Surprise! Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson break up

The Bachelor 16 couple Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson have broken up just over six months after their season ended with a faux break-up. If we count Jason and Molly, just one of the 16 couples who got together on the show remains together. (Three of the eight Bachelorette couples are still together.)

While they seemed happy five days ago, they said in a statement today,

“After meeting over a year ago, we have decided to end our romantic relationship. The ups and downs weighed heavily on us both and ultimately we started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart, and our need to focus on our respective careers. … We have nothing but the utmost respect for each other, and both feel this is the right decision. We continue to remain friends and will support each other in future endeavors. Thanks to everyone for your love and support, it’s been quite a ride.”

That they stated together this long is the biggest surprise, at least considering the shallowness of their on-screen relationship, with Ben rejecting woman after woman who seemed to have depth and personality, and Courtney playing a shallow game (“I’m winning”) for which she later apologized. Ben pretty much deserved her, though, for being such a twit.

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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