Talan and Kimberly Stewart break up and cancel their engagement after just 11 days

From the Damage Control wing of the Department of Quasi-Celebrities Who Hook Up for Attention comes news that Laguna Beach star Talan Torriero and Kimberly Stewart are no longer engaged. Tragically, they’ve also broken up.

The two attention-starved quasi-celebrities had their representatives issue a joint statement, which says:

“It was just too soon to enter into a lifelong commitment. It is better to have a brief engagement than a short marriage. The couple continue to share their time together and remain open to whatever the future may hold.”

However, that time-sharing is not actual dating, as the AP reports that “Torriero’s publicist, Jack Ketsoyan, said early Sunday that the two were no longer romantically involved. Stewart’s representative, Elliot Mintz, said they ‘remain friends.'”

They announced their engagement a whole 11 days ago, when Talan’s rep confirmed it to People magazine. As of then, they’d only been dating a few weeks. Who would have thought less than two weeks ago that this torrid love affair would end so soon? And what of the children who look up to celebrity couples like Talan and Kimberly and Nick and Jessica for examples of functional, loving relationships?

Kimberly Stewart and ‘Laguna Beach’ star call off engagement [AP]

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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