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Bingle s brother says show s no bungle
The cast of Being Lara Bingle. Sharon Bingle, Hermione Underwood, Lara and Josh Bingle. Picture: Supplied by Ten.

The protective older brother of controversial model *Lara Bingle *said he "wasn't fazed" by this week's disappointing viewer figures of his sister's candid reality show, *Being Lara Bingle *.

On the back of last week's premiere, Tuesday's episode failed to attract more viewers, pulling a national average of 782,000 to rank 14th in TV's most watched shows of the night.

But despite the plunging ratings, 28-year-old *Josh Bingle *, pictured below with sister Lara, told _AAA _he was "still happy" with how the show had fared and that the Bingle family had anticipated a slight drop in the show's viewership this week.

"We were expecting it to drop a little bit," he said. "The first week was the premiere and no one wanted to watch it but I think it went pretty well. It's only the second week and there is still more to come."

Bingle also quashed recent suggestions that he quit his job as a crane operator last week in anticipation that the show would be a success.

"I didn't quit my job - my contract finished," he explained. "I've been working pretty hard up until now and I was always planning to finish up a month or two before so I could have a bit of fun in Bondi.

"I'm going to have a couple of weeks off and then I'll see what happens. There's plenty of work around - I'm not too worried about that."

Bingle also explained that he agreed to be a part of the reality series to support Lara and "have a bit of fun".

"All I wanted to do on the show originally was support my sister and have a good time and live in Bondi," he said.

While questions have emerged on whether Lara is really genuine on the show, Bingle insisted his sister was "being herself".

"That's 100 per cent how she is," he said. "(The camera crew) are following us around for eight to 10 hours a day so there's no acting. I'm not an actor and she surely isn't. They don't tell us what to do - we do what we want."

Being Lara Bingle airs 8pm Tuesdays on Ten.


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