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Corinne Olympios’ Lawyer Cites ‘Multiple Complaints’ As Reason For ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Suspension

Corinne Olympios’ camp is not giving up on proving the reality show contestant’s claim against DeMario Jackson. The complainant’s lawyer has revealed that they will continue the investigation even though Warner Bros. has already scrapped the issue after finding no misconduct occurred during the filming of the series.

On Tuesday, Olympios’ lawyer Marty Singer issued a statement to Us Weekly saying that they will continue investigating the sexual assault claim on their own. Singer also cited that it was not just his client’s complaint that actually caused the production of the show to be suspended, but there had actually been multiple complaints on the set.

“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crew members on the set,” Singer said in a statement. “It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred.”

READ: ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ stars Evan Bass, Carly Waddell tie the knot

Singer also pointed out in…

An Instigator Emerges as the Racial Awkwardness of ‘The Bachelorette’ Grows

Another season of “The Bachelorette” is underway on ABC, and unlike Lee, The New York Times is still here for the right reasons. Our resident obsessives are following Rachel Lindsay’s love journey while dancing to the sound of Russell Dickerson’s voice. Can we steal you for a sec?

JON CARAMANICA There was little chance that this season of “The Bachelorette” wouldn’t detour from Rachel’s quest for love into an uncareful study of American racial paranoia, but the intensity of the swerve in the two weeks since the last episode has still been distressingly high.

At the end of the last episode, the show teased that a confrontation between Lee and Kenny was coming, just a few days after — in the real world — some of Lee’s old racist tweets resurfaced. (The way this show and other reality programs cleverly utilize the interplay of real-life content and televised-life content is a subject for a later conversation.)

Lee is an instigator, and one who this week deployed two fallacious tricks — the specter of black aggression and the halo of white innocence — in his pursuit of Rachel, who does not appear to have sniffed out his game. (She also didn’t seem to mind that Peter, when he was rapping, called her a “girl from the hood,” possibly the least sensitive thing a contestant has done directly to Rachel, and that includes lying to her face.)

The racial awkwardness on the show is so obvious that Dean — of “I’m ready to go black and I’m never going to go back” fame — was presented as an astute scholar. “The only people that I’ve seen Lee pick fights with have been not the people that he’s used to seeing on a daily basis, from a cultural perspective,” he said, which is to say: black men. (Iggy, too, seems only to pick squabbles with the black men in the group.)

Regardless, Lee got a rose. There is good television, and there is ethical television, though I’m not sure showing someone with racial animus on full blast being rewarded is both, or either.

AMANDA HESS I, too, have been wondering when this season of “The Bachelorette” would erupt into a reality-television race war, and it seems that producers have found their spark in the cryptoracist good ol’ boy Lee.

Has it ever felt grosser to be a member of Bachelor Nation? The whiplash between the show’s kumbaya images of postracial harmony (Kenny raps! And then … Peter raps!) and its obvious instigation of racist conflict is making me ill. That feeling culminated for me when Lee interrupted Kenny’s one-on-one time with Rachel because he had something “really important” to tell her — uh, that his granddaddy had cancer once and gave him a knife that he then brought on set with him. I’m hoping that thing isn’t Chekhov’s knife (the host Chris Harrison’s knife?), but given the teaser at the end of the episode that shows Kenny with his eye gushing blood, I can’t be sure. (Stay tuned for next week’s “shocking two-night ‘Bachelorette’ event!”)

That Lee — an “alternative-facts piece of garbage,” as Kenny called him — received a rose Monday night speaks to some dastardly producer interference. Mr. Harrison waltzing in to tell Rachel, on camera, that the producers are only there to help her realize her…

Kim Kardashian’s New Makeup Line Is Set to Make $14.4 Million in Minutes


As we’ve pointed out in the past, everything the ladies of the Kardashian-Jenner family touch seems to turn to sold. From denim to coffee table books to butt-shaped pool rafts, there’s nothing these reality TV stars can’t turn into a hugely profitable business. Of course, Kim Kardashian seemed to have paved the way in this family of savvy entrepreneurs, as she has never met a venture she didn’t like or didn’t immediately turn into revenue. And it seems her new line of beauty products is no exception, poised to rake in millions upon millions in just a matter of minutes.

How? Well, it comes down to the numbers.

Kim tested out the demand for her own makeup line with a capsule lip kit collection in collaboration with her youngest sister Kylie. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the 300,000 KKW x Kylie Lip Kits, which each retailed for $45, sold out in minutes, resulting in $13.5 million in sales.

Kim is now ready to turn the contouring beauty craze she pioneered into her own profitable cosmetics…

Bachelor in Paradise: What to Know About the Incident That Halted the Reality TV Show

Filming of Bachelor in Paradise, a reality TV spinoff of the popular The Bachelor series, was suspended last week over allegations of misconduct on the set, production officials said.

The two cast members involved — Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson — broke their silence this week, releasing conflicting statements about what unfolded during an apparent sexual encounter at the secluded Mexican beachside resort where the show was filmed.

Olympios on Wednesday described herself as a victim and said she is living out her “worst nightmare.” Soon after, Jackson said his “character and family name has been assassinated.” Both have retained legal advisers, as the fate of the ABC show hangs in the balance.

Here’s what to know about the Bachelor in Paradise controversy:

What happened?

Details surrounding the incident are unclear. Warner Bros., which produces Bachelor in Paradise, only said there were “allegations of misconduct on the set” in Mexico. The company confirmed it has suspended production and has launched an internal investigation into the claims. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action,” it said in a statement.

Olympios said “something bad obviously took place” the night of June 4, although she did not offer further details. She also did not name Jackson in her statement and said she has little memory of the incident.

In Bachelor in Paradise, which is in its fourth season, more than a dozen male and female contestants who were unlucky on previous The Bachelor and The Bachelorette seasons get another chance to find a partner in Mexico. The cast members live with each other in a beach house for weeks and get booted off the show if they are unable to form a solid relationship or at least temporarily pair off with one another. Alcohol and dates are provided on set.

After news broke of the halted filming, Bachelor…

Jennifer Hudson joining “The Voice” as a coach

“American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson is heading back to her reality TV singing competition roots.

The Oscar-winner has signed on to serve as a coach for the upcoming season of “The Voice,” stepping in for Alicia Keys, who is focusing on producing a new album.

Hudson will join “Voice” mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as well as returning coach Miley Cyrus. The “Dreamgirls” star served as a coach for the show’s U.K. edition earlier this year.


In Just 2 Photos, Mom Highlights Unspoken Reality Of Postpartum Depression

An Ohio mom’s viral Facebook post is shedding light on the reality of postpartum depression.

On May 1, Kathy DiVincenzo shared two photos taken by her friend, photographer Danielle Fantis. While one picture shows the mom dressed up and smiling with her children in their clean house, the other shows DiVincenzo looking tired and unhappy with a classic messy bun and cluttered home.

DiVincenzo explained in the caption that May is National Maternal Depression Awareness Month. Because she has struggled with postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD, she decided to speak out and show people what the experience can look like ― and “not just the side of me that’s ‘Facebook worthy.’”

The two pictures DiVincenzo posted represent her life, “depending on the day,” she wrote.

“I would only ever comfortably share one of these realities though and that’s the problem. The only thing more exhausting than having these conditions is pretending daily that I don’t,” she explained, adding that she works hard to hide the harsh reality from the social media world because she’s worried it would make people feel uncomfortable.

“I’m afraid you’ll think I’m weak, crazy, a terrible mother, or the other million things my mind convinces me of, and I know I’m not alone in those thoughts,” she wrote. “We need to stop assuming that the postpartum period is always euphoric, because for 1 in 7 it’s not. We need to start asking new parents how they’re doing in a deeper way than the normal, “so how are you doing?” that triggers the knee jerk, “everything’s great!” response. We need to learn the…

The Harsh Reality of “Reality” TV



The proliferation of reality TV started in the United States with MTV’s The Real World in 1992, and spread globally with Survivor and Big Brother a few years later. The success of these programs proved that nonscripted shows full of nonactors could deliver huge ratings at a fraction of the cost it took to produce scripted shows. Production companies and TV networks took notice, and by the early 2000s, the prime-time schedule was being taken over by so-called reality.

Today, reality programming consists of two broad categories: the “fly on the wall” show in which cameras document the lives of ordinary people, and reality game shows in which groups of people compete for cash and prizes. In both cases, viewers expect drama, conflict, humor, and a satisfying conclusion, just like scripted television. How do producers accomplish that with an “unscripted” show? By leaving very little to chance. The extent to which many of these shows are rigged might surprise you.

SHOW: House Hunters, HGTV

“REALITY”: Cameras follow home buyers as they choose between three properties shown to them by a real-estate agent.

REALITY: In 2012, after the Jensen family appeared on the show, wife Bobi told the real-estate website Hooked On Houses that just about everything they did on the show was faked:

“The producers said they found our (true) story—that we were getting a bigger house and turning our other one into a rental—boring and overdone. They didn’t even accept us for the show until we closed on the house we were buying. Then when they decided to film our episode, we had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering. The ones we looked at weren’t even for sale…they were just our two friends’ houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!”

Only a few months earlier, Slate magazine had quoted HGTV general manager Kathleen Finch as insisting that “we are a network of journalistic storytelling, not dramatic storytelling. We’re very conscious of not allowing any kind of fake drama.”

SHOW: Duck Dynasty, A&E

“REALITY”: Cameras follow the Robertson family of Louisiana, headed by patriarch Phil, who owns a successful business selling duck calls. The show portrays the Robertson men as bearded hillbillies in full camo gear.

REALITY: Hillbillies? More like yuppies. In 2013 several photos emerged of Phil’s adult sons and their families that were taken before the show started. Not only were the men not bearded, they were dressed in khakis and pressed shirts. And in one photo, the clean-cut sons are armed with…golf clubs. In a Washington Monthly exposé about Duck Dynasty, Daniel Luzer wrote, “A&E appears to have taken a large clan of affluent, college-educated, mildly conservative, country-club Republicans, common across the nicer suburbs of the old South, and repackaged them as the Beverly Hillbillies.”

SHOW: Call of the Wildman, Animal Planet

“REALITY”: Cameras follow Ernie “Turtleman” Brown as he helps fellow Kentuckians whose properties have been invaded by nuisance wildlife. He catches the critters with his bare hands and then lets them go in the woods.

REALITY: Call of the Wildman now airs with a disclaimer: “The preceding program contains some dramatizations.” They’re not kidding. A 2014 article in Mother Jones magazine accused the show of not only faking some of the rescues but also treating animals inhumanely. The article focused on a July 2012 episode in which Brown captures a raccoon (possibly rabid) living in a family’s house. “Fluffy doesn’t have rabies,” he yells after catching the animal, “she’s got babies!” Then Brown uses the mom to help him find her offspring in the crawl space. The Mother Jones investigation discovered that “Fluffy” (Turtleman names all the critters he catches) couldn’t have had babies…because Fluffy is male. The baby raccoons, it turned out, were delivered to the house by a trapper. As always, Brown promised to release them into the wild. But when the raccoons were delivered to a wildlife sanctuary a week after filming, they were reportedly “emaciated” and clinging to life. One didn’t survive. Other allegations: the show “used an animal that had been drugged with sedatives in violation of federal rules”; and in one scene where Brown identifies an animal by its droppings, the “droppings” were made from “Nutella, Snickers bars, and rice.”

A spokesperson for Sharp Entertainment, which produces Call of the Wildman, insisted that “the humane treatment of our animals is a top priority.” But the spokesperson also explained that Sharp is in the business of “guided reality.” And even though Brown really does catch the critters with his bare hands, an anonymous source from the show said that “99 percent of Turtleman’s lines are scripted.”

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SHOW: Real Housewives, Bravo

“REALITY”: Cameras follow the exploits of cliques of well-to-do women from various American cities. Episodes feature fights, betrayal, drinking, and sexual situations.

REALITY: The gossip website RadarOnline posted photos of the cast and crew of Real Housewives of New York City filming a “spontaneous” street scene: “Carole Radziwill and Heather Thompson were taking instructions from producers, shooting multiple takes, and waiting for breaks in dialogue to ensure cameras were set up.” The gossip site also reported that Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Walter Jackson confessed that—at the behest of producers—he pretended to be Kenya Moore’s boyfriend “to give Kenya a story line.” Contrary to what viewers saw, the two were not a couple.

SHOW: American Idol, Fox

“REALITY”: At the beginning of each season, thousands of aspiring singers line up in various cities for a chance to audition in front of the celebrity judges. If the judges deem a singer good enough, he or she gets a “golden ticket” to compete on the show in Hollywood. Singers not good enough are often ridiculed (on national TV) before being sent home.

REALITY: By the time most singers get in front of the celebrity judges, their fate has already been determined. In 2011 a former contestant who identified herself by the fake name “Maria Saint” revealed that several of the top singers didn’t even have to audition. They’d been “recruited” for the show by talent scouts. And those huge lines full of hopefuls we see on TV were actually filmed weeks or months before the celebrity judges showed up. The hopefuls sing for the show’s producers, after which, according to Saint, each singer is given a piece of paper with the producer’s name along with a code: “Y” means the singer is good enough to move on; “K” means the singer isn’t great but has potential; and “N” means the singer’s not good enough for the show…but still might still get in front of the judges. “Take my advice,” wrote Saint, “if you’re an ‘N’ and you want to see the process and you’re okay with the fact that you may be humiliated and that’s all right with you, then by all means, take the chance-of-a-lifetime experience.” Saint kept her identity secret, fearing she could be sued for up to $5 million for breaching a confidentiality agreement that all hopefuls must…

Before ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: When James Gunn Was a Judge on a Reality Show

The director's bromance with Michael Rooker is on full display in a lengthy clip from the 2008 VH1 reality competition series 'Scream Queens.'
Getty Images James Gunn and Michael Rooker

The on-set Hollywood romance is one of the most time-honored traditions in all of entertainment. Under the hot glow of stage lights, surrounded by onlookers munching stale bagels from the nearby craft services table, many a blossoming love has flowered.

No such love story is more endearing than that of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and his Alabamian muse, Michael Rooker. The filmmaker and star have been fast friends for over a decade, when Rooker starred in Gunn’s 2006 creature-feature directorial debut, Slither.

From that soil of grotesque alien mutation sprouted the sturdy oak of friendship which has only grown stronger over the years. Rooker has appeared in each of Gunn’s subsequent features, including a breakout role as the blue-skinned Ravager Yondu in 2014’s Guardians, a role he reprises in this year’s sequel.

The relationship between the two has been on display for savvy fans for years, and nowhere is it more evidently exhibited than in a recently surfaced clip from the short-lived 2008 VH1 reality series, Scream Queens. The competition program pitted 10 actresses against one another for a coveted role in an upcoming horror film (Saw VI). Gunn, hot off the heels of his feature debut, served as one of the judges on the program. (It’s enjoyable to see Gunn, now one of the hottest directors in Hollywood, having fun on a reality show).

In the…

The Top Five Deadliest Catches on The Deadliest Catch

The Discovery Channel’s hit reality show The Deadliest Catch has been airing since 2005. In those twelve years, the crab fishing industry has changed considerably. Regulations enacted since then limit the number of crab boats and how much seafood each one can haul in. In the show’s earlier seasons, it was a straight-out competition, with the expeditions’ results as the climax.

The shift away from Derby fishing to crab quotas plays out in the reality series episodes….

Prince Estate Wants Unreleased Music for Reality Show

For Our Reality Show!

Prince‘s estate wants to get into the reality show biz, and that’s why it went to war to shut down the release of a new album on the anniversary of his death.

Sources close to Prince’s heirs tell us the reality show, featuring family members, is in the works right now, and will focus on how their lives…