The main reason that most people watch reality television shows is the delicious feeling of shadenfraude, a German loan word that essentially means taking pleasure in other people’s misfortune. People simply can’t get enough of the ridiculous and horrifying antics that are endlessly pulled on reality TV. It’s easy to look at the train wrecks common on these shows and think that your own life is pretty put together in comparison. Because of this, reality TV tends to attract the biggest jerks, since they often make for better television. Whether their role as a horrible person is scripted and encouraged by producers, or simply comes naturally, these 15 people are some of the most insufferable people to be found in reality TV. Some of these characters lie through their teeth, while others make off-the-cuff racist jokes, but each one is horrible in their own unique way.
15. Kris Jenner – Keeping Up With the Kardashians
It’s hard to pin down exactly why the public seems to hate Kris Jenner – it might be because she plays obvious favorites with her children, or the fact that her fame seems to be tied to very little actual talent. It certainly doesn’t help that many of Kris’ scenes on Keeping Up With the Kardashians seem overly scripted and overly dramatic. Kris is a professional at making mountains out of molehills, which makes it hard to take her seriously. In any case, no list about reality TV would be complete without an appearance by one of the members from the Kardashian clan.
14. Coach – Survivor: Tocantins
Benjamin “Coach” Wade made his first appearance on Survivor: Tocantins in 2009, and quickly made enemies. Not only was Wade’s grasp on reality rather tenuous (he frequently told tall tales about his adventures, like being attacked by a shark or surviving a hurricane), but he was extremely arrogant. Coach was one of the characters that you love to hate, which is why he returned on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, as one of the villains. If that doesn’t clue you in, then there is a good chance that nothing will.
13. Farrah Abraham – Teen Mom
Farrah Abraham’s taste of fame on 16 and Pregnant got her off to a very bad start. Since her appearance on the show, she’s also starred on Teen Mom and has been involved in several scandals, most of which were apparently planned. She was arrested for driving under the influence, attempted to ‘leak’ a sex tape that she actually paid to have produced, and has been accused of drug use several times. This kind of behavior could theoretically be excused (as this has been the case for many celebrities), but unfortunately, it all occurred while ignoring her young daughter.
12. Spencer Pratt – The Hills
It’s hard to decide whether Spencer Pratt or his wife Heidi Montag, is more universally despised. Heidi and Spencer’s time on The Hills was almost exclusively spent with vicious gossip and attempts to monopolize airtime. Like many of the people on this list, Spencer became way too caught up in his fifteen minutes of fame and did his best to make sure he stayed in the limelight, through any means possible. Unfortunately, this ambition led to some rather unsavory actions, like spreading malicious rumors about a sex tape regarding Lauren Conrad.
11. Heidi Montag – The Hills
Heidi Montag’s beau Spencer may be portrayed as a horrible human being, but the public seems to hate Heidi even more. The friendship between Lauren Conrad and Heidi ultimately ended once Heidi declared allegiance to Spencer over Lauren. Like Spencer, Heidi has been desperate to stay relevant. She’s stooped to extremely low depths in order to remain in the tabloids: for example, getting a record of ten plastic surgeries in one day. Spencer and Heidi have even collaborated to produce some of the most doctored and cringe-worthy pop music in existence.
10. The Situation – Jersey Shore
Just the fact that Mike Sorrentino continues to call himself ‘The Situation’ and insists that others also use this ridiculous name, should be enough to clue you in to why The Sitch has a place on this list. Not only does he have a ridiculous and arrogant nickname coupled with an inability to ever keep his shirt on, but The Situation spent much of season five on Jersey Shore harassing Snooki and attempting to make life hell for her. As if this wasn’t enough reason to consider him insufferable, Mike was recently accused of tax fraud and is facing 11 months in prison. We wonder how he feels about the situation.
9. Jonny Fairplay – Survivor
Lying on reality TV to trying to score more airtime might result in a lot of views, but viewers will definitely bash you for it. This is exactly what happened to Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton. Jonny invented an extravagant and detailed lie about his grandmother’s death in order to arouse sympathy, despite the fact that his grandmother was actually alive and kicking. Hopefully Johnny learned from his lying ways, because karma will definitely come back to bite him in the butt.
8. Bentley Williams – The Bachelorette 7
Bentley Williams was one of 25 men vying for Ashley Hebert’s affections during the seventh season of The Bachelorette. However, Williams let slip a few unsavory quips: for example, he claimed that he’d rather go “swimming in pee” than become engaged to Hebert. Bentley repeatedly told the cameras that his only interest in Ashley lay in her physical appearance and winning the competition, but Bentley sang a different tune to Ashley herself, professing his affection for her. Bentley’s blatant lying leaves him as one of the most reviled characters in reality TV.
7. Jon Gosselin – Jon and Kate Plus 8
Jon Gosselin from the popular TV show, Jon and Kate Plus 8 would have probably not been on this list if he had been able to keep it in his pants. After divorcing from his wife Kate, Jon began trying to live the fast-paced lifestyle of a much younger man by partying on yachts and cavorting with several women. Rumors abound that the divorce occurred because Jon was cheating on Kate with Hailey Glassman. Eventually, Hailey and Jon’s relationship would also fail due to Jon’s unfaithfulness.
6. Amber Portwood – Teen Mom
Amber Portwood and her boyfriend Gary Shirley subjected their only child, Leah, to countless fights. Instead of protecting their young daughter from this trauma, Leah reportedly witnessed excessive physical violence and arguing. Amber’s notoriously short temper definitely contributed to the constant arguing and fighting, and caused many viewers to fear for Leah. It doesn’t help that Amber served a 17-month prison sentence for drug charges: it’s hard to be a good mom when you’re locked up in the slammer.
5. GinaMarie Zimmerman – Big Brother 15
GinaMarie Zimmerman and Aaryn Gries made quite the insensitive duo on Big Brother. GinaMarie used several racist and homophobic slurs during her time on air. However, because GinaMarie’s behavior improved after Aaryn was kicked off the show, many viewers believed her poor behavior was due to the influence of Aaryn, whom she quickly formed ties with. Whether this is true or not, GinaMarie was a 31 year old woman at the time, and once you’re past the age of 18, it’s time to stop blaming your bad behavior on your ignorance and your friends.
4. Aaryn Gries – Big Brother 15
Aaryn Gries starred on Big Brother 15, but she must have forgotten what it meant to be on Big Brother and that her every move was being documented. Aaryn let several racist and homophobic comments slip; for example, she mocked her Korean roommate Helen Kim, by saying that Helen should be making rice for the rest of the contestants. Eventually, once she was questioned about many racist remarks, Aaryn tried to blame everything on her Texan upbringing, where she claims that racist jokes are A-okay. Unfortunately for Aaryn, over 27,000 viewers didn’t fall for her apology and signed a petition to have her booted.
3. Donald Trump – The Apprentice
Donald Trump has been starring in reality television for a decade, but somehow we still haven’t entirely warmed up to him. Not only does Trump’s catchphrase “you’re fired!” grate on our ears, but Trump has faced countless allegations of racism over the years. For example, Trump allegedly claimed, “laziness is a trait in blacks.” Not only is he an out-and-out racist, but Trump was brought to court for defrauding 5,000 innocent people of over $40 million – pretty unnecessary considering how wealthy Trump is, with a net worth estimating $3.9 billion.
2. Spencer Clawson – Big Brother 15
Just like Aaryn Gries, Big Brother’s Spencer Clawson apparently has difficulty determining when a joke is appropriate or not. Well here’s a hint Spencer: making racist, sexist, or homophobic jokes on national television is rarely a good idea. It seems as though Spencer never got this memo: during his stint on Big Brother, Spencer ‘joked’ about child pornography, called his gay housemate “Kermit the Fag,” and seriously discussed Hitler’s finer points. If this was all filmed, we can only imagine what he’s like when he’s off camera.
1. Trystian – Toddlers and Tiaras
Although Toddlers and Tiaras’ Trystian claimed that she was a level-headed individual who would never even consider starting drama, her actions proved otherwise. Trystian was fiercely competitive with her daughter Kelsie. Additionally, Trystian got herself thrown out of a pageant after an incident that began about the fees required by the pageant and culminated in Trystian threatening the pageant director with a punch to the face. Luckily, security was able to intervene before Trystian could cause any further damage, but it was too late, as the damage to her own reputation was already done.