Julie Chen watches the live feeds while she gets ready for The Early Show

First she laughed at her nickname. Then she acquired a mug with her likeness on it.

But now Julie Chen has gone too far. She admits that she watches the live fees from the Big Brother house.

“I’ll have the feed on when I’m getting ready for the show. I catch myself watching it but I can understand why people waste hours during the day not doing their work,” Julie Chen tells the Sioux City Journal. At first, she says, “I didn’t but then my director from ‘The Early Show’ will say, ‘Oh, my god. These people are crazy. You’ve got to get in here and check this out.’”

What’s next? Is she going to start live blogging the show while she hosts it? Does she just want our jobs, or to be friends with those of us who mock her and the show? Or is she just, like, a good-natured human being who is as fascinated by the weirdness as we are?

Two minutes with Julie Chen [Sioux City Journal]

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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.