Friday, February 15, 2008

Reality Show Guru ‘Survives’ Crazy Fans

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Television mega-producer Mark Burnett is used to “surviving” legions of crazy fans.

Burnett – the mastermind behind huge hits like Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? – says he often has throngs of enthusiastic fans approach him who simply refer to him as “Survivor guy.”

Whether it’s in a public bathroom, airport, or grocery store, Burnett says fans greet him with “Hey! It’s Survivor guy!” all the time, in a manner that, as he puts it, “Makes it sound like I’ve survived some deadly disease or something.”

And even in the john, Burnett isn’t safe from overbearing fans.

The popular producer says he’s been pitched ideas for reality TV shows in the middle of taking a leak in an airport bathroom before.

Burnett’s latest project – a memory-busting, comedy game show called Amne$ia, hosted by funnyman Dennis Miller – premieres February 22 on NBC.

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