Paul missed Biggest Loser finale because he’s hospitalized; has had surgeries, a colostomy

While some cynics have suggested that Paul Marks missed The Biggest Loser 5‘s live finale last Tuesday because he’d gained weight and didn’t want to show up, he’s actually so sick that he’s been hospitalized for most of the time he’s been home, according to his teammate.

Kelly Fields told TV Guide that her ex-husband “is really, really sick. In the past two months he’s spent six weeks in the hospital. He’s had ruptured diverticula and he got a colostomy, which got gangrenous. He’s had [several] surgeries.”

She says Paul “would really love to [have been at the finale], and I’m sorry that he can’t be. He was truly missed. … I’m truly blessed that he still loves me. He’ll make a good husband for somebody, but we’re better off friends than we were as mates.”

For Biggest Loser’s Kelly Fields, Ex Marked the Spot [TV Guide]

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.

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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.