Joey: “I failed to realize that Real World is known for getting bombed all the time”

Real World Hollywood cast member Joey Kovar checked himself into rehab earlier during the season, and although he returned, he decided to leave the house because his roommates’ lack of support. However, executive producer Jim Johnston told the Chicago Sun-Times, “We’re not done with him yet.” In other words, he’ll be back.

Joey is the second person to leave the house this season, although Greg was fired and left involuntarily. Meanwhile, the producers forced two other cast members to take anger management classes. Oh, and the cast is doing improv because they are very different from previous casts with their career goals and all.

Joey now says that he’s glad to have gone on the show, but he signed up without knowing what he was getting into. “I failed to realize that Real World is known for getting bombed all the time,” he told Us Weekly, which probably means he’s never watched the show, because seriously, how could you not know that? As to his departure, he says, “All the roommates had promised, ‘Oh we’re gonna change if you come back [from a stint in rehab].’ It was just a bunch of b.s. ’cause nothing changed.”

Still, he doesn’t regret the experience. “If I didn’t go to rehab, if I didn’t get on the Real World, what would have happened? Would I have stayed clean then? Everything happens for a reason.” He details his history to the magazine, including his cocaine, ecstasy, and steroid usage, in addition to his 2006 attempted suicide. The magazine reports that he “is now working as a personal trainer” and “has been sober since September.”

Stress of ‘Real World’ drives Joey to … quit [Chicago Sun-Times]
Real World: Hollywood’s Joey Kovar: I Used Coke & Ecstasy Daily [Us Weekly]

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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