blind item suggests producers sabatoged something, then had cast member removed.

blind item suggests producers sabatoged something, then had cast member removed.
Gossip columnists’ “blind” items generally bore me, as they’re either so completely vague that they have half a dozen different solutions, or they’re just incomprehensible. But “New York’s hottest young gossip columnist,” Ben Widdicombe, dropped a semi-interesting, reality TV-related blind item late last week. It suggests that a reality TV show is basically fixed, as producers had someone removed when that person “wouldn’t play along.” Here’s the item:

“Which reality star was offered a spot in the show’s final four if he admitted on camera to an act of sabotage against a rival that was actually carried out by the producers? He wouldn’t play along and was duly axed.”

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.