You hear about big name celebrities ending up in jail all the time; for everything from drunk driving to theft and petty crimes. So it shouldn’t be that shocking to hear that reality TV stars also end up behind bars more often than they would like to admit. With reality shows still being the craze of today it’s no wonder these stars have a hard time keeping their names out of the media.
Shows such as Teen Mom and the Real Housewives tend to feature more stars that get into trouble than not. From nasty custody battles to restraining orders, these stars air their dirty laundry on and off the screen. The crime of choice for many of these TV stars happens to be fraud and one would think with the amount of money they are making from these shows; they wouldn't have to be cheating anyone.
Luckily for celebrities; reality stars or not, the courts tend to be a little less harsh and some of the stars below managed to spend only a few hours behind bars. But for others there are years being served and the chance for early release will be slim. From a husband and wife serving time for a joint charge to stars that have truly turned their lives around; here are 10 reality TV stars who have served time behind bars.
10 Amber Portwood
This Teen Mom star landed in jail after refusing to complete a drug rehab program. Charged with possession and parole violations in 2011, the judge decided that she needed to serve a five year stint in prison. Portwood actually only served one year behind bars as she was released for her good behavior and effort to stay sober. This year Portwood told People magazine that she is determined to get her life back on track and going to jail was the only option to get sober and be able to take care of her daughter. We hope for everyone’s sake this Teen Mom stays true to her word.
9 Renee Alway
This former America’s Next Top Model star finished third in her cycle of the popular TV show but is coming in dead last in regards to good behavior. In 2014 Alway was sentenced to 12 years in prison on counts of four felony burglary charges, vehicle theft, possession of a firearm and numerous petty crime thefts. This former model also owes $58,679.58 to her victims. Alway was barely recognizable in court with her head shaved and beaten down look; a far cry from her reality TV days. It’s unlikely we will see this star getting out of jail anytime soon.
8 Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown is known for a whole lot of things including his reality TV show that only ran for one season; Being Bobby Brown. The show was centered on him, his then wife Whitney Houston and their family. This American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and actor has seen a slew of legal troubles including being charged with drug possession, drunk driving, public urination and missing child support payments. Brown was finally sentenced to 56 days in prison for his third DUI charge. He was released after serving only nine hours. We would love to think this man has changed but his history looks to tell a different story.
7 Paris Hilton
Getting her start in The Simple Life; a reality TV show that featured her and her best friend Nicole Richie was Paris’ breakthrough into stardom. Unfortunately like a lot of stars it seemed she couldn't stay out of trouble with the law. She landed herself in jail to serve a sentence for violating her probation; one she had incurred by numerous alcohol and driving related events. Although most of her sentence was served in the medical wing of the jail and she was released early on good behavior; it seems that this socialite learned her lesson and has since stayed out from behind bars.
6 Jason Wahler
This bad boy is apparently bad both on and off the screen and we saw some evidence of that when he starred on both Laguna Beach and The Hills. Wahler has actually been behind bars a total of three times for numerous charges including punching a city worker, assault and underage drinking. Addiction problems haunted Wahler and things finally started to turn around when he appeared on Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab. Since then, this bad boy has remained sober and out of jail; along with marrying his soulmate. Now this is the kind of happily ever after story we love.
5 Jenelle Evans
This Teen Mom star is no stranger to spending time behind bars and has been arrested so many times in the past five years that we have lost count. As far as spending actual time behind bars this star has managed to be in prison more than once. In 2011 she spent a few hours in jail for violating her parole and testing positive for drugs. In 2012 she saw the inside of prison twice for domestic violence and cyber stalking, again only spending a few hours at a time. The latest; this star was picked up for driving with a suspended license and spent an hour in jail sorting things out. We doubt she has learnt any lesson and we wouldn't be surprised if she landed back in jail, maybe a longer stay behind bars will help set her straight.
4 Nicole Richie
It seems fitting that this star also got her reality TV start on the show The Simple Life; with friend Paris Hilton. Perhaps it was this show that drove them to have legal issues as they both end up on our list. Richie spent less time behind bars than Hilton though, serving only 82 minutes of her four day sentence due to the prison being overcrowded. Richie also happened to be five months pregnant with her first child. The charge was driving under the influence and the small amount of time in jail seemed to turn this star around. Since then she has become a mother to two children, a wife and an entrepreneur.
3 Kim Richards
The most recent reality TV show star in trouble is Kim Richards who currently stars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Richards was recently arrested after an embarrassing alcohol fuelled rampage at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She was asked to leave the swanky Polo Lounge after slurring her words and acting out. Refusing to leave the restroom, police were called in and things only got worse. Richards was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, being drunk in public and spent the night behind bars. People magazine reports that her children are devastated with her and co-stars are telling Richards she needs to check herself back into rehab.
2 Khloé Kardashian
The whole Kardashian family is involved with more than one reality TV show so it’s hard to imagine that they can all keep themselves out of trouble. Unfortunately for Khloé, it was her that ended up behind bars; but only for a few hours. In 2007 she was arrested for driving under the influence and in 2008 turned herself in for violating her parole. Lucky for her the prison was overcrowded and she only had to serve three hours out of her thirty day sentence. It was enough to scare Khloé into what looks like a life of good behavior; so far anyways.
1 Teresa Giudice
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is currently spending 15 months in prison after pleading guilty in March 2014 to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. In early 2015 she turned herself in to authorities and began her sentence at the minimum security prison that inspired the hit Netflix show; Orange is the New Black. After her sentence is completed, her husband will then spend 41 months serving time for the same fraud charges. Leaving their four daughters with one parent in charge for the next 56 months. We sure hope this reality TV show couple turn themselves around after this escapade.