Ryan Seacrest uses placenta, not Botox, on his face

During Fox’s panel with American Idol talent and producers in Los Angeles today, Ryan Seacrest admitted that he stays youthful by applying something to his face. But it’s not the rumored Botox injections: it’s the organ that keeps babies stocked with nutrients while they hang out in their mother’s uterus.

Someone started to ask Seacrest, “You’ve been with the show since the onset,” and was interrupted by Ryan, who joked, “And you’re saying I don’t look it.”

The person asking the question said, “You don’t look it. What’s the secret?”

Seacrest didn’t miss a beat and said: “Placenta.”

While he was probably joking, placenta cream is actually a real thing, and you can buy various placenta products online.

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.