Survivor’s Jessica “Sugar” Kiper in Celebrity Rehab

Celebrity Rehab lost one reality TV cast member when Michaele Salahi was booted for not actually having an addiction other than to reality TV show cameras, but there is another reality show cast member among the celebrities at the Pasadena Recovery Center: Survivor Gabon runner-up Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, who also appeared briefly on Survivor Heroes vs. Villains.

Last Tuesday, Sugar wrote on Twitter, “I’m going AWAY for a few weeks… And I won’t be able to fb or twitter… Outcome will be good…” Earlier this week, she wrote, “I just wanted to check in and let ya know I’m alive… And SOBER… (gasp!)” Rumorfix confirmed that she’s on the show and said she “is addicted to alcohol.”

Sugar has been linked to Andy Dick, who appeared on the first season of Sober House, and in a tweet this week, Sugar suggested Andy might visit her when family members are allowed to show up.

Sugar, you may recall, was fine with her zero votes on her first season of Survivor, during which she was emotional over the recent death of her father. Before the game, she told me about being recruited for the show and her acting career. In her second appearance, she told me about a pre-game romance and after she was kicked off, revealed that Parvati had pre-game knowledge of Russell Hantz.

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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