Simple Life staff directed to “write something nice” to “show our support” for Paris Hilton

An executive at Bunim-Murray, the company that produces The Simple Life, sent a memo to staff members asking them to “show our support” in a card for the incarcerated star of their fake reality show.

The memo, obtained and published by TMZ, asks those who “have worked on any Simple Life productions in any capacity” to “feel free to visit Paul Yuan’s desk and sign a card that will be sent to Paris in jail. We would like to show our support, so please write something nice and sign your name with your position in the company.” It was sent yesterday afternoon by Bart Peele, vice president for operations.

Besides scripting their “reality” show, the company also wants to script the card, just in case the “write something nice” demand wasn’t insistent enough. The memo basically tells the staff what to write, and they are not allowed to be bitchy: “Something like ‘Girl, I always thought you would look good in orange! Bart Peele, Operations’ is not what we have in mind while “Stay Strong! Jeff Jenkins, Producer” is.”

“Simple Life” Boss to Staff: No Paris Bashing! [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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