Patrick says “we could hear on the walkie-talkies that” other teams were ahead.

Patrick says “we could hear on the walkie-talkies that” other teams were ahead.
Generally, the only rule on The Amazing Race is “never give up.” Many teams have insisted they were in last place, only to find that they were not. So watching Patrick essentially give up on this week’s episode of The Amazing Race 7 seemed like another example of premature quitting. But Patrick’s pessimism was backed by evidence we didn’t see, he tells TV Guide. While waiting for a new boat, he says “we could hear on the walkie-talkies that they had found their clues and were on their way to the pit stop.” He doesn’t specify whose walkie-talkies these were–productions or the boat crews’–but clearly they knew how everyone else was doing. Additionally, Patrick says they waited two hours for a cab and “were even thinking that we’d have to get a hostel and check into the pit stop in the morning.” Patrick also tells us why he hates Survivor‘s Rob so much: He says when he saw them, “I was so annoyed because I love the show and I was like ‘Oh, my god, The Amazing Race is jumping the shark!'” He says it was great that, during the roadblock, Rob “got beat by two gay guys and a girl! [Yet] they’re giving him credit for playing the game like Survivor. It’s annoying, but there are a lot of people with their noses up Rob and Amber’s buttholes. But that’s cool–that’s what happens to media whores.”

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.