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July 8, 2008 4:51 PM

Comcast puts on the last panel of the night. We've got a panel on "Ruby" from Style, "Attack of the Show" from G4 and "The Soup" on E!.

4:52 p.m.: On stage right now is Ruby Gettinger and executive producers Gay Rosenthal and Victoria Zielinski. "Ruby" follows Ms. Gettinger, who weighs 500 pounds and struggles to live in mainstream society at that size.

4:55 p.m.: The mood of the room is pretty somber because Ms. Gettinger is talking about a grim diagnosis from her doctor regarding her size. Considering the other two panels lined up, it'll be interesting to see how someone follows this.

5 p.m.: Ms. Gettinger is talking about how the media needles celebrities for their looks and any weight gain. "The Soup" makes a living off of that, doesn't it?

5:06 p.m.: Ms. Gettinger said she's scared to death of having to use the bathroom on an airplane because of her size. She avoids drinking water before or during the flight because of it.

5:11 p.m.: Ms. Gettinger said she felt "The Biggest Loser" was mean to its contestants, so she's not a fan. "I'm like, 'We don't have to be mean to people because they're overweight,'" she said.

5:18 p.m.: "Attack of the Show" up now. Hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn and executive producer Gavin Purcell are featured.

5:23 p.m.: The hosts were just asked what games they play. I'm tempted to think the phrases "COD4," "Diablo 2" and "Gears of War" just sailed over the heads of a good amount of reporters here.


5:25 p.m: "Heroes," "Lost," "Chuck" tend to be talked about consistently by "AOTS'" audience.

5:35 p.m.: "I stay fit by throwing up," Ms. Munn said. Mr. Pereira and Ms. Munn said they were prepped to talk about certain subjects by G4 suits, including the premiere of "Hurl!", which hasn't been discussed yet. Say, why not check out what the show's about (with video, even) over at Blink!.

5:37 p.m.: "We always try and think of what's the smarter way," Mr. Purcell said. He followed up with saying the "AOTS" audience aren't on the football team, but on the chess team.

5:40 p.m.: Ms. Munn said she appreciates what her fans send her in the mail, even a large stuffed bear. She said she originally thought a person was inside, and later refused to change around it for fear it contained a hidden camera.

5:42 p.m.: Ms. Munn just stunned this crowd. When jokingly asked about romantic tension between her and Mr. Pereira, she replied, "Well, he already put it in my ass." The silence that followed before the laughter is something that must be felt in person.

5:46 p.m.: "The Soup" is up now. Host Joel McHale and executive producers K.P. Anderson and Edward Boyd are on stage.

5:49 p.m.: "Most of the celebrities and reality shows we talk about, they hang themselves," Mr. McHale said.

5:51 p.m.: Mr. McHale was asked if he's ever met steady "Soup" target Tyra Banks. "I have only had contact with a few of her wigs," Mr. McHale said. He admitted he's not sure what would happen if he were to meet Ms. Banks, but he estimates that she'll just start talking about herself.

5:55 p.m.: Mr. McHale said "Ruby" probably will be on "The Soup."

5:58 p.m.: Mr. Boyd said people are sometimes desperate to get on the show, specifically a woman imitating a dolphin on "Victoria Beckham: Coming to America."

6:06 p.m.: Last question: Why not daily "Soup"? "We're phenominally lazy," Mr. Anderson said. The idea has been thrown around, he said, but there's a "leave them wanting more" mentality.

Andrew Krukowski


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