Reporters interviewing Amber “must agree not to ask … about the controversial remarks”

In a story about controversies this season on Big Brother, the AP’s Derrik J. Lang reveals that journalists are being asked to limit their questions beyond previous limits in order to get access to the jury members.

Selected “reporters granted access to houseguests-turned-jury members have been told by CBS they must agree not to ask [Amber] Siyavus or [Jameka] Cameron about the controversial remarks” that Amber made if she’s evicted this week. Previously, “reporters interviewing the six sequestered evictees who will make up the show’s jury and decide the $500,000 grand-prize winner usually agree to only ask houseguests about conversations that they were physically present for in the house,” the story says (disclosure: I’m quoted in the story).

Why can’t they even be asked about things they said and conversations in which they participated? “A CBS spokeswoman said asking Siyavus or Cameron about the comments could influence the jury voters and affect the integrity of the game,” the AP reports.

If Amber does get evicted, we’ll see what media organizations decide to play along and ask softball questions just to get access to her. But the Associated Press will not be one of them; the story says that, as a result of CBS’ demands, “The AP will decline to interview Siyavus and Cameron.”

Controversial remarks and a physical altercation fuel ‘Big Brother 8′ [AP]

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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