Reality stars tend to all have one thing in common – their time in the spotlight is typically short-lived and viewers find themselves asking, “Whatever happened to (insert reality star name)?” However, some reality stars have the longevity to stretch their fifteen minutes of fame to the max and stay within the limelight way past their expiration date. Some of the Real Housewives are perfect examples of this, as well as all of the Kardashians, who have remained on television for ten seasons of KUWTK and several of their own spin-off shows. Not every reality star is as lucky as Kim Kardashian or Nene Leakes though, and the majority of them disappear before the credits can even finish rolling.
However, these reality stars that do disappear from the spotlight do so for a variety of reasons. Some of them were only cast for one season and were unable to parlay their fame into success. Some were cast on reality shows that got the ax. Some grew tired of Hollywood and left Tinseltown on their own terms. And some were forced out. No matter the reason as to why these twelve reality stars are no longer in the Hollywood spotlight, it still begs the question, where are they now?
12. Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino – Jersey Shore
Michael Sorrentino (aka, The Situation) became a scandalous character on Jersey Shore, which premiered in 2009 – most likely, because of his comical nickname and even more ridiculous antics. After Jersey Shore ended in 2012, Sorrentino tried to parlay his post-show fame into something more by appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and signing endorsement deals for things like Vitamin Water, Devotion Vodka, Reebok Zigtech shoes, and a vitamin line for GNC.
In 2012, fame got the best of him when he checked himself into rehab for a prescription pill problem. In September 2014, he was charged with tax fraud for allegedly avoiding to pay $8.9 million in taxes. Now, Sorrentino is making his third attempt at extending his Hollywood fame by appearing on the current season of the reality show, Marriage Boot Camp with girlfriend, Lauren Pesce.
11. Tiffany “New York” Pollard – Flavor of Love/I Love New York
Tiffany Pollard, better known as ‘New York’ came to us via VH1’s 2006 reality show, Flavor of Love. The self-proclaimed HBIC gained popularity thanks to her screaming matches, slew of one liners, and larger than life personality. This popularity launched her further into the spotlight, landing her a number of spin-offs, including I Love New York, I Love New York 2, New York Goes to Hollywood and New York Goes to Work.
Afterwards, Tiffany went on to spend a few years attempting to establish herself as a serious actress, but was only able to land a couple of small roles in unknown films. Most recently, Tiffany appeared on the season 2 premiere of Botched, to correct a deformed breast augmentation so that she can continue her reality TV career. Reportedly, Tiffany is looking to make a reality TV comeback alongside her mother, Sister Patterson.
10. Heidi Montag/Spencer Pratt – The Hills
Reality stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, are perhaps the people who have tried the hardest to sustain their reality fame. The two got their start and gained widespread popularity on MTV’s The Hills. After the show wrapped in 2010, the two went on to appear in a number of reality shows, including I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Wife Swap and Celebrity Big Brother.
In 2010, Montag made major headlines when she underwent 10 cosmetic procedures in one day. In 2014, the couple revealed that they blew through $10 million and were broke. They’re now reportedly worth a cool $1000, and these days they are clamoring to get back into the spotlight, while making ends meet.
9. Danielle Staub – The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Danielle Staub lasted for only two seasons among the table-flipping New Jerseyites on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She was asked not to return after season 2, and afterwards, embarked on a downward spiral hitting rock bottom in 2011.
The 48-year-old mother of two signed a three-year deal with Scores Gentleman’s Club as a fully nude stripper and also agreed to star in adult online content. However, Danielle evaded the deal, was sued, and then entered rehab. These days, at least according to her Twitter, Danielle spends her days taking a multitude of selfies and re-Tweeting any mentions of her glory days on RHONJ.
8. Angelina Pivarnick – Jersey Shore
How obnoxious or uncouth must one be to get kicked off the first season of Jersey Shore, only to return for the second season and get kicked off again? The answer to that riddle is Angelina Pivarnick. After making the rest of the cast of Jersey Shore look sophisticated in comparison to herself, the former dental assistant attempted to make it big in the music industry with the 2011 dance single ‘Gotta Get Out.’ Then she GOT OUT of the music industry after her failed attempt.
According to her Twitter feed, Angelina earns an income these days by selling personalized video messages to fans. She is also pursuing a wrestling career and looking to attend a wrestling school, because as she Tweets, “Wrestling is in my blood.”
7. Courtney Stodden – Couples Therapy
In 2011, 16-year-old Courtney Stodden received widespread criticism after marrying 50-year-old actor, Doug Hutchinson. Hutchinson and Stodden were interviewed on Good Morning America and E! News about their relationship in July 2012, and later that year, they appeared in the VH1 reality TV show, Couples Therapy. In August 2013, Stodden became a housemate on the twelfth season of the British version of Celebrity Big Brother.
Recently, Vivid Entertainment released a solo sex tape created by Courtney Stodden. Stodden said she’d donate the amount she was paid for the sex tape to charity. Aside from her sex tape, you can now spot Stodden on Instagram via her numerous daily selfies or around Hollywood, as she makes every attempt to be photographed by paparazzi.
6. Evan Marriott – Joe Millionaire
More than a decade ago, Evan Marriott, the star of the reality dating show, Joe Millionaire captured America’s attention when he was selected by FOX in 2003 to portray a millionaire, while 20 women competed for his affection.
Spoiler alert: He wasn’t a millionaire. He was a working-class construction worker.
In the end, he selected Zora Andrich, but the two ended up splitting the $1 million prize and going their separate ways. Now 40 years old, Evan has settled for a more low key life. He’s now a contractor, owns his own business, and is happier than ever.
5. Brooke Hogan – Hogan Knows Best/Brooke Knows Best
Fans pretty much watched Brooke Hogan grow up right before their eyes on her family reality series Hogan Knows Best, which aired from 2005 – 2007 and her own reality series Brooke Knows Best, which aired from 2008-2009. Between 2004 and 2009, Brooke released two pop albums with the single ‘About Us’ featuring Paul Wall, being her most successful song.
Since then, Brooke tried her hand at acting and following in her father’s footsteps as a wrestler. However, a lot has changed for Brooke – for starters, she now lives in Nashville, and is tapping into her country roots. She just released her first country single ‘Girlfriend’ and plans to fully launch her country music career later this summer.
4. Kristin Cavallari – The Hills
After The Hills ended in 2010, Kristin Cavallari landed small roles in movies and TV shows and even competed on the Fall 2011 season of Dancing With the Stars – however, she was eliminated from the competition in week 3.
She started dating Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler in 2010 and, after an on-again, off-again romance, the two were married in June 2013. Their first son Camden, was born in August 2012, and their second son Jaxon, was born in May 2014. Kristin announced she was pregnant with her third child in May 2015.
3. Daisy delaHoya – Rock of Love/ Daisy of Love
Although Daisy delaHoya didn’t win Bret Michaels’ heart on the second season of Rock of Love in 2008, she did land herself her own reality show spin-off, Daisy of Love. After her reality show wrapped, Daisy pursued a music career and briefly dated Dave Navarro. In 2012, she entered rehab for a drug addiction.
These days, Daisy is 2 years sober and is living a healthier life. She is still pursuing her music career as a member of the band, Black Star Electra. According to her Twitter, she is currently working on getting her GED.
2. Christopher “Big Black” Boykin – Rob & Big
In 2006, the reality TV show Rob & Big premiered on MTV. The show followed the lives of professional skateboarder, Rob Dyrdek and his best friend/bodyguard, Chris Boykin. The show ended after three seasons in 2008, because Chris had decided to leave to take care of his daughter and girlfriend.
Rob started back up in 2009 with the reality show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, which Chris appeared on during seasons 4-7, but once again left to fulfill his parental obligations. These days, Chris is still on the grind – he started his own hip hop group called, The Chunky Boys and launched his own clothing company called Big Black (Do Work).
1. Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson – Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Alana Thompson and her family rose to fame after appearing on an episode of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras. Afterwards, the family landed their own reality show titled, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which premiered in 2012. The series was one of TLC’s highest-rated programs.
In August 2014, after four seasons, TLC cancelled the hit show after reports surfaced that June Shannon was dating a man convicted of child molestation. Since the show’s cancellation, Honey Boo Boo and her family have stayed active on social media. Recently, 9-year-old Alana appeared on an intervention episode of The Doctors, due to obesity. The young girl stands 4’6″ and weighs 125 lbs. She is currently getting professional help to live a healthier life and to lose weight.