HIV+ Project Runway contestant calls rumor about his time on the show “fictitious”

An HIV positive contestant on Project Runway 4 is denying a rumor about his time on the show–one that, if true or false, may constitute a spoiler (stop reading if you don’t want to know).

An anonymous source told the New York Daily News’ Ben Widdicombe that Jack Mackenroth “is saying he got kicked off not because he lost a challenge, but because he got a ‘staph’ infection and said his face blew up like the kid from ‘Mask.’ He says he was the fifth designer voted off. He is claiming that this was at least part of the reason he was booted.”

Widdicombe notes that “Staphylococcal skin infections can be especially serious for HIV-positive people. Some are also potentially infectious to others.”

However, Mackenroth, who appears briefly in the new Sex and City movie, denied that was the case. But he did that through a statement released by Bravo’s public relations people, not directly. “People will say things about me whether they know me or not. Those were not my words and are fictitious,” he said in the statement.

HIV bias charge hits ‘Runway’ [New York Daily News]

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.