Corey says producers shouldn’t fire Paula; producer says ABC’s special was “shoddy journalism.”

Corey says producers shouldn’t fire Paula; producer says ABC’s special was “shoddy journalism.”
Corey Clark is well on his way to becoming the biggest asshole of the year. After using his alleged affair with Paula Abdul to jump-start his career, he’s now saying that American Idol producers should lay off. He told Extra, “I don’t want to hurt her. She shouldn’t get fired.” He added that Paula “didn’t do nothing but have sex with someone. Everybody has sex. They should keep her.” Meanwhile, producers of the show are criticizing ABC News for its “reporting.” Producer Nigel Lythgoe told that the ABC special was “pretty shoddy journalism” and said “[t]he whole show was stretched out worse than one of our elimination shows. It was probably four or five minutes of content.”

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.