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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.