two Survivor cast members posted online about meth, cocaine, acid use.

two Survivor cast members posted online about meth, cocaine, acid use.
The Smoking Gun has uncovered various drug-related information about three Survivor Pearl Islands cast members. While Christa Hastie‘s CBS bio mentions she “was once arrested for a misdemeanor and charged with ‘disrupting an officer’s ability to perform his duties,'” it doesn’t mention that she posted messages about methamphetamine and “getting the most out of your cocaine” on publicly accessible newsgroups when she was in college. She’s not alone: Morgan tribe member Ryan Shoulders posted about “the difficulty of scoring acid” and elsewhere about “tripping.” Additionally, Christa’s tribe mate Jon Dalton “was arrested last February by Los Angeles cops for driving under the influence, a misdemeanor,” the site reports.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.