‘The Real World’ officially returned to Las Vegas today

MTV finally confirmed one of downtown Las Vegas’ worst-kept secrets: “The Real World” is back in town.

Production for the reality show’s 31st season kicked off Monday at the Gold Spike.

It’s the third time the true story of seven strangers who find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real has come to Las Vegas. And, as opposed to the houses and warehouses the show converts in every other city “The Real World” has called home, it’s the third time the action is taking place in a hotel.

Debuting in September 2002, the 12th season of “The Real World” turned the recently opened Palms into a destination for 20-somethings. That cast — Steven, Trishelle, Frank, Brynn, Alton, Arissa and Irulan — proved so popular, they were brought back together in their Palms suite for two weeks in 2007 to tape the six-episode “Reunited: The Real World Vegas.” It remains the show’s only full-fledged reunion.

Eight cast members moved into a custom suite at the Hard Rock Hotel for the 25th season that aired in 2011. The eighth roommate was called in after cast member Adam Royer was evicted and charged for damages to the suite. According to MTV at the time, the hotel sent him a bill for $3,105 for replacements and repairs, including a “biohazard deep clean.”

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