Jen says Jerry knew she’d reject him, and producers “were setting me up for failure.”

Jen says Jerry knew she’d reject him, and producers “were setting me up for failure.”
After unceremoniously dicing Jerry’s heart into tiny little pieces on The Bachelorette 3 finale, Jen Schefft is coming to her own defense. First, she tells the Akron Beacon Journal that her rejection shouldn’t have surprised Jerry. “I was always honest with him. He did know what my answer would be….I spoke to him two nights before” the show concluded, she says. She says she also told producers she’d be hurling Jerry out of her media car, and thus was surprised by the build-up. “I kind of felt like they were setting me up for failure. The whole thing left me confused.” She’s also upset that we’ve made fun of her: “There have been so many things on the Internet that are so mean.” But she does make a decent point about the series’ failure, saying, “People say the show doesn’t work. And when I’m fairly honest about it, I’m the problem?” Well, yes.
+ plus: “Jen did us a favor by demonstrating that single gals aren’t all a bunch of Bridget Joneses, desperate for love.”

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.