Mario denies some rumors, but otherwise sticks to the “personal” reasons line.

Mario denies some rumors, but otherwise sticks to the “personal” reasons line.
A whole 36 hours after Mario Vazquez quit American Idol 4, and the world still has no idea why he left. Theories range from the gay thing to contract problems to a FOX cover-up to an absurd Michael Jackson trial connection that the AP details.

No one really seems to be buying Mario’s relentless insistence that this is a “personal” decision. For example, TVgasm is reporting that “Mario was forced out. The ‘personal line’ was organized by FOX lawyers.” He told USA TODAY, however, that “American Idol has been nothing but wonderful to me. They felt disappointed I had to go, but they respected my choice.” On FOX 5 New York’s Good Day Live, Mario gave more of the “personal” crap, but did say his decision “had nothing to do with what they’re speculating on, say contracts and stuff like that, nothing at all.”

However, Mario’s appearance on Extra did nothing but confuse the issue even more, as he basically discussed having discussions with himself. “It was a very, very hard decision on my part. My intuition told me there were things I really needed to take care of, personal areas in my life, which meant I couldn’t continue on in the competition,” he said. And while Mario keeps on obfuscating, the world keeps on guessing.

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.