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13 Reality TV Hoaxes You Totally Fell For

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

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

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

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

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
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

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!
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Derick Dillard: Trans People Are Mentally Ill!

Back in November of 2017, Derick Dillard was fired by TLC after he launched an unprovoked attack against fellow network star Jazz Jennings.

Jennings is a transgender teen who also stars in a TLC reality series.

Jill, Derick Dillard Pic

For reasons that remain unclear, Derick went on the offensive against Jazz, criticizing her for starring in "a reality show that promotes an unreality."

Fans were quick to push back against Derick's comment, but rather than apologize, he doubled down, launching a second attack against Jennings.

These days, Derick is sticking to his guns and continuing to express his transphobic views on social media.

He's also still going after his former bosses at TLC, which seems to suggest that this as much about Derick settling a personal grudge as it is about his views on the trans community.

As The Ashley's Reality Roundup points out Derick deleted the ignorant tweet below earlier this week:

Derick Dillard Tweet

"I really hope this is a series showing the devastation that mental illness causes, rather than assuming that these challenges are simply evidences of an improving society. #optimism,” he wrote.

His comments refer to a TLC show entitled Lost In Transition.

A description of the series on the network's website reads:

"Told from the wives’ point of view, the series examines the confusion, anger, disappointment, and uncertainty that each couple goes through."

Apparently, Derick hopes the show will present the transition process as a devastating symptom of mental illness.

He may be in for a long wait if he's hoping for a mainstream TV show that shares his bigoted worldview.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard at IHOP

This new tirade is just the latest in a long line of attacks against television series that Derick decries for celebrating a sinful way of life.

Last month, Derick attacked Nate Berkus, star of TLC's Nate and Jeremiah By Design, describing Berkus and his husband and daughter as “a travesty of family.” 

“[Their lifestyle] affect(s) this poor child, as well as what perversions are celebrated,” Derick wrote.

“If it were adultery, I doubt a network would be so quick to focus on the reality of it as if it were OK.”

For obvious reasons, Dillard has been rapidly losing support in recent weeks, and even his wife, Jill Duggar, has distanced herself from his remarks.

Yes, it seems that even in the Duggar family, certain views are simply too repugnant to be entertained.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's most controversial family.

The Voice Recap: Who Had the Best Original Song?

The top four took to the stage Monday night to perform a cover, an original single and even a duet with their coach. 

Oh yes, it's the end of The Voice Season 14, and that can only mean one thing: Lots of performances from your favorite contestants. 

Brynn Cartelli, Kelly Clarkson on The Voice

Let's break down the four remaining stars and how their final performances panned out. 

Kyla Jade (Team Blake)

Kyla kept the ball rolling with a cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," and boy, it was a real showstopper. 

When she moved on to he original song "The Last Tear," it seemed like it was going to be one of those slow songs with very little substance. 

However, it was so much more. With Kyla's signature high notes on full display, she continued to throw the ball out of the park and prove that she deserves a place in the finale. 

When it came to her duet with Blake, she sprung a leak. Her strong vocals did not mesh well with Blake's country voice, and that could be problematic when we get down to the final vote. 

As it stands, Kyla has a good chance at winning, but she's not a slam dunk. 

Britton Buchanan on The Voice

Britton Buchanan (Team Alicia)

Britton's cover of "Good Lovin" was a complete and utter dud. In fact, his vocals have never been his strong point. He parades around the stage at a fast pace. 

That could explain why he pants his way through his songs. He needs to stand in one place, and sing. This is The Voice, not So You Think You Can Dance. 

The good news for Britton is that his original single was filled with striking lyrics that almost made up for his lack of spark as far as the vocals are concerned. 

His duet with Alicia of "Wake Me Up" was bizarre. There was nothing remotely unique about it. It came across as a karaoke duet, and that's not going to do Britton any favors when it comes to voting. 

Kelly Clarkson on The Voice Season 14

Spensha Baker (Team Blake)

Spensha's cover of "Merry Go 'Round" was not the best. It was one of her worst performances to date, but that's not to say it was terrible. 

Her vocals were still very much present, but it seemed like she was tired of fighting her way to the finish line. 

Thankfully, she brought her A-game back to the forefront when it came to her original single, "Old Soul." The single did feel like something you would expect from someone on Team Blake, and it was performed ever so well. 

Unfortunately, her performance with Blake was dull and uninspired. There was a mismatch in the vocals, and it showed. 

These two should not be performing together. It's a bad combination. 

Kelly Clarkson, The Voice Season 14

Brynn Cartelli (Team Kelly)

Brynn kicked things off with "Skyfall," and while it's always a big no-no to tackle an Adele song, she aced it. She flawlessly aced all of the notes and proved she is one of the best contestants of the series. 

Even her original single, "Walk My Way" sounded like something you would expect from a seasoned recording artist. 

Finally, her performance with Kelly was similarly solid. They both had strong voices and managed to refrain from overpowering each other. 

Which of the four will win the coveted title of The Voice?

We will find out Tuesday at 8/7c!

Miss USA 2018: Who Took Home the Sexist Crown?!?

Two days after Great Britain gave folks a look behind the lives of those involved with its crown, the United States went ahead and did something similar.

Kind of. Sort of. In a way, we guess.

America went ahead and crowned a new Miss USA.

Miss USA 2018 Winner

While it seems unfathomable that such a contest still exists in the year 2018, especially as the #MeToo movement grows stronger and people finally realize that women are more than sexual objects, the competition really did air on Monday night.

And a lovely young women with huge boobs, a great body and a not totally asinine answer to a very broad and dumb question came out on top.

Congratulations, Sarah Rose Summers!

Indeed, Miss Nebraska was turned into Miss USA 2018 yesterday evening at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.

After competing hard against 50 other women, Sarah Rose Summers impressed the judges with her brains, beauty and skill set.

Sarah Rose Summers Picture

Early in the show, for example, the busty blonde was asked to speak on the fact that one in four children in the United States live in single parent households.

How has that affected our generation's views on marriage and family? she was asked.

(To be clear, this question is not dumb at all, as we mentioned above. It's a very important problem. But it's ridiculous to ask of beauty pageant contestants who are then given under a minute to respond.)

"I am so grateful to have grown up in a home with two parents," Summer said, adding in profound detail:

"And so I can't personally relate to this.

"However, I do work in children's hospital as a certified child life specialist where I'm a liaison between the children and families and the medical team and I've seen single mothers at the bedside working remotely on their computers to stay by their children and support them.

"And I think that it just shows that children - no matter if it's a boy or a girl - that they can do that."

Summers also strutted across the stage at one point in a bikini:

Sarah Rose Summers

For Summers, her final scenario was picturing herself on the way to a march or a protest and then someone hands her a blank sign and a marker.

What do you write on her sign and why?

She answered:

I say speak your voice. I don't know what march we're on our way to in this hypothetical situation, but no matter where you're going, whatever type of march it is, you're obviously on your way to that march because you care about that cause so go speak to people.

When they have questions, communicate with them. Listen to their views also.

That is one thing in the United States that we really need to focus on is listening to each other!

Please check out the following photo while we slam our heads against our desks for the next 30 seconds...

Sarah Rose Summers Picture

For the first time ever, this year's Miss USA selection committee was comprised of all female entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts.

They included  former Miss USA contestants and members were:

  • Today show contributor Lilliana Vazquez
  • HLN host Natasha Curry
  • Founder/CEO of IT Cosmetics Jamie Kern Lima

That's great and all.

But such a panel does not make a beauty contest any less antiquated or sexist.

Still: Congrats to Sarah Rose Summers!

American Idol Recap: Who Won Season 16?

ABC's rebooted American Idol crowned its first winner on Monday night in an episode that was so bloated with guest appearances, and other pointless things to keep viewers on tenterhooks before getting to the good stuff. 

Seriously, there was so much filler that it could have passed as a whole nother show entirely. 

Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe on American Idol

The two-hour live finale kicked off with Lionel Richie performing "All Night Long," and it was still as impressive as it was in 1983. 

The top 10 contestants joined him on the stage to throw their vocals into the ring for it, but they were overpowered at every turn by Lionel's excellent vocals. 

When we finally got to the first round of results, it was more than halfway through the show, which is problematic. Ryan Seacrest confirmed which of the three were going home. 

Ryan Seacrest is Smiling

As expected, Gabby Barrett secured the lowest amount of votes overnight and left the show in third place. 

Something very unexpected happened after that. Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe aka the final two confirmed that they were, indeed, dating. 

It was a great twist in an otherwise polarizing finale, but things took a cheesy turn when they performed a duet of "Over the Rainbow" together. 

There's saying you're in a relationship and then there's throwing it at the audience like you're selling it. 

In the end, Maddie Poppe was crowned the winner. If you've been keeping up to speed with the show this season, you will likely be well aware that Maddie has been the most consistent throughout the whole process. 

Her performances have been solid, and she has made every single moment of the process count. Out of all the top 10, she is the most marketable star. 

Maddie Poppe Wins American Idol

The real test will be whether a lesser-viewed Idol can still propel contestants to stardom. Despite returning after a hiatus, the ratings have not been great. 

But ABC has faith, and the show will be back for Season 17 in 2019.

The rest of the finale was filled with performances from celebrities such as Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas, and even judges Luke Bryan and Katy Perry. 

With the revived season officially in the can, it's time to look ahead to the next season. The good news is that the judging panel will remain intact next season. 

Katy Perry is Idol

Despite some issues with the format, the judges have been very constructive.

Katy has been a real treat as a judge. Instead of trying to apologize to Taylor Swift live on air at every opportunity, she's been helping these contestants realize their true potential. 

Okay, what do you think of the winner? 

Should someone else have it to the finale?

Hit the comments below!

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Which Athlete Won?

Dancing with the Stars: Athletes came to a dramatic conclusion Monday night as the winner of the condensed season was announced. 

Yes, this was the fourth episode of the season, and it was also the season finale, so there's that. We're not going to lie: The breakneck pace was a little bit much. 

Adam Rippon, Jenna Johnson on Dancing with the Stars

Also, the finale was just one hour, which was a little too quick to let all of the dancing soak in. It was one extreme to the next. 

Given the world's obsession with Adam Rippon leading into the season, we already felt like we knew so much about him, while the other contestants fell by the wayside. 

But did Adam manage to beat out the others to emerge with the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, or did someone else manage to eke out a victory?

Let's break down the final dance routines of blink, and you'll miss it season. 

Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber

Tonya Harding and pro Sasha Farber

This dancing duo kicked things off with a Viennese Waltz, and it effortlessly showed off the progression from Tonya. The former athlete struggled in week one, but quickly came into her own. 

Judges' Score: 26/30

They then moved on to a Freestyle that was pretty great. Everything about it was fine-tuned, and you could tell they had been rehearsing like crazy. 

They could be part of an All-Stars series down the line. Yes, they're that good. 

Judges' Score: 30/30

Josh Norman

Josh Norman and pro Sharna Burgess

Much like Tonya, Josh has been improving since the season kicked off. His first performance of the night with Sharna was solid, but not showstopping. 

Judges' Score: 27/30

It turns out, they were saving the good stuff for the Freestyle because they achieved a perfect score!

Judges' Score: 30/30

Adam Rippon and pro Jenna Johnson

Adam and Jenna continued to ooze chemistry and class as they performed the Jazz, and got a perfect score in the process. 

Judges' Score: 30/30

Things slowed down for them when it came to the Freestyle, and they did not secure a double perfect score. You win some, you lose some. 

When those performances were all said and done, the cast reunited and performed a group performance that helped show off how much greatness they had all achieved throughout the season. 

In the end, we learned that Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson were the victors and had won the first all-athlete edition of the series. 

Adam Rippon, Jenna Johnson Win Dancing with the Stars

While it was great to watch people who knew a thing or two about exercising on the show, this season was one of the worst because everyone was just too good. 

It's better to watch the middle of the pack performers wind up on finale night. 

What did you think of the winners?

Hit the comments below. 

Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC in the fall. 

Kailyn Lowry: Will She Leave Teen Mom 2?

Note to Teen Mom 2 producers:

You may need to start casting for brand new teen moms.

Over the past few days, multiple leading ladies on this MTV program have threatened to leave the series.

Briana DeJesus, for example, says she may quit the show because she was set up by the network when it came to the latest reunion episode and her alleged fight with Kailyn Lowry.

And Chelsea Houska says she may also be outta here due to violence between the cast members.

Now it's time for Kailyn Lowry to weigh in on her future.

Might she follow her co-stars out the door? What would MTV need to change about Teen Mom 2 in order to assure she stays?

Lowry spoke to Radar Online about both of these topics...

1. The Fight

Kailyn lowry looks sad
Sorry... the ALLEGED fight. All of these new complaints and threats come on the heels of a report that Kailyn brawled with Briana DeJesus on the stage of the latest reunion.

2. Did She, Though?

Kailyn lowry on a couch
No, Kailyn herself says. Lowry actually sort of defended DeJesus in confirming via social media that it was Briana's sister, Brittany, who pulled her hair and that Briana did nothing violent to her during the taping.

3. Put Up Your Dukes, Dammit!

Kailyn and briana
Kailyn tried to get Briana to fight however, actually admitting that she "confronted [DeJesus] alone [during the reunion taping] and she would not get up. I just wanted to hash it out. But she did not want to. We went into a private room without cameras and I told her to get up. She wouldn't."

4. But This Isn't Briana's Story

Briana drama
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Gossip (yup, that's us!), DeJesus told her side: "I got to the studio. I get a text and it’s Kail saying she wants to talk. So Production told me that she wants to squash the beef since we are on the same show. So I said ok. Kail didn’t want our ‘convo’ filmed so Production stood in the hallway."

5. And Then?

Briana dejesus on twitter
"When Kail walks in she looked like she wanted to fight so I’m like omg here we go. So there’s 3 guards inside with us just in case so Kail starts yelling saying let me just hit her one time. She knew she wouldn’t be able to touch me because all the guards were holding her back, so whatever. That ended and I was like wait til I see you again."

6. Okay. And THEN?!?!?!?

Briana dejesus selfie
Producers asked Briana if she wanted to tape a segment. She said yes. But then: "The only person I saw was Kail sitting down so I just ran up. Guards got to me. I slipped and fell trying to get over the table to get to Kail and then my sister got into it."
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Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Assault

Back in December of 2017, Mario Batali stepped down from his lucrative restaurant and media empire amid shocking allegations of sexual misconduct.

The accusations against Batali were appalling, to be sure, but it wasn't long before they were overshadowed by the many other scandals of the #MeToo era.

Mario Batali

There was a time when it was widely believed that with enough time and the right PR strategy, Batali might eventually be able to find a path to redemption and return to the industry that made him famous.

But now, a report from Anderson Cooper that aired during Sunday night's episode of 60 Minutes seems to have exposed the very worst of Batali's misconduct and laid waste to his hopes for a comeback.

In the segment, Cooper spoke with multiple women who claim to have been victimized by Batali.

One former employee stated that Batali groped her breasts and alleged that she saw him sexually assault another woman, who was only semi-conscious and appeared to have been drugged.

She added that she and several other employees put a stop to the attack.

Mario Batali, Photo

Today, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed that police are "investigating allegations raised in the 60 Minutes report."

One of the women who accused Batali on 60 Minutes told CNN today that she spoke with police back in February, thus indicating that the investigation has been going on for several months.

As with Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein before him, Batali's behavior was something of an open secret in his industry.

After the public learned of the allegations that the 57-year-old had harassed and assaulted numerous female employees, several denizens of the New York restaurant world stated that they were sadly not surprised.

Over the course of his decades as a chef and media personality, Batali had developed a reputation for crude comments and predatory behavior.

Mario Batali, Pic

“You will eat your pasta or I will rub the shrimp across your breasts,” he told a friend's wife during a now-infamous meal that was later documented in print.

“It’s not fair I have this view all to myself when you bend over. For dessert, would you take off your blouse for the others?” he remarked to a waitress during the same dinner.

But even those who long been aware of Batali's penchant for boorish behavior are shocked today by the revelation that he may have drugged and assaulted several women that he employed.

Batali declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes, but he issued a statement reading in part:

"My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions."

We will have further updates on this situation as more information becomes available.

Taylor Swift Was FEELING Kelly Clarkson's Billboard Music Awards Show

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were full of beautiful political statements and powerful performances.

But there were other, subtler moments that you may have missed if you glanced away. 

One of them featured Taylor Swift rocking out to her own music ... as Kelly Clarkson performed it.

Kelly Clarkson has one hell of a voice, and she performed a medley of some of 2017's biggest hits.

One of those hits, as you can see and hear in the video that we've included, is Taylor's epic revenge song: "Look What You Made Me Do."

Taylor released the song as the single that led up to Reputation dropping.

The song itself parodies how she has been portrayed while also promising revenge against a number of her enemies.

Notably, she had been feuding with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and with Katy Perry.

When Kelly began singing Taylor's lyrics, Taylor couldn't help but sing along.

Taylor was situated in the audience between teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes and 21-year-old heartthrob Camla Cabello.

(Which pretty much makes Taylor the envy of the entire world, doesn't it?)

In the video, we see Taylor mouth the lyrics while also posing -- she can't help but know that the camera will be on her while Kelly is singing her words.

She quickly loses her composure and bursts into laughter, however.

She was clearly enjoying her time at the awards show. And why shouldn't she? She had the best-selling album of all of 2017.

Taylor swift at the bmas

Taylor was clearly living her best life.

She was practically joined at the hip with the beautiful Camila Cabello, with whom she has also recently performed during her massive concert tour for Reputation.

Now, being good buddies is all well and good, and we're glad that Taylor was able to enjoy the music.

But she may have enjoyed some of the music a little too much.

See, when teen singing sensation Shawn Mendes took to the stage to perform "In My Blood," Taylor and Camila could not contain their enthusiasm.

A number of people -- and their cameras -- notice the two were standing to sway and dance to Shawn's music.

Most notably ... Darren Criss.

Darren criss vs taylor swift

Criss recorded the humorous moment on his phone, saying "excuse me, miss" in a polite and certainly too-quiet-to-be-heard tone while showing that Taylor and Camila were obstructing his view.

He wanted to enjoy Shawn's performance.

Probably because he has two ears and a heart.

Some fans asked why he didn't also stand, but that would have been passing along the buck and essentially forcing the entire audience to stand.

That's no fun.

But Taylor and Camila enjoyed their friend's singing. That's what matters.

Shawn mendes at the bmas

Some artists get very touchy about covers by other artists.

Clearly, Taylor enjoyed Kelly Clarkson's inclusion of her lyrics.

No medley of 2017 hits would feel right without Taylor's music, and what better choice than her epic single that promised revenge on her enemies.

They say that success is the best revenge, so she's already making good on that promise.

Taylor swift was feeling kelly clarksons billboard music awards

Jack Osbourne and Lisa Osbourne: It's Over!

On February 3 of this year, Jack Osbourne and Lisa Osbourne welcomed baby #3.

So fans were shocked at the surprise announcement that Jack and Lisa have filed for divorce.

Now that the news is out, the couple has released a statement over social media.

Lisa Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Baby Minnie, and Ozzy Osbourne

On Friday, The Blast revealed that Jack and Lisa had filed for divorce.

What's more is that the filing revealed that the couple had been separated since May 4.

Some separations last for years. For others, it's just a very brief step before divorce.

Lisa Osbourne is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's three children.

The reason for the filing is "irreconcilable differences."

Which ... could mean almost anything.

Fortunately, the two have issued a statement.

Lisa Osbourne and Baby Minnie

Taking to social media, Jack and Lisa addressed their fans and followers:

"Hello! So the news about us separating has probably come as a bit of a shock to everyone."

Absolutely. They didn't show any sign of issues on social media, and their youngest child is just a few months old.

"But, we just want to clear the air and share with you what’s going on."

That is so decent of them.

"So, first and foremost, we absolutely still love each other."

That's good to hear.

"Our family is the most important thing in our lives, and we tried everything we could for many years to make this work."

That certainly makes this sound like the result of a long-standing problem.

Jack Osbourne and All Three Children

However, love isn't enough to make a marriage work.

"What’s best for our family right now is that we separate lovingly."

They're absolutely right. Some people try to stay together for their children, and a troubled marriage is seldom best for the child.

"And remain best friends who are committed to raising our children together."

That sounds very promising.

"We had 7 beautiful years of being a couple ..."

That is a very long time for any relationship, marriage or otherwise, to last.

" ... Filled with the most amazing moments and we will be eternally grateful to one another for that."

That is so sweet.

Lisa Osbourne, Baby Bump

The statement continues.

"We also have 3 wonderful children [whom] we cherish more than anything."

Pearl Clementine was born in April 2012. Andy Rose was born in June 2015. And, of course, Minnie Theodora was born in February of 2018.

"We are disappointed."

That is more than understandable. A lot of couples think that they will be the ones to beat the odds. But, obviously, that's not true of all of them.

But they express optimism for the future.

"But feel confident that we will continue to grow our relationship as co-parents and best friends."

Jack Osbourne, Wife Lisa Stelly

Some have pointed to the apparently abrupt breakup after plenty of lovey-dovey posts and wondered if something happened.

Cheating. They wonder if cheating happened. If an affair were suddenly discovered, that would drive plenty of people to separate and then hastily divorce.

But it's important to realize that plenty of couples, celebrities in particular, can have disagreements or other issues for months or even years without showing any sign of it on social media.

Maybe there was a proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for their marriage.

Or perhaps its failure was inevitable, and they fought for years. That's what they're saying, anyway.

It is worth noting that Lisa Osbourne has purged recent photos of Jack from her Instagram, which may indicate that things are a little less amicable than they would have us believe.

But perhaps it's just a sign that this is difficult for everyone involved.

 
 
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