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'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' boosts security while filming due to ratchet behavior

Lil Scrappy attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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"Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" is so ratchet that producers have hired bodyguards to be on hand for all scheduled shoots. It has become so bad during filming that producers felt the need to up security and prevent fights from escalating among cast members. According to a Sunday report by Bossip, there will be one bodyguard on hand for each member of the cast of "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" during filming.

The new bodyguard rule has already saved the cast from a brawl. In recent filming, newcomer to the "Love & Hip Hop" crew, Erica Pinkett was saved from a Lil' Scrappy beat down after she threw a glass of wine in his face. In the past, that would have led to mayhem (and possibly higher ratings) but it's time to start looking out for the safety of the cast before someone really gets hurt.

The new security is likely due to the fight at Benzino and Stevie J's restaurant, Sleazy and Zino's Bistro and Bar. That bloody brawl took place during the very first filming for season 3 back in February. That fight was so bad reports say they were throwing bottles and that Karli Redd ended up bloodied.

The beefed up security isn't just to keep the cast from fighting with each other either. The bodyguards are also meant to keep non-cast and civilians away from the stars. It's not unheard of for someone random to start a fight with cast in an attempt to make it on an episode. That's been happening in reality TV for years.

Reality shows are all about ratings, which is why there have been so many filmed fights across all shows this year. Do you think adding bodyguards during filming will cut down on the drama? Be sure to tune in for the premiere of "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" season 3. The guaranteed drama-fest will be airing on VH1 on Monday at 8 p.m. EST.

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