“It didn’t scare me – it just confirmed what I already sensed about the world – that I was a joke, that this world wasn’t built for people like me [or Miriam] and that society was fine with that, which is why television was able to make this show.” Although the “twist” was blindingly obvious to viewers from the outset, the contestants were never told during filming and many would kiss Miriam on camera.Subsequently, following the completion of the show, each sued producer Endemol for conspiracy to commit sexual assault, defamation and personal injury due to the “psychological and emotional damage” they had suffered; all six eventually settled for an undisclosed fee.

Rivera even promoted it as a guest on Polish TV chat shows.

Blumenfeld says she spoke “positively” about her experience during these promotional appearances.

During the beginning of the show, the six men were presented with a lineup of beautiful women and asked to pick the one that they found most attractive.

All of them selected a South American beauty named Miriam.

The undisclosed settlement -- which various reports pegged at anywhere between $150,000 and $250,000 a man -- followed November 2003's lawsuit over the previously scheduled broadcast of the series.

which had been filmed earlier in the year in Ibiza.

and, according to reports, some of the production crew sympathized with the men's reaction and turned on Endemol and British network BSky B, a sister network to Fox in the U. As part of the settlement Brighter Pictures also issued a public statement apologizing for "any upset" caused by the program.

Said the statement: "Following the concerns recently raised by the contestants in Brighter Pictures production of Theres Something About Miriam for Sky One, the parties are pleased to announce that these have been addressed and the matter is now resolved.

It was never the intention of Brighter Pictures or Sky to upset the contestants and they are sorry for any upset caused." So far there's no word if the controversial program might ever air in the United States -- although perhaps a bid by FOX to run it as a follow-on to next month's Playing It Straight would seem to be a natural fit!