If you were devastated when you found out Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren't real, you might want to sit down. This news is far worse, putting an asterisk on your childhood viewing habits

The Huffington Post interviewed several Pimp My Ride contestants and outed the show as complete bullshit. Engines were neglected, cars became even less drivable, accessories were removed when the cameras stopped rolling, and reactions were coerced by accessories specialist Big Dane. And some of the features left intact didn't end up working correctly anyway. 

As Seth Martino recalled, some things that didn't work on the car included the LED lights that were put in the seats. 'They would get really hot if left on so I couldn't drive with them on,' Martino said. 'They took the gull-wing doors off because the pistons used to lift them kept them from putting seat belts in the back, which was highly dangerous.' A cotton candy machine they installed was fit into the trunk without leaving enough room for the dome top to keep the cotton candy strands 'from flying all over the place.'"

The additions to Martino's car actually made driving worse. A month after his car was pimped he had to replace the engine. "They added a lot of extra weight but didn't adjust the suspension to compensate so I felt like I was in a boat, and every time I hit a bump the car would bottom out and the tires would scrape inside the wheel well," he said. 

Justin Dearinger's car, which was stripped of a champagne contraption that appeared on-air, lasted much longer. But when it finally gave out five years later it did so in fiery glory. (You can watch the car on fire below.)

MTV even fudged contestants' back stories. "I know im [sic] fat, but they went the extra mile to make me look extra fat by telling the world that I kept candy all over my seat and floor just in case I got hungry," Martino said. "Then gave me a cotton candy machine in my trunk."

Despite the shenanigans, the contestants interviewed said they enjoyed their time on the show. They also confirmed that, unlike Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, Xzibit is still a real person. Just a very strange one. 

"I don't remember why he brought it up," Jake Glazier said, "but we were just kind of talking about what we were doing that weekend and he said he's going to go down to hell to kill the devil so he can make some Satan skin boots."

Read the entire story if you want to see the full extent of the damage to your childhood. 

[via Huff Post]