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KISS-OFFS Elimination lines



Published: Mon, August 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



"Amazing Race." At the end of each leg of the race on this CBS show, host Phil Keoghan says to the pair in last place: "I'm sorry to tell you, you've both been eliminated from the race."

"America's Next Top Model." Tyra Banks delivers probably the longest elimination line in reality TV history on this UPN hit: "You are no longer in the running toward becoming America's next top model."

"American Idol." Although Fox producers say the show doesn't have a goodbye phrase, audiences have often heard, "America has spoken."

"Big Brother." Host Julie Chen tells contestants on this CBS show they're "banished from the house" when housemates vote them off.

"Fear Factor." Host Joe Rogan's famous line was created on the scene of the very first episode, says NBC Executive Producer Matt Kubitz. Just when the winner was going to be awarded $50,000, the producers decided Rogan needed a line. They brainstormed on the spot and came up with, "Evidently fear is not a factor for you." Five minutes later, the line was used "and it stuck," he says. "We didn't spend weeks thinking about it or testing it or sending it off for research."

"Kept." In vying to become Jerry Hall's "kept man" on this VH1 show, which ended last week, the studs who got the boot each week were sadly reminded by the assistant to Mick Jagger's ex: "You can't always get what you want."

"I Want to Be a Hilton." Paris' mom, Kathy Hilton, tells these A-list wannabes, "You're not on the list" when she boots them off this NBC show.

"Project Runway." German model Heidi Klum snidely informs contestants, "Either you're in or you're out. And you're out." She also says, "Auf Wiedersehen" ("goodbye" in German), which she came up with on her own. "It was appropriate to Heidi -- who she is and where she's from," says Bravo executive producer Shari Levine.

"Survivor." Host Jeff Probst drops contestants one by one on this CBS show when he delivers that now-classic line: "The tribe has spoken."

"The Apprentice." Donald Trump humiliates contestants on this NBC show with, "You're fired," now practically a trademarked reality TV phrase.

"The Bachelor"/"The Bachelorette." Host Chris Harrington revs up his audience when he says, "This is the final rose" during the climactic elimination ceremony each week on this ABC show.

"The Biggest Loser." The show will tighten its belt on catchphrases when its season begins in September by removing the line, "It's time to cut the fat." Says NBC Executive Producer Dave Broome: "I think we were just trying to play off words and get too cutesy." For a show that's "uplifting and inspirational, it doesn't really need it," he adds.

"The Cut." Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger tells the contestant he dismisses on this CBS show: "You're out of style." He's also been known to add what some consider an even campier line: "You'll have to take the runway."

"The Starlet." Faye Dunaway ruthlessly judges the aspiring actresses on this WB show with, "Don't call us. We'll call you."




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