what the hell happened to Alex McLeod, “host” of Joe Millionaire?

what the hell happened to Alex McLeod, “host” of Joe Millionaire?
For some viewers, the biggest mystery surrounding Joe Millionaire was where the hell the host, Alex McLeod, was. As Entertainment Weekly points out, “In the six episodes leading up to the Fox hit’s finale, she barely mustered five minutes of screen time–total.” So where was the former Trading Spaces host? Even she doesn’t know. Of her job introducing the necklace ceremonies, Alex says, “I had no idea that would be my only role on the show. … The way they produced my role was a bit stilted.” Also, she has no sympathy for the women on the show: “They had a private butler, private chef, private plane. What in the world is there to bitch about?”
+ also: Joe Millionaire reunion/follow-up show airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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.