private time somewhere? On the Hollywood Raw podcast, Bryce Hirschberg said that it was due to this:

"First thing, there were cameras everywhere. Even in the bathrooms, but it was just CCTV, so it was not for broadcast, the ones in the toilets. So, it was just to make sure that you weren’t doing that. They’re not recording, but they’re watching, essentially. It’s very awkward, man. I was holding it in a lot, bro! And, the showers, there are hidden cameras everywhere and they rotate so they can catch everybody. If you’re in the shower for more than five minutes, you can see the camera start looking at you, like, ‘What’s he doing?’"

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The Netflix description of the Too Hot to Handle show says that, the show looks for people with commitment-phobia who mostly prefer casual hook-ups to a proper relationship. They must endure "no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind" in the "luxury no-bone zone."

The grand prize of $100,000 would go down "with every slip," and the challenge was: Is it possible for the single contestants to have deep emotional bonds without getting any physical intimacy, including self-intimacy?

The thing is, Too Hot to Handle wouldn't literally try to stop contestants like Bryce Hirschberg from touching themselves, but he mentioned that people were always watching and even the length of showers would be limited to make sure no "self-love" was taking place.

With that kind of intrusiveness, we have to wonder if next season of Too Hot to Handle (if ordered by Netflix) would not have too many eager applicants? Is the prize of $100,000 worth getting watched by cameras even when you are in the shower?

Why not do it in the water?

Bryce Hirschberg explained why the obvious choice of going for a swim in their tropical beach for some private time was not possible: "Why not go in the ocean? The most depressing thing out of all it for me, they didn’t have a lifeguard in the production budget or whatever, so they wouldn’t let me go swim in the ocean."

It turns out, that Too Hot to Handle did not want to spend money on a lifeguard so the contestants could go for a swim and get some exciting action underwater where the cameras wouldn't be able to film them. Another major downside in this tropical destination, other than the sexual self-deprivation, for these attractive young contestants was that there was no privacy either.

Now that you know about the premise of the show, you can probably guess that the 8-episode first season of Too Hot to Handle wasn't exactly one of abstinent behaviors and people doing "social-distancing" for the chance of winning $100,000. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can find out for yourself what is or isn't too hot to handle right now!

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