Alex says she wasn’t fired, and says she’s “not coming back.”

Alex says she wasn’t fired, and says she’s “not coming back.”
The first host of Trading Spaces has broken her silence about why she left the show and what she thinks of the show’s new host. Alex McLeod told Newsweek that “the grueling travel schedule was driving me into the ground and the network wouldn’t give me a proper vacation.” Also, she said her workload “got out of control,” so she left the show after the first season and won’t be returning. Alex says Paige Davis is “perfectly perky” but also “lucky because she was plugged in after the show had become a huge success.” Alex also offers her deepest sympathy to Paige: “[T]o have her performance measured against mine day after day must be taxing.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.