Bob screams at a contestant, says he was “cussing like I’ve never cussed before”

Bob Harper, the more mild-mannered Biggest Loser trainer who has described his work as “God’s calling,” unloaded on a contestant during Tuesday’s episode, resulting in more fireworks than were on the first episode of American Idol 8.

Before Bob started screaming, he said in an interview, “I was so pissed during that last chance workout because I just didn’t think she was doing what she was capable of.”

Once Joelle stopped running on the treadmill, Bob screamed, “What the fuck, Joelle? … You stop at 20 seconds every fucking time.” He kept screaming at her, and Jillian was thrilled. “I have never seen Bob that mad. Never!” she told her trainees.

Watch Bob flip out:

The Biggest Loser: The Blowout [Hulu]

The Sing-Off loses its star

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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

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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.

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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.