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Broadcasters worry
about ´Zero TV´ homes

Associated Press, by Ryan Nakashima

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Posted By:Ribicon, 4/7/2013 2:43:40 PM

Los Angeles — Some people have had it with TV. They´ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don´t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They´re tired of $100-plus monthly bills. A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don´t even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. (Snip) Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group "Zero TV" households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from

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No Obama/Celebrity worship/cultural shaping box in the home? Dangerous subversives is what I call ´em, and I hope Neilsen reports them to the government. (Of course, our Neilsen surveys go straight into the trash, so we stay happily in the shadows.)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: maggie2u, 4/7/2013 2:57:59 PM     (No. 9264137)

I would get rid of cable in a heartbeat, but my husband refuses. He watches a lot of sports shows. Our Comcast bill went up twenty dollars from February to March and I haven´t the slightest idea why.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Penney, 4/7/2013 3:09:37 PM     (No. 9264147)

Why have the alphabets/npr/pbs and much of cable, authentically become the vast TV, ´´wasteland?´´ ...The American people know when they are being spoon-fed statist propaganda through the entirety of the PC media pawns´ programming and they also know who is dictating it. TV used to be both entertaining and informative, but it has lost credibility on BOTH counts since the radical statists got tenure!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dante, 4/7/2013 3:12:30 PM     (No. 9264151)

I don´t use the cable box for anything other than sports and news, wish I could be billed accordingly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: golfmann, 4/7/2013 3:16:54 PM     (No. 9264153)

I´m one of them...

I have a nice tv sitting there. Hasn´t been on in a year or so.

They have nothing I want to hear and I´ve done my time with sports too and never did anything for ME, personally...

I DO watch the Masters but it´s all on the net, or enough for me anyway.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cartcart, 4/7/2013 3:26:31 PM     (No. 9264164)

None of our grown children´s have cable TV and they restrict the general viewing in their homes. As a result, the grandchildren devour books, enjoy school, love the outdoors and re well-adjusted. What is wrong with that?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldborezero, 4/7/2013 3:30:54 PM     (No. 9264168)

Becoming a Zero TV household is the equivalent of unplugging the Matrix cable from the base of your skull. I did it about nine years ago and have never regretted the decision. Free at last.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jinx, 4/7/2013 3:37:16 PM     (No. 9264176)

We are going to cut our bill in half by going to basic coverage. TV shows are boring. No one would laugh at the stupid comedies if there weren´t a laugh track telling them what is funny. The reality shows are trash. I can´t believe that people watch dumb shows like hoarding and addictions or Kardashians. The news shows are no longer about the news. They are fluff like the National Enquirer. They don´t report real news because it might not put their King Obama in a good light. We are disgusted by what we are exposed to. I get more news and facts from Lucianne than anywhere else. Keep up the good work, Lucianne and staff.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 4/7/2013 3:43:13 PM     (No. 9264181)

I´m in the same boat, #1. My wife is addicted to that garbage and cutting off the cable would like denying heroin to a junkie. Maybe we could swap?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ruhn, 4/7/2013 3:52:50 PM     (No. 9264187)

We grew up with cable in the ´80s. I continued the practice as an adult through most of the ´90s, followed by DirectTV for a few years into the early ´00s.

I went overseas for a year and when I returned to the States, I decided not to renew either. I got tired of an increasing monthly bill for channels that I rarely watched.

I´ve lived without TV for about 10 years now. I may be in the dark about the latest water cooler buzz about the previous nights TV shows but I still do not miss it at all. Looking back, I realize all of the steady indoctrination and subtle subversion spewed daily via TV was increasingly at odds with my value system. It was not worth the time, money and cultural rot. Far better to spend time with family, friends or reading a good book.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: youngtexan, 4/7/2013 3:55:24 PM     (No. 9264191)

Me too #1 and #8. My husband refuses to get rid of it because he´s a sports nut. I could live without. I´ve got Netflix, History and A&E apps so I can watch my favorite shows for free. Netflix and TheBlaze TV I pay for less than $20 a month which is fine. I really don´t watch tv at all.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: columba, 4/7/2013 4:07:45 PM     (No. 9264196)

We sold the TV set in 1984 and raised some normal children since then. I work at a Christian rock RADIO station and tell other that God did not mean for pictures to fly through the air.
SPORTS? Local High School sports is actually more exiting especially when live and in-person.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 4/7/2013 4:13:00 PM     (No. 9264202)

I pulled the plug on mine in Nov. of 2011. I was spared much of Nov. 2012.
Don´t miss it at all.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Smart11344, 4/7/2013 4:27:41 PM     (No. 9264221)

In 1962 Newton Minnow, head of the FCC called TV the "vast wasteland". It´s more like an overflowing cesspool now. I´m glad there is MeTV, RTV, Antenna TV that carry fun old shows that aren´t loaded with filth.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/7/2013 4:31:26 PM     (No. 9264226)

Our cable is going away very soon.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ironchefw, 4/7/2013 4:37:43 PM     (No. 9264233)

I quit cable in February. Consider it payback to Hollywood for their support of all things I don´t approve of. Plus, somehow I suspect that some of those hefty taxes on my bill go to pay for some Obama supporters free cable.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 4/7/2013 4:44:19 PM     (No. 9264236)

I really enjoy the home improvement shows, but it´s gotten to the point that it is all staged and you can tell they create drama. Mike Holmes is about the only one I trust that doesn´t seem staged.

With network TV, it is around 30-40% gay, which is not at all like the real world. It´s just tiresome.

We are talking about getting rid of our $100 a month dish and just putting up the analog antenna so we can watch Wheel and Jeopardy.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: KimoSaavy, 4/7/2013 4:44:23 PM     (No. 9264237)

I just watch sports or home remodeling shows, or the shopping networks for a laugh at what people are spending their money on. For what I´m paying per month, it´s not worth it. The reality shows have taken over due to the entertainment industry being devoid of ideas. Even bad movies are getting re-makes to bad movies. Actors have lost their edge by becoming political pundits. And forget the mass media which has been taken over by communists. They cut their own noses to spite their faces, look in a mirror, see ugly, and don´t even know it. So yeah, its time to unplug.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/7/2013 4:45:57 PM     (No. 9264242)

None of my adult children have cable or Direct TV. They can´t afford it. It´s Netflix or HULU for them. It is a definite trend.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Spidey, 4/7/2013 5:15:53 PM     (No. 9264272)

`Comcast has gone downhill since Brian Roberts took it over.He caved on a merger deal which paid for vouchers and free wi-fi for our poverty friends. I´ll bet the cost is just being passed on.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: emrys, 4/7/2013 5:21:12 PM     (No. 9264279)

We cut the cable recently and could be happier. The best thing is that my husband and I can vet individual episodes of TV shows before we let our goddaughter watch them. That way we can all still enjoy a show but can keep the inappropriate stuff away from her. Netflix is great. We find the BBC shows and the documentaries to be particularly enjoyable.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Kathleentexas, 4/7/2013 5:39:55 PM     (No. 9264290)

Ditched cable. Have antenna and Netflix. Saves 75 per month. Don´t miss it. Major sports events still on major networks via antenna.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 4/7/2013 5:53:57 PM     (No. 9264297)

Please to explain the antenna = free channels. We´re moving perhaps this Summer and when I unhook, I have no plans to reup, but we DO like SOME TV. Food network, Fox, DIY, nature programs etc. Never watch local networks, sports, shopping, religious or kids channels and we never upgraded to movie channels. But yeah, $70 a month for what´s left is way too much. Won´t sign on again in new house. Might be interested in antenna thing. Is that a Radio Shack item?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: deepthinker, 4/7/2013 6:04:21 PM     (No. 9264303)

Folks who like the British mysteries (many of which are on Netflix) may want to check out acornonline.com/acorntv. You need an account to watch, but that just means giving them an email address so they can try to sell you stuff or upgrade you from "free" to $2.99 per month. (kind of like hulu and hulu premium)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: chabis, 4/7/2013 6:05:53 PM     (No. 9264305)

I flush the toilet. I would never want it to back up into the house.

People think that´s a snobby attitude. Maybe so. Even as a kid most TV shows bored me. Most likely still would, others would disgust.

And then there are ads. I hate ´em.

So a TV? Actually pay for that crap? Watch ads? No. Never.

I do love movies -- carefully selected according to my own tastes. Those I buy and own -- Blu Rays, DVDs -- many of them 2nd hand.

Oh, and I skip the ads and previews on those as well. ;-)~

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Reply 25 - Posted by: dvc, 4/7/2013 6:20:38 PM     (No. 9264324)

Most TV news is leftist propaganda lies, very few TV shows are worth watching. Most channels have current content totally unrelated to their names. Any history on the History Channel? Any weather on the Weather Channel? Garbage channels, about 85-90%.

If they don´t put out some interesting shows, how can they expect anyone to watch?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Iamfree, 4/7/2013 6:24:41 PM     (No. 9264330)

We cut off our cable almost 3 years ago and haven´t missed it for a moment. We have Netflix and we buy DVD sets of our favorite TV shows as they come out.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: PaleAle, 4/7/2013 6:27:38 PM     (No. 9264335)

We ditched our Dish a couple months ago. When the woman on the other end of the customer service line asked me why we were getting rid of it, I stated "I am tired of paying good money to be insulted by hypocrites." She didn´t seem to get the point. They cab all go suck eggs.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BarryNo, 4/7/2013 6:28:34 PM     (No. 9264338)

Why the hell do we want to spend $100 for a product that does not please us? The only thing good on TV any more is NCIS, and the only TV News network that we marginally trust is Fox News.

If the Cable companies allowed us to pick and choose, and we didn´t have to pay for the rest of the garbage, I might reconsider. In the meantime there are DVDs, Video Games, Drudgereport, Lucianne and Briebart.

I don´t need anything else.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: yuban, 4/7/2013 6:31:12 PM     (No. 9264341)

We got rid of DIRECTV over two years ago and have not missed it at all. We stream Netflix for $8 mo and have Amazon Prime. We also use ROKU which has tons of stuff. We have saved nearly $2500 in just over a year. For sports we have MLB.com for $100yr which includes every game and every team thru the world series. There is also NHL and NBA if you like that.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: uno, 4/7/2013 7:16:53 PM     (No. 9264376)

The Broadcasters pretty much have lost that luxury of having a dumb terminal that was hard-wired to the Networks in the home years ago, and have been floundering due to the competition and subsequent dilution of product on cable. The sad fact is that if their transmitting towers fell over today they would lose maybe 15% of their viewers because most of them get the networks on cable. Now that more and more people are turning to the internet for news and entertainment they are losing them too. Broadcasters are going the way of newspapers which are going the way of the buggy whip and there isn´t much they can do about it unless they come up with some creative programming that draws people back to them. AM radio was in the same predicament in the 70s and 80s. They tried various technologies to give a shot in the arm of AM, (stereo, AMax) but there just wasn´t any way to compete on even a similar platform with FM for sound quality. Talk radio (mostly conservative) saved their bacon. Maybe the Networks should consider honesty and conservative programming, including in-depth news and talk instead. Take off the knee-pads and stop pushing 20 second sound bites for liberal democrats. Try being real journalists for a change. The results may surprise you!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bmoc, 4/7/2013 7:35:50 PM     (No. 9264389)

I was introduced to Roku ( roku.com )by my daughter about three years back. She got one and within a month, shut her cable off. For less than $42 a month, she gets the stuff she wants to watch and when she wants to watch it. I got one and now not only did I shut my cable off, I have five Roku channels of my own. From circle track racing, to all kinds of local sports, religious programming from multiple churches, to (TEA Party) politics, I own the channel and I control what it plays and when it plays it! It´s a hobby that turned into a lot more.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 4/7/2013 7:41:19 PM     (No. 9264391)

I haven´t owned a television in six years. I get my news and entertainment from the Internet, the radio, and from my books and CD´s. When people come to my house, we actually sit and talk to each other without having to shout over a television. I am a happier person without an idiot box. Maybe one of you could tell me who Kim Kardashian is because I have no idea.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: udanja99, 4/7/2013 7:46:30 PM     (No. 9264393)

My husband insists on having DirecTV ( we live in the boonies far from any cable service ) for watching sports. For about a decade I didn´t watch TV at all but now I tune in once a week to watch NCIS. When it´s no longer on, I´ll go back to not watching anything again. Books are so much better than all of the trash that passes for television these days.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: dman, 4/7/2013 7:52:04 PM     (No. 9264399)

The future is a single fiber optic network to deliver internet, telephone, and entertainment. (It´s what our Emperor should have followed through with the Pork ..er..Stimulus. It would have been the modern equivalent of the interstate highway system.) It will save expensive infrastructure and precious RF spectrum, cutting cost to deliver programming while giving customers more choice and control over what they watch. The technology is here, but advertisers must grudgingly make the switch. Services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu are refining the model to make it profitable, yet cost-effective. The future is here - almost.

I´ve cut my satellite and don´t miss it, despite a few shortcomings of streaming.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 4/7/2013 8:41:18 PM     (No. 9264455)

I cancelled my DirecTV recently too. When the service rep asked me why, I told him I was tired of the propaganda. They sent me mailers to re-up for $29/month (down from the $85 I had been paying), but I just trash them. It was way too much to be paying to listen to all too liberal weekend Fox News and Environmental extremist Weather channel. I´m much happier getting things done around the house, reading, and getting info on the internet.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: balogreene, 4/7/2013 8:48:30 PM     (No. 9264459)

I personally do not watch TV, except, the Packers, the Skins, the Cubs, the Yankees, the Nats, the Bears, the Bulls, and an occasional movie.

Mom insists we keep tv, she watches a lot. She reads, does crosswords, plays hidden object games, and watches cable. I would never take it away from her.

It´s an individual choice. I also have Roku, and Netflix. I can do with just that, but others in my family cannot.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 4/7/2013 8:58:40 PM     (No. 9264467)

I am glad to see that ´zero TV´ homes are a growing trend. I know I have mentioned here on Lucianne a few times that I kicked Time Warner cable out of my home about a year and a half ago and couldn´t be happier.
Since then I have saved well over a thousand dollars and life is much more peaceful. Every year the cable TV bill kept getting higher and the TV programming kept getting worse and worse. It was getting very tedious to watch 20-plus minutes worth of commercials every hour, plus watching the biased cheerleaders for the Obama regime wasn´t worth paying money for any more, we aren´t even getting any real news. So TV is mostly garbage nowadays.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 4/7/2013 9:55:42 PM     (No. 9264495)

I have my TV on 24/7 and have a zillion channels - I also would like to pick and choose which ones I want to watch Everyone is different - I like the noise, some shows that I watch and others I go back to reading or surfing the internet. I would be lost without the TV, the internet or the telephone.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: StuartL, 4/7/2013 10:01:49 PM     (No. 9264499)

The L clan turned off DirecTV last summer when we started some major remodeling work, and didn’t switch it back on till this year’s Super Bowl. Over the last couple of months we’ve been mildly entertained by occasional HGTV and cooking shows, or a good old movie now and then, but none of it’s been worth $85 a month.

We’re still debating the details, but one way or t´other, Zero TV is gaining another household. The capper was last week, when on the way home from dinner we were caught for almost half an hour in a major traffic snarl that had no visible cause. Expecting some coverage, we tuned in the local 11 p.m. news – and sat through 20 minutes of ads and 40 minutes of rehashed national and regional anti-gun, anti-Israel, pro-Obama, pro-gay ‘marriage’ propaganda, with not a word about a local occurrence that affected several hundred people.

Multiply that by five or six days a week and by however many tens of millions of Americans who are lapping it up – is it any surprise things are the way they are?


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Reply 40 - Posted by: Axeman, 4/7/2013 10:35:37 PM     (No. 9264530)

Shows appealing to the lowest common denominator is bad when the audience keeps lowering itself down to where the shows are. It just gets to be too stupid to watch, most of the time. There are some shows I like but I could easily live without them.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Edgelady, 4/7/2013 10:37:04 PM     (No. 9264533)

I´m out as soon as the Jodi Arias trial is over. Yep, I confess....psychopathy fascinates me.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: reddfroge, 4/7/2013 10:48:52 PM     (No. 9264548)

Fox news, TNT and USA networks are about the only thing we watch...the rest is ´????"

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/7/2013 11:00:30 PM     (No. 9264560)

We didn´t even subscribe to cable until the kids were in college. We didn´t want to pollute their minds, or give them too many time wasters. It worked, because the kids grew up to be people who don´t watch TV much, except on Netflix/HULU, etc., and don´t have cable!

Now we watch old movies, HGTV, FOX Business, some sports, and the history or military channels. I also like some of the channels that play music we can´t get on the radio. The rest of it is hundreds of channels I wouldn´t watch. Recently, our cable box suddenly started showing pay channels, and we were disgusted at much of what was on them. We were glad when the offer was over.



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Reply 44 - Posted by: FLCracker, 4/7/2013 11:38:13 PM     (No. 9264592)

The programming is geared to the under-30 crowd. I´m well over 30.

The shows I do manage to like keep getting pre-empted for sports, primarily basketball.

What am I paying for?

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Twiggy, 4/8/2013 1:19:55 AM     (No. 9264648)

I too am looking for a way to cut my cable bill. Comcast has one package that is around $35-40/mo which would be perfect except it includes the food channel and not HGTV which I watch a lot on weekends. Food channel I never watch along with all the other crap on TV. Most shows I watch are on CBS and Fox. I resent paying for all the garbage that I don´t even watch. $80/mo is way to much and I don´t blame people for canceling. I hope they will wise up and let us pay only for what we want.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/8/2013 3:11:34 AM     (No. 9264675)

I turned off the TV in the late 80s and early 90s. It was the best time in my life. I was much happier, more productive and was excelling in life. I need to turn off the TV again,,,this time for good. It is expensive and everything is rerun anyway.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/8/2013 7:20:44 AM     (No. 9264776)

Costs go up each and every year for worthless channels that no one watches, generous union raises and benefits, and hidden goobermint taxes. Take a look at your phone bill if it itemizes federal, state, and local taxes. All these taxes add up to more than what the carrier charges for the service.

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Posted By: Ribicon- 4/17/2014 3:23:43 PM     Post Reply
Kim Kardashian may be one of the most sought-after women in the world - but one man can´t stay far enough away from the reality TV star. Retail assistant Mike Amess has an unusual phobia: he is absolutely petrified of the Kardashian family. He breaks out in a cold sweat whenever he sees or hears the famous family and says the sight of a semi-naked Kim even makes him vomit with disgust. The 24-year-old from Exeter explains, ´Just hearing the sound of the Kardashians´ nasal voices or catching a glimpse of them on screen makes me feel nauseous

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