Rich says his tribe suggested challenge nudity; plans to marry his partner.

Rich says his tribe suggested challenge nudity; plans to marry his partner.
Richard Hatch says that it was his Survivor All-Stars tribe’s idea for him to strip at last week’s immunity challenge. Rich told the Providence Journal, “I’m always naked. But I had my shorts on because I didn’t see the advantage with them off. They got me aside and said ‘dingbat, it will distract them (members of the other tribe).” The paper also reports that, according to Rich, Sue “Hawk deliberately and unneccessarily stepped on to his balance beam, turning away from where she needed to go.” That may or may not constitute his defense against Sue’s accusations, which will erupt on this week’s episode. Rich also tells TV Guide, “The only person I can imagine her being upset with is herself. I’m not sure what is really going on.” Now free from the constraints of show-induced silence, Rich also says that he and his 28-year-old partner Emiliano Cabral would try to get married Saturday in New Paltz, NY, another locality that is offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
+ update: Rich isn’t married yet, maybe because the mayor of New Paltz was charged for issuing marriage licenses.

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.