Real: The Face Of Moral Purity

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In what is surely the strangest VH1-related endorsement since Lip Chap, the video above features Real Chance of Love‘s Real shilling for Sexual Revolution, a book aimed at “young adults, teens, fathers, mothers, and grandparents [who] want to shake off the slime of depravity and the bondage of religion, and enter into the joy of passionate purity.” This is confusing for a variety of reasons. Among them:

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Ryan Jenkins Found Dead

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TMZ is reporting that Ryan Jenkins, the Megan Wants a Millionaire contestant accused of killing his wife Jasmine Fiore, has been found dead in an apparent suicide. They say he was in a hotel in British Columbia, where staff found him hanging.

There’s not really much to add to that by way of commentary. Tragedy begets tragedy. Of course, our sympathy goes out to the friends and families of Jasmine Fiore and Ryan Jenkins, as it has for the past several days.

On Ryan Jenkins

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Just to help fill in some details for the two people visiting this blog who don’t know what’s going on: Ryan Jenkins of Megan Wants a Millionaire has been charged with killing his ex-wife Jasmine Fiore, whom he met earlier this year, after he filmed Millionaire. Ryan’s whereabouts are unknown at this time, although it is suspected that he fled to his home country of Canada. There is a manhunt currently underway.

VH1 released a statement on the matter Wednesday. 51 Minds, the company that produces Megan Wants a Millionaire, also released a statement. They told TMZ:

51Minds was not aware of Ryan Jenkins’ record when it cast him on Megan Wants a Millionaire. Obviously, if the company had been given a full picture of his background, he would never have been allowed on the show.

The company did have in place what it thought was a thorough vetting process that involved complete background checks by an outside company for all contestants on its shows. Clearly, the process did not work properly in this case.

Although up till now we have remained silent regarding this matter besides the official statement, we will do our best to report developments going forward. The enormity of this tragedy barely can be expressed, so please bear with us. As we said before, our thoughts go out to Jasmine Fiore’s family, and more so with every saddening development we receive. There are plenty of places you can look for more details and speculation and speculative details. Here’s the A.P.’s latest take.

Clearly, our comments box is overflowing and there are very few questions that we’re able to answer at this point. Regardless of what other sources say (including websites maintained by on-air talent), no announcement has been made about the fate of any future programming, besides Megan Wants a Millionaire, which currently is postponed (as is its VH1.com online coverage). We will update you officially if and when anything changes. Some people also seemed confused regarding Megan Hauserman’s well-being. Rest assured that Megan is healthy and safe.

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Update: We’re sad to announce that both Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3 officially have been canceled.

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Behind The Music Returns With Lil Wayne

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Those longing for additional music programming from VH1 are in luck: six new episodes of Behind the Music are on the way starting with the Sept. 10 profile of Lil Wayne (premiering at 10/9c). Check the details in the press release below:

VH1 is re-launching its Emmy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed series Behind The Music. The iconic series that helped put VH1 on the map will premiere on Thursday, September 10 at 10/9c with Behind The Music: Lil Wayne. The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” opens up about his childhood, his music, and his struggles, as he and the people who know him best describe his ascension from a poverty-stricken childhood in New Orleans to his reign as one of hip-hop’s heavy hitters. New episodes of the series will feature some of the best and brightest in the music industry today, including pop songstress Pink (September 17), self-proclaimed “King of R&B” Bobby Brown (September 24), rock star Bret Michaels (October 1), the “King of the South” rapper T.I. (October 8 ) and hip-hop megastar 50 Cent on (October 13). All episodes will air on Thursdays at 10/9c except for Pink, which will air on Thursday, September 17 at 8PM* in advance of VH1’s Divas Live and 50 Cent, which will air on Tuesday, October 13 at 8PM* in advance of the premiere of VH1 Hip Hop Honors.

Tool Academy 2 – Watch The Supertrailer

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After the impossibly heavy events of the past few days, we could use a laugh in these parts. And so, here’s an extended look at this season of Tool Academy (premiering Monday, August 31 at 10:30/9:30cclick here to get a better look at the cast). It’s a show in which guys who’ve treated their girlfriends like crap are broken down to see the err of their ways. Oh wait, this is kinda sad, too. But you know, funny-sad, not sad-sad…maybe?

Scheduling update: Tool Academy will now premiere on Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c. Please note the premiere episode is 90 minutes long, so My Antonio will premiere at 10:30/9:30c that evening.

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Diva Battles: Joss Stone Vs. Jill Scott

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“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we’ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don’t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Meet your dueling divas: Joss Stone and Jill Scott!

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