Beautiful People website drops 30,000 'ugly' members

LOS ANGELES claims the so-called "Shrek Virus" paved the way for tens of thousands of people to join who otherwise would have been denied membership.

The website blamed the virus on a disgruntled former employee and reportedly paid more than $100,000 in refunds.

Of the 30,000 who were voted off, the largest number of rejects, 11,924, came from the U.S. Britain followed at a distant second with 3,156 rejections.

According to, status reports indicating a 100 percent acceptance rate combined with a flood of email complaints from members about slipping standards alerted the site directors that something had gone awry.

"We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting," said Greg Hodge, the managing director of

ABC News contributed to this report.

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