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!
The VMAs aren't like other award shows.
But unlike when someone you met on Tinder tells you they're not like other girls/guys, in this case, the claim is legit.
You never know what might happen at the VMAs.
Kanye might interrupt someone's acceptance speech.
Nicki Minaj might call out Miley Cyrus.
Kanye might interrupt everyone's acceptance speeches.
You really never know.
In fact, the only thing that's certain is: there will be some amazing performances.
Check out the gallery below to relive some of the most unforgettable musical moments from 32 years of the VMAs.
1. Beyonce: "Love on Top," 2011
Beyonce crushed it with her performance of "Love on Top" in 2011. It didn't hurt that she capped things off by confirming rumors that she and Jay Z were expecting their first child.
2. Madonna: "Like a Virgin," 1984
The Material Girl was just exploding onto the scene when the VMAs first started confusing parents in 1984. To give you an idea of how different things were then: Herbie Hancock beat out Michael Jackson as the night's top winner.
3. Britney Spears: "Slave 4 U," 2011
Britney Spears cemented her place as a VMA icon with her 2001 performance. Giant live snakes are great for when you're trying to make a lasting impression.
4. Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me," 2009
Later that night, Taylor would become an unwilling participant in the most notorious moment in VMAs history. But when she crooned one of her signature tunes to a subway full of fans, she was still just the country girl with a broken heart full of hits.
5. Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady"/"Way I Am," 2000
There were thousands of Eminem wannabes in 2000. But as Mr. Mathers proved in his unforgettable 2000 medley, there's only one real Slim Shady.
6. Diddy, Faith Evans, Sting: "I'll Be Missing You"
Diddy's tribute to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. became a massive success in 1997. It also made for one of the most unforgettable performances in VMA history.
Dwyane Wade is in mourning.
The NBA superstar lost one of his cousins on Friday when she became a victim of crossfire on the sidewalk in Chicago.
According to CNN and other outlets, Nykea Aldridge died while pushing a stroller down a South Side street when a multitude of men started shooting at each other.
She was simply an innocent bystander.
Tweeted Wade in response to the tragedy:
"My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough."
CNN has reported that one of the bullets struck Aldridge in the head, while another hit her in an arm.
She died approximately 45 minutes after the shooting at a nearby hospital.
Aldridge's aunt told an ABC affiliated that she was on her way to an elementary school when she was gunned down.
Two suspects are reportedly in custody.
Wade's mother, Jolinda Wade, spoke on behalf of the family last night while holding her inconsolable sister close outside the emergency room where Aldridge was pronounced deceased.
"Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it," Jolinda Wade said.
"We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening.
"We're still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head."
Chicago has been hit especially hard by violence this year. More than 2,600 people have been shot in the city, mainly on the South and West sides.
In July, Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James opened the ESPYs by standing on stage and addressing this exact topic in front of a national audience.
They were responding at the time to the Black Lives Matter movement and the rash of African-American deaths at the hands of police officers.
They were also responding to the misguided responses of those who attached members of law enforcement in response to these incidents.
"The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando, it has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough," Waed said on stage.
This is not the first time Wade's family has been touched by gun violence, either.
His nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg in 2012 but recovered.
We send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the entire Wade family at this time.
As previously reported, Jenelle Evans is pregnant with her third child.
The Teen Mom 2 star is expecting a baby girl with boyfriend David Eason, a development that has led to plenty of jokes and eye rolls around the Internet.
But Evans has shared something personal with Us Weekly that is not cause for mockery or derision:
She recently had a miscarriage.
Say what you want about the troubled reality star, but this a life-changing event that no human being should ever have to suffer through.
Speaking to the tabloid, Evans explained that she met with her endocrinologist in April and was alerted that her blood tests indicated that she was pregnant.
“I was really, really confused because I was seeing an endocrinologist for my health issues I’ve been having, and she told me that she did blood tests on me to check everything out," Evans says.
'She wasn’t even trying to check for pregnancy."
Evans kept the pregnancy a secret, though the news became public knowledge in the most unexpected of ways:
Earlier this summer, she was in a car accident.
She told the police officers on scene that she was experiencing abdominal pain and that it due to the fact that she was 10 weeks along at the time.
The officers included this note in their official report and the report somehow leaked online.
Soon afterward, Evans didn't deny the pregnancy... but instead of confirming the news, she blasted critics for their harsh words.
Days after the April appointment, meanwhile, Evans was in California for a Teen Mom 2 reunion and scheduled a meeting with The Doctors’ Dr. Peter Weiss to receive a second opinion.
After having an ultrasound conducted, a urine sample run and a blood test taken, Evans was told she was NOT pregnant after all.
“I told my endocrinologist [about the negative results], and when I went home, my endocrinologist said, ‘Well, it looks like you had a miscarriage,'" Evans now explains.
"So actually instead of it being my period I [thought I] had, I guess [it was] a miscarriage the month before I even got pregnant.
"And that’s when everyone thought I was pregnant at first."
Following initially remaining mum on the subject, Evans shared the above Instagram photo of her and Eason this week.
She included with it a caption that confirmed her pregnancy AND her due date AND the name of her impending child.
"Time to introduce the world to our baby girl soon, Ensley Jolie Eason," she wrote. "She will be arriving Jan. 28th. We couldn't be any happier!"
Eason, who will be Evans' third baby daddy, also shared his excitement online, writing the following:
"I'm so happy im bout ta cry!!. I love you so much @j_evans1219 and I can't wait to meet our baby girl Ensley Jolie Eason!!"
Evans tells Us Weekly that she and Eason have been talking about settling down at some point in the near future. They may get married.
But they were not planning on having a child right now.
How did this happen then?
Evans says she was not on birth control at that a "cheap" condom burst.
Evans is also mother to a two-year old named Kaiser, whom she shares with ex-fiancé Nathan Griffin; and a seven-year old named Jace, whom she welcomed with Andrew Lewis in 2009.
In 2010, the MTV personality forfeited custodial rights of her firstborn to her mother, Barbara Evans, who still looks after the young boy.
The two often clash over how he's being raised and the role Evans plays in his life.
Eason is the father of a daughter named Maryssa from a previous relationship.
In the end, despite this unexpected news, Evans is making the most of it.
She's especially psyched to have a little daughte on the way.
“I’ve got my girl now, and I’m very ecstatic, very happy to be actually decorating stuff and all girls stuff, and all my friends are like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re going to be so spoiled!’” she says.
“Because all my friends, they just have little boys, so it’s like everyone is just so super excited for me!”
So are we.
But we just hope Evans has learned some lessons from the past and will apply them to this girls' future.
When Katy Perry found out that Spencer Morrill was fooled into believing that have an online relationship that lasted six years, her heart broken a little.
Morrill, who lives in Knoxville, TN, appeared on MTV's Catfish: The TV Show's August 17th episode, in which wanted hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph to help him meet Perry in person.
Morrill explained that he and the pop star communicated via email, text, messaging apps and even spoke on the phone once. It turned out that Perry was actually a Canadian woman named Harriet, who was based in London).
Perry was asked about the episode on SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up earlier this week, and she admitted that even though someone sent her the article, she didn't read through the whole thing because it bummed her out.
“Somebody sent me a link,” Perry, 31, said.
“I didn’t actually read through it, because I just think it’s really unfortunate and really sad.”
The hosts tried to joke about the whole ordeal, but Perry didn't find any of it funy.
"You know, like, my heart goes out to him actually, because anybody that’s been fooled like that or just, you know, people have dreams, and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is always so accessible,” she said.
"Like, we live on the coast, and we, you know, we get stuff in a way that some other people don’t get, and I feel bad for him, and so I didn’t really like to indulge in that, because my heart … I empathize."
I have no idea what she's talking about, and I think she just referred to Morrill as a hillbilly with dial-up internet, but I do respect that she has empathy for him.
Morrill was looking forward to finally seeing his beloved, he told Schulman and Joseph.
"I would like to meet face to face and see if there's a future here,"
"She’s awesome. Katy's funnier than I am, she's smarter than I am. I don't know how many people give her credit for that, but she's very intelligent. Katy's full of life, huge heart.”
Why would someone mess with another person like this?
It's OK to shift the blame to you kids from time to time, like if you fart in public.
It's not ok to blame them for forcing you to buy yourself an engagement ring, as much as Farrah Abraham would like to believe.
Abraham explained to MTV why she ended up buying a ring that she thought off-again boyfriend Simon Saran was going to A) propose with B) pay her back for.
Welp, neither happened, and Abraham is now the reluctant owner of a 14-carat ring.
Abraham explained that she and her daughter, Sophia were on a Disney cruise in the Bahamas for Sophia's birthday. While they were docked at one of the cruise's port-of-calls, they perused the jewelry stalls together.
Sophia said she wanted Abraham to get an engagement ring, so Abraham did the logical thing and called Saran to see if he was open to making it official.
"He had pictures, he was seeing it [the ring]...he was talking to the owner of the store," Abraham recalled.
"I was left with the impression that he was really buying it, and it wasn't a big deal that I purchased it."
If I could just interject...if Saran was actually serious about proposing, why would he allow Abraham to purchase something in another country?
That might be beside the point. Carry on!
"It was a great thing that he was involved," Abraham said
"And my daughter and I got to make something special so that she felt she was involved in an engagement."
Alas, nothing is as it seems, and for all their oohing and aahing over a piece of jewelry, the engagement has yet to happen.
"But it turned out not being as nice as I thought it was," Abraham said, looking disappointed.
Exactly how much did Abraham end up spending on her ring?
"It's was $64,000 initially, though he got it down to $36,000," she said with a laugh,"and I thought I was going to be paid back.
"But we're not dating anymore and I don't really care."
It's unclear where Saran stands on this purchase, and why he allegedly gave it the green light.
Dancing with the Stars just got a whole lot better looking.
According to E! News, both Julianne Hough and Derek Hough will make their returns to the ABC competition this fall, ensuring an uptick of drool on living room floors around the nation.
Because both are really attractive, that's our point.
Derek Hough will be the partner of one very lucky contestant on Season 23, while Julianne Hough will once again serve as a judge.
This sadly means she'll have less time this fall to head out on to the water with friends and show fans her naked butt.
We're not being crass. We're just explaining something that happened last week.
ABC does not comment on casting for the show, but E! News insists it has this information from a reliable source.
We'll know for absolute certain on August 30 when Good Morning America comes out with the full cast list for Season 23.
"It's kind of fun," Derek told E! of Dancing with the Stars, adding:
"Broadway's one of my plans, it's in my cards, it's happening, but right now it's leaving me open. Plans change a little bit, so now I have some time to create some fun opportunities, some fun things, including Hairspray."
Indeed, Hough will also be starring in NBC's Hairspray Live! as Corny Collins this year.
With this decision, Hough joins fellow professional movers and shakers Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy, Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold and Sasha Farber on Season 23.
Derek is a six-time program champion who last conquered all comes with Bindi Irwin as his partner on Season 21.
As for his gorgeous sister?
Julianne is returning for her third season as Dancing with the Stars panelist after sitting out Season 22.
After she left last year, producer Rob Wade made it very clear that she could return at any time.
"Julianne will always be a part of the Dancing with the Stars family and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future," he told People Magazine.
As for the sort of famous dancers who Julianne will be judging and Derek either teaming with or trying to take down?
Thus far, Amber Rose, Ryan Lochte, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Terra Jole, Jake T. Austin and JoJo Fletcher have been rumored for the competition.
Simone Biles, who would clearly have won if she entered, said her schedule won't permit her to participate on Season 23.
But it sounds as if she may very well take part on Season 24 this spring, meaning no other star should bother showing up. She's going to win.
Tell us: are you psyched to have both Hough siblings back where they belong?
In 2013, Lorde released what could reasonably be called one of the best pop albums in recent memory.
Pure Heroine was a smash with critics and audiences alike, selling over three million copies and earning near-universal acclaim.
Since then, Lorde has toured the globe and blown TV audiences away with stunning award show performances, but she has yet to release any new recorded material.
Recently a "fan" adopted a particularly snotty tone to ask the 19-year-old New Zealander about her lack of musical output, and things got weird very quickly:
It all started when the Lorde non-believer inquired on Instagram:
"Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?"
Understandably peeved, the artist shot back:
"Give up on me if you want to! I'm an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell, and it's all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork.
"The record is written, we're in the production stages now. I've worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys."
Now, on the surface that may seem like a simple case of Lorde venting some frustration.
But as many have pointed out, the singer's most famous friend does record an album roughly every 18 months, and has been accused of assembling a team of master tunesmiths to craft her intensely personal, deeply confessional songs:
Yes, many are interpreting Lorde's comment as a subtle shot at Taylor Swift.
It's a bit of a stretch, but it's not hard to see why folks might read so much into the remarks, what with Taylor's recent squad problems and all.
Add to that the fact that these two were formerly so tight that Lorde used to call Taylor her role model, but now they haven't been photographed together in nearly a year, and it's not hard to see why folks think their friendship is over with.
After all, Lorde certainly wouldn't be the first friend to jump ship on Taylor in recent months.
Sources say the mega-star's diva-like behavior has all but decimated her former clique.
So is it possible that Lorde and Taylor are no more?
We certainly hope not.
These two should really stick together just for the sake of that epic bra-mance name.
(That's a bromance between two women. Get with the times!)
He made her look like a total ass hat on The Real Housewives of New York, but LuAnn de Lesseps still wants to marry fiance Tom D'Agostino Jr.
Entertainment Tonight had a sit-down with de Lesseps at her Hamptons home, where they discussed her relationship with D'Agostino and where they stand after he was caught kissing another woman days after proposing to the reality star.
The revelation unfolded on camera, with de Lesseps pacing back and forth in a hotel room, furious as her future husband (whom she had dated for about 6 minutes before he proposed), admitted that he done wrong.
It turns out that all is forgiven, and the wedding is still on.
"We love each other,” de Lesseps told ET.
“I always say if you can't forgive the people you love, then who can you forgive? … I'm not going to let a silly kiss ruin the rest of our lives.”
The couple's talk made de Lesseps wonder if they should move forward with wedding plans, but...nah. It was just a dumb mistake.
“If he was trying to hide something would he really be in public? In the middle of the Regency Hotel? Kissing somebody?” she asked.
“I think he was just being stupid, and people make mistakes.”
Oh, girl. Come on.
“I think the key is to know and believe that someone is truly remorseful and somebody truly made a mistake, that there was no premeditation,” she continued.
“I think it was not premeditated -- I think it was a silly move and something that he feels really terrible about, and that meant really nothing to him.”
The Countess and Mr. Kissing Bandit plan to wed in Palm Beach on New Year's Eve. While de Lesseps confirmed that co-star Sonja Morgan is on the invite list, she's not so sure about those other bitches.
“I’m still working on my guest list,” she claimed. “This is the most exciting time of my life, getting married again after all this time. I am thrilled. I am not going to let what has happened on the show ruin the most exciting time of my life."
Translation: Ramona "Stinger" Singer is not invited.
As for Bethenny Frankel? She's on de Lesseps' shit list for not coming straight to her with evidence that D'Agostino cheated.
“She should’ve talked to me first,” she told People Magazine.
“Not the other women, not tried to call Tom, but talk to me. I find that very bizarre. It’s terrible.
"That’s not somebody who has your best interest in mind – that’s someone who has their own agenda. [They] don’t have my back.”
I don't usually say this, but I agree with the Countess.
Sending one's boyfriend off to Ibiza is a risky proposition.
It's sort of like sending him to Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion. Is there any way he keeps his pants on?
One of the Balearic islands, Ibiza is an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.
Who cares, right? You didn't come here for a geography lesson, we know.
But Ibiza has become best known around the world for its lively nightclub scene, as nearly every European establishment has a summer outpost there.
Jane Park, a 20-year old resident of Edinburgh, is well aware of this fact.
Her boyfriend, Connor George, is about to head off to Ibiza on a trip with some male friends, but Jane fortunately knows exactly what to do about this:
Make him a t-shirt he must wear at all times.
The shirt has her face plastered on it, along with 20 rules Connor must follow while abroad.
Such as what, you may be wondering?
A few obvious ones:
No speaking to girls.
No photos with girls.
These are just examples of common sense, right?
There’s also the rule that Connor must “avoid eye contact with girls at all times,” which seems like it could be difficult to promise.
What if you just look up and a girl is staring at you?!?
Connor isn’t allowed to be a “wingman,” either, and he can’t get a “tattoo."
Jane says she’ll chef his “willy” to make sure he abides by this guideline.
The one possible exception? If the tattoo is of her name.
But there's no exception to this rule: Connor can't be naked. Not ANYWHERE. Not, presumably, even the shower.
Jane also threatens to check her man's phone and Snapchat inside and out, so Connor really might as well not even bring the former.
Internet sources say Connor has promised to keep the shirt on at all times.
We'd say this is the strangest display of love and affection that we've ever seen.
But check out the photo gallery above.
We'd be lying if we said that.