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!
Back on Wednesday, model Behati Prinsloo gave birth to a little baby girl, a precious daughter she shares with Adam Levine. Take a moment, and all together now: awwww!
They named the baby Dusty Rose Levine, a unique but not totally bizarre moniker for a kid, thank goodness.
And last night, the couple released the very first image of little Dusty Rose.
Check out that sweetness, y'all. Can you even believe it?
Adam shared the photo, along with her full name and birth date.
Behati did the same, but also added added the sweet caption "Words can't describe," along with a heart emoji.
And honestly, this photo warrants heart emojis for days.
Just look at her all cuddled up on Adam's chest, getting in some quality bonding time with her daddy.
Really though, we shouldn't be so overwhelmed by how cute this whole thing is -- Adam and Behati have a long, long history of being lovely.
Remember that time that they both showed off their bumps?
Get it? Behati's bump is from a baby, but Adam's is just from food and from sticking his stomach out!
Oh, what won't they do?!
And hey, remember that time that they went out in public and looked so sweet and amazing together?
That's actually a trick question, because they always look great together.
Let's all get together, one more time, to congratulate Adam and Behati on this gorgeous little bundle of joy.
And hey, while we're at it, let's passionately but not creepily beg them for a steady stream of adorable photos like this.
Today, we're all winners.
It's been hard to keep up with the endless rumors surrounding Angelina Jolie's decision to file for divorce from Brad Pitt - partly because there are just so many of them, but also because the whole thing is just so very sad.
The main story, of course, is the story of Brad's alleged child abuse, and then there was the rumor that Brad cheated on Angelina with Marion Cotillard.
There are also the theories about Brad's reported substance abuse issues, and on and on.
But there's a new report now ... grab your tissues, because your heart and your tear ducts will surely struggle with this.
Radar reports that Brangelina was "fine" until 2014, when she directed "Unbroken."
"It seemed like Angelina thought it didn't get quite the reception she had expected," an insider claims. "And that was just the beginning of the end for them."
This source goes on to say that their struggles continued with last year's "By The Sea," the movie that Angelina directed and starred in, along with Brad -- the movie the source calls "a complete disaster."
"By The Sea," if you'll remember, didn't do too well in the box office, nor was it a hit with critics.
Its failure, the source says, was "the real reason that Angie moved to London. After the movie tanked, she wanted to get out of Hollywood."
Unfortunately, this report purports that "Brad never really made the move to London with her."
Apparently "Angelina moved there with the kids to focus on her humanitarian efforts," but Brad "never wanted to go to London," and the move "was her idea" in the first place.
And that's that.
This version of events -- which, by the way, is said to be from a "pal" of Brad's -- is pretty mellow compared to some of the other things we've heard this week.
According to this story, Angelina couldn't take a couple of career hits, so she pulled away from Brad, and they sort of drifted apart. A common story, but a sad one nonetheless.
It's pretty interesting and convenient how this little tale tries to place the blame on Angelina though, right?
Look, facts are facts, and the facts here -- the actual facts, not fun little stories like this -- are pretty clear.
Brad did something on that plane to his oldest child, Maddox, and it upset Angelina enough for her to file for divorce almost immediately afterwards.
Maybe it was abusive, maybe it wasn't, but whatever it was was enough to make Angelina bring an end to a relationship that had lasted more than a decade.
And maybe she did pull away from Brad after a couple of her movies didn't do as well as she'd hoped, but does that excuse whatever it was exactly that Brad did? Probably not.
So here's an idea: instead of thinking up fun and creative ways in which we can twist this story to make it Angelina's fault, why don't we just buck up and admit that maybe Brad isn't America's handsomest sweetheart after all?
Are y'all excited for Halloween?
It's the best time of the year. You can dress however the heck you want and not get judged for it.
Kylie Jenner is getting in the Halloween spirit a whole month ready.
Yes, the festivities for Halloween generally don't occur until October 31, but Kylie is getting started early.
There's a good chance it's only being decorated to air a special episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Halloween, but that would mean making it clearer than ever that the show is fake.
The authenticity of what viewers actually see on the TV show has been questioned many times throughout the last few years.
That tends to happen with reality TV.
There's always a part of you that wonders whether the stuff you're seeing on screen is true.
Kylie Jenner has been notorious on social media for sharing her life through the the camera on her cell phone.
It's great for her fans because she always chats away in the videos she uploads.
It's just pretty darn odd that someone would want to decorate their home a whole month early.
Maybe she's planning on hosting some sort of elaborate party.
Either way, we're pretty intrigued.
The video she released showcased the creepy cobwebs covering the trees in her gigantic garden.
She then panned the camera round to show off the huge spider just waiting above her front door.
If you're scared of spiders, you should probably look away because it's genuinely the biggest spider we've ever laid eyes on.
Watch the video below at your own peril.
There were also some pretty great lights on top of the trees, but we never got to see them in action because it was daylight.
Who would want to waste lights outside during the day?
Kendall Jenner would probably have no compunction with keeping the lights on.
Anyway, her house is looking great, but we want to know what the heck she has planned for the big event.
She can't be decorating that beautiful house for no reason.
Who would go to all THAT trouble without have some huge party with everyone dressed up as their favorite people?
What do you think about all of this?
Hit the comments below!
This is hard, friends, because we fear change, and Christina Aguilera went and got us terrified. But we have to soldier on anyway, all right?
Christina Aguilera -- deep breaths, y'all -- just got a brand new look.
After several months of living life as a redhead, Christina is going back to her roots. Or bleaching her roots to roots to oblivion, if we're being real about it.
Christina posted that photo to Instagram last night, along with the message "Blondes really do have more fun."
(We like to think that people who have more fun have more fun, regardless of hair color, but sure, we'll go with it.)
She looks beautiful, obviously, because she's Christina Aguilera and she has no other choice, but we can't deny that we're going to miss the hell out of the red hair.
It was absolutely glorious, right?
It gave her image an extra little something, and for her to go back to that dry-ass blonde, the kind that makes you worried that a couple of strands are going to snap off when the wind blows, it hurts. It really does.
Her new look shouldn't come as a surprise though, because you know this girl is used to switching things up on her head.
Remember when she had that super dark hair?
Not gonna lie, she looks like the beta version of Snooki here, so this obviously wasn't the greatest choice, but you have to admire her for trying something new, right?
And of course there was the time when she threw a little bit of black in with her classic blonde.
Sorry, did you think that you'd gotten thrown into a time warp after looking at that photo?
That's fair, because it's a photo of basically everything that was wrong with 2003, but still, apologies.
And then there was the time that she went red before she really went red.
Oh, nostalgia ...
So yes, the moral of the story is that while Christina is absolutely gorgeous, no matter what some trolls try to claim, and while she would look beautiful in a potato sack with a shaved head ... the red really was the best.
Christina can do whatever she wants and look good doing it -- one of the perks of being a diva, right? -- but let's take a moment to remember the magic that we lost when Christina took a vat of peroxide to that pretty little head of hers.
Oh, Christina. You hurt so good, girl.
Justin Bieber finds himself in some sort of trouble practically everywhere he goes.
He's one of the most popular stars on the planet, so some people get a little rowdy around him.
That's sort of what happens when people end up in the same room as a celebrity as big as Justin.
Add in the fact that Justin is single right now, then you can only imagine just HOW much the ladies would want to be near him.
Given Justin's track record, he'll probably be on the market for a new chick to give him compliments.
It's not like Kourtney Kardashian will give him the time of day now that she's allegedly back together with Scott Disick.
Yes, Justin Bieber and Sofia Richie are totally over.
With the way Justin went on about the relationship, he probably isn't too cut up about the whole thing.
It was never meant to be a serious thing.
Well, clearly the two of them never noticed the media coverage they were getting.
The were the new big couple in the celebrity world, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding their relationship.
Justin's band of beliebers did not like Richie because it meant there was less chance of any of them finding love with him.
Even Selena Gomez joined in on the fun when Justin threatened to get rid of his Instagram account.
Granted, she should not have said anything about the matter.
If anything, it just proved that she was not over her breakup with Bieber.
Maybe that's why Bieber took some time out at HEART nightclub in Munich.
However, not everyone was happy that Bieber was in attendance at the classy club.
One man thought it was appropriate to "lunge" at Bieber.
That didn't go down well and Justin's security helped him out of the club.
He was also accompanied by a woman who seemed like a bodyguard.
She did not let anyone near Bieber and helped him escape the club after the scuffle broke out.
The man who started the fight was allegedly trying to get Bieber's attention the whole night.
It's pretty sad when the highlight of a good night is trying to harass someone for attention. Right?
What do you think of all the drama?
Hit the comments below!
Jim Carrey has fired back against accusations that he gave his late ex-girlfriend sexually transmitted diseases and supplied her with drugs that led to her suicide.
Yes, Carrey has really been accused of such things.
Earlier this week, Mark Burton filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey.
Burton was the estranged husband of Cathriona White, Carrey’s longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend who killed herself in September of 2015.
She left a note at the time that apologized to Carrey for letting him down and which admitted life without the actor had grown too difficult for her.
In new legal documents, Burton makes the claim that the drugs White used to kill herself were supplied to her by Carrey.
He alleges that the Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet that were found in White’s system were prescribed to Arthur King, an alias often used by Carrey.
Burton's lawsuit alleges Carrey had an "obsession with controlling and manipulating White," along with "the ability to monitor surveillance cameras on a home White often stayed at and was able, by design, to view the residence remotely to keep track of White's comings and goings."
In response to these heinous charges, Carrey issued a statement that implied Burton was clearly looking for a financial settlement.
But one would not be forthcoming.
"What a terrible shame," Carrey said.
"It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man's lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world.
"I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control.
"I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."
Burton, meanwhile, has gone ahead and amended his wrongful death suit against Carrey to include the stunning new claim against celebrity.
Burton says Carrey and White had a text conversation in February 2013 wherein she told him she thought she had contracted multiple STDs.
Herpes Type I, Herpes Type 2 and Gonorrhea, to be specific.
He goes on to allege that Carrey convinced White to keep these diseases a secret.
Burton claims this secret contributed to White’s fragile state of mind at the time she committed suicide, writing in his lawsuit that White referred to herself as “damaged goods."
In reply to this new set of assertions, Carrey’s attorney explained to TMZ that Burton and White had a "sham marriage" that only existed to help him “evade immigration laws."
The lawyer goes on to say White reached out to Carrey in 2014 and begged him to get back together, not exactly the move one would make if one held a grudge against an ex for giving her STDs.
Carrey's legal team says this is nothing but a "shakedown lawsuit."
What does Carrey say?
In a new statement, he doesn't mince words or waste words, simply declaring:
"Is this the way a 'husband' honors the memory of his 'wife?' The real disease here is greed, shameful greed."
Carrey's side has made it very clear that Jim has no intention of settling with Burton.
As you've no doubt heard by now, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage and more than a decade together as a couple.
The actress cited irreconcilable differences in her filing, and neither party has provided any specifics with regard to the events that led up to the divorce.
But naturally, their teams have been in damage control mode, and the tabloid media has been digging non-stop.
As result of all the scrutiny and strategic "leaking" of information, a picture of the Brangelina's final days has slowly begun to emerge.
In that picture, let's just say things aren't looking too good for one of America's best-loved leading men.
First, sources claimed that Angelina was fed up by Pitt's drug use and short-temper, both of which she saw as threats to the well-being of their children.
As more anonymous "insiders" fed details to the press, the story became even uglier.
It seems Angie's decision to separate from Brad on September 15 was prompted by a single incident.
While there's some disagreement on the severity of the confrontation, accounts concur that during a recent private jet flight, an inebriated Brad got into some sort of altercation with the couple's eldest son, 15-year-old Maddox.
Someone aboard the plane placed an anonymous phone call to police, and Pitt is now being investigated for child abuse by the FBI.
(The investigation was originally handled by the Department of Child and Family Services, but incidents that happen aboard mid-flight aircraft are apparently under the bureau's jurisdiction.)
It's unlikely that Pitt will face jail time, but clearly the episode has already cost him dearly, and the damage to his public image and career may prove irreparable.
To make matters worse, sources are now claiming that there's video that will prove Pitt was abusive toward Maddox.
So what made the famously easy-going actor so angry?
Well, he was reportedly drinking heavily on the flight, but unnamed members of the screen icon's inner circle say his rage has been bubbling just beneath the surface for some time now.
The cause of his growing angst?
Apparently, Pitt is terrified of growing older.
“Brad is just terrified of aging,” a source close to the actor tells Radar Online.
"He hates the way that he looks right now and he is taking it out on everyone around him.”
The anxiety over his appearance - and how it might affect his career - has apparently exacerbated Pitt's fondness for intoxicants, which has in turn led to more angry outbursts.
“Brad has always liked to party and have a good time," says the insider.
"But it has gotten so much worse because he no longer has the confidence he once had.”
So even Brad Pitt feels insecure about his looks, eh?
We'd make some sort of "stars - they're just like us!" joke, but really the situation is just incredibly sad.
Kim Kardashian made headlines earlier today for brushing aside talk of a feud with Taylor Swift.
In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Swift acted all sweet and innocent and coy and said she never threw any shade in Swift's direction.
It was a pretty absurd declaration, which is why it was the main focus of most celebrity gossip outlets after excepts of the interview went viral.
But we admit that we were among the outlets that appears to have buried the lead in this story, because Kim said something even more absurd and noteworthy to the publication:
She may vote for Donald Trump in November.
For President of the United States.
In August of 2015, Kardashin and Kanye West attend a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at Scooter Braun’s home in Los Angeles.
Kim snapped a selfie with the Democratic nominee at the time, Tweeted it to followers and wrote as a caption:
“I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident.”
Two months before to this meet, greet and promote, Kardashian was asked at a forum in San Francisco about Clinton possibly becoming the first female president of the United States, to which she replied:
“I hope so!”
But this is what Kim said to Wonderland for its latest cover story:
"At first I thought, 'Oh my god, I'm so Hillary,' but I had a long political call with Caitlyn [Jenner] last night about why she's voting Trump.
"I'm on the fence."
Is Kim allowed to change her mind? Of course.
Just because she was going to vote for Clinton before does not mean she can't decide that Trump is actually the better candidate.
We're just curious: Which lie or which racist statement by Trump was the deciding factor here?
As you might expect, the Internet has not reacted well to Kim's pro-Trump stance.
Or her semi-pro-Trump stance.
Whatever you want to call it, the Internet has not reacted well to Kardashian giving any consideration whatsoever to Donald Trump as the most powerful man on the planet.
And, as one astute user points out below, the truly troubling thing is this:
Kim Kardashian actually does hold sway over millions of people.
She gets them to buy her clothing. She gets them to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians online. She can make or break an entire company with a Tweet.
It's depressing, but true.
Fortunately, however, we'd have to imagine (pray?) that most people who can be influenced by Kim Kardashian are under 18 years of age.
Would you lose respect for Kardashian is she voted for Trump? Would you lose respect for anyone if he or she voted for Trump?
As you can see below, he does have his share of famous supporters out there.
Does Kim want to join this company?
At the 2016 Emmy Awards on Sunday night, Ariel Winter fashion sense drew raves from fashion critics and fans on social media alike.
Of course, Ariel's been a wildly popular presence on Instagram for about a year now.
But there, it's usually her lack of clothing that attracts the most attention.
The photo above needs no explanation, but let's attempt to explore the meaning behind it anyway, shall we?
As you can see, that's Ariel Winter's butt.
It's a butt we've seen many times before, of course.
Not as many times as, say, the average Kardashian's but, many, many times nonetheless.
Not that we're complaining.
Anyway, we've never seen the Ass of Winter (Feel free to use that for a work of Game of Thrones-themed erotica, George R.R. Martin.) quite like this before.
As you can see, she's having makeup applied to her famous backside for reasons that remain unclear.
Generally, one doesn't have makeup professionally applied to one's butt unless said butt is soon to be professionally photographed.
But before you give us too much credit for our detective work on that one, we should confess that Ariel captioned the pic thusly:
"BUTT really, don't miss a spot #secretshoot"
Secret shoot, eh?
Interestingly (if you're a fan of semi-nudity on social media - and who isn't?!), Ariel also captioned the photo above with the "secret shoot" hashtag.
So in one pic she's wearing a see-through skirt, and in another she's having her ass powdered?
Clearly, the girl is preparing some sort of Internet-shattering butt-based pictorial!
We always knew the girl was sporting a weapon of ass destruction, and now it seems she's prepared to unleash it on an unsuspecting global population.
She's coming for your crown, Kim!
Quick, you better post a whole bunch of naked selfies as a counter-attack.
Oh, you were already in the process of doing that?
As you were then, Kim. As you were.
On an unrelated note, is applying makeup to Ariel Winter's butt a full-time job, and if so, where do we apply?
We've been writing about her butt for quite some time now, so we know it pretty well.