Love them or hate them, you probably can't help but binge on reality TV shows every now and then. Everyone has their guilty pleasure, and whether your favorite is Keeping Up with the Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo, you probably think you know everything there is to know about your favorite reality show families. However there are quite a few juicy, shocking secrets that these families have kept hidden for years, until now.
Everyone from Jon and Kate of Jon and Kate Plus Eight to the ultra-conservative Christian family, the Duggars, of 19 Kids and Counting, have something to hide and now a majority of their secrets are out. You won't believe some of the things that were going on while your favorite, trashy reality show was still filming. If you've always wondered what became of some of your favorite reality TV stars, what they are hiding, or if those shocking rumors are true, keep reading to find out.
13 Jon and Kate Plus 8 - Cheating Scandal
One of the best parts about watching Jon and Kate Plus Eight was witnessing the tense friction between the married Gosselins. Fans chalked the tension and awkward fighting up to having eight children, because anyone with that many kids running around is bound to be a little stressed. However, fans were in the dark about just how bad things got until the couple's marriage problems became tabloid and reality TV fodder.
12 Duck Dynasty - Sexual Assault
11 Nineteen Kids and Counting - Child Abuse
The media was swept up into a frenzy when it was revealed that Josh Duggar, one of the members of the ultra-conservative family that starred in TLC's Nineteen Kids and Counting, had molested five girls as a teen, some of which were his own sisters. Not only that, but his parents were made aware of it and decided not to tell the police for over a year. Josh's punishment was being sent away to Christian organizations that focused on biblical teaching and redemption through faith and forgiveness, instead of jail time.
10 Kendra On Top - Transgender Scandal
The tabloids jumped on an almost unbelievable story about Kendra Wilkinson's husband, Hank Baskett, cheating on her with a transgender model. It seemed unlikely that Baskett would be stupid enough to reach out to the transgender model, meet up in person, and think he could do it without being caught. Then his alibi for having met up with the model proved to be even more unbelievable. When confronted with the truth about the affair, he claimed he was trying to pick up marijuana. Baskett said he had received the address of the model's home from a random couple at a grocery store who had claimed that she had sold them weed.
9 Pretty Wild - Drug Addiction
8 Real Housewives - Federal Fraud
Teresa and Joe Guidice tried to claim innocence when it was first discovered that they were being investigated on fraud charges. However, the Real Housewives stars later changed their plea to guilty and each had to serve jail sentences for trying to hide money from the government. Despite publicly showing their affluence on the reality show, the couple actually thought they could get away with failing to file taxes and attempting to hide portions of their income.
7 Little People Big World - Broken Family
6 Chrisley Knows Best - Addiction & Custody Rights
5 House of Carters - Substance Abuse
4 Nineteen Kids and Counting - Extreme Beliefs
It seems the Duggar's have so many shocking things about them that it's hard to keep track of everything. For those who don't know, the Duggar's are anti LGBT rights. The patriarch of the family, Jim Bob, has been outspoken against transgender rights bills that have come up in his state and he refuses to call transgender individuals by their preferred pronouns. The entire family also feels that homosexuality is a sin because it says so in the Bible. They also believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old, despite scientific proof that says otherwise.
3 Here Comes Honey Boo Boo - Child Abuse
Fans of the reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, will be horrified to find out the shocking secret that "Mama June" Shannon, the beloved matriarch, left her longtime boyfriend and fellow star of the show, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, for a convicted child molester. Given the fact that Shannon has several young daughters, dating the convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel, poses some serious safety risks. As if that weren't bad enough, McDaniel was just recently released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence for molesting June's daughter, Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell.
2 Cake Boss - Covicted Brother
Sure, chef Buddy Valastro may seem all calm and family-oriented on the show, but that’s because he’s hoping the public doesn’t unearth the ugly truth behind his brother-in-law’s conviction of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Child molestation is one of the worst and most heinous crimes imaginable and not only was his brother accused of doing so, he was also found guilty in a court of law for it, and is currently serving a nine year sentence. Remigio "Remy" Gonzalez, the accused, apparently tried to claim that his lawyer forced him into pleading guilty, but the court wouldn’t hear it. They refused to grant his request to withdraw his guilty plea from a few of the charges.
1 Keeping Up With The Kardashians - The Tape
Love the Kardashian’s or hate them, there’s no escaping their influence on pop culture thanks to their celebrated reality TV show, which came as a result of Kim’s sex tape with Ray J. However, fans will be shocked to find out that not only did mom, Kris Jenner, know about the sex tape, she helped make it go public. That’s right. She helped her daughter sell her body to help the family profit and boy did it work like a charm.
Evil genius or just pure evil, Kris was willing to do anything to get her family to the top. She’ll never win a Mom of the Year award, but considering the millions the family has made since, Kris won't mind.
Sources: RadarOnline.com, People.com, NYDailynews.com
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