Samantha Harris, Susan Lucci “adore” Cloris Leachman

Last week, an alleged anonymous show staffer said that people were “downright concerned” that Cloris Leachman was making Dancing with the Stars 7 “a big joke,” and that co-host Samantha Harris was “sick and tired” of the actress’ antics.

Predictably, people who are actually willing to talk on the record say that the alleged staff member’s allegations in the Chicago Sun-Times are innaccurate–which is either yet another reason not to trust anonymous sources, or an outstanding example of immediate damage control on behalf of the series.

“This story could not be further from the truth. I adore Cloris Leachman and have had so much fun working with her this season. She even peeks into my dressing room each night, on the way to the set, to say hi. She’s wonderfully entertaining and I love how she keeps us all on our toes!” Samantha told People.

The report also said Susan Lucci was “outraged” over Cloris’ success in the competition, but surprise, that’s not true, either. “It’s a ridiculous rumor. I adore Cloris. We are very supportive towards each other. I enjoy her and we have wonderful conversations all the time,” Lucci told the magazine.

Dancing Host Samantha Harris: ‘I Adore Cloris’ [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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