Tom Bergeron wants celebs to “to cry like a baby … “to see if it forces [Samantha] to lactate”

Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron tends to stay on the cheesy side of wit during the show’s broadcasts, but off-camera, he’s a lot edgier, or at least grosser. With his co-host Samantha Harris returning Monday, he says he has a plan to make the show extra-entertaining, as if her flubs aren’t fun enough.

Tom wants the celebrities “to cry like a baby when she’s interviewing them — just to see if it forces her to lactate on television,” he told TV Guide. “It actually happened to my wife once when she was out at dinner and a baby started crying at another table. It’s that inner wiring that keeps the species alive.”

He also got Samantha to admit she likes smelling her new baby’s head. “My girls are 19 and 17 now and I’m having a lot of ‘sense’ memory just talking to Samantha. I said, ‘Doesn’t baby head smell great?’ And she said, ‘You’re right. Baby head is wonderful.'” And there’s a sentence that would be terrific out of context.

Dancing with the Stars Backstage Report: Samantha’s Coming Back! [TV Guide]

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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