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The Real World: New Orleans
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Season Information
Season No. 24
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Season Run June 30, 2010 – September 22, 2010
No. of Episodes 12
Cast
Starring Ashlee Feldman
Eric Patrick
Jemmye Carroll
McKenzie Coburn
Preston Charles
Ryan Knight
Ryan Leslie
Sahar Dika
Season Chronology
Previous The Real World: D.C.
Next The Real World: Las Vegas
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The Real World: New Orleans is the twenty-fourth season of the MTV reality series, The Real World which follows eight strangers living in a house together as cameras follow their every move and interpersonal relationships.

Assignment

This season's cast was offered opportunities to volunteer together at various locations. Pre-production announcements by Bunim-Murray Productions indicated that the cast would participate in Hurricane Katrina recovery activities, with co-creator and executive producer Jon Murray stating in a news release, "Hurricane Katrina threw New Orleans for a punch, but the city is coming back and we're hoping our cast members and the series can play a small role in the city's rebirth." Nola.com viewed this announcement as an attempt by Bunim-Murray to reverse the series' reputation as a den of immature and irresponsible behavior on the part of its young cast members. The cast provides assistance to the homeless by working at the New Orleans Mission, and building homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Residence

The Real World season 24 house

The cast lived at a house at 1633-1635 Dufossat Street, in Uptown New Orleans. According to Sotheby's website, the 9,860-square-foot (916 m2) house, which is currently on the market for $1.7 million, features 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a landscaped front garden, a pool, historic mantels, and an additional apartment equipped with a full kitchen that can be used for an entertainment room or separate quarters for guests or live-in staff. The house, which is located 1.7 miles (2.7 km) from the Belfort Mansion used as the residence for the ninth season, was owned by Baron Davis of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who paid $1.5 million in 2002 for the property, which was featured on an episode of MTV Cribs. Because the cast was housed in a residential unit instead of a commercial building this season, it was not furnished by IKEA, as residences in recent past seasons.

Cast

Cast Member Age* Hometown
Ashlee Feldman 23 Boston, Massachusetts
Eric Patrick 22 Arlington, Virginia
Jemmye Carroll 21 Starkville, Mississippi
McKenzie Coburn 21 Jupiter, Florida
Preston Charles 22 Boston, Massachusetts
Ryan Knight 23 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ryan Leslie 22 Tempe, Arizona
Sahar Dika 21 Dearborn Heights, Michigan

*Age at the time of filming.

Episodes

Episode Title Original Air Date Viewership (in millions)
1 "Welcome to New Orleans" June 30, 2010 1.261
2 "Knight Fights, Love Bites" July 7, 2010 1.692
3 "Jemmye's White Knight" July 14, 2010 1.705
4 "Superbrawl 2010" July 21, 2010 1.738
5 "Abused & Confused" July 28, 2010 1.750
6 "Sing out, Cop out" August 4, 2010 2.043
7 "Building & Breaking" August 11, 2010 2.202
8 "Saint Patrick's Secrets" August 18, 2010 1,987
9 "Fired" August 25, 2010 2.166
10 "Getting Down, Blowing Up" September 1, 2010 2.003
11 "Over Knight" September 8, 2010 1.929
12 "Au Revoir, Nawlins" September 15, 2010 1.708

Police incident

On March 1, 2010, New Orleans' 2nd District police were summoned to the house by cast member Ryan Leslie, who complained that his housemate, Preston Roberson-Charles, with whom he had an argument three weeks earlier, urinated on his toothbrush, and used it to scrub in the inside of a toilet bowl, causing a subsequent sore throat and fever that required Leslie to go to the hospital on February 21, where he was treated for a viral infection. According to Leslie, Roberson-Charles previously called Leslie a "faggot", and threatened to take some action against Leslie's belongings. Leslie learned that Roberson-Charles had soiled his toothbrush only after Leslie had been using it for two weeks. Police confiscated Leslie's toothbrush as evidence, but did not take a statement by Roberson-Charles. The police report did not indicate whether the police viewed video footage shot in the house while investigating the complaint. Executive producer Jim Johnston declined to comment. Officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, opined that Leslie may have merely wanted the incident documented, as the police would have likely issued a municipal summons to both roommates in order for a judge to determine if a crime had been committed, had Leslie wanted to press charges. Flot further suggested that the incident may have been contrived to generate publicity for the series. Roberson-Charles' soiling of Leslie's toothbrush, as well as Leslie's soiling of Roberson-Charles' cigarettes by rubbing them on his anal cleft, were both depicted in Episode 4. The summoning of the police was depicted in Episode 6.

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