report: Jonathan tried to quit the race after his “role-playing got out of hand.”

report: Jonathan tried to quit the race after his “role-playing got out of hand.”
Yet another excuse from The Amazing Race 6 Jonathan Baker has made its way to us. This one is an extension of the I-was-playing-a-character excuse, which of course was preceded by other excuses; once upon a time, he even blamed stress and medication. This, um, explanation comes via an anonymous friend, so it’s not even admissible to Judge Judy, but oh well. After shoving Victoria, Jonathan actually “tried to quit the show. But producers talked him into staying in the race, telling him the series had ‘never had a character like him,'” the New York Post reports, citing one of Jonathan’s friends. Just like Jonathan, the friend finds a way to blame Victoria for all of this: “If she hadn’t been there [on the show], he would have owned the part [of the bad guy]. He would have been the most infamous character on reality TV ever. But how do you own a piece-of-shit character like a wife abuser? At the end of the day, he’s just hoping that the press doesn’t crucify him.” No need to get the press involved: fans will gladly crucify him. Getting even weirder, Dick Van Patten’s son Jimmy, a friend of Jonathan and Victoria’s, defends the couple. He says, “They’re not like that in real life. Honestly, I’ve never heard him speak to her like that.”

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.

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.