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!
Like the swaggering pirate he so memorably portrayed, Johnny Depp might be wondering where the rum is these days.
The answer? In the Caribbean, of course.
According to several sources, Depp has been riding out his divorce from Amber Heard at his private island in the Bahamas.
"He has no plans to return to L.A.," a source close to Depp tells People magazine.
"He misses nothing about L.A. but his kids, and they are visiting him in the Bahamas."
We suppose there are worse places to be self-exiled.
The magazine states that Depp is currently being visited by his 17-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose.
His son 14-year-old son, Jack, is expected to arrive with his mother, Vanessa Paradis, sometime this week.
"Having his kids around is always great for him. He has really missed his kids," the insider adds.
"He likes being surrounded by people and everyone is trying to cheer him up."
As you've likely heard, Depp has been accused of assault by his estranged wife.
Heard has been granted a temporary restraining order, and she and Depp are reportedly on the verge of reaching a divorce settlement.
Heard's allegations have called into question the future of Depp's career, but it seems the actor needn't worry about his most lucrative properties.
Disney - who, as the studio behind the Pirates of the Caribbean and the live-action Alice in Wonderland franchises is as responsible for Depp's career renaissance as anyone - basically confirmed this week that it has no plans to cut ties with the actor, despite his recent legal troubles.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that he is "not worried" about Depp's "personal problems."
Asked if he believes the current controversy will pass, Iger responded:
"I don’t know whether it passes or not. We have Jack Sparrow."
Asked if he thinks people will separate the actor from his most famous character, Iger responded, "Right."
So it sounds like Depp can do no wrong in the eyes of those in his inner circle.
The question now is - will the movie-going public be as forgiving?
DING! DING! DING!
Who out there is ready for Kanye West vs. Wiz Khalifa, Round 37?
In an interview with the Breakfast Club radio program on Friday morning, Khalifa was asked about his former beef with Mr. Kim Kardashian and told the hosts that all is not as calm and friendly as it may seem.
"I don't feel like I really went at him," Wiz said of the rappers' Twitter feud, which was sparked because Kanye thought Wiz was referencing Kardashian in a Tweet that was actually about weed.
"That was his bad," Wiz said.
His hilarious bad, that's for sure.
The back-and-forth got underway in January after Khalifa made a mention of "KK."
That was all it took for Kanye to go off as only Kanye can, Tweeting at Khalifa:
Bro first of all you stole your whole shit from Cudi… Second, your first single was corny as f-ck and most there after… You have distracted from my creative process.
It was glorious.
It was also misguided because, as previously mentioned, Khalifa was referring to a strain or marijuana when he wrote those initials, not Kanye's wife.
Kanye did eventually acknowledge this mistake, but not before he slammed Khalifa's child... which prompted Amber Rose to say Kanye liked it when she stuck fingers up his butt.
Like we said: glorious.
"He apologized," Wiz said of Kanye, adding:
"I wouldn't necessarily say [the beef is] squashed, though, because when you see him talk about it, it doesn't add up to what he said to me on the phone."
Khalifa went on to say he didn't really like West all that much and then laughed over the way Rose stood up for him and their child.
Was he aware that Kanye liked Amber to place her digits up his rectum while they dated, as Amber came right out and said a few months ago?
"Did I hear that story before?...That's my wife. She tells me everything," Wiz said of his now-ex-wife.
"Whatever she tells me is in conversation, in the comfort of our own home. I'm not going to tell nobody, she's not going to tell nobody. It's our business."
It's no secret that Rob Kardashian's family has not been thrilled about his engagement to Blac Chyna.
When Rob put a ring on it back in April, none of his siblings nor his mom congratulated him on social media, and the non-action said everything we needed to know.
Now, in a new preview clip for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we get to witness what was really going through their heads when it all went down.
The brood learned that their brother proposed while they were all (except Rob) on vacation in Vail, Colorado, and none of them saw it coming.
In the aftermath, Kim Kardashian reads from her phone a report on their situation from TMZ.
"The women are not taking kindly to being squeezed out, and as we reported, none of the women jumped on social media to congratulate him," Kim says, reciting the article.
Khloe Kardashian, once thought to be the sister closest to Rob, scoffs at the story then makes her feelings clear.
"Why would we congratulate him?" she says quietly.
Apparently she hasn't been educated on the normal response to a family member's good news. But I guess it wasn't good news for her.
"No one should congratulate them," says Khloe. "That's so desperate and fake of whoever does first because I know someone's gonna break."
And without a beat - almost as though the entire scene was scripted (ahem) - we quickly learn that someone already broke.
It was Tyga, Kylie Jenner's then-boyfriend and Chyna's baby daddy.
Kylie quotes Tyga's tweet to her sisters, which read, "Everyone deserves to be happy. What someone does for their happiness is not my concern, as long as it's not interfering with my happiness."
She brushed this off as him not caring, although sources at the time claimed that Kylie was furious at Tyga for congratulating Rob and Chyna.
But for the cameras, she's playing it off... sort of.
"People are trying to make it this big feud and it's just, it is what it is, like we just want Rob to be happy," Kylie explains.
"I just feel like the world thinks that we care so much and they're making it this huge, big deal when in reality none of us really care we just want Rob to be able to tell us when he's gonna do something so big like this."
Bethenny Frankel is probably the most famous name on The Real Housewives of New York City.
But this doesn't mean she's the most popular person on The Real Housewives of New York City.
It's quite the opposite, in fact, according to Life & Style.
With the latest season of this Bravo reality show getting close to completing its ongoing run, an insider tells the tabloid that producers are already under pressure regarding next season.
The pressure is coming from Bethenny's colleagues because they don't want to see Frankel return as part of main cast in 2017.
“They say she’s become aggressive and combative, and her ego is out of control,” a source tells the magazine.
So... she's becoming the perfect member of a Real Housewives franchise?
We somehow doubt those qualities are enough to give Frankel the heave-ho.
Luann de Lesseps reportedly “feels Bethenny slut-shamed her this season and is really upset,” the source explains, while those who watch The Real Housewives of New York City online are aware of Bethenny's recent clash with Sonja Morgan.
Morgan has been battling her fellow reality star over her new Tipsy Girl line, which Bethenny claims ripped off her Skinnygirl products.
Check out an exchange between the rivals here:
The only Real Housewives that seem to be in Bethenny's "corner,” according to this story, “are Carole Radziwill and Ramona Singer.”
Still, Frankel isn't concerned.
But Bethenny isn’t worried. How come?
“She thinks viewers love her. She’s not going anywhere,” the source concludes.
Not as long as ratings remain solid, that's for sure.
The more trash her co-stars talk about her, the better chance Bethenny has of coming back.
Nothing fuels viewership as much as antagonism.
For six seasons now, we've been hearing the words of House Stark so often that they've become an unofficial tagline for the show:
Winter is coming.
Ned Stark promised the change of seasons before he lost his head, and Catelyn Stark warned of a snowy future before she was cut down at the Red Wedding.
As Game of Thrones Season 6 has taught us time and again, anything goes in post-book Westeros, and trying to predict what will happen next on the show is an exercise in futility.
That said, Sunday night's season finale is entitled "The Winds of Winter," so it's a safe bet that temps will start dropping from King's Landing up to the Wall (where it's already pretty damn cold).
As the episode is the longest in the show's history (69 minutes), and it shares a title with the forthcoming novel in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, you can bet that it'll be an eventful one.
Will it top last week's Battle of the Bastards?
We're not sure any show could accomplish that - but here's a roundup of what folks on the web think will happen.
Check out the full list below and watch Game of Thrones online to get caught up in time for the Season 6 finale.
You'll want to be able watch it live. After all, spoilers are coming.
1. Satisfaction From the Tower of Joy
Following the death of Hodor (Sorry, the moratorium on spoilers for that one is long expired.), the show abandoned Bran and Meera's storyline. Expect a return to warging this week, along with some closure on Bran's Tower of Joy flashback.
2. The Death of a Major Character
In the past, the GoT season finale has often been devoted to tying up loose ends, but several insiders have stated that won't be the case this year. In fact, it's been reported that the show has at least one more big surprise up its sleeve in the form of the death of a major character. It probably won't be Tyrion or Varys. In fact, it DEFINITELY won't be Tyrion, as the writers probably aren't looking to start riots.
3. The North Will Rally Around Jon
Kind of a foregone conclusion following last week's decisive victory in battle. But an interesting development nonetheless, as it brings Jon one step closer to joining forces with Daenerys to fight for the Iron Throne. Of course, her new alliance with the Greyjoys may complicate that.
4. A Return to Dorne
The episode's promotional material promises a return to down south to Dorne. Not a favorite storyline for most fans, but maybe something interesting will FINALLY develop there.
5. King's Landing Will Burn
The tension between Cersei and the High Sparrow has been building all season. Expect the Faith Militant situation to come to a head this week - with deadly consequences...
6. A Fallen King?
We're not sure why everyone wants the Iron Throne so badly. King of Westeros is one hell of a dangerous job. Many fans believe this week's war with the High Sparrow could mean curtains for King Tommen.
Let's see, what's going on with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth this week?
Is Miley pregnant with Liam's baby? Nope, she must've just been bloated a few weeks ago.
Did Liam dump Miley over dog poop? Nah, guess she scrubbed it up or diapered her canines.
Ah, here we are: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth might be eloping!
Awesome! A new angle!
As you may be aware, the prevailing rumor is that the couple have been planning a summer wedding in Australia, even though Liam told a reporter he was not engaged back in April.
But apparently all the crazy wedding planning is turning every member of the Cyrus-Hemsworth clan into a bunch of zillas, according to Life & Style.
In fact, it's become a knock-down, drag-out battle between the future in-laws.
"Miley and Liam's parents were always respectful and civil with each other until they started wedding planning," a source told the publication.
"Now it's become an all-out war."
The Aussies and the Yanks are bickering over everything from the number of guests to having Billy Ray Cyrus officiate the wedding.
We heard Billy Ray was even growing his mullet back out for the occasion, so you can imagine his outrage.
All the family strife is really getting to Miley - so much so that she's willing to just call off the entire shindig and do it quick-and-dirty like.
"Miley got so sick over the family war that she hasn't been eating," the source added.
"The whole situation is making her want to just elope with Liam."
Miley Cyrus getting hitched by an overweight Elvis impersonator in Vegas? That sounds about right.
On June 24, 2016 residents of The United Kingdom voted to enact what has grown to be called "Brexit."
That is, the departure of their region from The European Union. (Get it? Britain + Exit = Brexit.)
It’s a complicated scenario that will result in significant financial consequences, while also affecting immigration and a host of other local/global areas.
But it boils down to this: The UK has declared its independence from The European Union.
The historic vote got us thinking: How could this be applied the world of pop culture and celebrity gossip?
What else out there should declare its independence? Hmmm....
1. Anna Duggar
Her husband molested his two sisters. He also cheated on her with members of the adult website Ashley Madison. If anyone deserves to declare her independence from her deranged, controlling family more than Anna, we're yet to meet her.
2. Kendall Jenner
She's already started declaring her own independence in some ways, not wanting to associate her modeling career with her famous last name because she doesn't want any special treatment. Good move, Kendall. For the sake of your professional future, make #Kendexit happen.
3. Michael Bloomberg
With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the only two candidates for President, many out there want former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run as an Independent, third party option.
4. Blac Chyna's Fetus
Must one be a full-on human before one can legally ask a court to grant you independence from your parents? Okay, fine. But once this kid is born to Chyna and Rob Kardashian, he or she has to get the heck out of there.
5. Ariel Winter's Boobs
You could go star in your own reality show at this point. Get out of there. Go do it.
6. Selena Gomez
By her own admission, she's an "OG" in Taylor Swift's squad. But after Swift's controversial dumping of Calvin Harris, along with the growing suspicion by some that the Squad is elitist and annoying, Gomez may want to go her own way pretty soon. She doesn't want to get dragged down, does she?
When Taylor Swift dumped Calvin Harris then immediately moved on with Tom Hiddleston, some folks were confused.
What does she see in that dude? fans wondered.
Then suddenly some sexy underwear pics of Hiddleston hit the internet and everyone went, "Ohhh. Now we get it."
Not to be outdone, Calvin wants to remind the world that he, too, has a smokin' hot body and is now posing in a Speedo to prove it.
Oh, hey there, Calvin. Nice revenge body.
We think Calvin might single-handedly make Speedos popular in the U.S., where the mankinis were previously regarded as sorta cheesy - unless you were drunk off strawberry daiquiris in Miami.
But if anyone can rock a tighty bluey, it's Calvin, because that body is perfection.
It's unclear if he's rubbing his nipples in the pic or pointing toward his shattered heart, but he seems to be sending a message to Tay-Tay: Tom Hiddlewhatever's got nothin' on me!
While the DJ initially remained publicly civil about the breakup, he changed his tune once pics of Taylor kissing Hiddleston surfaced.
Since then, he deleted all photos of Taylor from his account and unfollowed her on social media.
Then yesterday, Calvin took to Twitter for a mini-rant and told fans that his ex “controlled the media and this situation" and he "had no idea what was going on," adding, "so that kind of makes it a lot worse from my perspective.”
He also declared that he was now "FREE" and all but confirmed to a fan that Taylor broke up with him to be with the British actor.
Calvin later deleted these posts, proving that celebs often impulsively tweet then regret it...
...Or that the coven of PR pros that orchestrated this whole breakup/cheating?/broken heart/new man/promotion of a hot new star thing are doing a masterful job of audience manipulation.
Last week, Kim Kardashian unexpectedly slammed Taylor Swift during an interview with GQ.
Relations between Taylor and Kim's husband, Kanye West, had been tense for quite some time, but even so, Kim's intervention into the feud was unexpected.
If you're married to Kanye, you can't go involving yourself every time he beefs with another celebrity, but apparently Kim felt that Taylor was an enemy worth fighting.
Asked about Taylor's comments about Kanye's lyrics, Kim basically called Swift out as a liar, claiming that the singer "totally knew" about potentially offensive lines and even approved them prior to the release of West's latest album.
Taylor has yet to comment on the situation, but her reps diplomatically fired back, issuing a statement in which they politely claimed that "much of what Kim is saying is incorrect."
Of course, as we know from Taylor's ongoing feud with Katy Perry, the girl's not one to back down from a fight.
And like all great warriors, Taylor enjoys complete command of her favorite weapon - the diss track.
Once the territory of rappers and Carly Simon, the diss track has been co-opted by Taylor as her preferred method of handling beefs with everyone from Perry to John Mayer.
Now, it seems Kim is nest on Taylor's hit list:
"Taylor’s already been inspired to write some harsh lyrics [about Kim]," a source tells Hollywood Life. "Kim messed with the wrong woman."
We hope this track eventually sees the light of day, but we wouldn't be surprised if Taylor holds off, as this time she might be biting off more than she can chew.
We doubt that Kim would ever return fire in song form (though it would be hilarious if she tried), but she's married to the king of petty feuds.
"He’s planning an epic takedown of Taylor on his upcoming tour," says one insider "He’s going to slam her nightly."
This whole thing might a lot worse before it gets better.
Frankly, we can't wait.