bruised Paris Hilton breaks up with Nick Carter, says she is “just playing a role.”

bruised Paris Hilton breaks up with Nick Carter, says she is “just playing a role.”
Just in time for Wednesday’s season finale of The Simple Life 2, Paris Hilton is sporting some ugly bruises. Paris “has been photographed several times in recent days with noticeable bruises on her face and arms,” E! Online reports. E!’s often incoherent gossip maven Ted Casablanca said that “Paris’ friends and family want her to go to the police and press charges against the person responsible. But Paris hasn’t yet made up her mind.” Update: The Superficial has posted photos of what it says are “the marks left by where Nick (allegedly) grabbed her.” More pictures are here. In other, completely unrelated Paris Hilton news (no post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacies will be committed here), Paris broke up with boyfriend and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter last week. And just three weeks ago, Nick had Paris’ name tattooed on his wrist. He doesn’t regret it, though, telling People, “No (I don’t regret it) because I love her. She’ll have a place in my heart, always.” But in comments elsewhere, he seems to be a bit bitter. He also told the magazine, “Our relationship totally was based on distrust. She didn’t trust me. I didn’t trust her.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post interviewed Paris yesterday, and in the piece, Paris addresses her on-screen behavior: “On the TV series I am playing a character, trying to be funny. I’m not like that in real life, I would never screw up all those jobs like that. I am doing it for the entertainment. I am just playing a role.”

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.

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.