Rocco: plot was surprising; “it was not my choice to make my litigation public.”

Rocco: plot was surprising; “it was not my choice to make my litigation public.”
The second season of The Restaurant debuts next week, and will focus heavily on Rocco’s battle with his business partner. But Rocco says this was not his idea: “There were definitely times I wished the camera wasn’t there. I’ll tell you frankly that it was not my choice to make my litigation public. This is something that my partner Jeffrey and I were handling privately until the day the cameras showed up.” He tells that he expected the new season to focus on other storylines and people, such as Mark the Bartender. He also plays the “I’m a character; it’s not real” card, saying, “They had tens of thousands of hours of tape and with that tape, they crafted characters. What you saw on television isn’t necessarily representative of who I am as a manager day in and day out. I think it’s hard to get to know someone over six hours.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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