Everybody loves reality TV. We get to see people embarrassed, humiliated, yelled at and generally dissed. We can watch shouting matches and fist fights and tears. From the comfort of our own homes, we can enjoy (and laugh at) people plotting, scheming, and generally being horrible to one another. What's not to love? And it's a good deal for TV as well. People go on the shows mostly for their 15 minutes of fame, so reality TV is cheap to produce. Starting in the US, reality television is now big business all over the world. The languages may be different, but the idea is still the same.
The thing is, there are some really nice reality show stars, but they can be a total bore. It's the nasty ones, the spiteful ones and the mean ones, that everybody loves to hate. They are the ones who pull in big ratings that advertisers love so much. As contestants, it is sometimes said that producers keep them on the show longer than they might deserve simply because they are so mean and nasty and pull in viewers. Here are 12 reality stars everybody loves to hate. They are really nasty, really mean, and totally selfish. In other words, totally watchable.
12 Simon Cowell - X-Factor, America's Got Talent
11 Gordon Ramsay - Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares
10 Jeffrey Sebelia
9 Donald Trump - The Apprentice
8 Omarosa Manigault - The Apprentice, Celebrity Apprentice
7 Tamra Barney (Judge) - Real Housewives of Orange County
6 Craig Revel Horwood - Strictly Come Dancing (England)
5 Stephen Asprinio - Top Chef, Top Chef: All Stars
4 Evel Dick Donato - Big Brother
3 David "Puck" Rainey - The Real World: San Francisco
The guy was late for the first day of the show because of a run-in with the police. That will tell you everything you need to know about him. His roommates soon learned that he was bad news. He fought with everybody and was eventually evicted from the house. One of his fights with an HIV-positive roommate was so explosive that it made Time's list of the most epic moments in reality TV. He wore a t-shirt with guns arranged to look like a swastika that he refused to take off, monopolized the conversation, and picked fights with his roommates. In 2012, he went to a different kind of house, the Big House, when he was sentenced to two years for stalking a woman.
2 Wendy Pepper - Project Runway
Another member of TV Guide's "Most Evil" list, Wendy was on season 1 of Project Runway. Some have said she would have thrown her mother under a bus to make it to the final three at Fashion Week. She certainly tried to do just that to the other contestants. Comments on Reddit kind of sum up why she was so hated: while the other contestants were doing a sewing bee, Wendy was behaving as if she was on Survivor. She began all sweetness and light and then, as the show progressed, it became clear she was pretty ruthless in her pursuit of a spot at Fashion Week. She got there but lost to Jay McCarroll.
1 Jade Cole - America's Next Top Model
Another example of most evil/most hated reality TV contestant, Jade was on cycle 6 of ANTM. Her speech to the judges about how cool and wonderful she was and what a great body she had on the first day had them snickering and rolling their eyes. An MSN piece called her obnoxious, self-absorbed and arrogant. Others have called her the show's greatest villain, as she was ruthless and scheming. E! News was a little less restrained when they called her one of the "two biggest *itches in the history of the show" (the other was Melrose Bickerstaff). It paid off. She ended up placing third and has gone on to have a pretty successful modeling career.
Sources: buzzfeed.com, abcnews.go.com, tvguide.com
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