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!
Look, Madonna is a remarkably embarrassing human being, she just is.
She's also a legend, sure, but that doesn't give her a pass.
A lot of people think this is some age discrimination, like "what, Madonna is 58 years old so she can't be sexy and have fun anymore?"
And that's absolutely not the case.
No, if any person, no matter if they were 1 or 100 or any age in between, behaved the way Madonna behaves, it would be an honest-to-goodness shame, it really would.
It's just that she's so very, very desperate for attention. Like she can't handle the fact that perhaps her popularity isn't what it used to be, and she has to do stunt after stunt to just get a little bit more of the spotlight.
Come on, why else would she rock as many grills as she does?
And why else would she act like as hot a mess as she did last night?
Yep, buckle up, friends, because we've got a wild and wacky Madonna story to share with you right the hell now.
See, last night, Madonna hosted a charity gala for Malawi, the African nation where her 11-year-old son, David, was born.
She managed to raise over $7.5 million, which is amazing, it really is.
But boy, did she pull some ridiculous sh-t along the way.
Because Madonna's ex-husband, Sean Penn, was there too, right?
The two got married in 1985, but they stayed together for just four years before they got divorced.
There have been persistent rumors for years that he was majorly abusive to her, but she's denied those rumors, and she's even made it clear that she still has strong feelings for him.
Back in January, they did another charity gala together, and Madonna gave a speech all about how amazing she thinks Sean is.
During the speech, she got all gushy, telling him "I want to say that, Sean, I love you. From the moment that I laid eyes on you. And I still love you, just the same."
And, well, last night she took things a step further.
"I'm still in love with you," she told Sean.
And then, just when you thought things couldn't get any more romantic and/or creepy, she said that she would marry him again, right then and there -- if he bid $150,000 on a piece of jewelry.
And he did.
We're not sure about whether or not they've gotten hitched yet, but someone did have the presence of mind to play a wedding march.
Sean hopped on stage, crawled between Madonna's legs, and then handcuffed her.
Why? We may never know.
But, hilariously enough, Madonna did joke while Sean was handcuffing her that "For once, he's not the one being arrested."
Oh, Madonna, you're in love with a criminal! How sweet!
Best of wishes to this former, maybe present couple, we guess.
Nearly two weeks ago, Kanye West went and had himself a pretty significant mental breakdown.
It was heartbreaking, scary, and ... somewhat preventable?
Let's back up.
On the afternoon of November 21st, Kanye was with his personal trainer when his mental state took a turn for the worse.
As his personal doctor described it at the time, he was suffering from psychosis due to severe exhaustion and dehydration. Things were so bad that those around him feared that he would become violent.
Was was transported by ambulance to an L.A. hospital where he underwent a psychiatric evaluation, and he stayed there for over a week.
Now, even though he's left the hospital, he's not out of those scary woods yet: he's still receiving some pretty intensive outpatient care.
A medical staff is with him 24 hours a day, and he's even living separately from Kim Kardashian and their two children, North and Saint, due to safety concerns.
"She is very worried about the kids being around Kanye," a source said about Kim, and it sounds like she hasn't even brought them to see their father since his breakdown.
And that makes sense -- if Kanye's as bad off as reports have made him out to be, then he might be too unpredictable to be around them, and even if he's not, it would definitely be confusing and upsetting for the kids to see him like that.
But it's still sad, especially because the source added that "They don't know for how long Kanye will need outpatient care."
And let's not even get started on all the rumors that Kim and Kanye may be headed towards divorce anyway ...
The interesting thing though is that, as we said before, it's starting to sound like the breakdown itself could have been avoided.
According to a new report from TMZ, Kanye has suffered from psychiatric issues for a while now, but he's always been able to keep them under control with certain medications.
But after Kim's robbery, Kanye started messing around with the dosage for some reason. He may have stopped taking the meds altogether, or he may have taken the incorrect amount. We're not sure at this time.
And, as you can probably imagine, the results were disastrous.
Kanye messed with his meds, and that's why, for the past few weeks, his behavior had been getting more and more bizarre.
His rants against Jay Z and Beyonce, all that wild Donald Trump talk, and yes, even his breakdown, all allegedly happened because of the medication.
While he was in the hospital, doctors were able to get him back on a proper schedule with the meds, and they were able to stabilize him, but now that he's in outpatient treatment, he's in charge of his own meds again.
Here's hoping he's able to keep everything on schedule this time around.
In news that shouldn't have come as a huge shock to anyone who has tracked her marriage of late, Scheana Marie Shay filed for divorce this week.
She ended her relationship with husband Mike after about two years as his wife, purportedly due to Mike's substance abuse issues.
Although the Vanderpump Rules star did not come out and specific the basis for her break-up, it's not hard to read between the lines.
In early November, after all, Mike went missing for a number of days.
There was talk that he emptied his bank account and chatter that he had fallen off the wagon after a year or so of sobriety (which followed eight years of an addiction to painkillers).
Yes, Mike eventually turned up.
And, yes, he shared a post at the time on Instagram that assured followers he was happy, healthy and in love with Scheana.
"I love my wife and will always love my wife," Mike wrote once he resurfaced. "Whatever is going on between us will stay between us! I love my family and my family loves me."
But it didn't take long for divorce rumors to circulate.
Heck, going back to November of last year, Scheana was Tweeting about trouble in her marriage and asking fans not to judge her and Mike too harshly.
She also staged an intervention for Mike on a Vanderpump Rules installment last year.
So, yeah. This split was pretty easy to see coming, no matter how happy the couple looked on its wedding day.
This is the joint statement they released upon announcing their divorce:
While we have made the difficult decision to move forward separately, our story will continue on through the love and mutual respect that we have cultivated throughout our 15-year friendship.
Much of the recent speculation and reporting on our relationship has been misguided, and we have come to an amicable decision on all matters.
We might have failed at our marriage, but we are committed to succeeding as friends and will continue to support each other’s personal happiness and professional success.
Scheana then went on to thank her fans for their support, writing on Twitter this week:
"Thank you all for the love today! It's never easy to split with someone you still love, but we will always remain friends."
Now, in news even less surprising than the divorce itself, Kristen Doute has confirmed that those who watch Vanderpump Rules online will learn a lot more about what led to her close friend deciding to end her marriage.
The Sur waitress was a guest on SiriusXM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos” Friday when she revealed that the Bravo series recently resumed filming... specifically to include details about the divorce.
It's almost as though this was a storyline planned by producers for several months.
"Obviously there are other things that will come out on this season that were reasons as to why [they broke up," Doute said on air, claiming that it was Scheana’s decision to pull the plug and adding:
"She definitely has some other reasons and things that have happened between the two of them.”
What could those reasons possibly be?!?
We'll need to tune in to new episodes of this Bravo reality show for the answer.
Real classy, everyone.
How precious is Jennifer Lawrence?
That's actually a trick question, because there's no real way to calculate just how precious she is.
If we tried, our feeble human brains would likely explode and drip from our ears in a tragic, graphic example of what can happen if you fly too close to the sun.
Yes, J-Law is the sun. Bright, beautiful, life-sustaining, and so, so hot.
But, much like the sun, she could be capable of so much destruction.
And, as she tells in this absolutely delightful new interview on The Graham Norton Show, she almost destroyed one person's life while filming a movie.
Literally. She almost killed someone.
Jennifer, who was on the show with Chris Pratt to promote their new movie, Passengers, says that while she was in Hawaii filming the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, she had to wear a wetsuit for long periods of time.
The poor girl got an uncontrollable ass itch -- it happens to the best of us -- but she couldn't really get in there to scratch it because of the suit.
But our dear J-Law is a problem solver, so she saw some rough old boulders, just sitting there, waiting to assist her.
And what happened next ... well, just watch the video below:
Does Jenelle Evans just like fighting over the custody of her children?
Because that's really starting to look like the only logical explanation for what's happening in her life.
Maybe she watched a little too much Maury growing up, you know? (Actually, that could explain a lot of things.)
Maybe when she gave up custody of her oldest son to her dear mother, Barbara, she did it in hopes that, one day, she could kind of, sort of get her life together just a tiny bit, then go to court and try to get the kid back.
"But wait," she'd have thought to herself. "Better be sure to do heroin and get arrested at least a dozen times to prolong things."
Maybe she likes feeling fancy, dressing up and talking to lawyers and judges. Maybe they make killer coffee at her local courthouse.
We don't know. But with all the years the custody battle over Jace has dragged on, and with how she keeps choosing awful, awful men to have children with, she has to like something about all the drama.
Otherwise, nothing makes sense. Nothing is beautiful and everything hurts.
We're theorizing about all this, by the way, because Jenelle has just launched yet another custody battle, this time with Nathan Griffith, the father of her younger son, Kaiser.
Yes, she's still in the never-ending custody battle over Jace, too, and yes, she and Nathan had a previous custody battle that was settled back in May.
Back then, they agreed on joint custody, with Jenelle getting primary physical custody.
But now, Jenelle's just not content with that agreement anymore.
She's filed a motion to get sole custody.
According to court documents, Jenelle claims that Nathan told her that his "mental health is not stable and that he is unable to care for the minor child."
Nathan also allegedly told her that "he has plans to move out of the country in the near future." It was also pointed out that he has "multiple pending criminal charges."
What's more, Jenelle was informed that Nathan has "a substance abuse issue and is unable to care for the minor child" during the small amount of time he does spend with the kid.
He "does not have a suitable and healthy home environment to exercise visitation with the minor child," and even if he did, he "does not regularly exercise his visitation with the minor child."
And see, this is a tough situation, because while Jenelle is obviously awful, Nathan is just ridiculously terrible.
He's been arrested so many times, and much more recently than Jenelle. For example, he was arrested in August for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house and choking her.
So yes, it's tough to root for Jenelle, but really, let's all root for Jenelle, just this once, OK?
Wow, you guys. Is it safe to assume that absolutely no one is safe on this show?
On The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 6, the race was on to save Josie and Lizze from Seline, but just how far were Caroline and Alaric willing to go in order to save their kids?
Well, Caroline called off her engagement and told Stefan she did not want him anywhere near the mission.
She didn't want him there because he could prove to be a liability if it came to killing Damon, and Caroline made it crystal clear she was killing Damon if the opportunity popped up.
Then there was Alaric, who was a little too hard on Stefan because of what his brother done. I mean, I get they were both pissed with Damon, but he and Stefan are the polar opposite.
They may be brothers, but they could not be more different from each other.
As the police continued their investigation into what happened to the twins, Seline met up with Sybil and Damon. Seline revealed her master plan and the news that she was going to atone for what she did to Sybil on the island.
Sybil could not help but think Sybil was only saying it to get away from her because of the 100 years of misery she went through.
Seline tried to offer the twins to Cade in return for her and Sybil being free. However, Sybil had another plan up her sleeve and it involved Stefan.
Somehow, one or both of the Salvatore brothers are always on tap to hang around with the latest evils in town. When Stefan showed up to save the day, he managed to save the kids and return them to their parents.
It's good when things end on a happy note. Right?
Well, things are NEVER happy on this show. Just as Caroline was calling the engagement back on and apologizing, Stefan dropped the bomb that he had signed up for an eternity of misery with Cade to save the twins.
This meant he would be leaving after 24 hours of freedom. Caroline was super pissed because she had just sent the twins away with Alaric because they had to be safe.
Alaric and Matt joined forces to rid Mystic Falls of Damon Salvatore, so they murdered him. Yes, you guys, Damon Salvatore is DEAD.
Well, for now, at least. The CW's promo that aired right after the big death confirmed he was very much alive, so it ruined whatever suspense the show still had.
The episode definitely succeeded in upping the action, but the characters are getting a little too annoying for my liking. Take Enzo, for example. He seemed out of the woods and now he's in deeper than ever before with Sybil.
It's time for Bonnie to get her magic back and find a loop hole to save this mess before it ends with a terrible finale. This show has been on the air for 8 years.
The fans deserve an ending that celebrates the previous seasons. Thus far, it's been full of back and forth with the new villains and it's tiring.
If you watch The Vampire Diaries online, you'll know the show was one of the best shows on TV at one point, so it sucks to see it go out this way.
What did you think of the episode?
Sound off below!
As you've likely heard by now, Kanye West was hospitalized last week after suffering a psychological breakdown.
As is usually the case with this sort of thing, rumors about the nature and severity of his condition have been circulating non-stop, but confirmed details remain scarce.
So far, we know for certain that the rapper required nine days of in-patient care and that his release date was postponed at least once to allow for additional treatment.
Now, Kanye is out of the hospital but still under the supervision of 24-hour medical staff.
It's been widely rumored that his erratic and possibly dangerous behavior has put a strain on his marriage to Kim Kardashian, and now People magazine is confirming that Kim and Kanye are indeed living in separate homes.
The move is said to be primarily a safety precaution, but there have been multiple reports that Kardashian and West were headed for divorce in the weeks leading up to his hospitalization.
“He is receiving outpatient care else with a medical team," a source tells the magazine.
“Kim still seems concerned but is supportive. They don’t know for how long Kanye will need outpatient care.”
The insider says Kim is concerned for the safety of her children, who have reportedly not seen West since the day he was admitted.
“She is very worried about the kids being around Kanye,” says the source, adding that they did not accompany her on her visits to the hospital.
The family threw an early birthday party for Kim's son Saint on Wednesday, but Kanye was not in attendance.
The unidentified family friend claims that the future of Kim and Kanye's relationship is unclear, but adds that both parties hope to move forward as a couple.
“There are frustrations and problems, like any relationship, but they love each other deeply,” the insider says.
As for now, however, the iconic couple is soon to enter their third week of sleeping under separate roofs.
We'll have further updates on this story as more information becomes available.
Hope you're ready for some extraordinarily adorable news!
You know how, just earlier today, we learned that Mila Kunis gave birth to her second child with Ashton Kutcher on November 30th?
At the time, that was the only detail that was released.
But now we have a name. A truly unique, precious name.
Welcome to the world, Dimitri Portwood Kutcher!!!
We also now know that little Dimitri was born at 1:21 A.M., and he weighed 8 pounds and 15 ounces.
The couple also released a brief statement that read "We'd like our kids to have a choice on whether to have a life in the public eye or not."
"We don't want to make the choice for them."
So yeah, it pretty much goes without saying, but there's no photo of the new baby.
And judging by the situation with Mila and Ashton's older child, Wyatt, who was born on October 1st, 2014, it'll probably be a good long while before we get one.
When Wyatt was born, they shared a series of baby photos and invited people to guess which kid was theirs, and then that December, some creeper leaked photos of the family from their Christmas card.
And then last November, Ashton posted a photo of a little girl who would be roughly Wyatt's age, but he never confirmed that it was her.
And now that baby Dimitri is here, we didn't even get another guessing game -- just a statement about privacy.
So, tragically enough, it could be years before we get a glimpse at this surely beautiful baby.
We know, we know, it doesn't seem fair that we'd have to suffer like that.
But we'll have to just simply carry on as best we can, won't we?
We'll find comfort in the few pictures we do have of the Kunis-Kutcher spawn, and we'll also find comfort in the strange but very true fact that, all thanks to Mila, Ashton Kutcher is no longer a massive douchebag.
Congrats, Kutcher family! On everything!
There was a period of time there when Chris Pratt and Anna Faris were the ultimate celebrity couple.
Now? Not so much.
But for a good few years there, they were adorable, funny, and so incredibly lovable together.
It was truly magical.
Then, last month, they were sued for animal neglect, and it really just put a big damper on the whole thing.
The sad story, just in case you didn't hear or have blocked it from your tender mind, was that Chris and Anna adopted a dog from an animal shelter, then gave the dog away without informing the shelter.
That's against the rules, and since the dog was found wandering the streets and emaciated, it was extra against the rules.
Anna had signed a contract with the shelter stating that she agreed to give the dog back to the shelter if she could no longer care for it, she didn't do that, and now they owe the shelter $5,000.
And if that wasn't bad enough, the whole mess brought up the fact that back in 2011, Chris gave their 15-year-old cat away. On Twitter.
"Bottom line," he wrote at the time, "and not that this is any of your f-cking business weirdos, but my wife and I want to start a family and we ABSOLUTELY CANNOT have an animal that sh-ts all over the house."
"Sorry. If you are a parent you will understand. And if not, that probably explains why you have such a hard on for cats. Just sayin'."
He sounds like such a heartless dick there, right?
Anyway, the point is that Chris and Anna used to be great, now they're not, and so we can't help but feel kind of "eh" about this new interview Anna did.
Well, it was not so much an interview as it was a little chat with Isla Fisher on her podcast, but the subject was cheating rumors and marriage woes.
Anna revealed that she and Chris "grapple with a lot of the ideas of being a public couple," and things got hard last year when "there was some tabloid rumors about strain in our relationship."
Remember that? It was when Chris was filming Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence, and there were rumors upon rumors that they were having an affair.
Which, come on, of course there were rumors. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, could you even imagine?
Anna told Isla that "I just remember feeling so hurt in a way that bothered me, because I didn't want to think of myself as somebody who could be affected by tabloid sh-t."
"I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris," she explained, "but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he's off doing movies and I'm in L.A. raising our child, of course I'm going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would."
Sadly, she said all the rumors made her feel "incredibly insecure."
Aww, Anna! It's unfortunate that she'd feel so bad about rumors that are so rarely based in truth.
But if it's any consolation to her, there's a good chance that, after all this unfortunate animal news, there probably aren't that many people who'd want to sleep with her husband anyway.