Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell hang out together in a pool

If you’ve ever wondered how American Idol judge Simon Cowell and host Ryan Seacrest spend their off time, wonder no more: They swim together.

It’s not really a secret that they’re actually friends, despite the on-air ribbing, endless gay jokes, and rumors. But who knew that they’d inspired a headline like this one on Just Jared? Shirtless Simon & Ryan Play Poolside.

Yes, the acerbic judge and meterosexual host are half-naked, sipping drinks, and laughing together in Miami, and since the season seven auditions were there in August, they weren’t there for the show. Thus, the mystery of what Simon is hiding under that tight black t-shirt has been solved.

Shirtless Simon & Ryan Play Poolside [Just Jared]

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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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.