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 Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.