Kim Kardashian quitting reality TV? CBS fires Mark Burnett’s The Job'; Big Brother pregnancy

  • Apocalypse alert: Kim Kardashian said she’ll quit after season nine of Keeping up with the Kardashians because “I’m ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I’m realizing everyone doesn’t need to know everything.” However, she later kind of backtracked in a blog post, though she didn’t deny saying it or promise to stick around.
  • After two absurdly low-rated episodes of the absurdly bad The Job, CBS pulled the show off its schedule. It was produced by Mark Burnett. The network also pulled its dating series 3 after two episodes last summer.
  • Clive Davis came out as bisexual and ripped Kelly Clarkson in his new memoir, but Kelly responded, insisting he is “spreading false information about me and my music” and adding, “I refuse to be bullied.” Clive then responded to her response.
  • Survivor‘s Rob Cesternino is trying to raise $5,000 on Kickstarter to produce Reality Gamemasters, on which reality stars play Risk.
  • Stylista winner Johanna Cox writes about her experience, surprisingly revealing “that shit is so real.”
  • Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz will host season two of Oxygen’s Best Ink replacing Kimberly Caldwell.
  • People who watch “beauty” reality TV are more likely to use tanning beds, though researchers aren’t clear if that’s because tanners are more likely to watch those shows or if those shows inspire people to tan.
  • Big Brother‘s Britney Haynes is pregnant.
  • Donald Trump needs some attention, so he’s reminding us of the petition asking Macy’s to fire him by threatening a lawsuit against its creator.
  • Another unhappy Kitchen Nightmares participant.
  • The Sing-Off loses its star

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    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.