Jun Dishes

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RIP Reality Nation

Jumping off the news of GinaMarie’s and Aaryn’s “job losses” and because it’s time some valid questions are answered, I’ve decided to just address them here and now. CBS hasn’t just affected Aaryn and GinaMarie, and those two ladies aren’t the only ones to have lost their jobs this summer. I use the term “lady” lightly with those two, but my point is that people lose their jobs every day across America and the world. We just don’t hear about individual losses so publicly as we have for those two choice HGs…and who knows who else as summer has just begun.

CBS has also affected people at SuperPass, Reality Nation, and probably Showtime, and other places we don’t hear about publicly. And this is all before the summer even started. CBS’s decision to take back control of the live feeds and Big Brother After Dark has left people jobless. If you were a follower of my articles at Reality Nation, then you know that I’m not writing for Reality Nation this season of Big Brother.  There is no more Reality Nation, essentially.


No live feeds at SuperPass, then no news at Reality Nation. That’s life. It happens. But it means jobs opened up somewhere else, mostly at CBS, and such is business.

I worked at Citibank before it merged with Traveler’s Group, and survived, then thrived in the first few years Citigroup bulked up. When I was at Deutsche Bank, my private investment group spun-off and joined LeggMason, and everyone who went along got rewarded handsomely. My years later at AllianceBernstein were brutal like Big Brother can get brutal, but I learned a lot and learned a brutal lesson when I was laid off after the crash, in 2009. I became one more statistic in the numbers reported for layoffs in the financial industry.


What inspired me to start writing…

My layoff inspired me to start writing every day. I was the girl who hated writing essays and book reports in grade school, and writing papers in high school and college had made me miserable. When I lost my job, I used my generous severance package to travel a bit and then returned to college to finally finish my degree, on my own dime. And I changed my major even though it required me to take additional classes, because I wanted to become a better writer. I graduated magna cum laude with an English degree in Creative Writing from CUNY Hunter College. I hope to continue to grow as a writer…

What do I enjoy most about it… 

I enjoy most reading back my own writing. In writing, the fact that I can call myself out on bullshit insincerity or feel the satisfaction of having relayed some sincerity is what I enjoy. The editing process keeps me true to some purpose.

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This summer I’m focusing on some personal writing, and my steadier writing job, and writing here on my website. I never thought I’d become a freelance writer, but I’m thankful for it, and I really enjoyed my time with Reality Nation. And I’m so very impressed at the level of professionalism the writers and staff possessed during the weeks leading up to Big Brother 15…knowing we’d all be out of jobs. We’ve all gone our separate ways now and I wish everyone success and receipt of good karma. Losing your job due to corporate restructuring is better than losing your job because you’re a racist.

Always dishing,


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  • And such is life…

    I miss the crew at RN but I follow a few so I still get to enjoy the snark. As a matter of fact, this is the first year I’m not watching, yet I still feel like I know exactly what is going on. This group is described so vividly, I’m not missing anything.

    A few yrs ago,I lost my job at DHL (after 11 yrs). Thank goodness for me, their severance package was amazing and I was able to take a break, watch BB, and bounce back.

    Everything is cyclical. The bad times come with the good but that’s where we get to prove our strength.

  • MarluvsBB on July 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm said:


    I’m glad you changed your major, Jun. Wishing all those effected by the CBS changes all the best!

    • Jun Song on July 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm said:


      Good things happen for good people…everything happens for a reason…things I truly believe :)

      • Richard on July 7, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

        Crap. Good and bad things happen to bad and good people – all four combinations. It might keep some on the straight and narrow to believe goodness is always rewarded but history tells a more random story. The Golden Rule IS the best policy but it is not a Get Out of Jail Free card in life.

  • Anonymous on July 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm said:


    I take away several things from this most informative piece. I miss super pass….feeds are better I think on CBS ….but I was with Real since they offered live feeds and well only used them for BB seasons but was too lazy to cancel after each season …but I liked backyard interviews and parties .. Unfortunately I assumed what you confirmed….lost jobs …. And we’ll CBS hasn’t garnered my loyalty … I subscribed because its the only game in town.

    And for you …. I am so glad you took something “steadier”. … I follow you on twitter (don’t tweet myself :). ).have for 2 years I think… Read your blog … And share with you here ….. Your daily writing is good … Very very good. I probably read only your blog regularly. I too am glad you changed your major. I wish I could write as effortlessly ( you make it seem effortless though as you say above you edit and edit …).

    Now I just have to go off topic…Noah is walking… So exciting and you will remember with some melancholy as you begin to need eyes behind you how calm and controlled time was when crawling in reverse was the first method of independany mobility. Lol

    Just keep writing …

    • Jun Song on July 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm said:


      I hear you on “the only game in town” :)

      I thank you for posting this reply…I appreciate everyone who has conversations like this with me, be it on Twitter or Facebook or right here on my site. I go through one major edit on my daily writing here…and most often the easiest way to say something is the most sincere from what I’ve learned :). Ha!

      Noah’s new walking skills have me more exhausted than ever, and it’s only just begun!

      • Anonymous on July 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm said:

        Big big smile re exhausted …. My son ran at 8 1/2 months …total nightmare … He had a perpetual red ring around his wrist forever it seemed …. As I just couldn’t “release” him on his own. Lol. Good luck …. Will be following :)

  • Lynda Perky on July 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm said:


    Glad to know how you got into writing. You are so good I never would have thought you hated writing essays in school. When I learned you would be writing every day I was filled with dread for you. I still hate writing so much and thought of it as a chore that a new Mom did not need.

    Your writing will provide so much in regards to family history and loving relationships for Noah. Much better than just a photo album.

    Your writing also shows how you have grown into motherhood. I am seeing how you realize that the fact that you get tired and can’t multitask the same any longer is NOT inherently a bad thing. We Moms are amazing.

  • What a special treat having you answer my tiny tweet in blog form. Jun, i asked because your writing is so special to me and frankly I was perplexed as to how a former banker could produce such an authentic style of prose. I am not a professional writer but I have always been a prolific reader and I am so often moved by your writings in a visceral way. If you’ve been striving for “sincerity” you nailed it. And more, there is this breathlessly,reflexively funny comedy goddess in you with that built-in BS detector that’s always laugh out loud material.The kind of funny that can have beverages travel through one’s nasal passages unplanned.
    Thank you again for replying to my chirp.

  • I mourn the passing of Superpass and the shows they produced. I mourn the passing of Reality Nation and the coverage of so many wonderful and not so wonderful shows. But thanks to Twitter I rejoice in keeping up with my favorite bloggers and in having made friends with many of them. I really feel that we are friends, Jun. I snark with you, the way I do with my friends when we sit at table and break bread. I laugh when you laugh and cry when you cry. It started out as a superficial Twitter follow. Oh, it’s June from Big Brother, one of my favorites! (I didn’t realize you spelled it Jun at the time) then I saw you on Superpass and felt the superficiality seemed to melt. I sent you my first tweet and you responded! Before long, we had a few mini dialogs. I’ve shared things with you that only friends knew. Of course in this platform, it was out there for the world to see. You are so open about yourself that I felt my wings spead also. I thank you for that. So while we mourn the passing of old friends, let us rejoice the new paths this can take us. Like here in New Orleans, we celebrate a death with a jazz funeral. Sad to the cemetary for our loss, then rejoicing in the life that was shared. Keep on Dishing!

  • kcsmum on July 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm said:


    I’m sad about RN and SuperPass too. Good peeps there. Your blog was wonderful, as always. But I can’t think of much to write to you. Circling the drain trying to keep all the balls in the air this week. Talk soon. xo

  • karenrakay on July 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm said:


    Interesting! If this is CBS way of taking control back .its rather quite sad. You are a lemon to lemonade type of girl and we get the best of ur writing..which is smart, fun, and touching.

  • Peg Rejent on July 7, 2013 at 3:54 am said:


    I remember you posted a while back about Noah’s Dol, a tradition of some sort where he picked an item out four or five choices. He chose rice. I also remember you said when you performed this same tradition, you chose the pencil.

    Hence, when one door closes (wall street, finishing college with a degree in creative writing, freelancing for Internet web sites, you will fulfill the prophesy of becoming what you were destined to be; a professional author published with many best seller books. I look forward to the first one – so break-a-leg and hurry up!
    : > )

    And, I think Noah will fulfill your other dream…by becoming a successful top chef of South Korean, American and Belgium foods.

    Enjoy both worlds, Jun. Your’s and Noah’s. Keep writing, stay focused and reach for the sky. Noah will follow in your foot steps.

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