Randi Coy: “the practical joke’s on me.”

Randi Coy: “the practical joke’s on me.”
Randi Coy discovered that she not only ruined her family, as she said, but actually herself became the big fat butt of My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance‘s joke. When Randi revealed to her emotionally destroyed family that she’d done put them throught his as a $250,000 gift, her dad said, “This shouldn’t be about the money,” probably computing how much that really was after taxes and basically saying that she could forcibly insert the cash into Steve’s big fat behind. But then, oddly enough, Steve saved the day by babbling about how “our story” turned from one about a mismatched couple to one about the love of a family–a big fat obnoxious, meddling, your-wedding-is-about-us-dammit! family. FOX coughed up a full $500,000 for the family, and another $500,000 for Randi. The end credits revealed that Randi’s family has forgiven her, but they’re probably forcing her to use her half million to pay for their therapy.
+ also: nearly 21 million people watched the finale; the last two episodes will repeat on Thursday night.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.