Paula Abdul: “I loved that people laughed, it was funny”

To officially end the days of slow news week pseudo-controversy over her on-air screw-up, Paula Abdul says she is glad people are laughing at her, and she even mocked herself, thereby making it nearly impossible for those people to laugh at her any more.

“I have fun poking fun at a situation that’s so ridiculous. I’m the queen of taking the seriousness out of [it] … I loved that people laughed, it was funny. Honestly, it was a silly thing [that happened on Idol]. We were all confused … I did exactly what the producers told me to do … It’s all good,” she told People.

At a Lupus L.A. event, Paula presented an award to her doctor, and asked him, “By the way, are you singing two songs tonight?” She also said that he “helped save my business and my professional life,” and then joked, “By the way, they’re causing me to say very mumbly-jumbly things on Idol. Help me.”

Meanwhile, executive producer and Fremantle executive Cecile Frot-Coutaz says Paula’s job is safe. “I love that everyone was talking about it. It was so unexpected. It was something that took up 2 seconds of airtime. You’d think there was no other news on television,” she told the AP. “Why would we get rid of Paula?”

That’s a fantastic question, considering Paula’s screw-up was the most interesting thing to happen on the show over the past few months. Plus, if they really were going to fire her, there were many other far more opportune moments.

Paula Abdul: ‘No One Understands Me’ [People]
‘Idol’ boss says Paula isn’t going anywhere [AP]

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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