We have all have a secret dirty pleasure which is reality TV. It’s hard to watch but at the same time so hard to look away. These are “stars” that entertain us through their idiocy.
Whether they are making sex tapes, asking if chickens live in the sea or going to the gym and tanning, we love to watch them every week.
But shouldn’t we be asking ourselves how these celebrities became celebrities in the first place? Why is it that we see them on TV every week or in our favorite magazines? These stars on TV don’t have any unique talents so why are they making millions?
Here are the 20 reality stars who have no real-world experience.
This shining example of Jersey grace and charm rose to prominence on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, where she presided over the raising of her fambly in a house that put Versailles to shame while husband “Juicy Joe” Giudice did something or other in construction. (Or restaurants. The whole thing’s a blur.) Their gilt-and-taffeta empire came crashing down in 2009 when the Giudices filed for bankruptcy. Then Teresa and Juicy Joe were convicted of multiple counts of fraud in 2012. No word on how the fambly’s currently doing.
Oldie-but-goodie Richard Hatch won the first season of Survivor in 2000 after stints as a bartender, real estate agent and auto salesman. What he was really good at, though, was evading his taxes, as he proved when he was convinced of tax fraud relating to the $1 million prize he won on Survivor and wound up serving more than four years in federal prison. Since then, he’s done stints on several Survivor offshoots, as well as The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Apprentice, in between serving a second jail term in 2011 for a probation violation. Don’t mess with the tax man.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
The Situation is very interested in what you think of his abs, which is why we’ve chosen a head shot to illustrate his entry on this list. Basically a wax figurine with a fade, The Sitch somehow managed to parlay a short stint as a local underwear model into six seasons on MTV’s Jersey Shore, which saw the Sitch and his crew do such things as get drunk, go to clubs, go to the gym, take off their shirts and wander around the beach, and get drunk. In between, sometimes they’d go back to the house and yell at each other. He’s been charged with tax fraud, too.
Mama June Shannon, Toddlers and Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo
Mama June first gained notoriety on TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras, a show about child beauty pageants in which she was observed feeding her daughter Elana – better known as “Honey Boo-Boo Child” – a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull before Honey Boo-Boo’s pageant appearances. TLC liked this enough that it gave Mama June and her clan their own show, Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, which ran for three seasons on the network before it came out that Mama June had been spending some time with a convicted child molester; the situation got even hairier when it came out that the man had been convicted of molesting one of Mama June’s other daughters.
Tila Tequila, A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila
Tila Tequila’s rise to indifference started back in the early days of social media, when she was briefly in the news for having more than two million friends on MySpace and for being one of Playboy’s “Cyber Girls of the Week”. Her media “empire” expanded over time to include music that no one listened to, reality shows that no one watched, and a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Will.I.Am and A&M Records. In recent years, she’s made headlines with a disastrous appearance at the Gathering of the Juggalos and a sex tape that she claimed was made with an ex “for personal use” and had been stolen, which would have been a lot more believable had her “ex” not been a fairly well-known male porn star.