Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.

Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.
Simon Cowell, the bitchy, biting, and British judge of both American Idol and Pop Idol, has been offered everything from a gig hosting CBS’ revival of Star Search to leading roles in movies. He turned them all down, telling the New York Daily News, “There is something that I’ve learned from this job and that’s if you’re involved in something successful, don’t believe the hype for a moment. My job at the end of the day is to try to create formats that will sell records.” The paper also reports “he is close to signing on for another edition of the show”–as are the other judges, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
+ plus: UK winner Will Young calls finalists “brilliant,” says they “seem more polished.”

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.