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Lawyer says Survivor contract’s $5 million in damages clause may be “invalid”

Like other reality TV show participant contracts, the Survivor cast member contract includes a clause that disclosing information about the show in advance will result in “liquidated damages” of $5 million per incident, which is not, as the contract says, a “penalty.” On Concurring Opinions, George Washington University professor of law Lawrence A. Cunningham analyzes …

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American Idol’s fake apology gets indignation from people still surprised at its insincerity

Last night, American Idol 10 opened its Austin audition episode with an on-screen apology. It said, “American Idol would like to apologize for last week’s outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler. Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again.” Then the show began with an auditioner named Jake Muck, who Steven …

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Chad Rogers insists his decision to leave Million Dollar Listing wasn’t “mutual” by having his lawyer threaten a TV critic

Chad Rogers has left Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, something we first learned last April, but the terms of his departure are so important that his lawyer has threatened a TV critic–even though the critic’s reporting is based on something Bravo’s president said. In addition, his lawyer also claimed “Chad enjoys extremely positive publicity.” The Pittsburgh …

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Russell Hantz reacts to Survivor spoiler story; Shannon Elkins says Hantz implicated him

Survivor cast member Russell Hantz has responded to my report about the lawsuit against Jim Early, aka “missyae,” although he did not respond to my request for a comment for the piece itself. Russell wrote on his Facebook wall, “All I’m gonna say is this, everybody wants their 15 min of fame and never believe …

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