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“Megan wants a Millionaire” — Not a Murder Suspect

Who could have seen this coming? The skankiest and most selfish of the VH1 skanks gets her own show to find a millionaire. I cannot see any actual “millionaire” wanting to be on this show. I also have a problem with Antonio Sabato, Jr. needing a show to find love but that’s another post.

I could only stomach a little of this show. The guys are so creepy is scary. Turns out that the guy who “won” (is getting Megan really winning) is the creepiest of all.

From VH1 website:

VH1’s Official Statement On
Wants A Millionaire

Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.

Articles on Examiner:

VH1 pulled the remaining episodes of “Megan Wants A Millionaire” from their schedule on Wednesday in response to the winner of the show being named a prime suspect in the murder case of Jasmine Fiore.

As previously reported, suitor Ryan Jenkins of Megan Wants a Millionaire is a person of interest in the murder of former swimsuit model, Jasmine Fiore. Though the police have still been unable to locate Fiore, new information has come to light about Jenkins’ violent history with women and his relationship with Ms. Fiore.

Jenkins met Fiore in Las Vegas in March after Megan Wants a Millionaire finished filming. The couple married on March 18, 2009 after knowing each other for only a few short days. As many whirlwind Vegas relationships are prone to do, the relationship quickly soured and Fiore had the marriage annulled in May. After the annullment, Fiore headed to Mexico to film VH1’s I Love Money 3, but upon his return he worked hard to romance himself back into Fiore’s good graces.


VH1 Can’t Run Fast Enough From Reality Show Contestant

VH1 has gone all Ladies of River City on us, yanking “Megan Wants a Millionaire” off its schedule and all mentions of the reality series off its Web site — this in the wake of news that police want to question one of the show’s contestants about the murder of a former swimsuit model.

Police said Wednesday they are seeking Ryan Jenkins, 32, to ask what he may know about the death of Jasmine Fiore, 28. She had what the Associated Press is calling a “stormy relationship” with Jenkins, who may be hightailing it to his native Canada, the cops say.

On Saturday night, Jenkins reported Fiore missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Jenkins was one of the “millionaires” on the VH1 reality series that the Viacom cable network wants to make perfectly clear was not — repeat not — a show it actually created, which means VH1 grants itself Skankitude Immunity.

Here, we’ll let them say it in their own words:

Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on “Megan Wants a Millionaire” — an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1.

But wait — it gets better:

This show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.

Fiore married Jenkins in Las Vegas in March, but had the marriage annulled weeks later, the AP reported.

Fiore’s nude body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a trash bin in Orange County on Saturday. Officials say she may have been strangled; she was last seen alive with Jenkins at a poker game in San Diego.

Lt. Gary Worral told the AP that Jenkins was still missing: “At this point, he’s merely a person of interest, simply because of the auspiciousness of his disappearance. We can’t find him.

Jenkins, who, depending on your source of information, is either an architect, real estate developer or investment banker from Calgary, appeared in three episodes of “Megan.” The show claimed Jenkins had a couple of million dollars in the bank.

Before it got all prissy, VH1 described “Megan Wants a Millionaire” thusly:

Blonde bombshell and “celebreality” vixen, Megan Hauserman is looking for love — but not with any average Joe. Megan has her eye, mind and heart set on one type of man . . . a millionaire! Unfortunately, Megan’s had her heart broken by Bret Michaels in “Rock of Love 2” and lost out on the million dollar check in “I Love Money.” But now she’s back with vengeance to find both love and money with the goal of becoming the ultimate trophy wife. . . . One by one, Megan will eliminate the guys who can’t shell out the dough, until the ultimate millionaire is left.

On its Web site, fans of “Megan Wants a Millionaire” have left comments under VH1’s statement conveying all blame for the show to production house 51 Minds. Including our fave from one outraged viewer:

At least they could tell us who she picked!! Was this guy eliminated before they pulled the plug? Maybe he was the one she picked. She seemed to like him a whole lot.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Death, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , | Comments Off on “Megan wants a Millionaire” — Not a Murder Suspect

More from Scott Wampler and the Comedy Examiner

The following is written in direct response to some of the criticisms that have been leveled at writers covering the “Jon & Kate + Failure” situation, particularly that everyone seems to be going easy on Kate Gosselin.  This article will focus primarily on the feedback that the Comedy Examiner has received, but the ideas presented herein could be applied to any other writer who’s been accused of painting Jon as the “villain”.  Read on…–Kate–Equal-Bashing-by-popular-demand

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Gosselin, Gossip, Greed | | Comments Off on More from Scott Wampler and the Comedy Examiner

Happy Birthday, Abbey Road

Kara Kovalchik
Happy Anniversary, Abbey Road!
by Kara Kovalchik – August 10, 2009 – 12:02 PM

genius-issueThe cover of the final Beatles studio album has become so iconic that thousands of entities have incorporated it for their own use (including the second issue of mental_floss).

The original photograph was snapped on August 8, 1969—40 years ago this past Saturday. As one of many tourists who has attempted to re-create that photo (darn, that’s a busy street!), I present a few interesting behind-the-scenes fact about the Abbey Road cover shoot.

Paul McCartney had the original concept for the cover, and had sketched out four stickmen walking over the “zebra crossing” (the name given to the stripe marks on roads indicating pedestrian crossings in England) just outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain Macmillan was hired to capture McCartney’s vision on film. Macmillan climbed a ladder that perched him about ten feet above the fabled street. A police officer held the traffic back while Macmillan squeezed off a few shots of the Beatles crossing the street in one direction. Some traffic was allowed to pass for a short time, and then Macmillan photographed the group crossing the street in the opposite direction. He took a total of six photographs during the shoot, and it was number five – which featured all the band members’ legs in a perfect “V” formation- that was ultimately chosen for the cover.


When the rumor that Paul McCartney had actually died in a 1966 car crash started spreading, conspiracy theorists had a field day with the Abbey Road cover. It was rife with clues, according to them. For example, Paul was barefoot, which is the way corpses were buried at the time in England. (In actuality, Paul had turned up at the photo shoot wearing sandals, but had kicked them off after the first two takes.) Also, the Volkswagen behind George bears the license plate number “28IF” – obviously meaning Paul would be 28 years old if he had lived. (At the time of the photo shoot, Paul McCartney would have been or was 27 years of age.)

abbey-rd2After the road-crossing photo was finished, Iain Macmillan set off to find a good “Abbey Road” street marker sign to use for the back cover of the album. He found it at the junction of Alexandra Road and started taking photos of the sign. Much to his chagrin, while he was busy shooting an oblivious woman in a blue dress walked right in front of his viewfinder. While reviewing his shots later that day, however, he decided that the “blue dress” photo was the most interesting of the bunch, and he ended up using it in the final composition.

In a somewhat revolutionary move for that time, the front of the album cover did not mention the band’s name or the album title. That decision came from John Kosh, who was the creative director for Apple Records at the time. Kosh was already well known in the London avant-garde art scene when the Beatles hired him, and his argument for the “photo only” album cover was that they were the most famous band in the world and there was no need to clutter the photograph with text. EMI Records protested at first, saying they’d never sell any records that didn’t indicate who the artist was, but the Beatles supported Kosh’s vision, and in the end, they were right.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Beatles, Confessions of a TV-Holic, Mental Floss, Songs, The Beatles | , | Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Abbey Road