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Anybody remember Puck? He was reality TV's original creator of shock and trashiness when he starred on The Real World in the 90's. Well since short-lived fame, Puck's life has fallen apart.

He's been arrested several times, once for a DUI while his child was in the car and another time for allegedly assaulting his wife. Well the former reality star has just landed himself in prison for stalking!

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MTV’s ridiculous competition show is back for an umpteenth season!  A new Real World Challenge, aptly titled “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons,” will feature twenty-eight of the original reality show’s has-beens stars competing for a $250,000 cash prize in Bodrum, Turkey.  The competition always boasts ridiculous and heart-pounding challenges, but people tend to tune in more for the house drama, hook-ups, and fighting.

This season premieres on September 19th , and it will pit newbie housemates against players who try to make a living off of their Real World fame and winning these crazy competitions.  For example, veteran Wes Bergmann can’t wait to face-off against his former Austin roommates Lacey Buehler and the now divorced Danny Jamieson and Melinda Stolp.

In the preview trailer, Wes reveals, “These people really are as dumb as they look.”  Ahh, yes, Wes.  Yes, they are.  San Diego’s Ashley Kelsey agrees, stating, “I feel like I’m living in an insane asylum!”

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Reality television star Joey Kovar was found dead on Friday, and his August 18th autopsy report was inconclusive and the cause of death will be determined by pending toxicology reports.  Joey struggled with addiction while appearing on The Real World: Hollywood and also did a stint on Celebrity Rehab in 2009.

Hollywood Life is reporting that Joey went to a female friend’s home in Chicago Ridge, Illinois the night before he died.  He told her he’d been doing cocaine and asked her to take him to score more drugs.  She refused, but she reveals that Joey then took some Viagra and the pair fooled around but did not have sex.  Afterwards, Joey’s friend fell asleep, and when she awoke she found him unconscious and bleeding from the nose and ears.

It’s a truly sad story, and our thoughts go out to Joey’s family and friends.

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DID YOU WATCH JOEY ON THE REAL WORLD AND CELEBRITY REHAB?

Joey Kovar gained attention on 2009′s The Real World: Hollywood when his housemates staged an on-camera intervention over his out-of-control drinking.

Joey admitted he had struggled with substance abuse for years and left the show mid-season to enter rehab. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to maintain his sobriety. Following that he appeared on 2010′s Celebrity Rehab where he was described as being addicted to cocaine and ecstasy.

The show’s website details Joey’s history with substance abuse: “Joey had been abusing massive amounts of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and, as part of his bodybuilding, steroids since he was a teenager and had come very close to death through an overdose.”

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If you’re a child of the 90s (like me), you may have become hooked on reality television via MTV’s groundbreaking (at the time) show, The Real World. While the show has now become what television critic Andy Denhart calls a “frat party,” when it first aired it was a far more interesting look into the lives of people in their 20s. In Denhart’s Daily Beast article, he nails it when he points out that in the past, you had to have a life to get on the show, and now getting on the show is your life.

The Real World’s first few seasons made an attempt to be socially aware; who can forget Season 1′s Kevin Powell arguing in the street with the “fish out of water” cast mate Julie over race issues? That would literally be unheard of in the Real World that exists today unless major amounts of alcohol were involved. Denhart says the major turning point for the series was its first Las Vegas season, the one at the Palms that gave the world one of its biggest D-listers, Trishelle Cannatella, and I would agree. Here is where I just had to tune out, and where most people apparently started to tune in.

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The Real World is back!

For it’s 26th season the OG of reality TV will be heading back to sunny, beautiful San Diego where seven diverse strangers will be forced to do everything together for our viewing pleasure! Expect lots of drama as hooking up, arguing, and life changing opportunities invade the beach community of La Jolla!

This season, the diverse group includes a Zimbabwean Gymnast, a Professional Football Player, a Nuclear Engineer, a Drag King, a Model, a Bisexual Recent Graduate, and a San Diego Native who, as the youngest in the house, may have something to teach her roommates yet.

The Real World: San Diego premieres Wednesday, September 28 at 10pm et/pt on MTV. A preview for the new season is below -

Thoughts on the new cast? Will you be watching The Real World: San Diego?

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For those of you who still watch, the Real World is back for its 2 millionth season (ok actually, only 26th) with its newest installment Real World: San Diego.

Featuring the tried and true premise that has worked for over two decades, six roommates live in a house and see how much they can get on each other’s nerves, hook up, party, and supposedly undergo life changes, oh and get real. Sadly, I still remember when this show was only in its 4th and 5th seasons!

To prepare you for the excitement and the drama, MTV has released the trailer for the new season. The new cast members are Ashley Kelsey, Alexandra Govere, Frank Sweeney, Nate Stodghill, Priscilla Mendez, Samantha McGinn, and Zach Nichols. MTV has yet to release the cast photos.

Also, to prepare you for the drama, the contract MTV requires all castmates to sign has been released and it includes some very interesting (re: gruesome) provisions, which include allowing MTV to have blanket rights to their entire lives even if their story and the events are misrepresented. Included in the 30-page document are some of the following stipulations:

  • All castmates are made aware they may be subjected to: “non-consensual physical contact which could result in which could result in my contracting of any type of sexually transmitted disease, including without limitation, HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Chlamydia, scabies (crabs), hepatitis, genital warts, and other communicable and sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy, which MTV is not responsible for. “ So MTV is condoning … rape?
  • You may die, lose limbs, and suffer nervous breakdowns. (Stipulation 1)
  • You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed “in a false light.” (Stipulation 12)
  • Producers are under no obligation to conduct background checks on your fellow cast members. (Stipulation 7) I find this particularly interesting.
  • You agree that you are not pregnant and if you do become pregnant, you’ll tell the Producer immediately–and pregnancy is grounds for dismissal. (Stipulation 38)
  • You can’t change your physical appearance during filming, without the Producer’s express permission. (Stipulation 26)
  • Your email may be monitored during participation. (Section 20b)
  • Normally (i.e. the real real wold) these practices would be considered a “serious” invasion of privacy, but since contestants agree to participate in the show this is all completely legal.
  • Contestants promise not to hide from MTV cameras in establishments where they can’t film. The production crew can show up at your personal house at any time to film and/or to take anything they want, as long as they return the objects once production has ended. (Section 20a)

Additionally, MTV’s contract also demands that cast members be at their beck and call for up to five-years following the conclusion of filming:

- For one year after the show’s final episode airs, cast members are required to participate in all producer-determined press and forbidden from engaging in any media (radio, television, chat rooms, blogs) without the Producer’s written permission. (9)

- The Producer holds the authorship and copyright to every photograph, email, website, sound or video recording, documented performance created in relation to the program, on every medium imaginable. (8)

- You’re obligated to participate in a Reunion Special for up to five years after the show ends, you’ll be paid $2500 for your involvement, and the Producer only has to give you 14 days notice. (50c)

- You’re required to participate in book or home video projects for two years after the show ends, and you’ll be paid $750.00 for each one. (50f)

You can view the full contract here. Personal aside: I’ve spoken to reality TV producers that work for other networks and have worked for MTV, they informed me this is a fairly standard contract for reality television participants. It makes you wonder if having your 15-minutes of fame is worth it…

The trailer for the new season can be seen below! Real World: San Diego premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28 on MTV

 

 

 

 

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Will you be watching Real World: San Diego or are you over Real World? Would you participate in a reality show knowing all the details? Can you believe any of this is even legal?

Dustin Zito is now speaking out weeks after his roommates on the Real World discovered his shocking gay porn past on the show. In a new interview, he opens up some more about his porn past, why he did it, and why he’d do it all over again.

When asked why he failed to tell his roommates, including girlfriend Heather Marter, about his past, Dustin states he simply never thought his secret would get out the way it did. “[The site was] going to take care of me. And I was like ‘This is a small website. It doesn’t even end in dot-com,’” the intelligent Dustin, 25, tells UsWeekly.

Dustin once again claims he went into porn because he had nothing else to do in his small hometown. “All my friends had gone to college, but I couldn’t afford it, and I couldn’t find a cool job,” the Rayne, La. native says. “Fratmen called me with this offer. I was paid, and they also paid for my flight, my meals, my clothes…I was like ‘All you want me to do is get naked and be in this video? Jesus, this sounds too good to be true, ” adds the smart Dustin.

He also reveals that what started with simple masturbation scenes eventually progressed into “softcore” oral sex. He says he wasn’t worried in the beginning because “the site doesn’t make you look sleazy. It’s sort of classy. The videos are shot cinematically.” Though Dustin attempts to downplay his gay porn past as just engaging in oral sex, there were pictures of him floating on the internet showing he did way more than that, as in he went all the way with his porn costars.

And today Dustin, who admits his family was unaware about his past, makes it clear he has no regrets about what he did. “People think I was manipulated? People are crazy! I made my own decisions. If I could go back, I probably would have done the same thing,” says Dustin.

Moving right along. A new episode of the Real World: Las Vegas airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c. On the 11th episode this season, the roommates take a vacation to Cancun, but there’s trouble in paradise when tensions between Dustin and Mike-Mike come to a head.

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