Stacie J. gets fired for being crazy.

Stacie J. gets fired for being crazy.
Stacie J. was fired on The Apprentice 2 last night after her team diagnosed her as certifiably insane. Citing the Magic 8 Ball incident from the first task, her teammates all said they were freaked out by her unstable behavior. Trump let her go despite the fact that the team lost because they were over budget, which project manager Elizabeth blamed on Maria. Speaking of surprise firings, Carolyn Kepcher tells that she didn’t expect Bradford’s firing. “I had actually thought Ivana. I thought she was very indecisive. She had a lot of excuses. She was very exhausting,” she says. Carolyn, who’s also promoting her new book Carolyn 101: Business Lessons from The Apprentice’s Straight Shooter, adds that the boardrooms this season lasted between three and five hours. “Was I frustrated? Yes. I was absolutely frustrated at some of the answers that we were receiving, some of the excuses we were getting, the indecisiveness.”

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.