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Reality Show Contestant Kills, Eats Protected Bird

'What I did disrespected New Zealand, and I'm sorry,' he says

(Newser) - The New Zealand Department of Conservation describes the weka as a "large, brown flightless bird that has a famously feisty and curious personality." It is also "fully protected," the department says—meaning reality show contestants definitely shouldn't kill and eat them. An American contestant on...

HGTV Star Files to Divorce 3rd Husband

Christina Hall, nee Haack, files to divorce Joshua Hall

(Newser) - Christina Hall will soon be Christina Haack once again after filing to divorce her third husband, Joshua Hall. Haack shot to fame with her first husband, Tarek El Moussa, when they turned their house-flipping venture into the HGTV reality series Flip or Flop in 2013 . They split in 2016 after...

Deadliest Catch Star Nick Mavar Dies at 59
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'Go-To Guy' on Deadliest Catch Is Dead at 59

Nick Mavar suffered a medical emergency in Alaska

(Newser) - A skilled deckhand on Deadliest Catch, known as his captain's "go-to guy" has died. TMZ reports that Nick Mavar, 59, who once toiled on the commercial fishing vessel F/V Northwestern on the Discovery Channel reality show, died Thursday in the Alaskan city of Naknek, according to a rep...

Alec Baldwin, Wife, 7 Kids Are Getting a Reality Show

Despite the fact that actor's manslaughter trial looms

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin's big-enough-for-a-baseball-lineup family is getting its own reality show, despite the fact that the actor is soon to go on trial for manslaughter . Also starring in the series will be his wife, Hilaria (whose biggest scandal to date has to do with whether or not she's Spanish...

Stats Say Love on 'The Bachelor' Lacks Staying Power

After 40 seasons, including spinoff 'The Bachelorette,' only 8 couples stuck together

(Newser) - Of the 40 couples joined by a final rose on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series, not too many have gone on to live in marital bliss. Per the New York Times , only eight are still together, a paltry 20% success rate. And while a new spin on the franchise,...

Vanderpump Rules Star Sues Over Reality Show Drama
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Vanderpump Rules' 'Scandoval' Turns Into Legal Drama

Rachel Leviss says Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix produced and distributed revenge porn

(Newser) - A reality television scandal (known as "Scandoval") has turned into a legal drama, with one of the stars of Bravo's Vanderpump Rules suing two of the reality show's other stars, alleging they produced and distributed revenge porn against her. If almost none of that sentence made...

Septuagenarian Who Went Looking for Love on TV Weds

'Golden Bachelor' Gerry Turner, 72, marries fiancee Theresa Nist, 70, in live event aired on ABC

(Newser) - Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist are single no more. The 72-year-old star of ABC's Golden Bachelor reality show and the 70-year-old woman he chose to wed tied the knot on Thursday at Southern California's La Quinta Resort & Club, in a live event streamed to the masses. It...

Love Is Blind Contestant Sues Over 'Walking Red Flag' Fiance

Renee Poche alleges that Netflix reality dating show forced her to stay with 'abusive' partner

(Newser) - Love may be blind, but according to a former contestant who competed on a Netflix reality show based on that concept, it's producers who turned a blind eye to her "abusive" matchup. People reports on a new lawsuit filed by Renee Poche, who competed on Season 5 of...

Chrisley Knows Best Stars Sentenced in Fraud Case
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Reality TV Stars Now Have Shorter Sentences

Todd Chrisley of 'Chrisley Knows Best' goes from 12 to 10 years; his wife, Julie, loses a year

(Newser) - Months into their sentences, Todd and Julie Chrisley are serving shorter sentences than those imposed by a federal court in November. Records show Todd Chrisley is scheduled to be released from prison on Jan. 22, 2033, two years earlier than the original date, USA Today reports. Julie Chrisley's release...

Another Chrisley Is in Trouble With the Law

Kyle Chrisley, son of reality star Todd Chrisley, has been arrested for assault in Tennessee

(Newser) - We're beginning to think that maybe the Chrisleys don't know best. Not even four months after reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced to time behind bars for fraud and tax evasion, Todd's once-estranged son Kyle, 32, has been arrested in Tennessee. A spokesperson for the...

Chrisleys to Appeal Sentence, Say Government Lied

Reality TV couple 'optimistic' after getting years behind bars on fraud, tax evasion

(Newser) - Todd and Julie Chrisley think they know best about what punishment they should receive after their convictions on bank fraud, tax evasion, and other charges—and it's not the prison sentences that were handed down this week . Todd Chrisley, 53, one half of the USA Network's Chrisley Knows ...

Nun Who Won Italy's The Voice Is No Longer a Nun

Cristina Scuccia may also continue to pursue music career

(Newser) - The so-called "Singing Nun" who stunned The Voice of Italy, winning the reality TV singing competition in 2014 , is no longer a nun. Cristina Scuccia was a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family convent in Milan when she auditioned on the Italian version of the popular...

Reality TV Stars Guilty of Fraud, Tax Evasion

Todd, Julie Chrisley will be sentenced in October

(Newser) - Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the reality television show Chrisley Knows Best, were found guilty Tuesday in Atlanta on federal charges including bank fraud and tax evasion. The Chrisleys were initially indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in February of this year. Their trial began...

CBS Announces Change to 'Cursed Idea' Reality Show

'The Activist' was set to have activists compete; after backlash, it will be a documentary special

(Newser) - Update: The people spoke, producers listened. A CBS reality show focusing on activism is undergoing a format change after intense criticism. The Activist, which had been set to be a competition, is being transformed into a primetime documentary special, Rolling Stone reports. "The push for global change is not...

Honey Boo Boo Star on Mom's Addiction, Life at 15
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Honey Boo Boo Star on Mom's Addiction, Life at 15

'I'm proud of myself for how far I've come,' Alana Thompson tells 'Teen Vogue'

(Newser) - Don't call her Honey Boo Boo. About to turn 16, Alana Thompson feels far removed from the child pageant star she was a decade ago, even if she's still filming reality shows. No longer the center of attention as she was in TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras and...

Cops Creator Dead: John Langley Was Competing in Race

The 78-year-old apparently suffered a heart attack in Baja, Mexico

(Newser) - John Langley, who helped introduce the world to reality television with his show Cops, died Saturday while competing in an off-road race in Baja, Mexico. The 78-year-old suffered an apparent heart attack, Variety reports. It took Langley years to find a network for his fledgling show before it landed at...

'Bonkers' New Dating Show Could Be Crucial for Netflix

'Sexy Beasts' may prove integral to streaming platform's strategy

(Newser) - First we had Fox's The Masked Singer , then Netflix's Love Is Blind . Now, a combination of the two. Sexy Beasts is a new reality dating show from Netflix that has contestants vying for a love match based on personality only; their looks are concealed by costumes—involving "...

Longtime Host Won't Return to Bachelor After Racial Debate

Chris Harrison had said he wanted to host again

(Newser) - Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor franchise since it launched in 2002, won't be returning. He's been off the air since March after he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant who went to a plantation-themed party in 2018 and liked Confederate flag-related TikTok videos. Harrison, who blamed the "...

Guy 'Trapped' in Boy Band Contest Begged Viewers to Boot Him

Vladislav Ivanov made the mistake of agreeing to be on Chinese reality TV and instantly regretted it

(Newser) - Many people eagerly allow themselves to be subjected to unpleasant situations in the name of reality television. For Vladislav Ivanov, that wasn't quite the case. Thanks to his Mandarin skills, the 27-year-old from Russia had originally been recruited to serve as a teacher and translator for Produce Camp 2021,...

Some Context From the 'Virgin Bachelor': 'I'm Gay'

Colton Underwood talks about his realization with 'GMA'

(Newser) - Like many Americans, Colton Underwood has spent the last year in reflection. And what he discovered surprised him. "I'm gay," the former star of The Bachelor told Robin Roberts of Good Morning America on Wednesday. "I came to terms with that earlier this year and have...

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