Real World’s Preston peed on toothbrush to “help” Ryan with “social issues and maturity”

We’ve yet to see what happens with the already infamous toothbrush-peeing incident on The Real World New Orleans 2, but the cast member at the center of it, Preston Roberson-Charles, has offered an odd justification for his actions even while saying he “will be vindicated.”

“I think when it comes to the conflict with Ryan Leslie and I, it was his basic lack of interest in social issues and maturity. I wanted to help him with it, but he wouldn’t allow us to do that,” Preston told the Boston Herald. “When people watch what happened, I think I will be vindicated.”

He also said that “A lot of people know about the toothbrush incident, but they only got one side of the story. I’m not saying it is excusable, but you will understand the reason why I acted the way that I did.”

Meanwhile, Ashlee Feldman said that news reports about the incident, which she called “stuff circulating about Ryan in the press[,] … brought the whole house down and the vibe of the house changed.” Odd that it was news reports that did that, and not, you know, the actual incident.

Hub’s Preston, Ashlee flush out ‘Real World’ incident [Boston Herald]

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.