why did Jerri show up so late? and other Surreal Life questions.

why did Jerri show up so late? and other Surreal Life questions.
There were lingering questions after last night’s premiere of The Surreal Life. For example, why did Survivor Australia‘s Jerri Manthey show up so damn late? Jerri tells TV Guide, which addresses these unanswered questions, that “[i]t was totally set up.” She says the producers denied they were trying to “create tension” but says, “I sat in a coffee shop for four hours, I went CD shopping and then they drove me around in a limo for two hours!” Also, the celebs aren’t talking, but a talent manager guesses they were paid “about $650 a day– plus 10 percent” for appearing on the 10-day show. You do the math.

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.