Jeff and Jordan still dating, say, “We should have been off the show two weeks earlier”

For all of you Jeff and Jordan apologists who’ve rewritten your clock faces to have 25 quarter-hour segments, and who freaked out at my suggestion that they were the weakest team whose elimination from The Amazing Race was long overdue, get this: Jeff agrees.

“We got sent on some unfortunate cab rides and got some bad directions, but we also got saved by a non-elimination [round] and a U-turn. We should have been off the show two weeks earlier,” he told People. Jordan adds, “We didn’t communicate well with each other. The whole cab ride in Germany really threw us off for the next two legs. That guy took us probably 40 minutes out of the way and put us so far behind. It just went downhill from there.”

Jeff said that they’re still dating, and that their time on the race was beneficial. “Not winning wasn’t the worst thing ever. We had a great time doing the show. We learned a lot about each other and doing the show made us a stronger couple,” he said.

Although I’ve unapologetically been intensely critical of Jeff in the past, I increasingly appreciate his self-awareness and humor, particularly during their time on the race, which added to their entertainment value. And I appreciate what he also told People when the interviewer asked about doing another reality show: “I think people are getting tired of us and need a break, so we’re going back to our regular lives. We loved every minute of our 15 minutes of fame and I’m sure we’re gonna miss it, so I would never say never.”

Reality Sweethearts Jeff and Jordan: The Amazing Race Made Us Stronger [People]

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.