When it comes to reality television stars, you might think that you know everything there is to know about them. After all, they are a group of very few people who are willing to show off their “realness” behind closed doors by allowing cameras inside their house. They supposedly don’t hold anything back while also allowing the entire world to get a real glimpse of who they are.
At least, that’s what reality stars want us to believe. But in reality we know, that there are often two faces they show – one in front of the cameras and one when no one is looking. There are so many reality stars that act like they are awesome, down-to-earth people when in reality they are scheming, conniving and often rude people who are willing to do just about anything to extend their 15 minutes of fame – and of course, make a quick buck. And for some, they’ve actually succeeded. It’s 2017 and it’s quite surprising that some of these people are still on our radars! Here are 8 reality television stars who are known to be real jerks and 7 stars who are the real sweethearts.
15 Jerk: Kate Gosselin
Unfortunately, with Kate Gosselin, we don’t even know where to start. The woman has managed to make enemies with just about everyone from her ex-husband, her family members, her friends, her neighbors and heck, even her kids! It’s safe to say that Kate is one reality television star that just won’t go away. She’s milking her 15 minutes for everything that it is worth, even if she’s making a good number of enemies along the way.
I mean, this is the same woman who has blamed her ex-husband Jon Gosselin for all of her personal woes, has gotten nasty with her kids in front of the cameras and quite frankly, is so difficult to be around that she doesn’t have any real friends. The worst part is that she doesn’t seem to care, either. As long as Kate Gosselin is keeping her name in the headlines, that’s all that really matters to her. What a shame!
14 Sweetheart: Honey Boo Boo
Here is a reality television minor that belongs on our sweetheart list – Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. Let’s be real here: everything she’s ever learned in life, she’s learned from her mother, Mama June Shannon. And while their lifestyle might be as questionable as their poor eating habits, it’s not like you’ve ever seen them lash out at anyone, right?
Regardless of what your opinion of Honey Boo Boo and her family might be, there’s no denying that she’s a good-natured girl from the South who really cares about her family. I mean, she was the one family member who expressed the most concern when Mama June had her weight loss surgery. She’s compassionate, caring and she’s got one of the biggest hearts on television, according to a lot of her fans.
13 Jerk: Teresa Giudice
Teresa Giudice wants everyone to think that she’s just another single mom and reality television star that is just trying to make ends meet while her husband, Joe Giudice, sits behind bars for his crimes. But that’s not the case at all. Let’s not forget that this is the same woman who flipped a table on a co-star in front of the cameras and has gotten into so many on-screen altercations that we stopped counting back in 2011.
Sure, Teresa is trying to make all of her wrongs into rights, but not much has changed over the years. She’s only gotten a better publicist. You can take the girl out of New Jersey, but you definitely get New Jersey out of the girl. Teresa’s excessive spending habits and bankruptcy fraud case is the reason why New Jersey taxpayers had to pay more than their fair share before she and Joe got caught for their scheming ways.
12 Sweetheart: Britney Spears
There’s no denying that Britney Spears has had her ups and downs throughout the years. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly. We’ve seen her fall, get up again, and yes, attack the paparazzi with an umbrella (right after shaving her head, of course!).
But despite everything that she’s gone through, no one can say that Britney has ever let fans down. She’s always made an effort to thank her fans for their support through her music and her personal messages. And let’s not forget that Britney was once a reality television star, too! Who can ever forget the train wreck that was Britney and Kevin: Chaotic? Their show only lasted for one season back in 2005. It’s gone down as one of the most cringe-worthy shows on television, ever! However, Britney is clearly a kind-hearted individual that is trying to figure things out in her life.
11 Jerk: Abby Lee Miller
Abby Lee Miller can easily win the award for the most horrific reality television star ever. I mean, that woman acted like a monster while she was still the star of Lifetime’s hit Dance Moms. That woman was so scary that when she was screaming bloody murder at her dancers, you almost felt as if she was screaming at you! It’s no wonder so many people turned the program off each and every time they saw her.
To make matters worse, Abby Lee proved to be just as awful as she is on screen as she is off screen. Just like Teresa Giudice, she got caught in her own bankruptcy fraud scandal. As a result, she is currently serving her one-year jail sentence behind bars. And the worst part is that no one really cares. And no one misses her, either. She is certainly an unpleasant lady.
10 Sweetheart: Maddie Ziegler
A lot of people will agree that Maddie Ziegler was Abby Lee Miller’s shining star during her time on Dance Moms. While Abby was screaming bloody murder at her other dancers, there was nothing that Maddie could do wrong. She was her number one dancer, her favorite and always the lead for every role.
You’d think that Abby’s bad attitude would have rubbed off on Maddie by now, but thankfully, that hasn’t happened. Despite all of her years with her controversial dance instructor, she’s still as sweet as can be as she continues to navigate her way through Hollywood. She’s also left Abby and all of her nastiness behind. Maddie’s great personality along with her undeniable talent has made her one of the stars to keep an eye on this year. We see great things ahead for this sweet girl.
9 Jerk: Mike Sorrentino
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino became a household name after he made GTL (gym, tan, and laundry) a huge hit on The Jersey Shore back in 2009. For a brief moment, we actually loved following The Situation and his pals (including Snooki, J-Woww, DJ Pauly D and more) get stupid and inebriated before hitting the clubs just to find someone to take home to "smoosh" with.
And while the rest of The Jersey Shore cast did have some qualities about them that made them relatable to their fans, The Situation was just the worse. He is cocky, egotistic and worse, thinks he is hotter than what he really is (sorry, dude, but he always belonged in the butterface category). It’s no wonder he’s now broke, and in some deep water when it comes to the law. He has made headlines for tax evasion several times since 2011.
8 Sweetheart: Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is another celebrity that you honestly can’t say anything bad about. Sure, she’s said some questionable things in the past and often wears things that no one can really describe, but has she ever been a rude diva in public? I didn’t think so. Jessica is the kind of girl that you want to hang out with so you can drink a few margaritas and get crazy with her.
Plus, Jessica is the kind of girl who knows that she’s blonde and ditzy and she owns it. She doesn’t look like she has a mean bone in her body and that’s why so many of her fans have come out to support her over the years. She’s a true southern gal from Texas who loves her family, loves her fans, and of course, loves her drinks. What’s not to like about her?
7 Jerk: Josh Duggar
Let’s put it this way: Josh Duggar is reality television poison. His own family doesn’t even want him around. Josh single-handedly managed to kill the Duggar empire after admitting to abusing his sisters in their sleep while he was just a teenager back in 2002 and 2003. As a result, The Duggars’ reality television show was yanked off the TLC network. The family lost millions of dollars in advertisement revenue, too.
Josh went to rehab to cure his ways but unfortunately, that still wasn’t enough. People still hate him and can’t help but wonder why his wife Anna Duggar has put up with him throughout all of these years. To make matters worse, he even admitted to cheating on her! And what did she do in return? She gave him another baby. Sheesh.
6 Sweetheart: Kim Kardashian
When it comes to Kim Kardashian, there are two groups of different people: those who love her and those who absolutely loathe her. There’s no in between. You either love all things Kardashian, or you simply can’t stand the sight of Kim and her family.
With that being said, there’s no denying that Kim has never, ever been rude to her fans – at least not on record. She is incredibly loyal to her following and she knows that if it weren’t for them, she wouldn’t be where she is today. That’s why she makes an effort to stay in the spotlight and give her fans what they want as far as personal, behind-the-scenes photos on her social media accounts. Kim might be a lot of things, but there’s no denying that she’s sweet as sugar when it comes to her fans.
5 Jerk: NeNe Leakes
NeNe Leakes started off as a Real Housewife that we absolutely loved. She’s witty and she has no problem putting her castmates in their place or calling them out for their ridiculous behavior. Of course, that didn’t last too long. NeNe became one of very few Housewives that transitioned from reality television to sitcom work to become a star in her own right. And as a result, she’s been caught acting like a diva who thinks she’s bigger than what she really is.
As a matter of fact, the Real Housewives of Atlanta alum was caught telling a critic during one of her stand-up shows that she should be violated by her Uber driver after NeNe couldn't take her heckling anymore. NeNe was forced to later apologize for her crude and insensitive comments.
4 Jerk: Jenelle Evans
Jenelle Evans might be one of the most least-liked moms from the hit MTV reality television series Teen Moms. As a matter of fact, Jenelle has a hard time keeping her fans and her family members these days. She’s been battling it out in a bitter custody war with her own mother, Barbara Evans, over her young son, Jace.
To make matters worse, Jenelle has often been criticized as a bad mother who would rather party and take care of her own needs than those of her son. Plus, she’s gotten in trouble with the law more times than we can count. And she doesn’t seem to be very bothered by her bad behavior either, as she continues to make headlines for her never-ending antics, her petty Twitter fights and of course, her on-camera spats with her mom. She needs to grow up and stop behaving so immaturely.
3 Jerk: Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel used to be one of the most popular members of The Real Housewives of New York. That is, until she ultimately got “too big” for the show, filmed her own spin-off show, and ended up going back to Real Housewives when she realized that she’s no better than other D-list reality stars out there.
Bethenny likes to speak her mind but often comes off as brash, annoying, and super catty. She is just not as wickedly clever and witty as she used to be. After divorcing her ex-husband Jason Hoppy, she’s only gotten more difficult to watch on the small screen. It’s no wonder she’s losing fans faster than her SkinnyGirl items are landing in clearance bins in grocery stores all around the country.
2 Sweethearts: The Kardashian Kids
No matter what you think of their parents, there’s no denying that the real stars of Keeping Up With The Kardashians are the kids. Whenever the cameras are on Kourtney Kardashian’s children (Mason, Penelope and Reign) and Kim Kardashian’s two kids (North and Saint West), we just can’t get enough of them! They are as sweet as can be and it’s interesting to see exactly what is going on in the Kardashian and Jenner household through their eyes.
What’s more is that these kids weren’t asked to be reality television stars; they were simply born into it! You can’t fault them for being a part of a program that has been their entire world. But at this point it’s safe to say that they are quickly becoming more popular than their moms, aunts, and uncles.
1 Sweetheart: Tim Gunn
I don’t think there’s anyone who can’t love a person like Tim Gunn. Not only did he coin the phrase “Make it work” on Project Runway, but he actually meant it when he said it to his contestants, too. Tim Gunn might be the only reality television star on our list who actually cared about his show’s aspiring designers, as he truly wanted to see each and every one succeed.
And while there have been plenty of judges who have been downright nasty and ugly, Tim has managed to always keep things classy while staying cool, too. It was never in his nature to put anyone down or humiliate them in front of the entire country. He is above those childish tactics, which other reality TV hosts and judges use to get views. He truly is one of a kind and that’s what we love the most about him.