Top Chef 3’s Dale, Project Runway 4’s Jack dating, having safe sex

Two Bravo reality stars have announced that they are dating one another. Top Chef 3‘s Dale Levitski and Project Runway 4‘s Jack Mackenroth are officially a couple. Unless I’m forgetting someone forgettable, this marks the network’s first inter-show romance.

Dale told OutZone, which is owned by Bravo, that despite their Bravo connection, the two “randomly met over Myspace. And then we bumped into each other at the OUT100 party and clicked.” Jack told the site that their relationship is “very baby steps. I really like him a lot. And geography is a bit of an issue, but we’ll see where it goes. I like him a lot. I assume he likes me a lot. Unless he’s lying…(laughter)… He’s adorable. I like keeping it incestuous, keep it in the Bravo family.”

After the news broke, Jack, who is HIV positive, wrote on his blog that there were “concerns about our different HIV status.” Jack says “safer sex is VERY easy to practice and doesn’t detract from the experience in any way,” but that “I’m not going to delve into our sexual proclivities but all is good on the Jack/Dale front. Furthermore my viral load is undetectable which means that when they do a blood test they are unable to find any virus in my blood. That low level of HIV is due to the medication I take and regularly monitoring my status. This combined with safer sex practices allows two people with different HIV status to have a full, healthy relationship.”

Jack and Dale: Dating [OutZone]
Me and Dale [Jack Mackenroth]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.