Road Rules ends after David is kicked off the show for “leaking information”

At the start of the Road Rules Viewers Revenge season finale, host Drew Bell told David, “You’ve been leaking information to the outside world. I’m sorry, but you have to leave the show immediately.” He left the show, and told us, “The past couple weeks, I’ve been talking way too much, you know, information that people don’t need to know before the show airs. It sucks I didn’t make it to the end, you know, but I fucked up; I can’t point the finger at anybody but myself.”

Because Dave was disqualified, Adam didn’t have to compete in the pit challenge, which makes no sense because he still could have competed since he was voted in. But whatever. Dan defeated Shane and rejoined the cast, while and Tori defeated Kristen and kept her spot on the RV.

The Pit Crew won the challenge, meaning that a male and a female cast member had to go to yet another pit challenge that the producers added just for kicks. Kina volunteered herself, shockingly, but Adam wasn’t a decent enough human being to volunteer, even though he didn’t have to compete in the first pit challenge. So they sent Dan.

Kina defeated Angel, while Monte defeated Dan in the lamest challenge ever. After copying letters from one grid to a blank one, they had to do a word search. Yes, the most poorly executed season in the show’s history came down to a word search, as if they were targeting the 64 to 89 demographic. Even better, Monte and Kina won after finding four words: “Road Rules Viewers Revenge.” So challenging.

Thus, Monte wins a car and check for winning one challenge. For the first time, I felt sympathetic to the argument the selfish RV cast members made about not wanting someone to win who didn’t earn the prizes. Still, if we were to judge the winners based upon how much they suffered for the past 16 weeks, then viewers would win the cars.

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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.