Earlier this week, we let the cat out of the bag and revealed that E!'s Sunset Tan reality show faked a scene in which a pair of tanners called the Olly Girls were sent to apply bronzer to an embalmed corpse (see it here).
The "corpse" was not only alive-and-kicking-- he was none other than the liveliest man on television, Tabloid Baby contributor Dr. Franklin Ruehl!
Dr. Ruehl emails us his reaction to the exposure:
THANK YOU! Your posting of my portrayal of a cadaver on Sunset Tan elicited a call from VH1's Best Week Ever. They sent a limo over yesterday for me and interviewed me on the corpse role and other subjects. The clip (probably significantly abbreviated) will be on several times, beginning at 9 PM Friday.That's tonight.
VH1's lively cadaver episode of Best Week Ever also airs:
Fri 11 PM
Sat 1:30 AM 11AM 10 PM
Sun 12:30 AM 10 AM 1 PM
Mon 2 AM 1:30 PM
Tue 1:30 AM
For you newbies, Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. is a veteran TV personality: a real-life nuclear physicist, cryptozoologist and supercool pop culture genius best known for his legendary and long-running public access cable show, Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion, guest shots on shows like Identity and Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, roles as a real life Bigfoot hunter on A Current Affair and one of the USA network's "characters," a regular spot on Tom Green's Internet show, and his signature line, "May the power of the cosmos be with you! Yes! Yes!"
He's also the future host of Dr. Ruehl's Dance Party (he'll be in the Clay Cole role, with an B-movie amazon sidekick and a white Yeti dancing in a cage).