Emily Maynard, Brad Womack break up; Brad blames himself

The Bachelor 15 couple Brad Womack and Emily Maynard have officially confirmed their unsurprising break-up; their relationship seemed close to ending during the finale and has been the subject of media speculation for months.

Emily confirmed that to People magazine after filming her interview with Chris Harrison about the break-up for a special that will air at the end of the July 11 episode of The Bachelorette (the show is repeating this week’s episode on Monday, July 4).

Brad didn’t join the TV interview, but told People in a brief statement that “the demise of our relationship was completely my fault.” Emily said, “We’re no longer engaged” but “just because we love each other doesn’t mean we’re right for each other.”

In April, tabloid reports suggested that ABC was prohibiting Emily from discussing the end of their relationship, and now that the network is capitalizing on it, that makes some sense.

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.