Rupert has “spent every penny” of the $1 million he won after Survivor All-Stars.

Rupert has “spent every penny” of the $1 million he won after Survivor All-Stars.
At the end of Survivor All-Stars, the audience voted to give Rupert Boneham $1 million, and he’s already burned through it–and the $120,000 he received as prize money for that show and Survivor Pearl Islands. Of the money, he says, “Spent it all. Spent every penny of it.” Lest you think he spent it on hookers and crank, the Philadelphia Daily News’ Ellen Gray runs down his expenses. They start with a $520,000 tax payment. Next, “$110,000 [went] to a college fund for his daughter in a tax-free account,” and he also spent “about $150,000″ on his mother’s house. Rupert also gave “$100,000 for Rupert’s Kids in his hometown, Indianapolis,” and says he spent “a couple of hundred thousand for me for our new house.”

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.

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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.