Al Sharpton will host Spike TV show.

Al Sharpton will host Spike TV show.
Al Sharpton will soon be using his presidential campaign experience to do more than just host Saturday Night Live. He’ll soon be applying his skills and expertise in a new position as he hosts a new Spike TV reality show. He’ll host I Hate My Job, on which “eight male contestants … will quit their jobs and work with two ‘life counselors,’ Sharpton and California psychologist Stephanie Raye, who will give them advice and weekly assignments. A panel will decide which contestants will continue each week,” the AP reports. Why’s he doing this? “I like the concept of trying to have people discover their purpose in life, and not have the world define them or settle for less than who they want to be just to pay their bills,” Sharpton says. “A lot of politicians don’t do it because they can’t do it. I can do it.”

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.

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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.