Ryan Seacrest says there’s “a plan” for phone sex number, which he just discovered

News that American Idol 8‘s top 13 presents a unique problem with the voting phone numbers–the next number in the sequence, 1-866-IDOLS-13, is actually a phone sex line–has just reached host Ryan Seacrest.

Ryan discovered this a half-hour ago, tweeting, “crap, were gonna have a problem on Idol tonight – just dialed 1-866-IDOLS-13 and its not quite SFW.”

A few minutes ago, he posted an update on Twitter, writing, “oh man…1-866-IDOLS-00 is dirty too, lol. Just talked to one of the Idol producers and they have a plan…*crossing fingers*”

His comments don’t make it clear if the producers knew before MJ’s Big Blog and Dial Idol broke the news, but having “a plan” doesn’t sound to me like they planned far enough in advance to change all of the phone numbers for all of the contestants.

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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