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.

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.