2008’s most popular reality TV stories and shows

When I talked with Marcus Lehman in Gabon last June, I had no idea that his penis would generate more interest than any other story I wrote last year. If I’d known that it’d soon be accidentally exposed to the whole world and become insanely popular, I would have at least asked him a few questions about it.

Just like last year, the stories people read the most on reality blurred were about sex, nudity, or a resident physician’s genitalia. Thus, I will be making changes such as replacing morning-after recaps of The Amazing Race with badly Photoshopped fake nude images of its cast members. (I joke, of course.)

The lists below only represents stories published in 2008, as I filter out previous years’ stories to determine what happened last year that was popular; otherwise, the list would be dominated by other porn stories. This may be the solution to the newspaper and magazine industry’s economic woes: publish lots of free porn.

Anyway, here are the most popular pages on reality blurred over the past year, as determined by the popularity of individual stories and of show-specific archive pages.

The 20 Most-Popular reality blurred Stories of 2008

  1. Marcus Lehman’s penis exposed on Survivor [Survivor Gabon]
  2. James appears in more gay porn [Big Brother 9]
  3. Dallas is dating Starr, missed the finale because of lost passport, which was returned [Amazing Race 13]
  4. Ollie and April have (unprotected) sex [Big Brother 9]
  5. Jeff Probst and Julie Berry broke up; Richard Hatch smuggled matches in his ass [Survivor Vanuatu/All-Stars]
  6. Big Brother 9 cast member James appeared in amateur porn, print ad for gay porn [Big Brother 9]
  7. Ad for Idol 8 admits looks matter, not singing [American Idol 8]
  8. Two Big Brother couples have sex [Big Brother 9]
  9. Jessica “Sugar” Kiper: “I’d rather be the innocent pin-up than someone who gets paid to” act [Survivor Gabon]
  10. Nude photo of Amazing Race 13’s Dallas removed [Amazing Race 13]
  11. Jon & Kate Plus 8’s Kate: “we’re certainly not going to hide our imperfections” [Jon & Kate Plus 8]
  12. Design Star’s Mikey Verdugo did gay porn, is an openly gay police officer [Design Star]
  13. New York and Tailor Made will stay together despite her move to California [New York Goes to Hollywood]
  14. Amy Finley said no to a second season of her Food show in part due to blogger “attacks” [Next Food Network Star
  15. Report claims New York and Tailor Made broke up, and I Love New York 3 may follow [I Love New York 2]
  16. Roloff family friend and Little People, Big World cast member Mike Detjen dies [Little People, Big World]
  17. Alex McCord defends nude photos; Jason Colodne sues employer for $55 million over show-related firing The Real Housewives
  18. Paradise Hotel 2 contestant died after filming ended [Paradise Hotel 2]
  19. DeAnna and Jesse break up [The Bachelorette 4]
  20. Keesha was topless in a horror movie [Big Brother 10]

The 20 Most-Popular Reality Shows on reality blurred in 2008

  1. Big Brother 9
  2. Survivor Gabon
  3. Big Brother 10
  4. The Amazing Race 13
  5. The Real World Hollywood
  6. American Idol 7
  7. Real World/Road Rules Challenges
  8. Survivor Micronesia
  9. The Hills
  10. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  11. The Bachelor 12
  12. Dancing with the Stars 6
  13. Paradise Hotel 2
  14. The Celebrity Apprentice
  15. Hell’s Kitchen 4
  16. Project Runway 4
  17. The Biggest Loser 5
  18. The Mole 3
  19. Top Model 10
  20. Project Runway 5
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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, 37, 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.