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!
Kim Richards must have some damn good lawyers.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star managed to avoid jail time for failing to comply with the terms of her probation stemming from an August 2015 shoplifting arrest, when she stole $600 worth of products at a Van Nuys Target.
According to TMZ, Richards was supposed to complete 30 hours of community service and attends 52 AA meetings, neither of which she did.
Fortunately, Richards' lawyers showed the judge proof that she had "belatedly" met her 30 hours, and she is nearly caught up on AA meetings, so the judge gave her a pass.
Richards is still on probation, and is required to have everything completed by November, when her next hearing takes place.
"At the moment, she seems to be doing OK. She goes to AA [meetings]," a source told E! News.
"She's trying to get some projects off the ground. There are three or four in the works."
Richards will soon be a first-time grandmother. Her daughter, Brooke Wiederhorn is expecting a boy with husband, Thayer.
Wiederhorn is Richards' child with Monty Brinson, who passed away last January from lung cancer.
"Kim is very much looking forward to becoming a grandmother- it's a very exciting time. Brooke is about 3 months along," a source told Entertainment Tonight.
"Monty (her father) was able to hear the news before his passing. It's definitely bittersweet, but the family is doing really well."
Richards, along with friends and family, celebrated the impending addition with a baby shower on August 4th.
"My Radiant Girl," Richards wrote on an Instagram post.
"Brookie , what an honor & blessing it is being your mommy.
"You bring me so much joy everyday! I can't wait for understand this kind love ... Won't be long now ..I love you more than words can say!!"
Earlier this week, we learned that Jessa Duggar is pregnant with her second child.
The news didn't come as a huge shock to fans, as rumors that Jessa is expecting have been circulating for months.
(When you go from a selfie a day to nothing for almost four months, it's a pretty good indication that you're hiding something.)
Still, many fans were a bit caught off guard, as it was widely assumed that Jill Duggar would be the first of the Duggar sisters to bring a second kid into the world.
Jill is older; she's been married longer, and she's been quite open about her desire to raise a massive family in the grand Duggar tradition.
But there's one very important reason that Jill might have made the wise decision to hold off on popping out another Dillard:
For the past year, she and husband Derick have been living in El Salvador performing missionary work.
If you've caught the evening news at any point in the past eight months, you know that means Jill is at greater risk for the Zika virus.
These days, Jill is back home in Tontitown, Arkansas, but the disease is still poorly understood, and women who recently lived in or visited any of the more heavily-affected areas have been advised to avoid getting pregnant until further notice.
Unfortunately, that would also mean Jessa Duggar is at risk.
Jill's younger sister revealed in her pregnancy announcement that she's due in February, which mean she and Ben Seewald conceived around May...
...which is just a few months after they visited Jill and Derick in El Salvador.
In addition, several American travelers have brought the illness home with them, and while it's only contagious through insect bites, cases of "homegrown" Zika are on the rise in areas where a visitor of tropical climes recently returned to the States.
In all likelihood, Jessa and her baby are just fine.
Even so, for the safety's sake the smart thing would've been to wait a little longer for baby number two.
Watch Counting On online to see if the family addresses these concerns this season.
Of course, knowing the Duggars, the whole thing will just be swept under the rug.
They're developed quite a knack for that over the years.
Speaking of which, it's looking like those rumors about Josh appearing on Counting On are bogus.
So they do occasionally know when to avoid unnecessary risks!
Hopefully, the family will do more of that going forward.
They can start by never, ever allowing Josh to be alone with any of his siblings' kids!!!
Just a thought.
Anyway, congrats again to Jessa and Ben.
Check out some of the most memorable pics of their first bundle of joy in the gallery below:
Holly Dunn would like you to please keep her in your prayers tonight.
The 59-year old country singer says she has been diagnosed with an especially aggressive type of ovarian cancer.
Holly, who rose to pretty big success in the 1980s, made this sad admission to Christian website Hallels.
"Back in March of this year, I was diagnosed with a rare, very aggressive form of ovarian cancer," Dunn said, joking:
"If you read the statistics, it is very bleak. Good thing I don't believe in statistics!"
Dunn went on to say that her faith is helping her through this very difficult time. It's unclear if she'll survive the year.
"I had surgery and now I am having chemo treatments," she said.
"I have since grown more tumors and it is going to be more of a battle than I anticipated, but I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God."
Dunn went on to refer to her religion as her "rock" throughout this battle.
"I look towards a future when I am completely healed and cancer free. I ask for prayers of strength and courage as this journey continues," she says.
Dunn is the sister of songwriter Chris Waters. She has released 10 albums over the years, with her best known tracks probably being “Daddy's Hands” and “You Really Had Me Going.”
The artist’s first single, “Playing For Keeps,” was released in 1985.
She topped the country charts in 1989 and 1990 for her hits "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and and the aforementioned "You Really Had Me Going."
She last came out with an album in 2003.
"I draw tremendous strength from my family and my family of friends who have gathered around me in total support," Dunn concluded.
We send the singer our thoughts and prayers.
Like the rest of America, Mady and Cara Gosselin think their estranged father, Jon is kind of a loser.
The twins don't have a relationship with Jon because they choose not to, not because their mother, Kate tries to prevent it.
He makes it seem like we're being kept from him, which is insane," Mady told People Magazine.
"He should maybe spend some time thinking about why we don't want to see him, and maybe realize that if he ever does want a relationship with us, talking about us on TV is not the way to make that happen."
Jon spoke to Yahoo! and Entertainment Tonight recently about his broken relationship with his eldest daughters, and his account of what happened is completely different from theirs.
"He doesn't even know us," Mady adds. "How can he dare to talk about us?"
Cara, who let her sister do most of the talking, was at a loss for words when asked about her fractured relationship with Jon.
"I wouldn't even know what to say about him," she said.
Jon thinks that his daughters were being fed lies by his ex-wife, and therefore stopped spending time with him.
"Madelyn and Cara, I don't see that much, or often. We're kind of not talking right now," Jon told ET.
"Everybody used to come to my house.
"You know, it was great, and then Madelyn and Cara just stopped coming, around 12-13 [years old]. I didn't question it. I was just like, 'Hey, do what you want, be with your friends' and then it just became they're not coming."
Jon thinks keeping his distance from Mady and Cara is the best thing for them at this point, which is kind of the opposite of what he should be doing.
"They're moving into womanhood," he said. "They'll be 16 in October. I hope I can talk to them and develop a relationship in the future. But there's a lot of stuff that has to go on before that."
This guy needs to STFU and start acting like an adult.
Nicole Franzel was one of the best houseguests on Big Brother 16. She was a competition beast and had a great social game.
The fact that no one has tried to get her out of the game before now is pretty crazy. She's going through the game undetected, but it appears the net is finally closing in on her.
She and Corey pulled off a nice trick by having Natalie and Michelle target Paul and Victor. It was pretty hilarious to witness the reaction on Paul's face.
He was so sure Nicole and Corey were going up on the block, so it raised the tension in the house. He wanted to know why he was sitting on the block.
Natalie doesn't like confrontation and tried to steer clear of him, but he made it his mission to get to the root of who was causing the trouble.
He waited until Corey was called to the diary room to confront her. It was a bit of a douche move because if Nicole was the perpetrator, Corey would have been in on it.
We're at the stage of the game in which there's not very many people left, so it makes the whole nominations process more difficult.
Nicole stood her ground against Paul, but Corey proved yet again that he's oblivious to everything. He ran out of the diary room stripping and hitting Nicole with his costume.
It was hilarious, but awkward at the same time. Poor Nicole was trying to defend herself while being hit with the costume.
Natalie, Michelle and Victor watched all the action on the HOH TV. You'd think Big Brother would have provided them with popcorn for this momentous occasion.
When it was all said and done, Natalie and Michelle were on board with getting either Corey and Nicole out. They have got to be the most indecisive people in Big Brother history.
It's evident that James is fully on board with voting out Victor, if the opportunity arises. There's a good chance of James' plan working because he's the swing vote this week.
This means that there will be a line drawn in the sand on Thursday night. Expect Natalie to follow James, whichever he chooses.
Nicole was the one houseguest not competing for the veto. It's not like she got much studying done. Corey just wanted to keep her in bed, while the rest of the houseguests crammed for the competition.
Does Corey not understand that he was being talked about as a replacement nominee? Geez, send the dude home and hopefully Nicole will start playing the game.
The POV competition was one of the best in the entire series. Having all the houseguests as weather forecast presenters, while being hit with strong winds and rain made for an exciting competition.
Paul won the POV.
His win was unsurprising because he pretty much stayed up the whole night and even tried to wake the others up so they had a better chance to get Corey put up.
As expected, Paul used the POV on himself.
Corey went up as the replacement nominee.
What do you think James will do?
Hit the comments below!
Upon turning 18 years old on Wednesday, Sofia Richie was given an unexpected birthday present:
The emotional pain of those who follow her around on a daily basis and snap her picture.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Richie was celebrating her milestone birthday with some friends at The Nice Guy in Los Angeles.
That's a club that Justin Bieber has been know to frequent, although it doesn't appear as if Richie's famous new boyfriend was with her yesterday evening.
Many photographers were on the scene, however, and witnesses say a group of them tripped and toppled over while trying to get a snapshot of the teenage model.
Did Richie lend a hand and try to help them up?
Please. Of course not!
Donning a white crop top and ripped jeans, Richie shouted at the paparazzi members instead, laughing over their misfortune.
It's pretty hard to blame her for having such a response, isn't it?
These are people who make their living by essentially stalking celebrities, frequently invading their privacy.
It's hard to garner much sympathy for them, especially when we're just talking here about a little fall.
Richie, of course, has been thrust into the news over the past few weeks.
She just started dating Bieber last month it seems, but the relationship has grown very serious.
Both the singer and the model posted a number of photos from their recent trip to Tokyo together, drawing the ire of overly-passionate (and misguided) Beliebers in the process.
Many of these fans taunted and threatened Richie, prompting Bieber to tell them to shut the heck up... or he'd make his Instagram account private.
After Selena Gomez commented that Bieber should not blame his fans and should keep his private life to himself, Bieber went ahead and actually deleted his social media account.
It was a major blow to teenage women everywhere.
The backlash, meanwhile, has not slowed Bieber and Richie down. Not one bit.
They are still together and they still seem very happy as a couple.
The day before her birthday night out, Richie was spotted at RAWkin’ Juice with the Biebs.
"He was very engaging with her the whole time, he was very attentive. They were the cutest little couple, there with a bodyguard," an eyewitness told ET.
"You could just tell they were a couple and he seemed to really care about her."
Hear that, so-called Justin Bieber fans?
If you care about this singer, and you care about his happiness, this says it all.
He cares about Sofia Richie. So you should welcome her with open Internet arms.
We know it's hard to see Bieber with someone else, but did you really think he would end up with you?
This may be a good time for a dose of reality if so. He's found someone who makes him happy. We should all be that lucky, shouldn't we?
So here's to an 18-year old Sofia Richie.
We send her some hearty birthday wishes and, when it comes to fallen paparazzi members, we also add:
Over the course of his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump has slammed immigrants.
And women. And the parents of a dead U.S. soldier. And even that one baby.
But now the controversial real estate magnate has set his insulting sights on... Jessica Biel?!?
It certainly seems that way.
While giving a speech in Tampa on Wednesday, Trump once again praised the size of his
This is a popular talking point for the Republican nominee, who seems to think the number of people at his rallies are more important than the number of people responding to national polls.
Trump thinks he has a far more passionate and dedicated fan base than Hillary Clinton, saying the following in front of thousands of fans yesterday:
“The only enthusiastic supporters of her campaign are Hollywood celebrities, in many cases celebrities that aren’t very hot anymore."
This could be a reference to nearly anyone in Hollywood, considering Clinton has a far larger base of famous followers than Trump.
(Just consider Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr. as the two best known celebrities to speak on stage at the Republican National Convention... versus Meryl Streep and Eva Longoria, among others, at the DNC.)
However, Trump uttered these seemingly random words a day after Clinton attended a fundraiser at the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
She posed there for a couple of photos that have gone viral.
In the first, Clinton is making very silly faces alongside the host and hostess:
This would indicate that Trump is specifically throwing shade at Biel, who was at one time considered to be a top Hollywood hottie.
She's taken a few big steps away from the spotlight in recent years, partly to raise her first child.
You simply don't see Jessica Biel posing in Maxim or in a bathroom sink anymore, which is more a sign of her maturity than of her declining looks.
But try telling that to Donald Trump.
Clinton also posed at this same event with Jennifer Aniston, as you can see below:
Aniston is another candidate for Trump's wrath.
Similar to Biel, many idiots out there would say her most gorgeous days are behind her.
Back during her Friends prime, Aniston was among the most talked-about actresses on the planet.
Then again, Aniston was also named the Most Beautiful Woman in the universe just a few months ago.
That's why we're going with Biel. We think Trump was referring to Biel here.
Other famous people who have publicly thrown their support behind Clinton include Alicia Keys, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Demi Lovato Jamie Foxx, Kim Kardashian and George Clooney.
Trump is basically saying that Baio is better looking than all of them.
Soccer star Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. Women’s National Team for six months, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The athlete will be ineligible to compete until February.
Here disciplinary action comes after the goalkeeper, who helped Team USA to gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, lashed out in Rio.
Hope slammed the Swedish women’s soccer team after the U.S. was stunningly defeated and knocked out of medal contention early.
Sunil Gulati, the president of the organization, criticized “the comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden at the 2016 Olympics."
Solo's comments "were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” Gulati said.
“Beyond the athletic arena and beyond the results" of the match, "the Olympics celebrate the ideals of fair play and respect."
The USWNT felt Solo didn't live up to those ideals.
"We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles," Gulati said, explaining the suspension, "with no exceptions.”
After the August 12 defeat, Solo said she thought the losing Team USA played a “courageous game,” while Sweden ... did not.
“I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team,” the controversial star began.
“But I also think we played a bunch of cowards," she said.
"The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that.”
Obviously, her comments did not go over too well.
Swedish coach Pia Sundhage, who previously coached Team USA to those two Olympic gold medals, blasted the goalie for her attitude.
“We won the game. They played more attacking football than we did. We defended very well,” Sundhage told The Los Angeles Times.
“It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”
In response, Solo retweeted Sports Illustrated's full transcript of her much-discussed quote and admitted that she’s not the best loser.
“Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it,” she wrote.
That wasn't sufficient to avoid a suspension, but at least it was honest; Hope does not mince words, or hold back her actions.
After posting photos that some felt were disrespectful about the host nation, Solo was taunted with "Zika" chants earlier in the games.
This isn’t Solo’s first brush with trouble.
In 2015, she was benched for 30 days for “an incident that occurred during the current WNT training camp” that was held in Carson, Calif.
Allegedly, there was drunken driving of the team van by her husband, who's been by her side throughout a few of Solo's lower points.
Hope was arrested for domestic violence in 2014, and has been involved in some eyebrow-raising incidents with Jerramy Stevens (below):
Jenelle Evans has confirmed that she is pregnant.
And confirmed the gender of her impending baby. And confirmed its due date. And even confirmed the future bundle of joy's name.
Such openness is a stark contrast to the Teen Mom 2 star's reaction when rumors of Jenelle's third pregnancy first spread across the Internet.
Evans was involved in a car accident in mid-July.
As part of the police report, officers wrote that Evans told them she was complaining of abdominal pains ... which may have been related to the fact that she was 10 weeks along with her third child.
Because the Internet reacted to this speculation with shock and horror, Evans did not go online to verify the pregnancy.
Instead, she lashed out at the haters, slamming them for being obsessed with her personal life, yet seemingly not caring one bit about her well-being.
“Why not be concerned about my health?!” Evans wrote.
“I want privacy. All of you disgust me."
"It’s all about gossip these days… Funny someone else comes out with news they are pregnant and the world is overjoyed.”
Most of those other people have not been filmed exhibiting some rather horrible parenting traits, while also getting into epic screaming matches with their mother and taking a lot of drugs.
We really don't wish to judge parents... or anyone.
But this will be Jenelle's third child by her third man - David Eason - and she hasn't shown many signs that she even wants to be a mom.
But anyway. That was then.
And this is now:
Evans took to Instagram on Wednesday night and captioned a photo of her and boyfriend David with the aforementioned confirmation(s).
"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!"
So there we have it.
Eason, who has a daughter from a previous relationship, added himself on Instagram:
"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!!"
He wrote this as a caption to the above picture, which depicts Eason kissing Evans and also touching her baby bump.
It is a very sweet image, we'll give him that much.
As those who watch Teen Mom 2 online know all too well, this will be Jenelle’s third child with her third baby daddy.
She is already mom to six-year-old Jace (with ex Andrew Lewis) and also to two-year-old Kaiser (with ex-fiance Nathan Griffith).
There have been plenty of blow-ups with her centered around these kids, their fathers and also Jenelle's own parent.
Evans' mother, Barbara, continues to have custody of Jace, as she an Jenelle have long been battling over custody of the little boy, a struggle documented on their hit MTV series.
Questions about Jenelle as a parent continue to circulate online and from anyone who has seen her in action on Teen Mom 2.
(One of many cases in point above.)
But, hey, maybe this will be a new beginning.
Maybe it will be the fresh start she needs.
It can't hurt to have some hope, can it?
(Please don't make us regret this, Jenelle.)
Unlike losers such as Griffith, perhaps Eason will be a steady, loving, positive influence in her life and in the life of her daughter.
“He’s financially stable and emotionally stable,” she told Us Weekly of her boyfriend in December, despite what you might think from TV.
“And he’s a great support system for me, and I need that in my life.”
See. There's a fresh perspective right there. There's an example of self-awareness, delusional as some might say she is.
This pregnancy is happening. This child is entering the world. We might as well wish Evans and Eason the very best of luck with her.