Ellen DeGeneres’ anti-2-hour reality show PSA ignores American Idol, the biggest offender

On her talk show today, Ellen DeGeneres kicked off a fake campaign against “something that’s plaguing our great nation: reality shows that are two hours long.” Her faux PSA is a funny bit, and too much filler certainly is a problem for some shows (The Biggest Loser, I’m looking at your bloated self).

But Ellen conveniently or accidentally forgot to mention American Idol, which she judged last year. If there’s any show guilty of airing overly extended episodes with tons of filler, it’s that Fox series; just tune into any results show, which has about two minutes of actual content and 41 minutes of crap. Survivor‘s two-hour finale, which Ellen does mention (and is three hours with the reunion), isn’t that overstuffed, and when the show has gone to two hours, it’s been the equivalent of two episodes in one.

Here’s the PSA:

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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.