Admit it: you've been had at some point in the past, haven't you?
You thought what you were watching on reality television was 100% real, only to later learn the devastating truth.
We've all been there. And now we can all be here: relive the most shocking reality TV show hoaxes in history below...
1. Dance Moms
We’ll just let Maddie Ziegler, arguably the show's top performer, lay it right out for you, courtesy of an interview with USA Today: "The producers set it up to make us all yell at each other. You know how I said that moms do fight? The moms have a fake fight sometimes. Afterward they just start talking and laugh about it." Host Abby Lee Miller really does suck, however. that's not fake.
2. House Hunters
Bobi Jensen blogged in 2012, on a site titled “Hooked on Houses,” that her experience on House Hunter was totally contrived. Turns out, the couple had selected its home prior to appearing on the show and producers even changed Jensen’s story over why she was moving.
3. Breaking Amish
Can we change the title of this TLC series to "Having Already Broken Amish?" After the very first episode aired, it came out that most participants had already left their Amish family for the bright lights of the big city.
4. Storage Wars
Dave Hester, a prominent presence on A&E’s Storage Wars, left production and sued the network over the phony aspects of the show. He said producers loaded units up with items to give each episode an artificial angle and that they even funneled money to teams to keep each episode's bidding competitive.
5. Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures star Aaron Goodwin was fired in 2014 after he stopped by the podcast Are We Alone and explained how the network staged reactions, sound effects and other aspects of the program. He said it was "sickening" that he was part of such a "fraud."
6. The Hills
Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and other cast members have come out and said pretty much everything you saw on this MTV reality show as scripted. Shocking, we know!
Kim Zolciak wants the world to know that she still has a hot body.
The 38-year-old Don't Be Tardy star took to Snapchat to give her fans a peek at her body.
Celebrities love to show of their bodies, and Kim has not been one to hide her body in the past.
Kim is currently embroiled in a butt selfie war with Kim Kardashian.
Each woman enjoys butt selfies quite as much as the other.
Over the weekend, Zolciak took to Snapchat to give her fans their latest look at her body.
"This body birthed 6 kids and im damn proud!" Zolciak captioned.
"4 kids in 30 months!!"
It all seems like a desperate attempt to get people talking, but that's probably what her plan was.
I'm actually surprised she didn't go all out and trash the people who complained about the amount of product placement on her social media accounts.
She literally promotes everything and anything, but her fans are getting annoyed at her blatantly trying to get them to buy things they don't want or need.
It must be a good little side gig, but would she really give it up in favor of keeping her fans happy?
Zolciak also took aim at the naysayers who claim she adds effects to her images to make her body seem more pleasing to the eye.
Celebrities have a habit of going crazy on photoshop.
Snapchat filters just seem a little too easy to use.
"Crazy that y'all even think on Snap that I Photoshop," she said.
"You guys are a bunch of knuckleheads."
Kim has been working out a lot in the aftermath of a health scare that rendered her not fit enough to appear on Dancing With the Stars.
Zolciak released a huge Instagram post that recounted the shocking events that transpired one year ago.
She made it clear that she is happy to be alive and also revealed that she would be interested in appearing on the competition series down the line.
There's nothing quite like keeping your options open. Right?
Have a look at her heartfelt post below.
There's no denying that Kim would be a huge draw for Dancing With the Stars.
It's just a shame she didn't get to compete the first time round.
Maybe the second time would be the charm.
It would be good if she was given the chance.
What do you think about all of this?
Hit the comments below!
Ever since the world learned that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, the tabloid press has been churning out a non-stop string of mostly made-up reasons that the A-list couple decided to part ways.
Things started off plausibly enough with various outlets blaming Pitt's drug use.
It wasn't long, however, before the rumor mill jumped the shark with theories about Angelina cheating with Johnny Depp.
The truth seems to be that Angie's decision to split is related to Brad being investigated for child abuse, but the Internet is still having fun speculating, dammit, and we're not about to let a little thing like the truth get in the way of some solid gossip!
The latest theory comes to us courtesy of TMZ (who, to be fair, has been pretty accurate on all things Brangie up to this point).
The site claims that Brad felt Angelina was simply too focused on philanthropy and charity work.
Yes, apparently they felt that rumors about Brad physically and verbally abusing his kids weren't damaging enough to his reputation.
So decided to toss "He hates the Third World!" into the mix.
According to unnamed sources, Brad felt that Angelina was overly concerned with saving the world, to the detriment of her relationships with her children.
The insiders say Pitt felt that Jolie was fully "obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations" and that her ambition had "caused major marital issues."
It seems that Brad not only felt that Angelina's commitment to helping citizens of war-torn and impoverished nations was preventing her from spending time with her children, he was also concerned about her traveling with the kids to unsafe regions.
Apparently, Jolie recently took her older kids to Lebanon and Iraq.
Brad reluctantly signed off on the trip, but he reportedly drew the line when Angelina proposed taking the children to Syria.
Obviously, it's anyone's guess as to whether that argument really went down, but if there's any truth to this story, you can count us as squarely Team Brad.
There's a reason Syrians are fleeing the country in droves.
It's not really a great field trip destination.
But hey, we're glad that the current geo-political climate has entered #BrokenBrangelina fray.
Now all we need is space travel to somehow get involved.
Some totally adorable things never change.
Over the weekend, the core four cast members on one of the most iconic sitcoms in TV history came back together to melt down Instagram a bit.
We're talking about Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes of Will & Grace fame.
And, yes, we just referred to Will & Grace as an "iconic sitcom."
And we challenge anyone to say differently.
It ran on NBC from 1998-2006, making it memorable based on duration alone.
But it was also one of the first programs to center on not just one, but two openly gay characters.
The premise of Will & Grace was McCormack's Will, who was gay, living as a roommate with Messing's Grace.
Hayes portrayed Jack, the apartment neighbor, while Mullally's was on board as the eccentric and hilarious Karen.
The cast has clearly remained close over the years, although this is one of the first times they've documented a reunion on social media.
"Only smiling because of where Eric's hand is!" Messing joked alongside the first photo above of the former co-stars, while Mullally teased on Twitter:
"i'm smiling, too, and not just because of a hand."
Added Messing of the second photo posted above:
"You smell the same! @EricMccormack."
Mullally, meanwhile, poked fun at her and Hayes' onscreen characters' platonic relationship, uploading the following photo to her Instagram account and writing:
"aw, cute couple... wait."
She then followed with her own picture alongside Messing (who went on to star in The Mysteries of Laura) and captioned it as follows:
"my new wife and i are so happy."
Earlier this year, these same four stars came together as part of NBC's Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows.
Messing, Hayes, Mullally and McCormack were just a few of the many celebrities who hung out under one roof for the event, which honored the legendary director.
Cast members from Friends, Frasier, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory were all there, as well.
After seeing these photos, we only have one question:
When is the Will & Grace revival happening, Netflix?!?
Are the tumultuous, tawdry, terrible twosome of Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez getting the boot from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta?
A series of new reports in recent days suggest that the VH1 series' best known stars may not be coming back for Season 6.
Can we really put any sort of stock in that, though?
According to Starcasm, Stevie J and Joseline have allegedly been told that their (large) contracts won’t be renewed for the new season.
This talk has not been confirmed, but it makes you wonder.
The drama between the two of them has been legendary, and real life and reality TV have blended together like never before of late.
If you watch Love & Hip Hop Atlanta online, what you've been seeing - especially in this past year - is the VH1 beast eating its own tail.
Even before Season 5 began airing, drama between Stevie J and Joseline was playing out online and escalating as the season progressed.
By its end, Joseline accused Stevie J of molesting his daughter with Mimi Faust and said she passed a polygraph proving he loves gay porn.
Yes, both of those things already happened.
Crazily, that was not even the end of it. Stevie later confessed in a radio interview that he and his "wife" had never actually been married.
Then, to top it all off, Hernandez got pregnant (supposedly) and disavowed Stevie ... who may also be expecting another kid of his own.
This all came to a head on the Season 5 reunion, obviously, boosting the show's ratings higher than ever even as credibility suffered.
Funny how that works. Not that seems to matter for the series' viewers or tweeters, both of which reached record levels this spring.
All of which brings us to today and talk that their “contracts for the VH1 show have not been renewed” and “will not be renewed for Season 6.”
Both are reportedly in talks for spinoff shows; Stevie J’s is tentatively titled The Jordans, featuring the producer and his extended family.
Stevie's real name is Steven Jordan, and he has a lot of kids and baby mamas. Joseline's alleged spinoff would focus on her pregnancy.
Whether or not she's actually pregnant, or Young Dro is the father, remain to be seen - but that's neither here nor there at this juncture.
Again, all of this is unconfirmed, so take it with a grain - nay, a boulder - of salt. Ditto Mimi Faust and her own recent cryptic comments.
Mimi tweeted out “Goodbye Season 6” and stated she is on to “bigger and better things” while sharing a photo of herself and her agent.
Are we suddenly looking at a mass exodus?!
D. Smith is also said to be on the fence about returning, hinting on social media posts over the past few months that he may also peace out.
That would leave the show down many cast members heading into Season 6, but remember that social media is a huge marketing tool.
VH1, perhaps more than any other network, uses Twitter and the like to build buzz for its on- and off-screen drama, to massive success.
Don't be surprised when everyone re-ups for new deals just in time to resume filming, and for the contrived drama to be literally unprecedented.
Well, maybe not unprecedented. There was this ...
These days, the unfortunately-named Anthony Weiner is better known for his numerous sex scandals than for his political career.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after inadvertently tweeting a sexually explicit photo of himself.
In 2013, Weiner returned to the political arena with a failed campaign for mayor of New York City that was cut short when it was revealed that Weiner had been sexting Sydney Leathers, a young woman who went on to tar in an adult film based on her involvement with the disgraced politician.
It seems even that incident wasn't enough to keep the 52-year-old from sending explicit texts and social media messages, and Weiner was caught up in two additional sexting scandals in the past month.
While his political career has come to an end, until recently Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, a top aide for Hillary Clinton.
Abedin left Weiner after the latest round of revelations, but his name is still linked with the Clinton campaign, and thus, his scandalous private life is still making headlines.
And unfortunately for everyone involved, Weiner's dalliances keeping getting more and more shameful.
Back in August, Weiner was caught in yet another sexting scandal after having sent a number of explicit photos (at least one of which showed the former congressman lying in bed next to his young son) were posted by a woman who set out to "catfish" Weiner.
Last week, it was revealed that Weiner had been sexting a 15-year-old girl, a move that could land him in serious legal trouble.
Page Six consulted with legal experts to find out if Weiner could be facing jail time for the illicit texts.
Some believe that not only is Weiner headed to prison, he latest misdeeds might lead to a new federal law being enacted.
“This could be the tip of the iceberg with a minor," a DC lawyer and former DA who believes Weiner will do time.
"This is not the first school girl he wants to see in her uniform.”
She added that he'll almost certainly be facing a civil suit from the girl's family as well:
“This is disgusting and depraved. I would not want to be his lawyer. He is not going to win this case.”
As a result of Weiner's latest scandal, New York State Assembly candidate Dean Hart is calling for a bill to criminalize sexually explicit text messages sent to minors:
“When you are an adult you don’t play games with 15-year-old girls . . . This should be illegal and eliminates the difference between images and writing."
"This is how he gets his jollies. I thought he needs a shrink ... but now [with a minor], they got to make it a crime.
"When people drive drunk, they are not permitted to drive a car again, so they should ban him from using cellphones and the Internet.”
Others believe Weiner will avoid jail due to the fact that thus far the texts between Weiner and the teen that have surfaced have not featured any explicit photos.
Whatever the case, this latest controversy should serve as a decisive nail in the coffin for Weiner's political career and his marriage.
Houston police say that officers have shot a suspect who opened fire in the city on Monday morning, taking him into custody before he could take any lives.
According to Houston Office of Emergency Management spokesman Michael Walter, a minimum of nine individuals were transported to hospitals with injuries from the shooting.
The incident took place near Wesleyan Street and Bissonnet Street.
The statuses of those injured are unknown at the moment.
There are no reports of any other shooters at this time, per the Houston Police Department official Tweeter feed.
It wrote the following shortly after apprehending the suspect, whose name has not yet been released:
An emergency alert went out this morning that stated the shooting scene was believed to have been contained to the area of a strip mall. The alert told residents in the area to stay far away.
Authorities have not released further details regarding the shooting, according to CNN and other outlets.
But KTRK reports that firefighters and police officers swarmed the scene once gunfire broke out.
UPDATE: At least one victim is in critical condition, while another is in serious condition. The conditions of the other victims remain unknown.
We're also learned that the suspect was an attorney and that authorities are investigating whether issues at his law firm led to the shooting.
A bomb squad reportedly searched the suspect's vehicle and found "additional weapons inside," the police now confirm.
One witness, Antwon Wilson, told ABC 13 that he was caught in the crossfire.
And he'll never forget the experience.
"I literally heard the gunshots past my face," he told the station. "It's a hard pill to swallow."
We will continue to update this story as more news breaks.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7 Episode 11 saw the ladies' trip to Vermont sabotaged by drama, as is to be expected.
Still ... there was drama. A LOT of drama.
As The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7 Episode 11 got underway, Teresa Giudice was celebrating her freedom, but at a cost.
It was bittersweet, to say the least, that she was doing so as she was preparing for her husband, Joe Giudice, to be shipped off to jail.
There's a lot going on in the land of Tre.
Fortunately, compared to her cast members, her situation is relatively calm; Jacqueline Laurita almost got into a fight with Tre's friend.
More on that in just a couple minutes. First, we got to see Giudice quash her beef with cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri, at last.
"Listen, my heart got hardened. Can you just respect that?" Teresa told the dynamic duo. "Come on, we're still cousins. We're blood."
Inspirational words. For a few minutes.
"They're never going to call me. I'm never going to call them. Door's closed," she said, approximately 120 seconds after her olive branch.
"I'm just tired of s--t. It's exhausting."
Meanwhile, Kim D. tried to stir some more s--t up with Siggy Flicker and Jacqueline, and as is to be expected, Tre was caught up in it too.
Kim D. said Derek, the manager of Melissa Gorga's store, sold a story about Tre accepting cash for books at a Posche fashion show.
Is that really so scandalous? SMH.
On the bus, Robyn, Teresa's friend, started airing her grievances with Rosie for some reason, while Chris Laurita revealed a bombshell:
He went on a date with Teresa years ago; Dina Manzo set them up ... and she apparently proceeded to talk about Joe the entire time.
Actually kind of cute.
Turning our attention back to Robyn, once they got to Vermont, she and Jacqueline went at it after Jacque called her Teresa's soldier.
It nearly got violent.
The next day, the ladies all went dogsledding while Jacque said she was peacing out. Siggy and Dolores Catania decided to stop her.
Their goal? Force Robyn to go home instead of Laurita, because we know where their loyalties lie and she's the real negative influence here.
Like we said ... drama.
Where will things progress (or digress) next week? Only time will tell. But we can promise you there will be words - if not blows - exchanged.
Follow the link to watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online and weigh in with what you think of all this insanity here and now.
Regardless of your feeling on the man's guilt or innocence, if you watched the incendiary Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer you know that Steven Avery hasn't led the easiest life.
The 54-year-old Wisconsin native was falsely convicted of rape and attempted murder in 1985 at the age of 22.
He served 18 years of a 32-year sentence before being exonerated on the strength of new DNA evidence.
He had been free for just two years when he was arrested for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Avery was convicted of murder in 2007, and he's been serving time at Waupun Correctional Institute ever since.
Many believe that Avery was framed by vengeful authorities who were humiliated by his exoneration and stood to suffer further embarrassment if his lawsuit against the Manitowoc County Police Department went to court.
Avery's first wife divorced him during his first stretch in prison.
His fiancee at the time he was arrested for the Halbach murder left him after his conviction.
There had not been much to smile about in Avery's life, but these days, he has two bright spots on the horizon.
For one thing, the documentary about his trial has attracted the interest of a new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, who is currently at work on Avery's wrongful conviction case.
On top of the hope that he'll soon be exonerated a second time, Avery is once again engaged, this time to Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman.
Zellner confirmed the engagement in a press release issued this morning:
"Steven Avery's engagement to Lynn is one bright spot in an otherwise unbelievably tragic and unfair life story," Zellner wrote.
"Cheers to both of them."
Avery himself hinted at the engagement during a recent phone interview with the Daily Mail:
"She's going to be my future wife. We'll be laughing forever," he said of Hartman.
"I'm happy. She treats me decent, she loves me. She's kind of spoiling me right now. I just want to be happy and enjoy my life. I think I did enough time."
Avery filed an appeal for a re-trial back in January, and these days, it's looking as though he has ample cause to be optimistic.
According to a judge's order, Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, will be released from prison after serving nearly a decade behind bars.
Dassey was convicted of being an accomplice in Halbach's murder back in 2007.
Video of his coerced confession is often cited by Making a Murderer fans as the most glaring evidence of police corruption in the investigation.
It may be quite some time until a verdict is reached in Avery's new trial.
But if things go his way in court, he'll have at least one person eagerly waiting for him at the prison gates.
There's been a Taylor Swift sighting.
We repeat: THERE'S BEEN A TAYLOR SWIFT SIGHTING!
Why is this suddenly major news? Because Swift has essentially been in hiding for months.
We've heard very little from the singer since Kim Kardashian and Kanye West outed her as a liar this summer, with Taylor not even saying a word publicly after she split from Tom Hiddleston.
We've heard that she's back in the studio.
We saw an Instagram post in which she wished Karlie Kloss a happy birthday.
But that's sort of been in for several weeks now.
But Swift made an appearance over the weekend at Liberty Ross’ 38th birthday party, which was held at the home that model shares in Malibu with music producer Jimmy Iovine.
(Ross, of course, was married to Rupert Sanders way back in the day when the director was caught kissing Kristen Stewart, which led to the breakup of Stewart and Robert Pattinson.)
Posing frequently in a photo booth inside the mansion, Swift showed off her shorter blonde bob while hanging with numerous celebrity friends.
There was the birthday girl herself... Mary J. Blige... Mick Jagger... and the women of Haim.
As you can see above and below, Swift also goofed around with celebrity hairstylist, Gareth Bromell, posing for a series of images that showed off her new ‘do
But here's the very surprising part:
According to Us Weekly, the artist had herself quite a blast on dance floor with actress and Goop founder, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Who knew these two were close?
Did Taylor just add another big name to her #Squad?
“Gwyneth Paltrow was dancing with Taylor Swift and hanging out with her a lot,” a source told the tabloid, adding:
“They seemed like good friends. Taylor was in an amazing mood and very social.”
Earlier this month, Swift went to her first public event following her split from Hiddleston, supporting good friend Gigi Hadid during New York Fashion Week.
It remains unclear just what her next professional step will be.
The singer has released a new album in the winter of every other year since 2008.
Might this mean new Taylor Swift music is on the horizon? There's a good chance.
Might her chilling with Paltrow mean that Swift is working on a lifestyle site of some kind instead?
God, we hope not.
As for who Taylor Swift should date next, join the speculation above!