The Restaurant’s Rocco: “I am an acclaimed chef and a local and national celebrity.”

Restaurant’s Rocco: “I am an acclaimed chef and a local and national celebrity.”
Being sued has apparently caused Rocco DiSpirito to develop a god complex, or at least a complex that involves others worshipping him on his high, high pedestal. In an affidavit that’s part of the ongoing legal battle between Rocco and Jeffrey Chodorow, Rocco said, “I am an acclaimed chef and a local and national celebrity and my presence there has historically been a tremendous draw for thousands of patrons and customers.” His absence from the actual restaurant during the second season of The Restaurant was, of course, a major plot line, so maybe Chodorow will counter with tapes of the show.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.