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.”

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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