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We Sat Down with Mark Cronin, the Father of Celeb-Reality TV We Sat Down with Mark Cronin, the Father of Celeb-Reality TV

In 2003, The Surreal Life—a reality show that cast has-been celebrities in traditional sitcom roles, forcing them to live in a house together—premiered on VH1. The show ran for six seasons and included names like MC Hammer, Corey Feldman, and Tammy Faye Messner. It also begat seemingly endless spin-offs: An unlikely…

Revisiting Hollywood's Macabre Fascination With the Young, Dead, and Famous Revisiting Hollywood's Macabre Fascination With the Young, Dead, and Famous

Hollywood loves a dead girl—beautiful and etched forever in collective memory at the peak of youth.

Beyond Weinstein: The Fraught History of the 'Casting Couch' and Hollywood Sexual Harassment Beyond Weinstein: The Fraught History of the 'Casting Couch' and Hollywood Sexual Harassment

As sexual harassment and assault accusations mount against Harvey Weinsten, the old trope of the casting couch—a tidy way of referring to female actors sleeping with powerful producers to get better roles—has been once again brought into focus. But is the phrase itself merely a cute rephrasing of the abuse women…

Talking Writing, Famous Hookups, and (Lack of) Regrets with Legendary Groupie Pamela Des Barres Talking Writing, Famous Hookups, and (Lack of) Regrets with Legendary Groupie Pamela Des Barres

To many, the term “groupie” is disparaging or derogatory, but to Pamela Des Barres—known as the most famous groupie in the world—it’s a badge of honor.

A Veteran Entertainment Reporter Searches for God in Hell on Earth, A.K.A Hollywood A Veteran Entertainment Reporter Searches for God in Hell on Earth, A.K.A Hollywood

We’ve dedicated a couple episodes of DirtCast to Hollywood religions (listen to our episodes on Scientology and the rise and fall of Kabbalah here and here), but thus far we’ve yet to immerse ourselves in the fad religions ourselves. We’ll leave that to this week’s guest, E! News anchor and author of the new book The…

The (Possible) End of Peak TV and What It Means for the TV Star-Movie Star Continuum  The (Possible) End of Peak TV and What It Means for the TV Star-Movie Star Continuum 

On Sunday, a bunch of famous people gathered in a large auditorium and patted themselves on the back for succeeding. They received awards for their work, offered to share those awards with their fellow workers, and then retreated to parties where they danced and drank and held their shiny statues. Thank god: Awards…

How Princess Diana's Death Changed Celebrity Gossip for the Better How Princess Diana's Death Changed Celebrity Gossip for the Better

Twenty years ago this summer, Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident that put Britain in a state of mourning that lasted for an entire week. In the aftermath following her death, the public seemingly turned on the media, whom they believed to be the indirect cause of her untimely passing, hounded as she was by…

What Is a 'Rape Choreographer' and Why Do Film Sets Need One? What Is a 'Rape Choreographer' and Why Do Film Sets Need One?

With rape scenes more prevalent in film and television than ever before, “rape choreography” has emerged as a necessary part of set life for actors and directors.

A Friend of Jezebel Returns to Talk About Blac Chyna, Rob Kardashian, and Revenge Porn A Friend of Jezebel Returns to Talk About Blac Chyna, Rob Kardashian, and Revenge Porn

Blac Chyna doesn’t fit the mold of a so-called perfect victim. Grossly, our culture prefers women who are violated by sexual harassment and violence to appear sweet, innocent, and (because we’re a country of racists) preferably white.

Irene McGee Tells the True Story of The Real World: Seattle's 'Slap Heard 'Round the World' Irene McGee Tells the True Story of The Real World: Seattle's 'Slap Heard 'Round the World'

In 1997, Irene McGee—a college student at Georgetown—applied on a whim and was cast on The Real World: Seattle, the seventh season of the pioneer MTV reality show that featured “seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped.” Little did she know that the two months she spent living on Pier 70…

The Last Time Celebrity Gossip Was Good The Last Time Celebrity Gossip Was Good

If one theme has arisen out of 20 episodes of DirtCast, it’s that—with the advent of social media—the glory days of tabloid culture was over by 2010. So who does one turn to when you want to revisit the thrill that comes only from Lindsay Lohan calling Paris Hilton a “cunt” on camera? Pop Culture Died in 2009, of…

After Allegations of Misconduct, What on Earth Will This Season of Bachelor in Paradise Look Like? After Allegations of Misconduct, What on Earth Will This Season of Bachelor in Paradise Look Like?

For the first time ever, ABC’s Bachelor spinoff Bachelor in Paradise is getting people to take it seriously. To the show’s discredit, this was accomplished through dark and unethical circumstances when two contestants’ alcohol-infused sexual encounter (not a first for BiP) lead to an internal investigation and bigger…

Madonna Had Guy Ritchie Circumcised, and Other Rumors and Relics of the 2000s Celebrity Kabbalah Boom Madonna Had Guy Ritchie Circumcised, and Other Rumors and Relics of the 2000s Celebrity Kabbalah Boom

In the early 2000s, Hollywood was seized by a new (and at the same time, very very old) spiritual fad: Kabbalah, an ancient Jewish mysticism that previously could only be studied by older Orthodox men who had devoted their lives to Judaism. Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are not older Orthodox men, but that didn’t…

Did a Behind-the-Scenes Romance Ruin the Original Twin Peaks? Did a Behind-the-Scenes Romance Ruin the Original Twin Peaks?

These days, David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is one of the revered shows in television history, but back when it debuted in 1990, it was just another (well, still revered) evening soap opera starring a group of young hotties that were bound to hook up with each other.

Hollywood's Biggest Secret-Keepers Wrote a Book and Are Here to Talk About It Hollywood's Biggest Secret-Keepers Wrote a Book and Are Here to Talk About It

Practically everyone has a story about a strange celebrity encounter. Maybe it didn’t happen to you—maybe it happened to a friend of a friend or your cousin’s wife’s coworker—but the story is there and you’ve likely repeated it. But who are the real keepers of celebrities’ darkest secrets? It’s the publicists and…

Why Are Keeping Up with the Kardashians Viewers Bailing in Light of Very Real Tragedy? Why Are Keeping Up with the Kardashians Viewers Bailing in Light of Very Real Tragedy?

The content of Keeping Up with the Kardashians has never been darker: Last October, Kim was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, bound by plastic cables and made to think that she was going to die; Khloe’s ex-husband, Lamar Odom, is off the show and struggling with severe health and substance abuse issues; Scott Disick,…

Whither Went the Teen Fan Magazine? Women Who Helped Make Them Explain Whither Went the Teen Fan Magazine? Women Who Helped Make Them Explain

Teen fan magazines like Tiger Beat were once a very, very big deal. Not only did they provide posters of the teen hunk du jour for you to decorate your walls with, but they were also something that a lot of celebrities (though NOT John Stamos, as you’ll soon discover on this week’s DirtCast) were eager to be a part of.

So, Is Gwyneth Paltrow a Modern-Day Snake-Oil Saleswoman? So, Is Gwyneth Paltrow a Modern-Day Snake-Oil Saleswoman?

Everyone wash up your jade eggs, take off your shoes, and down a handful of supplements, because this week’s episode of DirtCast is all about wellness!

Meet the Man Behind Gossip Cop, Which Keeps the Tabloids in Check Meet the Man Behind Gossip Cop, Which Keeps the Tabloids in Check

If you were to believe everything written in the tabloids or celebrity weeklies, you would think that Jennifer Aniston has been pregnant for 15 years, Kim and Kanye are divorcing and renewing their vows on a bi-weekly basis, and Tom Cruise actually wants to be involved in his child’s life. Thankfully, we have Gossip…

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