Simon says he wanted to quit after Tamyra left American Idol.

Simon says he wanted to quit after Tamyra left American Idol.
When Tamyra Gray was voted off American Idol, Simon Cowell said “it was a bad thing … I didn’t want to stay on the show” because she was the “best singer.” Why did he stay? “The money. That was it. Sorry.” Tamyra is currently guest starring on Boston Public and is recording a record. Simon’s comments came during the Oprah’s “After the Show” segment, which airs on Oxygen and can be watched online. Of rumors about Justin and Kelly’s romance, he said, “You want to know a secret? Justin has fallen in love with somebody–called his reflection.”
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The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.