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!
Mila Kunis is pregnant with her and Ashton Kutcher's second child.
Therefore, we know she has had sex with the actor on a minimum of two occasions, meaning we can take the star's word for it when it comes to the shape of her husband's penis.
Yes, ladies, we're about to talk about Ashton Kutcher's penis.
On The Late Late Show Monday night, Kunis appeared as a guest on Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts, meaning she had to answer a personal question or eat some really disgusting.
So after James Corde asked whether Kutcher’s private part was more akin to a “carrot stick or beer can,” Kunis had to respond… or drink a glass of clam juice.
Egged on by fellow guest Christina Applegate, Kunis replied by comparing Kutcher's junk to a "carrot stick."
This elicited laughter from Corden because... well... carrot sticks aren't very impressive, size-wise. They're tall, but pretty darn thin.
"But beer cans are short," Kunis said in her defense.
"No, not a big beer can," Corden corrected the beauty.
"A beer can!" Kunis therefore shouted as a correction, explaining: "I'm thinking it's short and stubby or long and thin. But no, [it's] like a Guinness."
So there you have it.
Ashton Kutcher's penis is sort of like a Guiness can.
Did the actor mind that his unit is now a topic of national conversation?
Not when it's being described this way.
"He was very happy about the Guinness," Kunis told E! News. "And then I was like, 'I should've been like a 40!'"
Check out the clip of Kunis making this confession below. It's the first question she is asked in the segment.
It all started with a photo.
Leah Messer didn't think anything of sharing an Instagram of herself hanging poolside with family.
Fans didn't like the look of Messer's slim figure, and some even speculated that she had a drug problem.
Messer was fed up with comments about her body, so she decided to take action.
"First and foremost, there is much more to women than our bodies," Messer said in a statement to Refinery29.
"Yet many women seem to continually judge others, not by their character, but by their bodies.
"There are many more important issues going on in the world today than whether or not I had enough to eat for breakfast. (Side note: I had plenty.)
"We should be focused on spreading love and kindness instead of mean-spirited bullying. Thankfully I am in a beautiful place in my life raising three wonderful, kind, loving and confident little girls.
"The last thing I would want for them is to feel that they, too, could be ridiculed for their bodies. So let's stop with the shaming, start supporting one another, and focus on what really matters."
This is the first time Messer has issued a statement about criticism about her life (and there has been plenty).
After releasing that statement, it was obvious that Messer felt a weight lifted off her shoulders.
"Looking back I'm sooo proud of the woman god is creating me into!(: #Happy #Healthy #Me&MyGirls," she Instagramed yesterday.
Today, Messer took back control of her body by posting a bikini selfie.
"Lunchhh was delicious, and now it's time to get back in the pool w/ my baby! Of course we miss sissys!😒 😉 #Summertime #2016 Sooo many memories being made!☺️ #Happy #Healthy #LifeisBEAUTIFUL," she wrote."
Whoever is on Messer's team should get a raise, because that statement was a brilliant move.
The following tells the story of a Seinfeld viewer who tried to make like Kramer and Newman in order to get rich quick.
Yadda... yadda... yadda: the man has now been arrested.
Indeed, a judge has ruled that Brian Edward Everidge will stand trial for a crime that very much seems as if it was inspired by the Seinfeld episode “The Bottle Deposit.”
According to USA Today, Everidge allegedly transported 10,000 bottles and aluminum cans (in a Budget box truck) into Michigan from Kentucky because the latter state pays 10 cents for each beverage item you recycle.
The former state pays nothing.
Although Everidge resides in Michigan, it is actually against the law to return bottles that a person knowingly did not acquire in the state.
Everidge has been charged with a single count of beverage return of nonrefundable bottles, which is a felony punishable by up to five years behind bars; a $5,000 fine; or both.
What's the deal with that kind of harsh punishment for this kind of crime?!?
Everidge, whose mug shot is below, was arrested for the crime in April when he was pulled over for driving 12 miles per hour over the speed limit on northbound U.S. 23.
The officer who pulled him over noticed plastic bag after plastic bag filled with bottles and cans in the back of the vehicle.
Everidge reportedly admitted at the time that he was bringing the items in from Kentucky in order to return them for deposit money.
On the aforementioned Seinfeld episode, Kramer and Newman borrowed a mail truck and proceed to stuff it with empty bottles in order to take advantage of Michigan’s higher-than-usual bottle return payments.
Assuming this was Everidge’s plan, he likely have probably made about $1,000, not counting money for gas, tolls and food.
Of all the states with bottle bills, Michigan has the highest refund value, according to statistics from the Container Recycling Institute.
Everidge’s attorney, meanwhile, did not say that his client was trying to emulate Kramer and Newman.
But he did make a Seinfeld-like defense, telling LivingstonDaily.com that Everidge shouldn't have been arrested because he never actually completed the crime.
“They caught him too early,” defense attorney Marcus Wilcox said. “He attempted to attempt to return the bottles... this statute doesn’t fit.”
Who else could see Jackie Chiles making this same clam?
At this point, you're probably well aware of the feud between Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift and the many ways that it's escalated over the course of the past week.
Things heated up when Kim basically called Taylor out as a liar by posting proof that Kanye West got her approval on some potentially offensive lyrics before recording his song "Famous."
Celebrities took sides, and predictably, the many people that Taylor has shaded over the years sided with Kim and Kanye.
But it wasn't just A-listers who entered the fray.
Even people who are only famous because they date and feud with famous people wanted in on the action.
Enter Amber Rose, who these days can be found doing her best Wendy Williams impression in the most desolate wastelands of basic cable.
To the surprise of many Amber has been defending Kanye on the grounds that - he feels bad after does stupid things?
We're not really following her reasoning in the above clip (Especially since this is a guy who said he needed 30 showers after sleeping with her.), but at least she ends with a reference to Kanye liking fingers up his ass.
Anyway, it seems Amber has more shade in store for her new celebrity rival, Taylor.
"Amber wants to have Calvin Harris on her show to talk about Taylor Swift. She knows that he has major dirt on her and she would love to have him spill their secrets to her," a source tells Radar Online.
"She reached out to Calvin's people to work with them to get him on her show. He's a loose cannon and his appearance could be ratings gold."
With taking this one with several grains of salt, as Harris doesn't really strike us as the "loose cannon" type.
And unfortunately for Amber, he already dealt with Taylor on Twitter.
Sounds like she'll just have to keep sharing her detailed theories with her shrill, Wendy-esque audience.
Bella Swan has found her lobster.
Once upon a time, Kristen Stewart experienced the kind of fame that can mess with a person.
While Twilight put her on the map, it also took away her privacy, her peace of mind and her happiness.
"'I went through so much stress and periods of strife," Stewart explains in the September issue of British Elle.
"I would have panic attacks…I literally always had a stomach ache. And I was a control freak and I couldn't anticipate what was going to happen in a given situation, so I'd be like, 'Maybe I'm going to get sick'... It's kind of remarkable."
That has to be an absolute nightmare for someone whose relationship (with then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson) was under a microscope, scrutinized by millions of teenagers the world over.
After a 2012 affair with her Snow White and The Huntsman director nearly destroyed her career, Stewart has come out on the other side.
And yes, she's doing just fine.
"I just grew out of it, but that's not to say I don't get worried," she said.
The Cafe Society star also has some big news to share on the romance front, something she's never done in the past.
"I think also right now I'm just really in love with my girlfriend [Alicia Cargile].
"We've broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, 'Finally, I can feel again.'"
Cargile, a film producer, and Stewart started dating in 2015. After they split, Stewart dated singer Soko for about a minute, but the two broke up before Stewart headed to the Cannes Film Festival in May.
"When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialised, so I didn't like it," Stewart said
"We were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book, and I was like, 'That's mine. You're making my relationship something that it's not.' I didn't like that. But then it changed when I started dating a girl.
"I was like, 'Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I'm not down with it or I'm ashamed of it,' so I had to alter how I approached being in public.
"It opened my life up and I'm so much happier."
In May, ABC wrapped up Grey's Anatomy Season 12.
This fall, ABC will kick off Grey's Anatomy Season 13.
That's an incredibly impressive run and it doesn't appear as if the Thursday night juggernaut will be slowing down any time soon.
At this point, it's pretty clear Grey's Anatomy will stick around for as long as creator Shonda Rhimes wants it to stick around.
And, perhaps, for as long as Ellen Pompeo is still willing to portray Dr. Meredith Grey, practically the one stable main character on a series that has seen its share of big cast changes.
But fans of the program can rest easy:
Based on a new interview with People Magazine, it doesn't appear as if Pompeo is going anywhere any time soon.
"My decision to stay on Grey's was based solely on age," Pompeo admits.
"At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood."
You don't see an actor or actress make that sort of confession very often, do you?
Pompeo, who acknowledges she got a "super late start" in Hollywood, is shining a light here on the kinds of challenges older actresses often face.
When contract negotiations came up recently she "was definitely aware of how challenging it would be to find other roles in my late 30s and early 40s."
Patrick Dempsey departed Grey's Anatomy toward the end of Season 11, while other original cast members (such as Katherine Heigl and Sandra Oh) have also left.
But not Pompeo.
"I thought, 'Why would I leave something that is super successful and pays me great to search the landscape?'
"I decided that I would stay on Grey's and be grateful and try to ride it out for as long as I could," she says.
"And I am very happy that I made the decision to stay. It's only gotten better with time."
But while Pompeo is happy with this choice, she has been less than thrilled over the years with the way tabloids have covered her body.
"I used to get a lot of criticism for how thin I was, and I didn't have a lot confidence because of it. But I was naturally thin," the 46-year-old says.
"I always thought it was irresponsible of the media to portray me as someone with an eating disorder because if some girls look up to me and think that's what you have to do to look like me, it's a horrifying concept.
"I listened to the criticism a little too much - and this was pre-social media. It's even crazier to think what women have to deal with now."
It really is.
Fortunately, she has a great attitude about her looks.
"For me, personally, I don't do Botox or anything like that," the star tells People. "It can't be what's on the outside; it's gotta be what's on the inside."
Ah, Ryan Lochte. A special, special young man with so much to offer.
Lochte recently spoke to Cosmo.com ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio about getting himself some strange (JK, I'm sure he's a total gentleman when it comes to dates).
Lochte admitted that he has tried Bumble and Raya (the latter of which is a dating app for celebs and other VIPs), but neither tickled his fancy.
"With Bumble, the girl always has to make the first [move], and I don't really like that. I don't think that's a woman job. So I got off that," he explained.
"And then Raya, I don't know. I'm living in Charlotte so that didn't really work because most of the women you link up with are either in L.A. or New York. So I just recently got on Tinder."
Swipe right for love.
"I heard it took off in Sochi [at the 2014 Winter Olympics] and then people were talking about it and I was like, 'Let me try this.'
"So I got on it and I've been matching up with a bunch of gorgeous women who are smart, they have professional jobs and everything. I'm like, "Wow, this is perfect.'
"So I've been on Tinder lately. So far I haven't had any dates or anything. I've just been talking with a couple [women]."
What does a fella like Lochte look for in a woman?
"You can't say, like, looks aren't everything because, I mean, that's the first thing that people see," he admitted.
"So you definitely see their picture and then you look at their bio and they tell you their job description.
"I want someone that has goals and all that. Sometimes they post their Instagram name, and you can look at their Instagram and just see how they present themselves."
Let us all put forth good vibes for Lochte, so that he may win the gold medal in love.
The ongoing Johnny Depp-Amber Heard divorce hasn't received much tabloid coverage in recent weeks, but it seems the proceedings are still getting uglier by the day.
At this point, it seems Depp is more concerned with protecting his privacy than his assets.
We've already reported on his efforts to silence Heard with a non-disclosure agreement, but it now looks as though he's even more intent on preventing her from talking to the press than we previously thought.
For the past week, Depp's team has been hesitant to comply with Heard's attorney's requests for financial records.
It's not hard to see how the documents would be relevant to the proceedings, but Team Depp claims they're concerned that details about his earnings and investments will be leaked to the public.
So now they're offering Heard a compromise of sorts by stating that they'll release the records - if she and her lawyers agree to an arrangement in which they'll be forced to fork over $100,000 every time they violate the terms of a strict confidentiality clause.
Not surprisingly, Heard's attorneys are not eager to accept an arrangement that could wind up costing their client an enormous sum of money.
In fact, they've gone so far as to describe Depp's latest moves as "blatant threats":
“[Depp] and his counsel’s demand for the execution of these two non-disclosure agreements which impose undue financial hardships and burdens on [Heard] are nothing but blatant threats by [Depp] and are illustrative of his continued attempts to thwart real progress in this case,” states new documents obtained by People magazine.
“In reality, it has been, and continues to be Depp who refuses to be forthright with his financial information and has stymied resolution of this case…[Depp] has been stonewalling the progress of this case, by refusing to provide the most basic financial documents.”
This back-and-forth has been going on for weeks, with each side accusing the other of drawing out the divorce and leaking info to the press.
Depp's team has been accused of providing media outlets with information that paint Heard in a negative light, so if his team continues pushing for the $100,000 deal, you can expect Heard's people to reciprocate.
Whatever the case, it's looking like Depp and Heard won't be reaching a settlement any time soon.
Michelle Money has come out with a very personal confession.
The former Bachelor contestant and Bachelor in Paradise star revealed in an interview with skincare brand PMD that she got accidentally pregnant as a teenager.
"I've been known for being very real and upfront, but there's a big part of what makes me me that I've never shared before," Money says in the segment, adding:
"When I was 15 years old I got pregnant."
Money didn't get into specifics regarding the identity of the father or anything, but she did take us through her thought process at the time.
"You go through all of the options in your head of how to deal with this," she said, eventually revealing what she chose to do:
"The decision to place this baby for adoption was not an easy one, but it was the right one. The day came, my water broke. It was bittersweet. It was just very bittersweet.
"Just the process of labor and the process of delivering and feeling love that I've never felt before. It rocked me."
We really can't imagine being in that difficult position.
In video of the interview, Money shares footage of herself soon after she became a mother, with the clip depicting her holding the newborn in her arms while sitting on a hospital bed.
"When the moment came for me to say goodbye and hand him over to the social worker … it was the hardest thing I've ever done," Money said.
Things didn't get easier for the Utah native, either.
"I was really consumed with trying to prove myself to everyone and caring a lot about what people thought of me. I lost myself in that for a long time really trying to overcompensate from this mistake that I made," she says.
"It's taken a lot for me to get here.
"It doesn't happen overnight where you get to where you can feel so confident in the decisions you've made in life and the trials that you've gone through."
Money is best known for competing for the heart of Brad Womack on The Bachelor in 2011.
She has also appeared on Bachelor Pad (2011) and Bachelor in Paradise (2014) and is currently starring on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.
"My wish for every woman is for them to be able to look at themselves in the mirror and love every challenge, every trial, every heartache that they've experienced in their life and still feel beautiful," she says, concluding:
"That, to me, is true beauty."