De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it’s a “tough-man contest.”

De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it’s a “tough-man contest.”
Oscar De La Hoya turned down NBC and Mark Burnett’s offer to star in The Contender, and then turned around and created a similar show, The Next Great Champ, which originally turned down Burnett’s show. De La Hoya says he rejected The Contender because it is a “(glorified) tough-man contest” that doesn’t focus on skill. “It can be any person off the street–it can’t be real fighting. It takes talent to fight,” he tells Scripps Howard. About the controversy, he says, “This is going to bring visibility to our sport and open some eyes. Our show is coming out in November and their show is coming out a little later. I think that there’s enough pie out there for everyone.”

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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