Duck Dynasty’s Willie turned down Survivor, wanted to be on Amazing Race

Duck Dynasty cast member Willie Robertson applied for The Amazing Race and was rejected, but was cast on Survivor, which he turned down because his wife, Korie, told him, “They’ll make you look like a redneck.”

This was before the A&E series, which started airing in 2012 and did not make Willie look like a redneck.

Parade magazine’s story on the show reveals that, and also gets the cast members to talk more openly about how scripted the show is, at least in terms of the set-up situations.

Jase said that producers “come up with ideas, but I get to be myself in those ideas.” Alan was more blunt: “What actually happens is pretty much a re-creation, because you’re not being followed by cameras every day. Sometimes when a story is retold and shot, it may have been something that happened with Willie and me, and you maybe see it played out between Si and Jase.”

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.

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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.