Reality television has been notorious for on-screen brawls since the first time The Real World entered our living rooms a quarter-century ago. And although it's entertaining to watch men brutalize one another, there's just nothing like the fun that accompanies watching a good and sloppy old-fashioned cat fight.
Over the years, the women of reality TV have gotten more extreme in their violence. Back when Laguna Beach aired, we saw plenty of fights, but the ladies kept their sparring on a mostly verbal level. It's now almost expected to see scratching, punching, kicking and hair pulling at least once per episode on shows such as The Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Love and Hip Hop, Mob Wives and a whole host of dating programs. Many of the best chick fights aren't even stopped by producers and security until viewers have gotten an ample dose of brutality.
In fact, a 2010 Brigham Young University study found that reality television shows at that time contained plenty of verbal aggression, but almost no physical violence. It's no secret then that much has changed over the past five years. And for one reason: ratings. Even Lifetime's Dance Moms, which one would think would be G-rated, featured two of the moms fighting in the middle of a New Orleans' street, pushing, shoving and pouring drinks on one another.
It doesn't take much to conclude that without violent tendencies, women are unlikely to even be cast in many of today's reality shows. Producers then put them all under one roof, pour some alcohol on the situation and wait for the cattiness to begin. Here are 10 of the most brutal – and entertaining – chick fights to be featured on reality television.
10 Jersey Shore - Sammi And JWoww Go At It
When it premiered, Jersey Shore was one of the most outrageous reality television programs audiences had ever seen – and they couldn't get enough. While it was great fun to watch the guidos clobber one another, it couldn't compare to violence between the guidettes.
9 Flavor Of Love - Pumkin Spits In New York's Face
8 Real Housewives Of Atlanta - Porsha Drags Kenya Across The Floor
7 Love And Hip Hop - Chrissy Kicks Kimbella In The Head
6 Mob Wives - Renee Takes Down Natalie
5 Jersey Shore - Snooki Takes Off Her Earrings
4 Love And Hip Hop - Erica and Kimbella Won't Let Go
3 My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding - Millie And Diamond Go For Blood
2 Rock Of Love Charm School - Sharon Shows Megan Who's Boss
1 Rock of Love 2 - Heather Versus Daisy
One thing became clear after the Rock of Love with Bret Michaels season two reunion - Heather Chadwell can definitely punch like a man. Although Heather was a contestant in season one of the VH1 reality series, she appeared in season two as friend to Bret, helping him find answers about his final flames. She instantly disliked sexy vixen Daisy de la Hoya, and her opinions may have led Bret to dismiss Daisy in the show's finale.
The two were brought on stage together at the reunion show, and absolute cattiness ensued as they fought a war of words. When Daisy had enough of Heathers' insults, she stood up, staunchly defending herself, but Heather stood her ground. She pummeled Daisy in the head and ripped out her hair extensions before Daisy stomped off stage, tail between her legs. Daisy may have gotten the last laugh, however. She soon starred in her own reality series, Daisy of Love, while Heather was sent off to Charm School.
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