Yes, it is all scripted ...but the Guastaferros had to feel that it was ok to read the script.
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It was two weeks of drama for the Guastaferro family of Williamsvillle played out on national television. They were part of the ABC hit show Wife Swap. A show where two wives from different parts of the country and whose realities are completely different, switch places. The Guastaferro's watched it Wednesday night at a local restaurant with their family and friends. "Reality, thats what happened; thats the way it is. But as far as like doing home work, we may help, but thats a little blown out of proportion." said swapped wife Karen Guastaferro. "A lot of it is like prompted, where um they say like you might wanna say this or make this a little bit more brattier...which I really am a nice person and I'm really not that bad." said daughter Alicia.
It is pretty close to their reality but at times it was tough to watch. "It wasn't the greatest.." said Karen. Joel Maglich works for the Guastaferro family window tinting business. He was glad everyone saw who he works for. "My friends are texting me and and they are like wow and I'm like ya welcome to my world." said Maglich.
Some of it was a stretch, like the how the show portrayed the Guastaferro's as doing their daughters homework. "I really do my homework. The projects my mother helps but what child does not get help on their projects." said Alicia.
But the Guastaferro's really do have a Christmas tree up year round and gets a gift every day. "That is true. I do get a present every day." said Alicia. "But she's our only child. It's like she's wonderful. She brings A lot of life you know. It keeps us young." said her father Ralph Guastaferro.
Pageantry and "sparkle" as Karen says are really a part of their lives, and they want to keep it that way. Swapping with a feminist family like they did on the show, is not something they would want to make permanent. "There life was really dull. It was really boring. You know and I brought a lot of glitz and glamour. I felt at least the middle one liked it A lot." said Karen. "Life is not like that, life is beautiful. Ya it has it's tough times, but thats it." added Ralph.