Entertainment behind the scenes
The first contestant got voted off reality television show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” on Thursday night, and (shock) it wasn’t Spencer and Heidi Pratt. All week long, speculation in celebrity media reports has been about whether they would be allowed to return to the TV contest show after seeming to walk off in a huff on Monday’s show and head back to Hollywood.
For those who don’t know, on “I’m a Celebrity,” B-list stars compete in challenges like eating bugs to see who can survive a battle of willpower in a Coast Rican jungle.
On Thursday’s episode, audiences were supposed to find out if, after Monday’s antics, Heidi and Spencer — dubbed “Speidi” in the media — would be allowed to return. Instead, it appears the on-again, off-again saga of the husband-and-wife team has yet another chapter.
NBC is dragging out whether the couple is really — like, for sure — back on the survival show. Viewers have to tune in to a special two-hour episode on Monday to see if the newlyweds, formerly of “The Hills” on MTV, make it back to camp after a trial stay in a creepy house called the “Lost Chamber”. (And if that is not enough Speidi, fans who love them — or love to hate them — can check out a mini-marathon of “I’m a Celebrity” on MTV over the weekend.)
(Writing and reporting by Laura Isensee) Speidi’s on-again, off-again affair with reality television show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here!” has kept celebrity watchers guessing whether the newlyweds have quit the show or is their walkaway from the celeb reality show just a big publicity stunt.
There’s no such thing as bad publicity, as they say in showbiz (see Sacha Baron Cohen and his MTV stunt with Eminem), and this back-and-forth is creating buzz for the NBC show, where Hollywood D-listers like “American Idol” contestant Sanjaya Malakar and born again Christian Stephen Baldwin battle for survival — and a return to fame — in a Costa Rican jungle.