Idol producer: banter isn’t scripted, but if it was, Ryan and Simon “would have both come out”

The executive producer of American Idol denies a tabloid report’s claims that parts of the show are scripted or planned in advance.

“I don’t make notes. Simon keeps to himself in his trailer before the show with a feed, so he can listen to the music,” Nigel Lythgoe tells TMZ.

The tabloid claimed Lythgoe “watches the rehearsals and writes notes on who Simon should make snarky remarks about,” and also said that “Most of these rifts [between host Ryan Seacrest and Cowell] have been outlined.”

Lythgoe said that wasn’t true, either. “If I would have written any of that it would have been a lot funnier, to be frank. I wouldn’t have kept this gay angst going for so long. They would have both come out by now in my story,” he said.

Simon Is Not Nigel’s Bitch [TMZ]

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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