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Jack Vita

Join Jack Vita, sportswriter (jackvita.com), journalist and Valparaiso alum each week for an in-depth recap of the latest news, stories and scores from the world of sports, featuring thoughtful, fun and entertaining analysis, and exclusive conversations with a wide variety of guests, including professional athletes, reality TV personalities, musicians, writers, podcasters, friends and other interesting folks! In addition to his weekly sports recaps, Jack will occasionally discuss a Chex Mix of other topics, such as reality competition shows (such as Survivor, The Challenge and The Amazing Race), television, music, movies, entertainment, food, faith and life. While Jack doesn't strictly "stick to sports", he does steer clear of any and all political conversations. If you're tired of the screaming matches, political partisanship and noise, that are infecting the sports media, this is the show for you! read less
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Deal or No Deal Island Finale S1 E12 "Can You Beat the Banker?" Recap with Survivor's Brooke Struck
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Deal or No Deal Island Finale S1 E12 "Can You Beat the Banker?" Recap with Survivor's Brooke Struck
All season long, Survivor: Guatemala contestant Brooke Struck and Jack Vita have been breaking down each week's episode of NBC's Deal or No Deal Island on the Jack Vita Show, and this week is no different! Season 1 of Deal or No Deal Island has reached its conclusion, and Jordan Fowler is the show's first winner! Jordan defeated the banker and took home a $1.23 million check. Boston Rob was eliminated from contention after he was the last one to emerge from the maze. Stephanie Mitchell was eliminated moments later when it was revealed that her case had the lowest total, placing her in third place. This left Jordan and Amy McCoy as the show's final 2! In a matter of minutes, Jordan defeated Amy in the final excursion, making her the banker's ultimate opponent. It is soon after revealed that Howie Mandel is the banker! Howie plays the role of antagonist at the temple, but in the end, Jordan wins a life-changing sum of money that she hopes will help her start her family and the next chapter of her life with her husband. Jordan is also met by the other 13 members of the cast who were eliminated, who watch and cheer her on as she plays Deal or No Deal. In the end, the cast celebrates Jordan's win. Brooke and Jack share their thoughts on the finale, Rob's exit, Stephanie's gameplay, the final challenge, Amy, Jordan and so much more! You will NOT want to miss our finale coverage!
The Boston Rob Mariano Interview | Deal or No Deal Island Finale E12 "Can You Beat the Banker?"
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The Boston Rob Mariano Interview | Deal or No Deal Island Finale E12 "Can You Beat the Banker?"
All season long, Jack has been interviewing the latest contestants eliminated from NBC's new hit reality competition show, Deal or No Deal Island! This week, the legend himself, Boston Rob Mariano visits the show to discuss his time on DONDI! This conversation is twice as long as a regular exit interview. Unlike other exit interviews, and Jack is joined by seven other reporters as Rob faces the press, fielding questions from the media in a rare press conference. Along the way, Rob discusses his time on DONDI, why he decided to accept the invitation to compete on the show's first season, how it compared to Survivor, whether or not he would compete on Peacock's The Traitors in the near future, and much more! Rob also discusses a creative idea he had to help himself after receiving a time penalty for looking at Amy's answer. Rob wanted to shout the answer to Stephanie and Jordan as they were attempting to solve the puzzle, allowing them to move forward, and lessen the penalty time he would receive. He asked production if he was allowed to do it, and was told no. He wishes that he hadn't asked and just done it. Rob shares how large of a gap there was between him and Amy. Was he really that close to passing her in the maze? And did his case have a total high enough to keep him in the game, had he not emerged from the maze last? Rob shares his thoughts on the finale, and so much more! It's an episode you will NOT want to miss!
Claudia Jordan Weighs In on Deal or No Deal Island S1; Talks Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump
10-05-2024
Claudia Jordan Weighs In on Deal or No Deal Island S1; Talks Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump
This week on Deal or No Deal Island Insiders, Miranda Rose Harrison and Jack Vita are joined by reality television icon and former Deal or No Deal model Claudia Jordan for a very fun conversation on the Jack Vita Show! Over the years, Claudia has appeared in dozens of shows and movies, including Deal or No Deal, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Celebrity Apprentice and most recently, Deal or No Deal Island. Claudia got to face the banker and play Deal or No Deal for the first time, in episode 3. Unfortunately for Claudia, she secured a bad deal, and was eliminated much earlier than expected. We get Claudia's thoughts on the season and how everything has played out since she was eliminated. Claudia discusses differences she's noticed between the original Deal or No Deal show, and the franchise's new installment, Deal or No Deal Island. Is there anything that surprised Claudia about the experience or the way that contestants have played? She also spills the tea on her elimination. What led to her decision to volunteer her case, for Stephanie to steal? Claudia shares a secret about that day. Claudia and Miranda reflect on stories from their time on DONDI together. Later, Claudia reflects on her reality television and entertainment career. She talks about what it was like competing on The Celebrity Apprentice and how she used to have a good friendship with former US President Donald Trump. Claudia tells stories from before Trump's presidency and what led to their falling out. You can follow Claudia on Twitter (@claudiajordan) and Instagram (@claudiajordan). You can follow Miranda on Twitter (@ItsMirandaRose) and Instagram (@mirandaroseharrison).
Stephenie LaGrossa Previews Deal or No Deal Island Finale | DONDI E11 "Are You Tenacious?" Recap
08-05-2024
Stephenie LaGrossa Previews Deal or No Deal Island Finale | DONDI E11 "Are You Tenacious?" Recap
Survivor great Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick returns to the Jack Vita Show, this time, to talk Deal or No Deal Island! Stephenie joins her former Survivor: Guatemala tribemate Brooke Struck and Jack for a fun conversation about Deal or No Deal Island's penultimate episode, E11 "Are You Tenacious?". With only one week remaining, Stephenie previews what looks to be an epic finale! Episode 11 ended on a dramatic cliffhanger. The four remaining competitors were tasked with a challenge that required them to complete a puzzle and run through a maze and collect a briefcase. The last contestant out of the maze would be immediately eliminated and the contestant holding the lowest-total briefcase among the the three remaining competitors would also be eliminated. Boston Rob Mariano got caught cheating off of Amy McCoy's puzzle. As a result, he was assessed a three-minute time penalty. He had to wait until the other three contestants had all completed their puzzle, and then he had to wait three extra minutes, before he could take off for his case. Jordan Fowler and Stephanie Mitchell are shown exiting the maze and locking in their case totals. It appears that Rob is closing the gap on Amy, but the episode concludes. We ask the question, "What happens next? Will Boston Rob live to see another day, or is his goose cooked?". Stephenie is one of the biggest fan favorites in the history of Survivor. After debuting on Survivor: Palau, she placed second on Survivor: Guatemala and appeared on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. She recently came out of retirement, competing on USA's Snake in the Grass and season 1 of NBC's hit show The Traitors. Stephenie was a huge fan of Rob before she ever appeared on Survivor, and his inspiration is one of the reasons she applied in the first place! She has known Rob for nearly 20 years, and has very much enjoyed watching him play on Deal or No Deal Island. Stephenie shares her thoughts on Rob's breach of the rules. Was it deliberate? Was the penalty fair? And will Rob survive to see another day? Brooke and Jack also weigh in, as the three of them share their thoughts on the episode as a whole. Brooke and Steph also share some memories from Survivor: Guatemala, including an unbelievable Jamie Newton story! You can follow Stephenie on Instagram (@steph_lagrossa_kendrick) and Twitter (@StephLaGrossa38).
Nick Grasso Explains Why He Flipped on Boston Rob | Deal or No Deal Island E9: "Are You Powerful?"
03-05-2024
Nick Grasso Explains Why He Flipped on Boston Rob | Deal or No Deal Island E9: "Are You Powerful?"
This week on Deal or No Deal Island Insiders, recently-eliminated contestant Nick Grasso joins Miranda Rose Harrison and Jack Vita for a lively conversation on the Jack Vita Show! Despite accepting a record-setting offer a week ago, Nick took a bad deal from the banker, spelling the end of his time on the Banker's Island in Deal or No Deal Island's ninth episode, "Are You Ruthless?" Last week, Nick joined Jack for his exit interview, in which he detailed how a strange dream that he had on the Banker's Island put an end to his time on the show. Now, he opens up in an hour-long conversation with Jack and Miranda. Nick recaps and relives his time on the Banker's Island. In the early days of the game, he was in a tight alliance with Boston Rob Mariano, but midway through the game, his attitude toward the Robfather shifted. Nick was a founding member of the Night Owls alliance, and soon, Rob went from an ally to enemy. Why did Nick decide to turn on Rob and target the five-time Survivor veteran? Nick takes us inside of his gameplay, strategy and thought-process. Miranda and Nick discuss life on the Banker's Island. The two shared a tent with Amy McCoy. How did they end up in the only co-ed tent on the show? Who ended up in the other two tents? And how did things go in Tent 3? Nick and Miranda relive some of their favorite memories from their time on the island, and provide an inside look to what goes on on DONDI. They also talk about the food situation on the show. What do the contestants eat, and what if the contestants have a food allergy? Along the way, Nick, Miranda and Jack break down the latest episode, "Are You Powerful?" and discuss whether or not they think Aron Barbell was really going to turn on Rob, had he defeated the banker. They also preview the Final 4, with the show's penultimate episode coming up next Monday. You can follow Nick on Twitter (@ngrasso217) and Instagram (@nickyy__g), and check out the Official Nick Grasso Shop! You can follow Miranda on Twitter (@ItsMirandaRose) and Instagram (@mirandaroseharrison).
Love Island's Bergie Assesses Deal or No Deal Island Final 4 | DONDI E10 "Are You Powerful?" Recap
02-05-2024
Love Island's Bergie Assesses Deal or No Deal Island Final 4 | DONDI E10 "Are You Powerful?" Recap
Coming off the tenth episode of Deal or No Deal Island, "Are You Powerful?", Brooke Struck and Jack Vita are joined by Love Island and The Traitors' star Carsten "Bergie" Bergersen on the Jack Vita Show! Bergie appeared on Love Island Season 5 last summer and instantly became a fan favorite. Before he had even left Fiji, he was offered a spot on the next season of Peacock's new hit competition show, The Traitors. Perceived as a threat to the traitors' games, Bergie was murdered in episode 8. Now, Bergie is hooked on Deal or No Deal Island! Each week, Survivor: Guatemala contestant Brooke Struck and Jack Vita recap the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island. This week, Bergie joins them to break down everything from Episode 10! With just five contestants left, Aron is approached by the last remaining members of the Night Owl alliance, Stephanie and Amy, who offer an interesting proposition. Amy and Stephanie suggest that Aron cuts ties with Boston Rob, if given the chance. Rob is a reality television veteran, a Survivor winner and the greatest threat to win the game, among the players remaining. Aron appears to be giving the idea consideration. At the excursion, Rob has a plan to try to get him and Aron in the bottom two, but Aron does not follow his instructions. This leads to a confrontation upon their completion of the challenge. In this week's exit interview, Aron told Jack that he got caught "playing the middle", when he didn't go along with Rob's plan. Meanwhile, Amy forms a final two alliance with both Rob and Aron, gets her hand caught in the cookie jar when she is forced to choose which of the two that will face the banker at temple. Amy picks Aron. Entering temple, it remains unclear as to who Aron has his sights set on eliminating. Unfortunately for the 26 year-old, his time on the Banker's Island came to an end when he accepted a bad deal. Now, only four contestants remain: Stephanie Mitchell, Amy McCoy, Jordan Fowler and THE Boston Rob Mariano. Bergie shares his thoughts on the first season of Deal or No Deal Island, the show's formats and his prediction for the final two episodes. He also compares and contrasts The Traitors to DONDI. All this and so much more, as Bergie, Brooke and Jack break down the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island! Joining Brooke and Jack on next week's recap will be three-time Survivor fan favorite Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick! You can follow Bergie on Instagram (@bergielicious35) and Twitter (@CarstenBergie) and subscribe to his YouTube channel!
Was Aron Barbell Going to Cut Ties with Boston Rob? | Deal or No Deal Island E10 Exit Interview
30-04-2024
Was Aron Barbell Going to Cut Ties with Boston Rob? | Deal or No Deal Island E10 Exit Interview
This week, Aron Barbell became the ninth contestant eliminated from NBC's new hit reality competition show, Deal or No Deal Island. As part of our Deal or No Deal Island coverage, Aron visits the Jack Vita Show for his exit interview. Aron was the first contestant to face the banker in episode 1. He emerged victorious nine weeks ago, and successfully eliminated Brantzen Wong from the show. This week, Aron was not as fortunate, as his case held a higher total ($3.5 million) than the offer he accepted ($1.199 million), making a bad deal and spelling the end of his time on the show. Aron started off strong. At the end of episode 4, he was voted the most trustworthy competitor on the show. He had hoped that Miranda would defeat the banker and send Stephanie home for him. Miranda was not onboard though, and blew up his game to the entire cast. Five episodes later, Aron's time on DONDI came to an end. Amy McCoy selected Aron to face the banker in this week's episode. It was unclear who Aron would have eliminated had be defeated the banker and stayed alive. It appeared as though Boston Rob's time on the Banker's Island may have been reaching its end, as the Night Owls plead to Aron to take a shot at the Robfather. Rob hoped that Aron would finally take out Stephanie, something they had discussed since the very first episode. In this exclusive exit interview, Aron reveals who he would have sent packing had he defeated the banker, if he feels Boston Rob underestimated him as a player, where he thinks things started to go south for him on the Banker's Island, what he would do differently if he played again, and much, much more! You can follow Aron on Instagram (@dontcallmeayayron) and Twitter (@AronBarbell).
Amy McCoy Dishes on Villain Edit, Social Media Hate | Deal or No Deal Island E9: "Are You Ruthless?"
25-04-2024
Amy McCoy Dishes on Villain Edit, Social Media Hate | Deal or No Deal Island E9: "Are You Ruthless?"
This week on Deal or No Deal Islander Insiders, Final 5 contestant Amy McCoy joins Miranda Rose Harrison and Jack Vita for a lively discussion on the Jack Vita Show! Amy, a native of Oklahoma City, is only two episodes away from reaching the finale. As one of the five remaining contestants, Amy has a legitimate shot at winning Deal or No Deal Island. However, her game has taken a hit over the last two weeks, as she has had to bid farewell to two members of her Night Owls alliance. Now, only she and Stephanie Mitchell remain as they attempt to eliminate Aron Barbell and Survivor: Redemption Island winner Boston Rob Mariano, with Jordan Fowler playing the middle. We get Amy's thoughts on the latest episode, E9 "Are You Ruthless?", where Nick Grasso accepted a bad deal and was eliminated from the show. Amy shares some thoughts on her edit and how she is being portrayed by the show, and also how the fans are reacting to her presence on Deal or No Deal Island. Amy and Stephanie have received quite a bit of hate mail. Amy and Miranda discuss. Amy also adds context to her conversation with Aron from last week, which has been highly scrutinized by fans. Amy and Miranda give an inside look to the Deal or No Deal Island living conditions and production. They also discuss memories from sharing a tent together, and an important from an early excursion that didn't make the air. All this, and so much more, as they discuss Amy's gameplay and strategy! Tune in for an inside look at the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island! You can follow Amy on Twitter (@OKCAmy_McCoy) and Instagram (@okcamy_mccoy). You can follow Miranda on Twitter (@ItsMirandaRose) and Instagram (@mirandaroseharrison).
Deal or No Deal Island S1 E9 "Are You Ruthless?" Recap with Survivor: Guatemala's Brooke Struck
23-04-2024
Deal or No Deal Island S1 E9 "Are You Ruthless?" Recap with Survivor: Guatemala's Brooke Struck
Following the ninth episode of Deal or No Deal Island, "Are You Ruthless?", Survivor: Guatemala contestant Brooke Struck and Jack Vita return to discuss this week's episode, right here on the Jack Vita Show! Each week, Brooke and Jack will recap the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island. Jack will also sit down for a 15-minute exit interview with the most recent contestant eliminated from Deal or No Deal Island. And later this week, S1 contestant Miranda Rose Harrison will return to the podcast for Deal or No Deal Insiders, featuring special guest and fellow S1 contestant Amy McCoy. The Night Owls are down a number, after Dawson Addis chose to self-eliminate in the previous episode, accepting a $100,000 personal offer from the banker. Upon losing Dawson, the Night Owls invite Jordan to join their alliance, replacing his spot. Jordan has positioned herself nicely between both alliances, and does not appear to be anyone's target. At the excursion, the Night Owls concoct a plan to keep Boston Rob and Aron from winning immunity and from finishing in the bottom two. This plan takes any power out of Rob and Aron's hands. The plan works to perfection as Aron struggles to work the walkie talkie, and directs Rob to the wrong case. Amy and Jordan win immunity and Nick gets his turn to face the banker. Nick enters elimination with his eyes set on eliminating Rob. Moments before he begins his game of Deal or No Deal, Rob and Stephanie engage in a big argument. When Nick is down to two cases remaining, Nick is made the largest offer in Deal or No Deal history: $4.417 million. The two cases he has remaining contain $4.25 million and $4.5 million. Nick chose no. 9 as a meaningful number in his life, and surprisingly abandoned the number, accepting a deal. Unfortunately for Nick, his case contains $4.5 million, meaning that he took a bad deal, and he is eliminated from the game. In the final moments of the episode, Rob warns Stephanie that she made a "big mistake". Stephanie tells Rob to "shut up". Rob gives a confessional stating that if it's the last thing he does, he will make sure Stephanie does not win. It seems that the show is laying the groundwork for an epic battle in Episode 10! Brooke and Jack break it all down, sharing their thoughts on the episode!
Deal or No Deal Island S1 E8 "Are You Meticulous?" Recap with Survivor: Guatemala's Brooke Struck
17-04-2024
Deal or No Deal Island S1 E8 "Are You Meticulous?" Recap with Survivor: Guatemala's Brooke Struck
Survivor: Guatemala contestant Brooke Struck and Jack Vita are back to recap the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island, Episode 8, "Are You Meticulous?", right here on the Jack Vita Show! Each week, Brooke and Jack will recap the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island. Jack will also sit down for a 15-minute exit interview with the most recent contestant eliminated from Deal or No Deal Island. And later this week, S1 contestant Miranda Rose Harrison will return to the podcast for Deal or No Deal Insiders, featuring special guest and fellow S1 contestant Dawson Addis. + Jack spoke with Dawson on Tuesday, in his exit interview. Dawson discussed his time on the show, why he accepted the personal offer from the banker and chose to self-eliminate, and much more! Later in the week, he will have more to say when he joins Jack and Miranda on Deal or No Deal Island Insiders! Episode 8 opens with the group returning to camp and Aron still upset over the elimination of Alyssa. Aron joins the Night Owls at a table, and Amy makes a comment about how she did not appreciate Aron telling her to shut up at the temple. Aron snaps and walks away, before Jordan and Boston Rob come to calm him down. Even after a pep talk from Rob, Aron does not appear to be himself throughout the episode. At the excursion, he doesn't seem to be competing with the same fire he had shown through the show's first seven episodes. He does not complete the excursion and is unable to earn safety. With Rob immune, Aron is next on the Night Owls' hitlist. Rob encourages Aron to volunteer to go into the elimination. Aron's initial reaction is to say that he doesn't want to speak to the Night Owls. However, he does eventually pitch himself to Nick. Nick decides to go in a different direction, though, selecting Dawson, with Aron as their clear target. Earlier, Nick won his second straight excursion, giving him the power to pick which contestant will face the banker at the temple. Boston Rob, Jordan and Stephanie all win safety too, leaving Aron, Amy and Dawson on the chopping block. Dawson is chosen by Nick to face the banker. With only three cases remaining, he is offered a $1,399,000 offer and a $100,000 personal offer, but it comes with a catch: by accepting the offer, he will be eliminated from the show. With less than three minutes to make a potential, life-altering decision, Dawson opts to accept the offer, becoming the seventh contestant eliminated from contention. Brooke and Jack break it all down, sharing their thoughts on the episode!
Deal or No Deal Island E8 Exit Interview: Dawson Addis Explains Why He Accepted Life-Changing Offer
17-04-2024
Deal or No Deal Island E8 Exit Interview: Dawson Addis Explains Why He Accepted Life-Changing Offer
This week, Wisconsin native Dawson Addis became the seventh contestant eliminated from NBC's new hit reality competition show, Deal or No Deal Island. As part of our Deal or No Deal Island coverage, Dawson visits the Jack Vita Show for his exit interview. Dawson formed a close alliance with Nick, Stephanie and Amy. They called themselves the Night Owls. The Night Owls positioned themselves to pick off another number from the other side in this week's episode. Nick won the excursion, security immunity and also earning the ability to pick which contestant would face the banker that night. Nick selected Dawson. Both Amy and Stephanie had faced the banker, and now it was Dawson's turn. Dawson made quick work of the board, knocking out nearly all of the lower-valued briefcases almost immediately. Later on, with a $3.25 million case, a $2.75 million case and a $300 case as the last three remaining cases in play, the banker called and made Dawson an offer that he couldn't refuse. Dawson was offered $1,399,000 for the prize pot. He also was offered $100,000 if he eliminated himself from contention. Only given a few minutes to arrive a decision, Dawson chose to take the deal, and he became the seventh contestant eliminated from Deal or No Deal Island. Dawson chats with Jack about his time on Deal or No Deal Island, his decision to self-eliminate, what his plan would have been had he defeated the banker, how he plans to spend his prize money, and so much more! This is only the first time you will be hearing from Dawson on the Jack Vita Show this week. Later in the week, he will join Miranda Rose Harrison and Jack for Deal or No Deal Island Insiders, as they dive deep into the episode, as well as Dawson's time on the show! You can follow Dawson on Instagram (@dawsonaddis) and Twitter (@DawsonAddis1).
Deal or No Deal Island Insiders E7: Stephanie Mitchell Talks Blowup, Feud with Alyssa; Boston Rob
12-04-2024
Deal or No Deal Island Insiders E7: Stephanie Mitchell Talks Blowup, Feud with Alyssa; Boston Rob
Back by popular demand, Miranda Rose Harrison returns to the Jack Vita Show for the third straight week! This time, she and Jack are joined by the standout performer in this week's episode of NBC's Deal or No Deal Island, Stephanie Mitchell! Earlier in the week, Jack spoke with the latest contestant eliminated from Deal or No Deal Island, 2019 Miss Kansas USA titleholder Alyssa Klinzing, in her exit interview. Then, Jack and Brooke Struck released a detailed recap of Deal or No Deal Island episode 7, "Are You Decisive?". Now, Jack and Miranda introduce a new weekly segment called Deal or No Deal Island Insiders! Each week, Miranda and Jack hope to feature different members of the cast, who will provide an inside look at the week's episode, that can only be found on the Jack Vita Show! Stephanie joins Miranda and Jack to discuss an epic seventh episode of Deal or No Deal Island! For weeks, a rivalry between Stephanie and Alyssa has been brewing, with both women targeting one another. It was only a matter of time until it met its head, which it did, in this week's episode. Alyssa avoided elimination in the previous two weeks, when Miranda accepted a personal offer from the banker and Amy opened up the "banker's bonus", cancelling last week's elimination. This week, Stephanie got her wish to face the banker, then defeated the banker and sent Alyssa packing. There was no shortage of drama, as there was a bit of a blow-up and confrontation upon Alyssa's elimination, that left one contestant walking off set, having a panic attack. Stephanie shares her thoughts on the episode as a viewer and adds context, providing some information that was not shown in this week's episode or the episodes leading up. She provides more context to her beef with Alyssa and gives an inside look into her strategy and gameplay through the first seven episodes of the show. Stephanie takes us through the excursion and her decision to go for the $5,000 case. She explains why she wanted to face the banker and why she was chosen by Nick and Rob to do so. She also reflects on the moment when she won the steal in the E3 excursion and was forced into making a difficult decision that would upset many. Miranda also weighs in and shares some thoughts of her own. It's an episode you will not want to miss! You can follow Miranda on Twitter (@ItsMirandaRose) and Instagram (@mirandaroseharrison). You can follow Stephanie on Twitter (@doctor_midwife), Instagram (@doctor_midwife) and TikTok (@doctor_midwife).
Deal or No Deal Island S1 E7 "Are You Decisive?" NBC Recap with Survivor: Guatemala's Brooke Struck
10-04-2024
Deal or No Deal Island S1 E7 "Are You Decisive?" NBC Recap with Survivor: Guatemala's Brooke Struck
Survivor: Guatemala contestant Brooke Struck is back from her vacation to Puerto Rico, and ready to recap the seventh episode of NBC's new hit reality competition show, Deal or No Deal Island! Each week, Brooke and Jack will recap the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island. Jack will also sit down for a 15-minute exit interview with the most recent contestant eliminated from Deal or No Deal Island. And later this week, S1 contestant Miranda Rose Harrison will return to the podcast for Deal or No Deal Insiders, featuring special guest and fellow S1 contestant Stephanie Mitchell. Jack spoke with Alyssa Kinzing on Tuesday in her exit interview. Alyssa discussed her time on the show and detailed her beef with Stephanie. Later this week, Stephanie will tell her side of the story. The friction between Stephanie and Alyssa is a focal point of episode 7. Thanks to the banker's bonus twist at the end of episode 6, Alyssa avoided elimination last week. In episode 5, Miranda had planned to eliminate Alyssa had she defeated the banker. However, Miranda accepted a personal offer, receiving $40,000 from the banker. She took a bad deal, and was eliminated. In episode 7, Alyssa ran out of lives. Stephanie and Amy finished in the bottom two at the excursion, while Boston Rob and Nick won immunity. Amy and Stephanie both wanted to play Deal or No Deal and select the next person to go home. Stephanie is chosen, and she secures a good deal. She promptly sends Alyssa packing, but not without any drama. Stephanie is fired up, and even after Alyssa leaves, continues to rant, with other members of the cast chiming in. Aron has a panic attack and walks off the set, with the episode ending on a cliffhanger. Earlier in the episode, Alyssa threw Aron under the bus to Rob, claiming that Aron was targeting him. It was a lie, and Rob was able to determine that Alyssa was lying. Brooke and Jack break it all down, sharing their thoughts on a very dramatic episode!
Deal or No Deal Island E7 Exit Interview: Alyssa Klinzing Dishes on Stephanie Beef, Aron, Boston Rob
09-04-2024
Deal or No Deal Island E7 Exit Interview: Alyssa Klinzing Dishes on Stephanie Beef, Aron, Boston Rob
This week, 2019 Miss Kansas USA title holder Alyssa Klinzing became the sixth person eliminated from NBC's new hit reality competition show, Deal or No Deal Island. As part of our Deal or No Deal Island coverage, Alyssa visits the Jack Vita Show for her exit interview. In the first pair of episodes of Deal or No Deal Island, Alyssa was shown bonding with Kim. In the third episode, Alyssa turned on Kim, forming a plan to target her. At the excursion, Stephanie Mitchell received the option to steal any case she wanted. She refused to follow the orders of Boston Rob's alliance, and from that moment on, Stephanie became a target. Alyssa formed a close alliance with Aron and Boston Rob Mariano. In episode 5, Aron showed that Alyssa, not Rob, was his number one ally. With Nick, Amy, Stephanie and Dawson forming the "Night Owls" alliance, it appears that Rob's group is now in the minority. Stephanie herself has been targeting Alyssa for weeks. Alyssa was also the target in the last two eliminations. Had Miranda Rose Harrison defeated the banker in episode 5, she would have sent Alyssa home. Last week, Amy had her sights set on taking out Alyssa. However, the banker's bonus spelled no elimination in the episode, protecting Alyssa, as Amy secured a good deal and would have sent her home. Rob has been the Night Owls' clear number one target for weeks, but the Survivor winner continues to win immunity, preserving himself from elimination. After Rob wins yet another immunity, the Night Owls go after Alyssa. As Stephanie and Amy finish in the bottom two, it becomes a sure thing that one of them will face the banker. If either one were to win, Alyssa would go home. Rob and Nick choose Stephanie, and Stephanie secures a good deal, ending Alyssa's time on the island. Alyssa chats with Jack about her time on Deal or No Deal Island, her beef with Stephanie, her alliance with Boston Rob, her friendship with Aron, and much more! You can follow Alyssa on Instagram (@alyssaklinzing) and TikTok (@alyssaklinzing).
2024 NL Central Preview: Jim Callis Talks Top Prospects for Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Pirates
08-04-2024
2024 NL Central Preview: Jim Callis Talks Top Prospects for Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Pirates
Our MLB Preview Series rolls along on the Jack Vita Show, as MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis joins the program to break down the National League Central division! Originally taped on Wednesday, March 20, before Opening Day, Jim and Jack put the NL Central under the microscope, leading off with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs impressed in 2023, compiling 83 wins and missing the playoffs by only a game. Over the winter, the club parted ways with manager and 2016 World Series hero David Ross, replacing him with Craig Counsell. Counsell signed the richest contract for a manager in baseball history. The Cubs also re-signed Cody Bellinger, added Japanese star pitcher Shota Imanaga, and traded for Los Angeles Dodgers top corner infield prospect Michael Busch. The Cubs have the second-best farm system entering the 2024 season, according to MLB Pipeline. The club hopes that its young players can continue to take steps forward and under a new manager, it will return to the postseason for the first time in a full, 162-game season since 2018. What is the outlook for the Cubs in 2024, and why is Jim so bullish on them? Despite finishing in last place a season ago, the St. Louis Cardinals enter 2024 as favorites to win the NL Central. The club boasts of the highest over/under win total in most sportsbooks. Will the Cardinals jump from worst to first in 2024 and return to the top of the division? The Milwaukee Brewers enter the season with the fourth-highest odds to win the division. Despite losing manager Craig Counsell and starting pitchers Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee could have its best lineup of position players that it has had in years. The Brewers have reached the postseason in five of their last six seasons, winning the division three times during that stretch. Are they being slept on? The Cincinnati Reds are the trendy pick in the NL Central. Will their young team exceed expectations? Through the first month of the 2023 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the best record in the National League. The club ended up winning 76 games. Can the Pirates win the division in 2024? Jim and Jack discuss how difficult the Central division is to forecast. There isn't a clear runaway favorite, but one could make a case for any of the five teams to finish atop the division. Jim also highlights the best prospects in the division, detailing which players fans should keep an eye that could potentially make a big impact at the Major League level in 2024. Jim and Jack provide detailed outlooks and over/under win total projections for each team! Chicago Cubs (0:00 - 14:25) St. Louis Cardinals (14:25 - 20:40) Milwaukee Brewers (20:40 - 29:30) Cincinnati Reds (29:30 - 39:20) Pittsburgh Pirates (39:20 - END) You can follow Jim on Twitter (@jimcallisMLB) and catch all of his prospect analysis at MLB Pipeline!
NBC's Deal or No Deal Island S1 E6 "Are You Intentional?" Recap with Miranda Harrison, Kim Mattina
03-04-2024
NBC's Deal or No Deal Island S1 E6 "Are You Intentional?" Recap with Miranda Harrison, Kim Mattina
Deal or No Deal Island contestants Miranda Rose Harrison and Kim Mattina return to the Jack Vita Show to recap the sixth episode of NBC's new hit reality competition show, "Are You Intentional?". Miranda and Kim were the last two contestants to be eliminated from the show. With no elimination or exit interview this week, Miranda and Kim join Jack for a special edition of the Jack Vita Show covering the latest episode of Deal or No Deal Island. Miranda and Kim provide an inside look into the events leading up to episode 6, including Miranda's elimination and the bombshell that she dropped on her way out the door. Episode 6 picks up in the immediate aftermath of Miranda's elimination. Aron is beginning to stress as he and Alyssa are catching more heat after Miranda exposed Aron's game to everybody. Nick is unhappy with Boston Rob and Aron, who he had considered to be close allies of his. They had not informed him that Stephanie was the target in episode 5. Nick is tired of being left out of the loop, and forms a new alliance with Amy, Stephanie and Dawson. The alliance calls itself "the Night Owls". Stephanie is the barn owl, Nick is the hunting owl, Dawson is the long-eared owl and Amy is the gray-horned owl. Stephanie confronts Aron and Rob after their intentions to have her eliminated were revealed to her. At the excursion, Stephanie and Rob are forced to team up, as they are randomly paired together for the challenge, and they win immunity. Aron and Amy collect the "Banker's Bonus" briefcase, but finish in the bottom two, meaning that one of them will face the banker. Amy volunteers to be chosen for elimination, wanting to have her fate in her own hands. Amy has her sights set on eliminating Alyssa, if she beats the banker. Amy holds on to her case, earning $850,000 for the prize pot and defeating the banker. However, Aron opens up the Banker's Bonus, which reveals that there will be no elimination this week. Everybody is safe, and nobody goes home. Kim and Miranda discuss the episode in great detail with Jack, providing some juicy behind-the-scenes information. They also share stories from their time in the show and provide context to what we are seeing on television. It's a very special episode that you will NOT want to miss! You can follow Miranda on Twitter (@ItsMirandaRose) and Instagram (@mirandaroseharrison). You can follow Kim on Twitter (@KimMattina) and Instagram (@kimmattina).
Trishelle Cannatella on Double Standards Between Men and Women on Reality TV, The Traitors' Win, MTV's The Real World, The Challenge
01-04-2024
Trishelle Cannatella on Double Standards Between Men and Women on Reality TV, The Traitors' Win, MTV's The Real World, The Challenge
All season long, Survivor legend and The Traitors season 1 contestant Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick and Jack Vita have been covering the second season of Peacock's hit reality competition show The Traitors, providing in-depth analysis and recaps on the Jack Vita Show after every single episode. This week, Steph and Jack are pleased to be joined by one of the season's winners, Trishelle Cannatella! Trishelle played a calculated and aggressive game throughout her time on The Traitors, never shying away from calling out the contestants that she perceived as traitors at the roundtable. She correctly voted to banish Dan and Phaedra from the game. She figured out that Parvati was a traitor, but convinced her alliance to attempt to work with Parvati, in hopes of taking control of the numbers. Her plan was unsuccessful, but Peter, John and Kevin were all targeted by the Bravo alliance before she was. Trishelle teamed up with longtime frenemy Chris "CT" Tamburello. The pair first met in the year 2002, on MTV's The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet. The Real World and Challenge alumni have a bit of a rocky past, so it came as a bit of a surprise to both of them that they ended up working so closely together on The Traitors and ultimately winning, splitting the $208,000 prize! Stephenie and Jack ask Trishelle about her strategy, her gameplay and her time in Scotland! Trishelle shows off the notes she took in her journal during her time in the castle and provides great detail and insights to her strategy. She also gives us a peak behind the curtain and discusses some things that weren't shown on camera. Trishelle provides clarity to her decision to banish again and why she voted CT and pivoted to MJ. Trishelle has been catching some heat from the fans. Why is that, and what are her thoughts on the matter? Join us as we take a deep dive into Trishelle's path to victory on The Traitors! Trishelle made her reality television debut in the year 2002, appearing as a cast member on the 12th season of MTV's The Real World, The Real World: Las Vegas. Trishelle competed on four seasons of MTV's The Challenge. After competing on The Challenge: Rivals II in 2013, Trishelle took an eight-year break from reality television, until coming out of retirement to appear on the first season of The Challenge: All-Stars. 23 years into her reality television career, she is finally a champion. You can follow Trishelle on Twitter (@TrishelleC) and Instagram (@TrishelleC). You can follow Stephenie (@steph_lagrossa_kendrick) on Instagram, and join her and Trishelle on the Cruise of Deception!
Miranda Harrison Recaps Deal or No Deal E5 "Are You Trustworthy?", Explains Why She Targeted Alyssa
27-03-2024
Miranda Harrison Recaps Deal or No Deal E5 "Are You Trustworthy?", Explains Why She Targeted Alyssa
This week, we have a very special episode of the Jack Vita Show chronicling the fifth episode of NBC's new hit reality competition show Deal or No Deal Island "Are You Trustworthy?" featuring the latest contestant eliminated, Miranda Rose Harrison! Miranda is an exterminator in Fort Myers, Florida. Despite sitting comfortably in the game through the first four episodes, she was blindsided by Aron, when Aron set her up to finish in the bottom two of the excursion, then picked her to face the banker. Aron believed that Miranda would do his bidding for him and get rid of Stephanie, if she beat the banker. What Aron was not prepared for, was Miranda was planning a blindside of her own. Had Miranda survived, she was going to send home Aron's closest ally, Alyssa. Aron may have made a major blunder this week, telling Boston Rob that if he and Alyssa were in the bottom two, he would protect Alyssa and not Rob. Alyssa is Aron's number one, not Rob. Now, Rob is suspicious of Aron and could be looking for a new top ally. Both Aron and Alyssa could be in danger, entering episode 6. Alyssa nearly was eliminated in episode 5. Miranda had a $100 case, a $1,500,000 case, a $1,750,000 case and a $3,000,000 case remaining, when she received a $937,000 offer. The banker sweetened the pot by making a one-time personal offer. If Miranda agreed to the $937,000 deal, she would receive $40,000 in prize money. Miranda chose to accept the $40,000 offer, taking a leap of faith and hoping that her case had $100 in it. Unfortunately for Miranda, her case held $1,500,000 and her time on the banker's island met its end. Before departing, Joe asks Miranda who she would have eliminated, had she survived elimination herself. Miranda reveals that she had her sights set on sending Alyssa packing, exposing both her and Aron's games in front of everyone. Miranda may have been eliminated, but she went out with a bang! Instead of our regularly scheduled 15-minute exit interviews, Miranda joins us for a full hour on this week's Deal or No Deal Island episode recap! Miranda is filling in for Brooke Struck, who is on vacation in Puerto Rico with her family this week. Brooke will be out again next week, and return to the program in time for our Episode 7 recap! You can follow Miranda on Twitter (@ItsMirandaRose) and Instagram (@mirandaroseharrison).