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]

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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