quitter Osten says “Mark Burnett quit on us by letting the Outcasts in.”

quitter Osten says “Mark Burnett quit on us by letting the Outcasts in.”
Discussing his history-making decision to quit Survivor Pearl Islands, Osten Taylor tells TV Guide that “Mark Burnett quit on us by letting the Outcasts in. So I [thought], ‘You know what? I’ll quit on him.” In a conference call with reporters reported by the Boston Herald, Osten says the twist was “garbage” that “messed with the entire integrity of the show.” Mark Burnett replied, “Here’s this big, huge guy who could kill me outside the game…and yet he cried about (the game) all the time.” Osten says Burnett’s decision not to show his final words was “a juvenile response,” but Burnett says they “simply didn’t add anything.” Osten also told reporters that he had “six staph infections on his chest and legs that severely weakened him and left him with scars he carries to this day,” but says he “will make a $1 million somewhere else in my life.”

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.