Ellen DeGeneres won’t host Idol Gives Back, some of which will be taped Sunday

Ellen Degeneres won’t host next Wednesday’s special two-hour fundraising/self-congratulating telethon Idol Gives Back. Instead, Ryan Seacrest will host the entire show, which will be partially taped this Sunday.

“Ellen, we were told, couldn’t do it due to personal production pressure and it’s going to be taken over by Ryan,” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told reporters today, according to Zap2it. The talk show host “is backing out of the charity event due to an unforeseen production schedule that conflicts with her show,” Access Hollywood reported earlier.

Also of note: The show won’t entirely be live, as parts will tape on Sunday. Lythoe told reporters, “we’re doing part of the show on the Sunday at the Kodak Theatre and then obviously live in the studio.”

Ellen DeGeneres Out as ‘Idol’ Gives Back Co-Host [Zap2it]
Ellen backs out of hosting ‘Idol Gives Back’ [Access Hollywood]

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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