Krishtine wins I’m from Rolling Stone

Last night from 11 to midnight, MTV burned off the final two episodes of I’m from Rolling Stone. The network pushed the show later into the night, aired new episodes at random times during the week, and sometimes not at all (like last week). That’s not really surprising, since the final two episodes proved the show to be an embarrassment for both MTV and Rolling Stone.

Krishtine de Leon, who called MTV “my creator and my destroyer”, won the job as contributing editor for a year. She and the other candidates were sent to report one final story; those pieces were published on the magazine’s site.

Russell may be talented, as everyone keeps saying, but he proved himself to be a fuck-up and kind of crazy. “Before I die, I need to take a picture of God. That’s my life goal,” he told a friend. Jann Wenner told him, “You kind of just threw the opportunity away and kind of disrespected that opportunity. Even your dress today was disrespectful.”

Krystal (Jagger, thank you very much) basically gave up and decided to use MTV’s cameras to her advantage, walking the red carpet at events and pretending she was a star, at least when she wasn’t trying to get celebrities to pay attention to her. At one event, she told Kathy Hilton that the Hilton family is “royalty” to her, and asked Paris if she could take pictures with her. Tika started strong but then apparently faded. Colin, who kind of disappeared from the show during its run, was “several years away” from working for the magazine, Jann said.

The runner-up was Pete, who “impressed every single editor here, both as an individual and as a hard-working, resourceful, and energetic person,” Jann said. (He went on to work at Wenner’s Men’s Journal, the credits said.) But they gave the job to Krishtine, who earlier ridiculed someone she was interviewing, and basically proved herself incapable of reporting a story without becoming part of it, making herself the center of attention whether she was enthusiastic or bored. Maybe she’s a new kind of me-centered journalist, and if she fits anywhere, she fits at Rolling Stone.

Before announcing the winner, Jann Wenner told the group, “This was a great success for Rolling Stone.” Right. Earlier, he said, “You could be a jerk and turn in a great piece and we’re fine.” On I’m from Rolling Stone, there was certainly no shortage of jerks.

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