report: Paula called Corey “urging him not to respond to media”; will Paula resign?

report: Paula called Corey “urging him not to respond to media”; will Paula resign?
More information is surfacing about the voice mail messages that are the latest piece in this bizarre American Idol story. Lisa de Moraes reports today that “among the many bits in the broadcast is a message Abdul allegedly left on Clark’s cell phone urging him not to respond to media inquiries, say sources familiar with the story, who insisted on remaining anonymous. The sources say the call was placed after syndicated gossip columnist Cindy Adams broke the story that Clark was shopping around a book proposal promising to tell all about his alleged relationship with Abdul.” She also reports that tomorrow night’s special will include “a look at Clark’s telephone records, which allegedly show that he and Abdul spoke often and long while he was a contestant in the singing-competition series.”

Additionally, Matt Drudge is reporting/shouting on his site that “ABC PLANS TO RELEASE THE FIRST DETAILS OF IT ‘IDOL’ INVESTIGATION LATE TUESDAY.” And an anonymous poster at DataLounge claims that “HOT 97 and Z100 (NYC radio stations) both reported during their mornig shows that Paul would be stepping down from her judge spot today.” While Z100’s morning show blog says nothing about this, The Boston Herald’s Star Tracks reports today that “Paula Abdul may be voted off the hit reality show after ABC airs a damning investigation tomorrow night.” A caption for an image accompanying that report says it more explicitly: “Paula Abdul may quit.”

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.