Some News From the Week: Khloe Kardashian, Dean McDermott, a New Fox Reality Show and More

Remember how Khloe Kardashian let it be known that she was having fertility issues? Well, it looks like that may have been leaked to throw us off the scent of the real issue - her relationship with Lamar Odom.

Big sis Kim Kardashian spilled the beans to Jimmy Kimmel, letting the world know that Khloe Kardashian Odom, despite her desire for kids, secretly skipped fertility appointments and things because she knew her marriage was in trouble. And with the Lamar Odom cheating / hooker / drug scandals that erupted, the girl was right!

That being said, there were also rumors of Khloe cheating on Lamar (although they were kept pretty well under wraps if they are true), and Crazy Days and Nights reports that Khloe may actually be pregnant but doesn't know who the father is. CDAN also notes that some of this stuff could be done for story lines to keep Khloe relevant on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Dean McDermott is perpetuating the Hollywood stereotype that every mistake is an addiction and rehab will make it better. (Well, maybe Hollywood's real stereotype is that most people that go into rehab for an eating disorder are actually coke addicts...but this can go along with it. Isn't that the line Ke$ha's using now?) Anyway, because Dean cheated on Tori and the news got out, he's claiming he has a sex addiction and is getting help for it. While I would never say that sex addiction isn't real (you can get addicted to anything, right?) this honestly sounds more like the inferiority complex of a serial cheater. Remember, Dean cheated on Mary Jo Eustace with Tori Spelling. And now he's cheating on his more famous, successful wife with someone else. Plus, Tori's all wrapped up the kids and I think she said some wonky things about Dean in her book - the man probably feels embarrassed and neglected. I can't fault Dean for his feelings, but cheating isn't the way to go about fixing them.

The point is, Dean went the PR-friendly way of going to rehab, because then we're supposed to feel sorry for him because he has an addiction, so it's totally not his fault, you guys. (Re-read that last sentence with a valley girl accent and pretend you have bubble gum for brains - that's how I mean it.)

I do hope Tori and Dean can save their marriage for the sake of their kids, but if Dean's got the need for sex, cheating on his wife isn't exactly great motivation to get her to want to do the deed. Just sayin'.

As you can see from the stories above, society can be pretty screwed up. So Fox decided to play on that fact and pick up a version of the Dutch show Utopia (a brainchild of the guy who created Big Brother), which challenges people to create a utopian society from scratch. The show will be spread over the course of an entire year, so whoever signs up better either be unemployed or be able to take a long leave of absence from work. The goal of the show is for the group to create their own culture - structures, laws, chains of command and whatever else.

The elimination format will likely be similar to that of the Dutch show. Per RealityTVWorld (original article linked above):
The elimination format of the current Dutch version of Utopia has three inhabitants facing eviction as two new potential contestants simultaneously arrive. One of the two newbies will be forced to leave, but the one who gets to stay has the power to decide which one of the three remaining inhabitants will definitely be eliminated.
The show will either show a society that soars into success or falls into chaos...or most likely, a mix of both. I'm sure the show will mix those who want a utopian outcome with some villains, otherwise the experiment will progress way too easily. It'll be interesting to see what kind of governing structure gets put into place. Will the inhabitants stick with a traditional democratic structure, or go for something a little different, even though it goes against mainstream tradition? I guess we will find out when it airs!

Now that we've talked about potential problems in a fake society, let's talk about real ones - like the upcoming trials of Joe and Teresa Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. While planning to plead not guilty, the pair have petitioned for separate trials. Why? Because this will invoke marital privilege and allow the spouses to not testify against each other. Also, a big piece of both Joe and Teresa's cases are that Teresa didn't know anything. Joe signed her name on things, Joe did fraudulent stuff, and for lack of a better description, Teresa was too oblivious to know what was happening. While most people I've spoken to don't buy Teresa's excuse, this defense, in my opinion, is likely to keep her out of jail while Joe spends years in the slammer (and then maybe gets deported). Even though Joe reportedly cheats on Teresa a whole lot so he clearly doesn't care about her as much as he should, he probably realizes that he's going to be found guilty, and it'll be way better for the kids to have one parent instead of none.

So those are my recaps for the week. In case you need more news, Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer shared the news that daughter Aliannah has muscular dystrophy, there are hilarious pictures circulating the internet of how much Justin Bieber looks like Miley Cyrus in his mugshot, and you better not call Patti LaBelle a diva.


The elimination format of the current Dutch version of Utopia has three inhabitants facing eviction as two new potential contestants simultaneously arrive. One of the two newbies will be forced to leave, but the one who gets to stay has the power to decide which one of the three remaining inhabitants will definitely be eliminated.
Read more at http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/fox-picks-up-us-version-of-holland-new-utopia-reality-series--15832.php#0ROQ3PXeGa5XHXiK.99
The elimination format of the current Dutch version of Utopia has three inhabitants facing eviction as two new potential contestants simultaneously arrive. One of the two newbies will be forced to leave, but the one who gets to stay has the power to decide which one of the three remaining inhabitants will definitely be eliminated.
Read more at http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/fox-picks-up-us-version-of-holland-new-utopia-reality-series--15832.php#0ROQ3PXeGa5XHXiK.99

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