Clay Aiken (finally) admits he’s gay

Clay Aiken revealed the most unshocking news ever today: He’s gay. He’s coming out on the cover of People magazine, which according to the AP will say, “Yes, I’m Gay,” with the quotation, “I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things.”

Clay recently became a father of a boy, Parker Foster Aiken, via artificial insemination. People is holding the story until 7 a.m., allowing time for any remaining Claymate holdouts to enjoy the feeling of keeping their heads in the sand.

The American Idol 2 runner-up is now the most high-profile contestant on the show to come out; previously, Jim Verrraros came out, as did RJ Helton. This past season, finalist David Hernandez was revealed to be a stripper at a gay club, but he didn’t come out.

Two years ago, six months after a man said he had unprotected sex with Clay in a hotel room, Clay refused to confirm or deny that he was gay on Good Morning America. He said, “It’s what I do in my private life is nobody’s business anymore. Period. You know? It’s one thing to try to be open and talk to people and try to share as much as I can, and of course I want to do that. But at some point, it becomes just really rude, you know?”

And at some point, apparently, it just becomes so uninteresting that it makes sense to start talking about it so people will pay attention to you again.

Clay Aiken comes out: ‘Yes, I’m gay’ [AP]

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.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.