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Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Chad Johnson: VH1’s loss — HBO’s gain [UPDATED]


Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco. (J Pat Carter - AP)
While VH1 decided it had to cancel an already-shot reality series after one of its stars, Miami Dolphins’ Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attacking his new wife, HBO will go ahead with Tuesday night’s episode of “Hard Knocks” which, in one of those happy coincidences, follows the Miami Dolphins this season.

And, in Tuesday’s episode, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will be seen meeting with and cutting Johnson (see video below) , just hours after his arrest last Saturday on charges he head-butted new wife Evelyn Lozada.

The newlyweds were the stars of VH1’s new — and, apparently, never to be seen — “Ev and Ocho,” which had promised to document “the journey of this charismatic and passionate couple’s every step, as they prepare to walk down the aisle and into each other’s hearts forever.”

And by “forever,” VH1 means six weeks, becuase Lozada filed for divorce Monday afternoon. Congratulations Ev and Ocho — you’re made for reality-TV marriage set a new record, being even shorter-lived than Kim Kardashian’s!

Lozada cited the head-butting incident in her divorce papers, according to TMZ. It was the denouement of a fight they had over a receipt for condoms she’d found

Sadly, “Hard Knocks” cameras were not at the house when the incident occurred, nor were they at the jail when Johnson was released, various Florida sports columnists reported.

VH1 on Monday had yanked its “Ev and Ocho”reality docu-soap starring two of its better-known reality stars.

Evelyn Lozada is best known for the Viacom-owned network’s Basketball Wives,” while Johnson starred in VH1’s dating competition series, “The Ultimate Catch”; he played the “ultimate catch.”

“Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it,” the network said Monday on its Web site.

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