A Toronto woman famous for dining and dashing on witless male suitors will soon receive a just dessert: Her own reality-TV show.
Sun Media reports that Erin Wotherspoon is on the verge of signing a deal with the L.A. film company Relativity Media to create a series based on her duplicitous dining habits.
Ms. Wotherspoon, 24, became famous last month after her Tumblr blog, titled A Penniless Girl, Bad Dates and Plenty of Oysters, was covered extensively by Canadian media. You can read her interview with the Globe and Mail here.
With rare exception, Wotherspoon was vilified for her gameplan that involved fishing for men using online dating sites and having them pay for dinner at a high-scale restaurant on her culinary bucket list. Later, she would blog about the encounters in less-than-flattering terms.
Press coverage of Wotherspoon’s audacious methods resulted in a book offer from a New York publisher and brought her to the attention of Relativity Media, which currently produces Restaurant Stakeout and Catfish – The TV Show, among other reality offerings.
“Right now, it’s being referred in the contract as the unscripted Erin Wotherspoon series,” Wotherspoon told QMI Agency. “The concept is taking place in America, and I would go all over America and try different restaurants.”
So far, Wotherspoon hasn’t officially inked a deal with Relativity, but she’s close. “The concept still needs to be discussed [pending] signing the contract, which I still need to do.”
And several weeks removed from her coming-out party, Wotherspoon says the furor over her conning gullible males into free meals has died down.
“Generally, the feedback has just faded off, whether it be good or bad,” she told QMI. “I think the people who like to read my blog still read it. My main idea of starting it was I knew my idea was so different.”
Looking to the future, Wotherspoon says she’s already looking ahead to hitting fine-dining establishments south of the border for some extravagant meals. And if she happens to dive into a much larger dating pool, so much the better.
“There will be a lot more to draw from, so maybe,” she said. “This could take up the next year of my life. That just sounds awesome. It’s super exciting.”