Bill Maher responds to Donald Trump’s absurd lawsuit

Donald Trump’s ridiculous lawsuit over a Bill Maher joke gave Maher the opportunity to further ridicule The Celebrity Apprentice star, who has crossed the line into absurdity that some of his Apprentice decisions now seem rational by contrast.

The background: Maher joked on The Tonight Show that he’d give $5 million to charity if Donald Trump proved he wasn’t “spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan,” which was Maher’s way of mocking Trump’s similarly idiotic offer during the presidential election.

In his response Friday on HBO’s Real Time, Maher said, in part, that “Donald Trump must learn two things: what a joke is and what a contract is,” and added later, “The legal system in this country–it’s not a joke. It’s not a toy for rich idiots to play with.”

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.