Blogging from prison, Matty explains “how I went from Big Brother to the Big House”

Matthew McDonald, aka Matty from Big Brother 9, is blogging from inside a federal prison in Mass. where he is serving a three year term for distributing drugs. And his three posts so far are probably the most honest and surprising pieces of writing by a former reality TV cast member that I have ever read.

In January, Matty pled guilty to being part of a drug ring that included his season’s winner, Adam Jasinski, who sentenced to four years in prison. Matty is now serving three years in federal prison, after which he’ll have five years of supervised release; he also has to pay a $50,000 fine.

In three blog posts, Matt is surprisingly apologetic, contrite, and honest. (The one thing he doesn’t address directly is the still-pending charges after being arrested for beating up his pregnant fiance; he only says, “I DO NOT hit women. I love women. I may have been an asshole when it came to matters of the heart, but I don’t hit–it’s just not who I am.”)

In Big Brother, he “got so addicted to the whole ‘fast life’ after the show: money, cars, trips, women, drugs, and my then new found fame…faster than I got addicted to those pills. I never took into account where all these pills were going and whose lives I was ruining while I was making money. It sickens me to even think about it. For that, I truly apologize.”

In his second post, Matty discusses the his most recent post, Matty repeats his apologies: “I’d like to sincerely apologize once again to my friends, and most importantly, my family…for ALL of my actions…not just the drug dealing over the years that led me to this foreign land of embarrassment and shame.”

That’s quite the contrast from, say, the reality show cast member who’s still unapologetic about using his own feces to write his name on his jail cell wall.

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.

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.