Jennifer Aniston’s MTV reality show not real, unsurprisingly

A report that Jennifer Aniston will be the star of an MTV docu-soap series is not true, even though it makes perfect sense that an A-list star would sign on to expose her private life on MTV (please!).

Fox News reported last month that “MTV programming president Tony DiSanto and senior VP Liz Gateley are leaving the network to form their own production company, and insiders tell FOX411.com they have their sights set on upgrading from D-List to A-list,” specifically Jennifer Aniston. An anonymous “insider” told Fox News that “[w]hen I saw that Jennifer Aniston showed up at the premiere for ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’ in Los Angeles last summer, I was like, ‘OK–something’s up.’ It was very smart for Tony to align himself in that way.”

But Tony says nothing’s up. Showbiz Spy picked up the story a month later, and Gossip Cop followed up on that report, and their report was widely disseminated because the media and crappy gossip blogs thrive on picking up month-old anonymously sourced stories and oversimplifying them and repeating them without bothering to tell readers where the information came from.

Anyway, DiSanto told Gossip Cop, “While I’m a huge fan of hers, it is news to me that we are working together,” but says he would be “happy to meet [her], though.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.