Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff break up

Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff, who’ve been together since appearing together on Dancing with the Stars 3 in late 2006, have broken up.

“Karina has parted ways with her two year relationship with Mario Lopez. The relationship wasn’t heading in the right direction,” Karina’s spokesperson told People.

Mario’s statement was a bit more upbeat, and in first person: “Karina and I have the utmost respect for each other. She is a phenomenal and talented woman. I support her always and feel blessed to have her in my life,” he said via his representative.

A year ago, they moved in together. This April, Karina denied that they’d broken up.

Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff Split [People]

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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