Zach Rance: The Reality Star Who Stands Out From the Rest

October 23, 2014 5:49 PM

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I've noted the irony: how in the age of reality TV, it was easier to connect with Dr. Phil than with a Bravo "Real Housewife" for a past interview. At the time, Dr. Phil was given my number and he called promptly and directly (no assistant) to discuss an important national topic. With the Housewife (who is no longer part of the Bravo franchise), I dialed one assistant who patched me through to another until I was finally speaking with my subject after a lengthy hold. That's when the realization hit home: We have reached a pop culture-dominating existential crisis; reality stars are getting too big for their britches or for what any "15 minutes of fame" should entail.

I did not feel this way about Zach Rance, a contestant on this past season of Big Brother (CBS). While last season's contestants offended the masses with racist and homophobic comments, this year's group carried the heightened awareness of the 24/7 live feeds. Contestants reminded themselves and eac...

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