ABC News reports Paula helped Corey pick songs, find a hair stylist, get meds.

ABC News reports Paula helped Corey pick songs, find a hair stylist, get meds.
In advance of its special tomorrow night, ABC News is revealing details of American Idol 2 semi-finalist Corey Clark’s relationship with Paula Abdul. ABC News says Corey “had an off camera relationship with Abdul, then 40, which was at first platonic but later became sexual.” Corey says Paula told him, “I want to look out after you like I’m your mom,” but later modified that and said, “Well, maybe more like your special friend.” Paula allegedly “provided him with off-camera tips and assistance while he was a contestant, even helping him select some of the songs he would sing”; she also “helped him with his look–even choosing a hair stylist–and gave him prescription cough syrup, with a prescription made out in her name, to soothe his throat.”

Why is he talking now? Corey says, “I need to set the record straight for myself. Unfortunately, I need to set the record straight for her too, because she was a part of it. This is me telling the truth. It just so happens to be a very explosive truth.” The show released a statement that says, in part, “We will, of course, look into any evidence of improper conduct that we receive. In the meantime, we recommend that the public carefully examine Mr. Clark’s motives, given his apparent desire to exploit his prior involvement with ‘American Idol’ for profit and publicity.”

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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