When participants join a reality show, they sign contracts and are then bound by the terms of the contract. If the participants violate the terms of the contract, they may be expelled from the show. This is what binds the participant. However, there are laws and regulations that govern reality shows. This may seem hard to believe, as many reality shows seem ruthless, but applicants are aware of the type of television show they are participating in and accept this treatment in their contracts, because that's what makes the show interesting.
The FCC regulates what we see on television, but programs are prohibited from rigging any type of exploitation, exploitation of children and other things such as nudity and language that are not censored. These are your standard FCC regulations. However, some statements have claimed that the Survivor issue was not subject to the rules of game shows established by the FCC.
These rules defined by the FCC involve the rule of access to prime time and the rules of financial interest and syndication, which have a significant effect on game shows. The first rule gives a local station total control over a given time slot to do what it likes and the second rule gives producers the limited ownership of a program after it's initial release. However, these rules do not really interest the public. What interests the public are the rules of censorship.
As for the statement that Survivor is not subject to the FCC's rules on game shows is at odds with what the program has said. The FCC rules are mainly effective in the areas of censorship and the assurance that there is no trickery, although the above is equally applicable. They say that reality shows do not leave much room for cheating anyway despite what some might believe. If the FCC catches the drama of reality shows, the latter will be severely fined. If competitors discovered that the shows were being rigged, they would be the subject of numerous lawsuits.
The lessons were learned many years ago in shows such as Quiz Show, where producers provided questions and answers to candidates prior to their participation in the show. If the public liked a particular competitor, the producers wanted to be sure that the latter would stay in the area. Once the ratings dropped, the process started again so that the public would be in love with a particular competitor again.
However, when we watch today's reality shows, we can absolutely appreciate a particular candidate for a vote. This is virtually no type of rigging, as the show may endanger the audience if a beloved competitor is gone. The FCC regulates the behavior of these broadcasts and ensures that everything runs to the best of its ability because, if the show is discovered, the exposure risks everything, including their reputation. If they risk their reputation, they lose the audience. When a show loses the audience, it is removed from the television and placed in syndication where it is lucky. Some reality shows have been airing for so long that it would be a pity if such things happen, but a scandal occurs and solutions must be found. However, sometimes it is the scandal that attracts even more viewers. But if the series cheats their viewers, they feel violated.