Paula appears on SNL; was reportedly concerned “ABC News was investigating drug use.”

Paula appears on SNL; was reportedly concerned “ABC News was investigating drug use.”
Paula Abdul may not “dignify salacious or false accusations” or “respond to lies, no matter how vicious, no matter how hurtful,” as she said in a statement Friday, but she will acknowledge and make fun of those accusations. Paula popped up on SNL, and at one point interrupted an SNL version of her character. During a skit featuring Amy Poehler as Paula, the real Paula said, “You need to perfect the clap a little more and be a lot more sexier so contestants will be willing to sleep with you.” MSNBC has the video if you missed it.

Meanwhile, Matt Drudge reports that “Paula Abdul feared ABCNEWS was investigating drug use for its PRIMETIME LIVE special.” The letter her lawyer sent to ABC was a “2 page warning to ABCNEWS strongly denying any wrongdoing regarding Abdul and drugs.” An anonymous ABC person tells Drudge, “It was sure odd. We were never investigating Paula Abdul and drugs, and we never asked her lawyer about any such allegation.”

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.