Smoking Gun debuts Gotti footage series.

Smoking Gun debuts Gotti footage series.
If Growing Up Gotti‘s hair gel crises, teenage mood swings, and fights over tattoos aren’t exactly the sorts of things you had in mind for a reality series about the Gotti family, there’s a new Gotti-themed reality series online that you’ll appreciate. Our friends at The Smoking Gun say that “[w]hen it comes to watching the Gottis squabble, we prefer to pop in surveillance videotapes made during a two-day family visit to the Illinois penitentiary John Gotti called home (prison officials recorded all visits to the Gambino family boss).” Thus, they’re debuting their own series called Blowing Up Gotti that will feature new footage every Monday. In the debut episode, “an irritable Gotti meets with his brother Peter, Victoria, and her son John, who was 10 at the time and not yet addicted to hair gel.” And he also “threatens the kid with bodily harm and tosses him from the visiting room” after a disagreement over what type of career John should have. Fun.

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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