Manti Te’o Catfish hoaxer auditioned for The Voice; UK kills their Bachelor; Bering Sea Gold details

  • Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend was actually a real-life Catfish-style hoax that Deadspin suggested he may have been in on, but he insisted in a statement he “was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies.” Ultimately, the story may be about the media’s failures more than anything else.
  • Fascinatingly, the person who was apparently behind the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, auditioned for The Voice, where he “He had this insane sob story before [he sang],” an anonymous production source told Us Weekly. However, he “passed a background check and psych evaluation” and “Nothing came up, no suspicious behavior.” Since he auditioned in front of Usher and Shakira for this upcoming season, it’s possible we’ll see him on the show.

  • Honey Boo Boo’s “Uncle Poodle,” aka Lee Thompson, reveals in an interview that he’s HIV positive as a result of a boyfriend who infected him, and who is now in jail as a result of Thompson turning him in. He calls those who have unsafe sex “damn fools.” He also told Fenuxe, “I want to have my own television show and highlight what it is like being gay in the south. I think I have a good story to tell.”
  • Read this great New York Times Magazine profile of Thom Beers, creator of Deadliest Catch and Storage Wars, among other shows. He talks about the history of the former and how all of his series are “based on the three-act structure, as if I was writing a play.” There are really fascinating behind-the-scenes details about Bering Sea Gold, including how the network wanted to “try to humanize Scott Meisterheim” and also locked the cast into five-year contracts so they wouldn’t demand raises.
  • The UK has cancelled their version of The Bachelor again: BBC3 aired three seasons before dropping it, and now Channel 5 is dropping it after two seasons.
  • Someone at Oxygen decided that All My Babies’ Mamas was too much for even Oxygen, and cancelled plans for the show, delighting those who created and signed a petition to get it cancelled.
  • The Academy Award nominees for documentary feature and short were announced last week. Of the shortlisted films, the final list did not include, sadly, the phenomenal Queen of Versailles or Bully.
  • Another change to Oscar documentary rules: all members can now vote whereas before, only those who attended screenings could vote.
  • Survivor runner-up Lisa Whelchel has been cast in a Tyler Perry movie, while People magazine describes her co-hosting Jeff Probst’s talk show as “several episodes.”
  • The cast of TLC’s Sister Wives are challenging a ban on polygamy in federal court.
  • House Republicans are meeting to talk about “communication with minorities and women” in a room named after a plantation, and the moderator is Real World cast member Rachel Campos-Duffy, whose husband is Sean Duffy, member of Congress.
  • A star of The CW’s Arrow and a season-five cast member of America’s Next Top Model have gotten married.
  • I want to see a reality show with Quentin Tarantino after watching this epic meltdown/tantrum during an interview.
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