Victoria Gotti only had a cancer “scare,” and reportedly used the cancer story to promote her show

Victoria Gotti now says she only had a cancer “scare” late last year, not breast cancer, as she told the Daily News Sunday. She says that she had surgery to deal with pre-cancerous cells.

Why would she initially say she had cancer? Apparently to promote the third season of Growing up Gotti, according to Page Six. Her longtime publicist Matthew Rich “quit in disgust on Monday because his best friend’s mother had died of breast cancer, a source told PAGE SIX. Rich was said to be revolted that Victoria would promote the third season of ‘Growing Up Gotti’ by making up such a tearful tall tale.”

Joanna Molloy tells her competition that Victoria told the same story months ago: “Don’t tell me Victoria is shape-shifting the truth again. She told us in January she had breast cancer, and that’s the reason she took a leave of absence from Star magazine. She told us again last week, and we recorded it.”

Victoria ‘Cancer’ Was Tall Tale [Page Six]

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.

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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.