Katie Lee Joel reportedly dropped as host of Top Chef 2

The awkward and stilted host of Bravo’s Top Chef has reportedly been dropped from the show’s second season.

Blog Televisionary, via Defamer, cites a “well-placed insider” and says that “Joel will ‘not be returning’ to the show. No reason for her departure was cited.” The show’s producers are reportedly searching for a new host. No other information is given, and if Katie Lee Joel wasn’t such a spectacularly awful host, this might just seem like an unfounded rumor.

This may be sad news for Katie Lee, but it’s great news for Top Chef fans, many of whom wanted to take their knives and cut their throats every time she had to hack up a few scripted lines. I have an idea: Make Dave and Tiffani co-hosts; just watching them fight with each other will be television that far exceeds anything Katie Lee could deliver.

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo’s “Top Chef” [Televisionary via Defamer]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.