Paris and Nicole “gave the campers enemas” on The Simple Life 5

Five words you never wanted to hear from Nicole Richie: “We gave the campers enemas,” she says of herself and Paris Hilton. They did so as part of The Simple Life 5, which lets them overact as camp counselors.

She also told Reuters, “We did it outside, so that was a lot of fun. It probably wasn’t that fun for (the campers), but it was definitely interesting. It was something that I never thought I would do before.”

Nor was it ever something we thought we’d have to see on TV. While I was hoping this was just one of the show’s fake, set-up scenes, it’s apparently very real, and a FOX spokesperson says we’ll see that on the show.

“You’ll see it on camera. It’s probably a 10-minute sequence, which according to the producer of the show will have you on the floor laughing,” Chris Alexander said. Why were campers at a weight loss camp being given enemas? Because, the FOX rep said, camp leader Susan Powter “believes the first step in wellness is cleaning yourself out.”

Paris Hilton, Richie give enemas on “Simple Life” [Reuters]

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.

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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.