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Posts from: February 2012

Jeff Rice may have been forced to take cocaine, which was found in his stomach

The mysterious death of freelance reality show producer Jeff Rice may have been caused by poisoning by cocaine, a combination of the information contained in the two initial reports about his death: his wife suspected poisoning , while police called it an overdose. But while cocaine was found in his stomach–an unusual place for that …

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Police blame cocaine overdose, not poisoning, for producer’s death in Uganda

Police in Uganda say that The Amazing Race, Destination Truth, and Whale Wars facilitating producer Jeff Rice wasn’t poisoned, but instead suspect that he died of a cocaine overdose. “Those were misreported rumors about this being some kind of attack by thugs. We do not believe that, and we do not believe this was any …

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Jeff Rice, who helped make Whale Wars, Destination Truth, Amazing Race possible, remembered as a “gifted person”

To most viewers, Jeff Rice was a name that flashed by in a second during the credits at the end of an episode of a favorite reality series, such as Destination Truth, Whale Wars, or The Amazing Race. But as a facilitating producer, he helped made it possible for those shows to film in remote …

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Ethan Zohn getting his second stem cell transplant today

Survivor Africa winner and generally amazing person Ethan Zohn will get his second stem cell transplant today, part of his treatment for the recurrence of cancer. Survivor Amazon winner and Ethan’s girlfriend Jenna Morasca is tweeting updates. Earlier this month, he told his show Everyday Health, “I’m extremely … I’m scared. I’m nervous. I’m anxious. …

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Courtney’s fake wedding vows to Ben taken from Sex and the City break-up scene

The bizarre fake wedding that Courtney Robertson that she and/or The Bachelor producers planned for Ben Flajnik included the two reading vows they’d written to one another–except Courtney’s were written by a writer for a TV show, Sex and the City, and even more hilariously, came from a break-up scene. The dialogue came from a …

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Amazing Race, Destination Truth, Whale Wars producer dies from poisoning in Africa

A producer who worked on The Amazing Race, Whale Wars, and Destination Truth, among other reality shows, has died after being poisoned in Africa, according to a report. A colleague, who also worked as a facilitating producer, survived. Destination Truth star Josh Gates first tweeted about Rice’s death on Sunday, and yesterday, tweeted a photo …

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Endurance cast member on Intervention, addicted to snorting “bath salts”

Last night’s Intervention featured Skyler Russell, a 24-year-old addicted to a drug disguised as bath salts; he appeared at age 14 on the first season of Discovery Kids’ Endurance (which was Survivor for teenagers). He and his orange team partner placed fifth; that season’s winner was The Real World Cancun cast member Jonna Mannion. The …

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Incredible finish not enough to change my mind about Amazing Race’s decline

During the last Amazing Race, I broke up with the show and stopped watching. I didn’t regret it. But a combination of CBS’ deplorable but effective stunt casting of two obnoxious Big Brother contestants–and, more importantly, my desire to rekindle an old romance–brought me back last night. I came prepared, consuming a Cougar Town-size glass …

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