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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...

Chris Harrison Won't Host Next Season of Bachelorette

Ex-contestants Tayshia Adams, Kaitlyn Bristowe will, amid controversy over racial insensitivity

(Newser) - Chris Harrison will not host the upcoming season of The Bachelorette following controversy over racially insensitive comments, and will instead be replaced with two former contestants, ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon said in a statement. Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will pick up hosting duties for the show's next...

Reality Star Says Producer Molested Him as a Child

'Little People, Big World' star Jacob Roloff disclosed abuse in Instagram post

(Newser) - One of the stars of TLC reality series Little People, Big World says he has found the "courage and fortitude" to disclose that he was molested as a child by a producer. "After what I realize now was a long grooming process, I was molested by an executive...

CBS Has New Rule for Reality Shows
CBS Has New Rule
for Reality Shows

CBS Has New Rule for Reality Shows

At least half of participants will be people of color

(Newser) - People of ethnic minorities will make up at least half of cast members of CBS reality shows for the 2021-22 season. Or as the Los Angeles Times puts it, "CBS' reality programming is about to get a little bit more real." The network announced a commitment to 50%...

DWTS Loses a Contestant to Surgery

Jeannie Mai told her throat 'would have closed up'

(Newser) - Jeannie Mai will have to dance another day. The Real host withdrew from season 29 of Dancing With the Stars on Monday following emergency surgery to correct a potentially life-threatening condition. Mai was diagnosed with epiglottitis, the swelling of the cartilage that covers the windpipe, which can block air flow...

In TLC Special, Aftermath of Cake Boss' Horrific Accident

Buddy Valastro's hand was mangled in gruesome bowling alley accident

(Newser) - TLC says that in an upcoming special, Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro "faces the ultimate question: Can you still be the Cake Boss if you can't make cakes?" The two-hour Dec. 23 special will look at the celebrity baker's recovery from a horrific accident at his home...

Reality Show Pulled Over Face Tattoo Controversy

Viewers said some tattoos were neo-Nazi code

(Newser) - The broadcast of a new reality show in Britain was postponed after viewers got a good look at one of the contestant's tattoos. In a promotional clip for The Chop: Britain's Best Woodworker, numerical tattoos including 88 could be seen on the heavily tattooed face and head of...

My 600-lb. Life Star Is Dead at 41
My 600-lb. Life Star
Is Dead at 41
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My 600-lb. Life Star Is Dead at 41

Coliesa McMillian recently had surgery for weight loss

(Newser) - A woman who shared her story on the reality show My 600-lb Life is dead at age 41. No cause of death has been released for Louisiana's Coliesa McMillian, but TMZ reports that she had been suffering from complications of weight-loss surgery performed earlier this year. McMillian weighed 643...

Cake Boss Star Hurt in Horrific Bowling Accident

Buddy Valastro's hand was impaled by a pinsetter

(Newser) - Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro has badly injured his right hand—and it didn't happen in a kitchen. A rep tells Fox that the 43-year-old's hand was impaled multiple times after it became stuck in a pinsetter at his home bowling alley in New Jersey. "Unable to...

Cheerleading Reality Star Under FBI Investigation

Jerry Harris of Netflix's 'Cheer' accused of soliciting minors for sex when he was 19

(Newser) - One of the stars of Netflix's Cheer is under investigation by the FBI, accused of soliciting minors for sex. Twin brothers, age 14, tell USA Today Jerry Harris sexually harassed them online and at cheer competitions starting when they were 13, and continuing for more than a year. They...

You Will No Longer Be Forced to Keep Up With These People

Kardashians' iconic reality show will end next year after 20 seasons

(Newser) - If you've been keeping up with the Kardashians for the past 14 years, you'll have to find a new family to compare yourself to: The iconic reality show is coming to a close. The final season will air early next year on E!, Variety reports. "After what...

Reality TV Star Gets 364 Days for Crash That Killed YouTuber

Daniel Silva is 'remorseful and grief-stricken,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Reality TV personality Daniel Silva is going to face the reality of life behind bars for a year over a crash that killed friend Corey La Barrie on his 25th birthday . Silva, 27, has been sentenced to 364 days in jail plus five years of probation for the May 10...

Netflix's Matchmaking Hit: Guilty Pleasure or Hate-Watch?

'Indian Matchmaking' has obsessive fans, but critics have some issues

(Newser) - The majority of marriages in India are still arranged, and often families recruit outside help to get them set up. That's where Sima Taparia, the self-proclaimed "top matchmaker" of Mumbai, steps in, via a new Netflix series that's left people clamoring for more. Indian Matchmaking has become...

Network Cancels Reality Show, Loses Half Its Viewers

A&E nixed 'Live PD' and saw its prime-time viewership drop by 49%

(Newser) - Who knew a reality TV series had so much pull? A&E found that out the hard way after it canceled Live PD last month, a show that shadows police officers as they work their beats. The Wall Street Journal reports that after the show was nixed on June 10,...

Dancing With the Stars Ousts Host After 15 Years

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews exit the show ahead of season 29

(Newser) - Dancing With the Stars has bid adieu to its hosts ahead of the reality competition's 29th season. Tom Bergeron, who has hosted the show since its first season in 2005, announced the news with a bit of levity, tweeting , "Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It'...

Reality Star Used Relief Funds on Rolls-Royce, Rolex: Cops

'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' star charged with federal bank fraud

(Newser) - A reality TV star is accused of procuring a forgivable loan meant to help small businesses continue paying their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic—and then using the money to buy diamonds and a Rolex, pay child support, and lease a Rolls-Royce. Maurice Fayne, aka "Arkansas Mo" of VH1'...

Isolated Big Brother Contestants About to Get Their Minds Blown

They went into house in Germany at the beginning of February, before coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - One way to very effectively practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic: Go on a reality show that involves being sequestered inside a house for months. As Deutsche Welle reports, the contestants on Germany's Big Brother knew about the virus when they went into the house on Feb. 6,...

The Bachelorette Makes a 'Progressive Move'

Clare Crawley, newest star of ABC reality show, will be oldest yet at age 38

(Newser) - The 16th season of ABC's The Bachelorette kicks off May 18, and with its latest star comes a "big shift," per the Washington Post : a leading lady who's approaching 40. Clare Crawley was announced Monday as the new Bachelorette on Good Morning America, and at age...

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