Marcel injured, scarred after a Top Chef viewer hit him in the face with a bottle

Villains are a necessary part of reality shows, because strong narratives need antagonists. But Marcel Vigneron, the supposed villain on Top Chef 2 is rapidly becoming a sympathetic protagonist, the kid who the popular kids pick on just because they can. He may be an annoying ass, but doesn’t deserve the increasing amount of vitriol aimed his way from his fellow competitors–and now, it seems, stupid members of the public.

Marcel was recently attacked an injured by a Top Chef 2 viewer. “This girl came up to me at a nightclub and asked me if I was Marcel from Top Chef,” Marcel tells the Las Vegas Weekly. “The next thing I knew, this bottle struck me, and my friends had to rush me to the hospital. I needed 30 stitches for this.”

He now has “a 1-inch scar over his left eye,” the paper reports, as a result of her hitting him in the face with the bottle.

The person who’s verbally assaulted Marcel the most this season, Ilan Hall, tells the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, “We’re all good friends now that the show is over. I keep in touch with a lot of people … Marcel and I talk a lot.”

But according to Marcel, that’s not exactly true. “He has been calling me every day. He wished me a merry Christmas and says he’s just checking in. (But) I haven’t returned any, because he was such a (jerk) on the show,” Marcel told the Las Vegas Sun.

Marcel Speaks Up! [Las Vegas Weekly]
John Katsilometes on the spicy ‘Top Chef’ competition and two Las Vegas chefs who are bracing for the finale [Las Vegas Sun]
Packing their knives for Hawaii [Honolulu Star-Bulletin]

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Eaten Alive

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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.