Verna says she quit when “something happened that … questioned my integrity.”

Verna says she quit when “something happened that … questioned my integrity.”
The Real World Seattle‘s Irene may have something in common with The Apprentice 3‘s Verna Felton. Verna quit at the beginning of the third episode, saying she was sick. While Verna tells TV Guide, “I have no regrets whatsoever. It was time for me to go,” she says that she didn’t quit because of illness. Instead, cryptically, she says that “something happened that I unfortunately cannot get into detail [about] because it is part of my nondisclosure agreement. But it questioned my integrity, and I thought, ‘This show is not worth it.'” She adds, “I was mad. I was like, ‘This is not even acceptable. Goodbye! I just don’t want to have any part of this and you know why.’ Business is business and gaming is gaming, and I was there to do some serious business. Give me pressure, give me stress, give me a high-intensity work environment and I am all for that. But give me bickering and backstabbing and ‘Let’s fight for camera time’ and I don’t want it.” Verna also reveals that she was wandering the streets looking for a ride, but couldn’t find one because candidates have all of their money taken away from them, and says that she actually left during the motel task, not just before the third task.

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.