Simon Cowell thought his nasty comments were off-camera

Simon Cowell’s controversial comments about auditioning contestants, particularly those who were effeminate men or fat people, were the fault of producers who kept the cameras rolling without his permission, he says. Cowell spoke about the comments, but didn’t actually address the fact that he said horrible things; instead, he likens them to private conversations with friends that he’s upset made it on the air.

Appearing on Good Day LA, Cowell said, “The problem is that, they left the cameras rolling this year. So, you know when you meet somebody in real life and they leave the room, and you say something — we all do it. That’s what’s getting me into trouble.”

He added, “I didn’t see the shows back until you guys saw them, and it’s like, hide under the covers.” When asked if he thought that his comments were okay, he told the reporter, “No, can you imagine if you left the cameras rolling on your show?”

Simon Upset with ‘A.I.’ Producers []

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.