Janice quit Top Model over money; Surreal Life creator didn’t think Janice and Omarosa “would really so completely hate each other”

The reality TV cat fight of the century is underway on The Surreal Life 5, where Janice Dickinson and Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth are butting heads. The co-creator of the show, Mark Cronin, tells The New York Times that producers “didn’t anticipate […] that they would really so completely hate each other.”

Why did Janice agree to do the show? “For 12 days of work I made enough to pay for two years of my daughter’s private school education,” she says. And money, she says, is also the reason why she quit America’s Next Top Model. “I think I was asking for too much,” Janice told the Times.

Omarosa tries to save face a little, since she’s come off as one of the most normal people in the house, especially next to Janice. She tries to remind us that she can be bitchy: “I am tough. I’ve got a bit of an attitude problem. There’s no secret there. Being a naughty girl is part of me, but that’s not all of me.”

Finally, Cronin revealed an interesting piece of information. “Every single person that has done ‘The Surreal Life’ has initially passed on the project,” he said.

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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.