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Stephen Colbert's Iraq campaign didn't pass ratings muster.
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"So the reality?" snickered Joy Behar.

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"I didn't even know about" the apology, Conrad added, further shocking the View-ettes, who no doubt were flashing back to that Memorial Day episode in which Conrad was seen very convincingly turning down Pratt's apology and refusing to come to his wedding to fulfill the dreams of his fiancee and Conrad former BFF, Heidi.

Of course, "The Hills's" faux-reality has been well documented over the seasons, reports WaPo TeamTV's "The Hills" correspondent Emily Yahr.

A segment in which Conrad was seen with a manicure one second and without a mani a few seconds later, was dubbed Nail Polish-gate by bloggers, Yahr notes.

But even the jaded View-ettes were taken aback by the magnitude of the show's deception in the Phone Apology scene. They had a right to be upset; just four days earlier they had swallowed in one big gulp guest Spencer's brag that the phone apology had been insincere and that he'd only pretended to be contrite so that Conrad would come to the wedding. Nicely done, Spence!

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TLC is teasing that Jon and Kate Gosselin are going to make a big announcement during a special one-hour episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" on Monday.

"Recently, we made some life-changing decisions . . . ," Kate's voice is heard saying in a promo running now on the cable network.

" . . . Decisions that will affect every member of our family . . . ," Kate continues as the words:

A family in turmoil

and

A relationship at a crossroads

flash across the screen, over video of Jon and Kate not looking at each other.

" . . . Ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace . . . ," Disembodied Kate Voice adds for good measure, while the words

Where do they go from here

scroll across video of Jon and Kate staring daggers at each other.

It's all a bit thick, but there's no sense being subtle when you're desperately trying to get people re-interested in what was supposed to be a documentary series about the challenges of parenting eight adorable moppets, but which in reality is a documentary about the pitfalls of being plucked from obscurity and put on a TV series if you have a none-too-solid marriage and the shared mental acuity of a peahen that had been dropped on its head as a chick.

Monday's announcement had better be a humdinger. Tawdry reports of Jon's and Kate's alleged infidelities drove nearly 10 million panting viewers to this season's debut, but people quickly lost interest and the most recent episode clocked under 3 million rubberneckers.


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