The Show Saved My Life

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Revealing all. The first-ever cast of The Real World is again collectively. Norman Korpi, Julie Gentry, Becky Blasband, Kevin Powell, Andre Comeau, Heather Gardner and Eric Nies grew to become the primary group of strangers picked to dwell in a loft in 1992, and for the primary time, the cast united for E!’s For Real: The Story of Reality TV.

In a brand new sneak peek, Nies, 49, reveals the massive influence his time on MTV had on his life.

“If The Real World didn’t happen and my life didn’t go the way that it did, I might have been dead. There were a lot of wounds that I was suppressing from my childhood, and I was on a self-destructive path. And I started using drugs at a young age,” he tells host Andy Cohen in a Monday, February 22, preview. “I was able to look at myself and see the things that I didn’t like about myself that I wanted to change. So yeah, in a way, The Real World kind of saved my life.”

The Real World New York’s Eric Nies E!

The New Jersey Native then explains that he wasn’t utilizing medication whereas dwelling in the home in 1992 as a result of he was on probation and being drug examined whereas working with youngsters in Lenox Hill.

Neis, who went on to compete on three seasons of The Challenge after The Real World ended, later reveals that he “went through physical abuse, verbal abuse [and] sexual abuse” in his previous, which led him to make use of medication.

“That’s the reason why I started exploring all these different avenues to heal myself,” the licensed Doctor of Pastoral Science and Medicine says. “If you’ve never done Ayahuasca, you can actually go into your, like, your subconscious mind and access the files of your soul’s existence in many, many lifetimes.”

In addition to the E! collection, The Real World franchise is ready to return to TV with a brand new collection, The Real World: Homecoming, debuting on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4. The present will look again on the explosive moments of the collection and can kick off with a full reunion of the season 1 cast returning to their New York City loft.

For Real: The Story of Reality TV debuts on E! Thursday, March 25, at 9 p.m. ET.

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