rumor says Trading Spaces Family host Joe Farrell is also fired, but he’s staying.

rumor says Trading Spaces Family host Joe Farrell is also fired, but he’s staying.
The official word is that Paige Davis was ditched as host of Trading Spaces because the show is transitioning to a host-less format that will allow the series to tape new kinds of shows. So is its sibling show, Trading Spaces: Family, also going host-less? A rumor posted online suggests that it is, and thus Joe Farrell has also been let go as host. A Television Without Pity poster provides “a link to a post on the TLC board from a poster who visited a filming site today,” and that person was apparently “told by Christi, Joe is filming his last episodes in Florida this week.” The link provided to the official Discovery.com message boards doesn’t work, suggesting the post may have been deleted, or suggesting the person can’t link. In any case, a TLC spokesperson tells reality blurred that the rumor “is absolutely untrue,” so Farrell is sticking around.

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.