Padma Lakshmi’s delivery explained: she’s a robo-host

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has often been accused of wooden delivery; while it’s not quite of early Big Brother Julie Chen proportions, it can be awkward. But there’s an explanation, beyond the highly rumored one: She’s a robo-host.

Entertainment Weekly reports that “the reason Padma sounds so robotic when she describes the challenges is because she’s wearing an earpiece through which all of the legally approved info is being fed to her.”

That’s a nice excuse, but why can’t she just, you know, memorize her lines? I’ve seen Jeff Probst tell Survivor contestants challenge rules without an earpiece or cue cards, and while he has a CBS standards and practices person and producers standing nearby to make sure what he says remains fair, his on-camera lines aren’t being read and fed to him off-camera.

But at least she has a sense of humor about her job. “I sit on my ass. I eat and I talk. I don’t have a to cook a damn thing. How awesome is that?”

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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