Reality television seems to be the “in” thing these days in Hollywood. Celebrities who are looking to revive or maintain their careers, as well as Hollywood hopefuls who are hoping to become famous, are now part of reality show casts.
Even though there have been studies to show that watching reality TV can be bad for your mental and emotional health, millions of people tune in each night to watch the reality show of their choice. Whether you’re into rich, entitled families with relationship issues, wild party girls who don’t take life seriously, pageant girls and their overbearing mothers, or celebrities who are adventurous enough to spend time in the wilderness, there’s a reality show out there for everyone.
Some people have done well after reality TV. They’ve used the platform to solidify their brands and become actual celebrities. However, some people started to become delusional after appearing on a reality show. They didn’t know how to deal with the fleeting fame, took their “celebrity status” too far, or allowed other family issues to take over until they were too overwhelmed to truly focus on their careers. Some would say that appearing on reality television isn’t for everyone, since some people aren’t able to handle the scrutiny that comes with fame. Want to know what happened to some of the reality stars you used to watch regularly? Here are 12 celebs who lives were completely destroyed after reality TV.
12 Karlie Redd
Karlie Redd from Love and Hip Hop thought that being on the reality show would help her to get new opportunities in Hollywood. Redd was under the impression that her exposure on the show would be great for her career, but her behavior on the show actually blackballed her. When she auditioned for a Tyler Perry movie, she was told that the role was not open to reality show stars. Karlie also says that this is not the first time she’s been held back from acting gigs due to her time on Love and Hip Hop. Redd even says there have been times when she actually got the role she auditioned for, but once producers found out about her “past”, she was turned down. Looks like being a reality TV star doesn’t always have its perks.
11 Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
Mostly everyone remembers when Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was one of the stars on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore. He was known for getting into drunken fights, losing friends (and then making up with them), and finding himself in several love triangles (or something like that). Sorrentino admitted that he was dealing with a drug addiction, and after the show ended, he was on a downward spiral. He even tried creating and promoting workout supplements to further his brand, but that didn’t go so well. Mike has appeared on Marriage Boot Camp with his fiancé Lauren, in order to work out his emotional and addiction issues. The Sorrentino family even secured a short-lived reality show. Now that that’s over, the family is getting into Manhattan real estate. Hopefully, this venture will work out.
10 Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson
Football player Chad Johnson, better known as “Ochocinco”, probably should have stayed away from reality TV. He started a relationship with Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives (to be fair, she shouldn’t have been on a reality show, either). The pair got married, and Johnson’s anger issues got worse. He head-butted Evelyn while the two were having an argument in the car. This was the last straw for Lozada and the short marriage ended. Johnson’s issues got him kicked out of the NFL, and he went on to play for the Montreal Alouettes. We haven’t heard much from him these days, so it’s pretty safe to say that reality TV isn’t for everyone.
9 Kelly Price
Singer Kelly Price has been around since the 90s, and her powerhouse voice gained her millions of fans. However, when record sales started slowing down, Price decided to join the cast of R&B Divas on TV One. Everyone was expecting Price to be sweet and funny, as her demeanor suggested, but perhaps she wanted to be the star of the show, because her attitude changed drastically. She was labeled as the “crazy bully” on the show, and was often stirring up trouble among the cast members. Price also had a habit of letting her cast members know that she was more famous than them. Her fan base decreased dramatically, and word has it that she’s in the studio trying to come up with new music that is so amazing, people will forget about how horrible she was on the show.
8 Apollo Nida
Apollo Nida is best known as the ex-husband of Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Nida was a cast member on the show for several seasons, and apparently, his celebrity status got to his head. He got into some (more) trouble with the law, and was sentenced to prison. Parks was so embarrassed about the arrest, that she took months to speak about it, and was seen partying with her friends while her man was being carted off to jail. Nida will spend eight years behind bars, and the judge presiding over his case stated that his financial and celebrity status would not work in his favor. Some say that Apollo’s decision to be in the reality show in the first place highlighted his criminal past.
7 Lindsay Lohan
To be fair, Lindsay Lohan’s fame, and life in general, weren’t exactly in a good place before she decided to do reality TV. Lohan appeared on Oprah’s short-lived reality show that was all about Lindsay repairing her life and overcoming her addictions. However, a source told Radar Online that Lohan was afraid that appearing on the reality show would hurt her chances of a comeback. Perhaps airing even more of her dirty laundry for the world to see has hurt Lohan’s career. However, if she didn’t have so many issues for the public to see, she might be in a better place personally and professionally. Lohan’s parents are also appearing on VH1’s Family Therapy, so hopefully, this will be a move in the right direction for the entire family.
6 Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is another rich celebrity who was doing quite well—until she just had to try reality TV. Her popular show with former bestie Nicole Richie did well, but it took a toll on their friendship. A sex tape of Hilton was also leaked which put her in the public eye—but not in a good way. Paris also got some criticism for her relationships and stating that she’d never date a Black man, but people probably wouldn’t have paid so much attention if she weren’t on TV. Due (in part) to Paris’ wild behavior, her grandfather, Barron Hilton, cut Paris and her family out of the $4.5 billion they were supposed to inherit. That’s got to hurt.
5 Omarosa Manigault
Omarosa got a reputation for being evil and conniving when she appeared on Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice. She has also supported Trump’s erratic behavior during his run for President of the United States, which made her even less favorable in the eyes of the public. After The Apprentice, Omarosa decided to try and change her image and become a pastor. Yes, you read that right. She tried to get her Rev Ro ministry off the ground, but most people really aren’t buying it. Manigault has been off the radar lately, which is likely a sign that people really don’t want to hear from her anymore.
4 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are often seen as the first reality TV “casualty”. They had an adorable show on MTV in the early 2000s, which chronicled their wedding preparation and gave viewers a glimpse into their marriage. Money problems, family issues and a host of other things that the former couple still decline to discuss led to the end of their marriage in 2006. However, they have both admitted that reality TV played a part in the relationship’s demise. Having cameras follow you around when you’re trying to have a serious conversation with your partner can definitely take a toll. Simpson and Lachey have both married other people, and have two children each. However, their careers have never been the same.
3 Heidi Montag
Heidi Montag and her husband Spencer, were part of the cast of the MTV reality show The Hills. The couple (well, Spencer mostly) decided that wasn’t enough fame for them, and when the show ended, Heidi underwent a series of plastic surgeries in an attempt to improve her look. After getting 10 surgeries in one day, Montag later admitted to Life and Style that she hated the way she looked. She thought the makeover would boost her singing and acting career, but now, people pretty much see her as a laughing stock. Heidi and Spencer also appeared on Marriage Boot Camp on WE TV, but this didn’t do much to revive their fame.
2 Kanye West
Kanye West is head over heels in love with his wife Kim Kardashian, but most people think that West appearing on the Kardashian reality show is going to (further) ruin his life and career. West has been acting particularly strange since becoming a part of the Kardashian family, and has even got as far as asking for money on social media after rumors swirled that he was deeply in debt. His music has gotten weirder, and we’re not sure what to make of his clothing line. It’s clear that spending too much time in the spotlight isn’t good for West, and those close to him have suggested that he seek mental help before it’s too late.
1 Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom is another example of what can happen when a man does too much keeping up with the Kardashians. Odom and Khloe got married a few years ago, and it seemed like things were great. The two had a reality show spin-off and were making business moves. However, Odom’s drug addiction started to take over again, and serious marital problems followed. Khloe and Lamar were set to get a divorce, until Odom was found unconscious at a love ranch in Nevada. Khloe decided to call off the divorce to nurse her husband back to health, but insists that they are just friends, although she cares for him a great deal. Odom also lost his NBA standing after his marriage to Khloe, and started playing basketball in Spain. Some say Kris Jenner required Odom to appear on reality show episodes even when he didn’t want to, and tries to control his career. For Lamar’s sake, we hope he gets better soon (in every way).