Watch Richard Hatch’s new gig: spokesperson for IRStaxSurvivor.com

Survivor winner and Celebrity Apprentice cast member Richard Hatch has been working this spring as the celebrity spokesperson for something that has to do with the IRS and taxes. In the awesome commercial below, he actually says, “You can be an IRS survivor,” and the ad directs people to both a phone number and a web site, IRStaxSurvivor.com.

A disclaimer on the web site says, curiously, that “MMAC Group, LLC and IRSTaxSurvivor.com, are not a lawyer referral service or prepaid legal services plan. We are a media company and do not provide tax relief services. We may refer you to Certified Public Accounts, Enrolled Agents and/or Tax Attorneys but do not endorse or recommend them.”

So what do they do? A press release last month actually does not say what the company does, but instead discusses its relationship with Richard, noting that said “Hatch spent 51 months in federal prison because of his well known and documented tax problems with the IRS,” and adding that he “is well qualified to be the celebrity spokesperson for www.irstaxsurvivor.com because he knows more than most how difficult it is to ‘survive’ a serious IRS tax problem with the IRS.”

While Richard survived going to prison–including being sent back after being released–does being convicted and imprisoned make one a good spokesperson for not being convicted and imprisoned?

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.

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.