Storage Wars is a huge hit for A&E, having already spawned two spin-offs, but one of the show’s former stars has just launched a lawsuit alleging there’s not much real about the so-called “reality show” in which people bid for the contents of abandoned storage units in hopes of finding treasure buried among the piles of trash.

Dave Hester, known to fans for his trademark phrase, “Yuuuup!” alleges he was axed from the show after blowing the whistle that producers planted items in storage units to make the show more interesting.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, Hester claims he was “wrongfully terminated” when he publicly spoke about these shenanigans; in his suit, he claims these included occasions in which “producers planted a BMW mini car under a pile of trash” and another in which “producers planted a pile of old newspapers that announced the death of Elvis.” Hester’s suit also claims the show paid for plastic surgery for the show’s “less-than-photogenic” cast-members to “create more sex appeal.”

A&E has yet to respond to Hester’s accusations.