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

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

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...

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

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...

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