Despite their well-documented love of booze, the stars of MTV’s Geordie Shore will find it hard to get a drink in Newcastle these days as a local club promoter has banned the cast from a raft of north-east nightspots.
According to Tyneside news site Chronicle Live, the controversy began last week when the party-loving group headed to Collingwood Street venue Perdu to attend a club night developed by a PR firm, but were turned away at the door.
Minutes after being denied entry, Geordie Shore housemate Greg Lake tweeted his indifference: “Perdu don’t want Geordie Shore in…Ha their loss…It’s all about Ohso tonight.”
But the Fluid Group, the Newcastle bar and interior design firm that runs Perdu, has since declared the show’s stars personae non gratae in any of the six venues they manage.
“They are banned from all the bars and clubs we own. They are always fighting and causing trouble when you see them on TV and we don’t want that kind of behaviour at our clubs. They don’t represent most of our customers and they don’t comply with the type of operation we run,” said director Oliver Vaulkhard.
Geordie Shore, a UK version of MTV’s US hit Jersey Shore, is a reality series that follows the everyday adventures of a household of promiscuous, hard-living youngsters from Tyneside.
The programme has courted controversy since its debut on TV, attracting particular ire in the north east of England, where the Sunderland Echo’s Richard Ord has damned the programme as “over-hyped car crash TV.” Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah has also declared the show “totally unrepresentative of Newcastle.”