Laila Ali stopped Hulk Hogan from committing suicide

Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali may have been among reality TV’s worst hosts ever during their stint as American Gladiators co-hosts, but their working relationship saved Hulk Hogan’s life.

In his new book My Life Outside the Ring, which comes out next week, Hogan “admits he hit rock bottom after his divorce from ex-wife Linda, even reaching for a gun and putting his finger on the trigger. Fortunately, a phone call from his ‘Gladiators’ co-star Laila Ali, who noticed that Hogan was looking distracted earlier at work, prevented him from ending his life,” according to the New York Daily News.

The paper also reports that, in the book, “Hogan for the first time discusses the legalities of [his son’s car] accident — and complains about some of its possible repercussions: The former WWF champ says a civil suit being brought against him by the family of Nick’s passenger — who is now permanently brain-damaged — is ‘for more money than I’ve made in my whole career.'”

Hogan writes that on their VH1 series Hogan Knows Best, “In public, we were all having the time of our lives, but that public image only further masked the problems that were growing behind the scenes. There were plenty of times when Linda would lose it, but no one wanted to see that kind of ugliness on TV.”

Hulk Hogan discusses nearly attempting suicide before call from Laila Ali in new book [New York Daily News]

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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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.