Jon Gosselin ordered to stop appearances TLC calls “inconsistent with the image of our show”

On Thursday, TLC won a temporary injunction against Jon Gosselin that prevents him from making public appearances, at least until an April 19 trial. People reports that TLC’s Chief Operating Officer Edward Sabin testified that “Jon surrounded by scores of bikini-clad women is inconsistent with the image of our show” and it is “embarrassing” for the network.

While any excuse to keep Jon out of public works for me, and of course he did sign a contract, I find a TV network dictating someone’s life to be mildly disturbing, especially when those are predicated on some kind of arbitrary determination of the “image” of a series that has left eight children traumatized and became popular because of its depiction of marital dysfunction.

Judge Halts Jon Gosselin’s Media Appearances [People]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.