Larissa and Gil are still together.

Larissa and Gil are still together.
After her revelation that she’d once dated Fabio and his subsequent freak out, you’d think that Average Joe 2: Hawaii‘s Larissa Meek and Gil Hyatt never saw each other again. But you’d be wrong. Larissa tells us on her web site, “Gil and I are still together…He is a truly a wonderful, caring, and sweet individual, with a depth that was not captured by the moment in front of a camera lens.” If you want photographic proof, Larissa has pictures of the two of them, including one of her and what appears to be Gil’s corpse. Seriously, though, she and Gil are so happy together that he’s inspired her art, particularly The Embrace, which Larissa says “was captured from the stolen moments I spent visiting Gil in Fort Lauderdale” and which features Larissa hugging a Fabio-looking Gil; you can buy it for $7,000. Larissa isn’t the show’s only artist: As reader Jess noticed, both Tony Calandra and Mike Spitaletto have artwork for sale on their sites.
+ plus: Average Joe 3: Adam Returns debuts next Monday, March 15.

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.