More Top Chef spin-offs; Mark Cuban challenges Donald Trump; 16 and Pregnant abortion

  • Shark Tank star Mark Cuban had a brilliant response to Donald Trump’s pointless and moronic offer: “Donald, you shave your head, $1 million to any charity you want.” In related news, a Chrysler vice president told Trump on Twitter, “you are full of shit!”
  • Top Chef judge Gail Simmons tells the Washingtonian that she doesn’t know whether or not Top Chef: Just Desserts will ever return, but promises “there will be more great, exciting shows in the Top Chef brand.” (Eater amusingly speculates about what those shows could be, such as “Top Chef: Babies” and “Top Chef: Deep Space Nine.”) She also, however, insists that blogs “were in their infancy” when the show started. In 2006. Not quite.
  • The Bachelor got a politically motivated and critical shout-out from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre at the end of Thursday’s episode. His vanity card directed viewers to an uncensored version online that said, in part, “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?”
  • 16 and Pregnant star Jamie McKay revealed on Twitter (2, 3) that she had an abortion, writing, “I chose abortion. I chose it out of fear. I made a mistake and I can’t take it back.”
  • Amazing how MTV and Jersey Shore‘s response to Sandy’s aftermath was more sensitive and thoughtful than Bravo’s. In a press release, Bravo said, and this is very real: “Hurricane Sandy may have rained on our Halloween parade, but nothing can dampen Andy Cohen’s spirit as he hosts Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live…” Really? Raining on Halloween? Yeah, that’s what matters.
  • Dancing with the Stars all-star Bristol Palin is selling her Dodge Challenger on Craigslist for $27,500. Why sell it there? She wrote on her blog, “Faithful readers know I love Craigslist!!”
  • Your OWN Show winner Zach Anner talked to Lifehacker about his work space and habits, the reality show he won (Rollin’ with Zach, “a lot of fun and immediately cancelled”), and his new web series Riding Shotgun, the first episode of which is below.
  • Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

    John Rocker

    In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


    Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

    Dick Donato

    The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

    Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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