Carolyn says she wasn’t fired, but it was a ‘mutual’ decision; George disagrees

Carolyn Kepcher showed up on Good Morning America–ABC’s morning show, not NBC’s–to tell the world that she wasn’t really fired by Donald Trump, she says; instead, she left his company voluntarily.

“In my mind, this was mutual,” Carolyn said. But then she qualified that slightly, saying, “I had different goals, he had other goals; I think we remain friends.” You think? “Donald and I have been talking about my future for some time … and we just had different visions of where I was going to go in this organization,” she added.

Carolyn insisted that her speaking engagmenets “never” interrupted her work, and said “I don’t know, I don’t remember that” about the reported time when she was MIA and made Donald Trump wait.

During hre interview, Carolyn watched a clip of George saying that Carolyn developed an ego and “bask[ed] in the glory of the limelight.” Carolyn resisted the opportunity to George-bash, saying, “I love George. I respect George. I disagree with everything he just said.”

The most shocking part of the interview came in the introduction. “In fact, a lot of us tuned in to watch Carolyn every week,” Diane Sawyer said in that insipid, patronizing tone she has. And I thought Julie Chen was the most clueless morning show anchor.

‘Apprentice’ Co-Star Says Donald Didn’t Dump Her [Good Morning America]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.