Tough Enough 3 finalist had “psychotic breakdown”; MTV will ignore it on air.

Tough Enough 3 finalist had “psychotic breakdown”; MTV will ignore it on air.
Tough Enough 3 cast member and finalist Lisa suffered “a psychotic breakdown” a few weeks into the taping of the show, and “WWE and MTV have no desire to show any of the footage of Lisa’s mental breakdown, nor discus the real reason why she was dismissed on the air at all,” according Ohio’s Morning Journal. After threatening to jump off the roof of the house, she “was hospitalized for about three days against her will and was released to her parents”–who she “attacked,” the paper reports. Later, she “successfully infiltrated numerous WWE events passing herself off as a Tough Enough contestant,” and even met with Vince McMahon.
+ also: finalist says the group does not know who the final two are.

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Ben Folds

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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.

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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.