Trump says he rejected Dancing with the Stars cast for Apprentice

As if Donald Trump’s superlative nonsense and excessive exaggeration hadn’t already reached absurd levels, he bragged yesterday about how much more amazing his Celebrity Apprentice cast is compared to the Dancing with the Stars cast.

“I look at ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and I like the show — and I look at this and I look at the casts and we blow them away. It’s not even a contest,” he told Entertainment Tonight. Despite having quite a few non-household names on his cast, Trump bragged that “A couple of the people from ‘Dancing with the Stars’ wanted to be on this and they got rejected!”

I’ll admit that his show does do a great job of exposing celebrities for who they really are, but let’s not pretend that Selita Ebanks and Curtis Stone are more famous than the people ABC digs up from the D-list. Of course, we also shouldn’t pretend that anything Trump says is anything but bullshit.

Donald Trump Hires 14 New Stars for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ [Entertainment Tonight]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.