After being beaten up by Insider panel, Spencer apologizes, Heidi will try to be “more positive”

The Insider’s panel of pseudo-journalists and C-list celebrities may be establishing itself as the go-to jury for taking down reality stars who need to be challenged. As ironic as it is, a tabloid TV show–a genre that usually revels in publicist-fed fluff or sensational non-news–is doing the work journalists should do.

After taking down Jon Gosselin, The Insider’s panel went after Heidi and Spencer yesterday, and were challenged on Spencer’s attack on Al Roker and on their bullshit in general.

At time, I wish the panel had gone further in challenging Heidi and Spencer, and avoided taking the childish, ad hominem attack route, which Chris Jacobs does. But when he goes after Spencer, the couple relents. Heidi says, “We will work on being more positive,” and Spencer actually apologizes to Al Roker, and even writes a live apology tweet.

Of course, I don’t believe they’ll change their self-promoting ways, or that Heidi will ever get a clue about what Spencer is doing, but these eight minutes are pretty awesome, at least:

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about the writer

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.