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 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.

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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.