FOX axed gay jokes, which Ryan says were used “to break stereotypes.”

FOX axed gay jokes, which Ryan says were used “to break stereotypes.”
The increasingly bitchy banter between American Idol 2 host Ryan Seacrest and judge Simon Cowell was stopped by FOX, Entertainment Weekly reports. Producers were told to end the sexuality-suggesting gay jokes, during which the two made references to gay culture that were rather “knowing references for a pair of just-kidding guy’s guys,” as EW’s Mark Harris writes. Ryan says the references are “just a joke” that were “never meant to be mean-spirited” but instead exist “to break stereotypes”; he compares the jokes to his ribbing of Randy for not speaking in complete sentences. EW’s Harris suggests the jokes were part of the show’s “larger conservative vibe,” which recently has included the decision to record “Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA,’ a virtual Republican national anthem.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.