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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 Get Lengthy Sentences

Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best gets 12 years behind bars; his wife, Julie, gets 7

(Newser) - Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms after being convicted in June on charges including bank fraud, tax evasion, and conspiring to defraud the IRS, the AP reports. US District Judge Eleanor Ross in Atlanta gave Todd Chrisley 12 years in prison plus...

Street Outlaws Star Killed While Filming Show

Ryan Fellows was in a fatal crash

(Newser) - Street Outlaws: Fastest in America is a reality show about the world of street racing, and tragically, street racing got one of the stars of the series killed early Sunday outside Las Vegas. Ryan Fellows was racing another driver while filming for the Discovery show, in the eighth out...

Feds: Bear Whisperer Star Is a Bear Poacher

Blaine Anthony accused of illegally killing bears in Alaska park

(Newser) - The "Bear Whisperer" is a bear poacher, according to federal investigators. Harvey Neil Anthony, star and producer of a hunting show called the Bear Whisperer, is accused of illegally hunting bears in a national park in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The 55-year-old, who goes by the name...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

Another Police Reality Show Has Been Axed

A&E has dropped Live PD

(Newser) - A&E Network has canceled the police reality series Live PD following weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd and a report that a crew from the show filmed the death of another black man in police custody. The cable network announced the move Wednesday, a day after...

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'...

Bachelorette Contestant Dead at 29
Bachelorette
Contestant
Dies at 29

Bachelorette Contestant Dies at 29

Tyler Gwozdz dead after suspected overdose

(Newser) - A controversial contestant from the 15th season of the Bachelorette died Wednesday at age 29. Sources tell TMZ that Tyler Gwozdz, who competed on Hannah Brown's season, was hospitalized Jan. 13 for a suspected drug overdose. A woman on the call, which TMZ listened to, said Gwozdz was in...

Jeff Probst Issues Big Apology on Survivor Finale

'You were right,' host tells former contestant Kellee Kim

(Newser) - Survivor contestant Kellee Kim pointed out fellow contestant Dan Spilo's "inappropriate touching" starting on day one of the reality TV competition. By day 22, producers had gotten involved and the issue was addressed on the show ; Kim was voted off the island that same day. By day 36...

The Show Is Called Hot & Heavy. That's Just One Issue

People are miffed about soon-to-debut TLC show, following 3 men with 'plus-size' women

(Newser) - TLC doesn't exactly shy away from headline-generating shows, but one that's coming down the pike next month isn't garnering the best of buzz. Per a press release , Hot & Heavy, a reality program that debuts Jan. 7, shadows three men as they "face judgment due to...

Survivor Boots Castaway for First Time Ever

Dan Spilo left the island, and not because he was voted off

(Newser) - For the first time in its 39 seasons (yes, we said 39), Survivor has booted a cast member for inappropriate behavior. "A decision has been made, and Dan will not be returning to the game," host Jeff Probst told the castaways on Wednesday's episode, referring to former...

Fixer Upper Homes Are Beautiful, but Can Be Tricky to Sell
There's a Little
Problem With Waco's
Fixer Upper Homes
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There's a Little Problem With Waco's Fixer Upper Homes

They can be tricky to sell, considering the asking price for some

(Newser) - Chip and Joanna Gaines are famous for their gorgeous renovations of Waco, Texas, homes for their HGTV show Fixer Upper. There's just one problem: The average price for homes sold in that area at the moment is around $215,000—a lot less than, say, the $679,000 price...

Chrisley Knows Best Stars Charged With Tax Evasion

Reality television couple accused of hiding income from the IRS

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from Chrisley Knows Best from the IRS. The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of conspiracy, bank fraud,...

Trump: Omarosa Is 'a Lowlife'
Trump: Omarosa Is 'a Lowlife'

Trump: Omarosa Is 'a Lowlife'

President has one word to describe ex-aide ahead of her new tell-all book

(Newser) - President Trump has one word to describe former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman: "Lowlife." Manigault Newman claims in an upcoming book, Unhinged, that Trump used racial slurs on the set of his reality show The Apprentice. She also says she later concluded that...

'The Old Man' of Pawn Stars Fame Dies at 77

Richard Harrison had been fighting Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Richard Harrison—perhaps better known as "The Old Man" of Pawn Stars fame—died of Parkinson's disease Monday at age 77. "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," his son Rick...

Road Rules Star Dead at 43
Road Rules Star
Dead at 43

Road Rules Star Dead at 43

Brian Lancaster's family believes he died of heart failure

(Newser) - A 43-year-old former Road Rules star was found dead at his Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, home last Thursday, the local coroner's office confirms to Us . Brian Lancaster, who competed on the seventh season of the MTV reality show in 1999—Road Rules: Latin America—had a history of arrhythmia, his family...

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