where are they now?

where are they now?
Us Weekly’s Aug. 20 issue includes a wrap-up of updates about past reality TV show participants. Highlights: Boot Camp‘s Jennifer Whitlow “splurged on flying lessons” for her husband and “a $2,500 bicycle for herself.” Temptation Island‘s Kaya Wittenberg, in addition to participating in and recording a rock song for the unofficial Cannonball Run 2001 soundtrack, is still with Valerie; they live in LA where he’s “taking voice, acting and kickboxing lessons.” Survivor 2‘s Tina Wesson helped pay off her best friend’s debt, bought a new house, and has been making appearances across the country. Her Survivor 1 counterpart, Richard Hatch, has hosted the morning show on Boston’s Star 93.7 FM since January, and he’ll “be on half of the first gay coupling on TV’s Blind Date later this year.” The Mole‘s mole Kathryn Price “turned down a teaching fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School to work” as a writer for The Mole 2; she got married days before she left to work on the new show. And Big Brother 2‘s expelled house guest Justin Sebik “recently began dating an old girlfriend. She is, he says, ‘something to hit every now and then–but not hit as far as socking her,’ he quickly adds.”
+ elsewhere: The Real World LA’s Glen Naessens is restoring a historic house he bought in Roslyn, PA, this weekend; the event will be taped by PBS and a film crew for an upcoming documentary. And Jerri Manthey’s Playboy appearance helped her become the first reality TV contestant to appear on the Lycos 50.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.