Amber Portwood loses primary custody of her kid

Teen Mom star has lost custody of the baby that made her an MTV reality star, as a judge gave custody to the kid’s father, Gary Shirley. But it does not have anything to do with her arrest for arrest for domestic battery against Shirley. (Last week, Amber rejected a plea deal to settle the charges of felony domestic battery and child neglect.)

TMZ reports that “an Indiana judge decided he was a more suitable parent” in part because “Child Protective Services recommended that Gary have primary custody because of recent vandalism to Amber’s house and car,” and “both parties agreed it would be best for baby Leah to stay with Gary until further notice.” She will have visitation.

As to the vandalism, The Daily Mail notes that she “called police after her Ford Taurus was spray painted with obscene language outside her home in Anderson, Indiana. Her house was also pelted with eggs.”

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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