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!
Taylor Swift, more than any other popular celebrity, was extremely quiet during the 2016 presidential election.
Aside from one social media post on Election Day expressing the importance of voting, she didn't say a word -- and a lot of people have been upset with her for it.
Taylor is obviously one of the most influential celebrities today, and if she'd have been a little more outspoken about her political beliefs, some argue, it would have meant a lot to her fans.
Of course, that's assuming she supported Hillary Clinton. If she supported Trump, speaking out about it would have essentially been career suicide.
But no matter who was Taylor's pick for president, she obviously had no obligation to announce it.
And remember, it was years and years into Taylor's career before she felt comfortable enough to call herself a feminist, and even then, she only did it when feminism became something of a trend.
All that is to say that Taylor's never been one to loudly broadcast her political beliefs, especially if they're even the slightest bit controversial.
And boy, is she paying for it now.
Yesterday, while hundreds of thousands of people all around the world were participating in the Women's March -- many of them celebrities -- Taylor tweeted this:
"So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day."
And immediately after she sent the tweet, people took issue with it.
"This is gross opportunism," one person told her. "Be better."
"As a fan of yours," another person wrote, "this is some bullsh-t. You do not get to pick and choose when feminism benefits you."
The same person added "If you were really for feminism you would have spoken up against Donald Trump instead of just saying to vote on Election Day."
"You got a bad leg or something?" a follower hilariously pondered. "Why didn't you March?"
One person pulled out all the stops and told Taylor to "Stop using feminism as a prop to fuel your fake girl power narrative/meticulously crafted PR persona."
And that's the issue: if Taylor truly was a feminist, these people believe that she should have been more vocal during the election, when it mattered the most.
It's so easy to take ten seconds and send a tweet, but why wasn't she spotted at any marches yesterday?
Rihanna and Katy Perry, two pop stars on Taylor's level, managed to go out and support the cause they believe in, and there were no issues, no one caused a scene over seeing someone famous and stopped marching.
Did she tweet about the Women's March because she sincerely had feelings about it, or for the likes?
It's hard to say. But the point is that if Taylor really does feel so strongly about all this, there are a million things she could have done in the past several months to prove it.
Sad news today: Yordano Ventura is dead.
Ventura, a 25-year-old pitcher for the World Series-winning Kansas City Royals, died today in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.
It's unclear exactly what happened to cause the crash, but according to Sports Illustrated, it's believed that he was under the influence at the time of the crash.
A Dominican police chief first broke the news of the crash, tweeting in Spanish "Regrettable!! It is the player YORDANO VENTURA the person who died in an accident in Juan Adrian at dawn today."
Later, the Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals confirmed the news.
"It is with a heavy and broken heart that we confirm the passing of Yordano Ventura," he tweeted.
"The club will release a statement soon. #RIPAce" -- Ace, of course, being Ventura's nickname.
The Royals released an official press release just a few hours ago to "regretfully announce the passing of Yordano Ventura, who perished in a car accident last night in the Dominican Republic."
In the statement, Dayton Moore, general manager of the Royals, said "Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing."
"He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with."
"We will get through this as an organization," Moore concluded, "but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano."
The statement also included some information about Ventura's short career, which he spent entirely with the Royals "after signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2008" before "debuting for the club" in 2013.
He played two World Series with the team, helping bring them their second ever victory in 2015.
During the last game Ventura played, he wore a special hat that paid tribute to two other baseball players who died too soon: Jose Fernandez who died last fall in a boating accident, and Oscar Taveras who died in a car crash a few years ago.
Ventura's teammates are already sending messages of mourning and love on Twitter.
"I love you Ace," third baseman Mike Moustakas wrote. "I don't know what to say other than I'm going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE."
First baseman Eric Hosmer tweeted "ACE I love you my brother. I'm in disbelief and don't know what to say. I love you ACE."
Drew Butera, a catcher for the Royals, wrote "Gone way too soon. You will forever be my brother. My prayers are with you and your family. May you rest with the Lord now."
Fellow pitcher Kyle Zimmer wrote "We lost a great one today. Hard to believe he's actually gone. You will be greatly missed, Ace."
Hunter Dozier said "I'm at a loss of words today.. Very sad day in the baseball community. You'll be missed Ace."
"When you scroll down and your whole newsfeed is talking about your brother," left fielder Terrance Gore mused. "The impact the energy you brought to our team #GoneTooSoon"
"I am still in disbelief," pitcher Matt Strahm wrote. "I am going to miss you Ace! The clubhouse won't be the same without you."
General manager Dayton Moore added "We love Yordano. We love his heart & who he was as a teammate & friend. He challenged us & made us better. We're going to miss him."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragic death.
Things haven't been looking too great for Amber Portwood lately.
But just because things are going badly doesn't mean you can't look good!
Amber put all her issues (which we'll discuss momentarily!) aside this weekend so that she could give herself a whole new look.
That's the "before" photo she shared on Instagam. Sure, it's pretty filtered, but take it in.
"Hair is going PINK today!!!!" she revealed in the caption. "You can't talk me out of it lol."
Pink hair, huh? Is that too big a change for the famously blonde Teen Mom star? Can she pull it off?
Amber didn't wait to long to share the "after" photo, the one with all the pink hair, so go ahead and judge for yourself:
It looks cute, right? And despite that remarkably glum look on this face, she wrote in the caption that she loves the change.
And hey, good for her. She deserves to feel good about herself, and she should -- she looks great.
But there's a good chance Amber decided to go for such a different look to get her mind off her recent legal troubles.
Amber and her sketchy boyfriend, Matt Baier, are being sued by their former rental company for unpaid rent and repairs.
Why didn't they pay rent, if Amber's got all that Teen Mom money and Matt's preparing to release his memoir?
It's a good question, but one we don't have the answer for.
According to the court documents filed by the rental company, Amber and Matt owe $1,600 for failing to pay their last month of rent, as well as thousands of dollars worth of damages, much of it inflicted by the couple's many pets.
To repair the carnage left in Amber and Matt's wake, the company says they'll need to repair damaged dry wall, replace the vertical blinds, and order new mini blinds and a new door knob.
They'll also have to get a new smoke detector and install it, and there's a whole lot to be done to the outside of the house, too.
For what it's worth, Amber's former neighbor has disputed the rental company's claims, saying that Amber's old house looks fine and that it's already being rented to someone new.
She's due in court in late February to deal with all this ... but at least we know she'll look fabulous while doing so.
One of the scariest things about Donald Trump -- and this is really saying something, seeing as how we're talking about a man who might actually be Satan's puppet -- is his strange relationship with Vladimir Putin.
Reports have claimed that Putin ordered a series of cyber-attacks with the goal of getting Trump in the White House, which is more than bad enough.
But throw in that now infamous dossier, the one that alleges that Putin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years now.
According to the documents, Trump and his people accepted "a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin" all throughout his campaign, and his lawyer met with Russian officials to discuss a pay-off for that stellar hacking job.
Oh, and who could forget that little thing about Trump allegedly paying Russian prostitutes so that he could watch them pee on a bed the Obamas had slept in?
Trump and Putin seem to be very close, besties even, and that's pretty alarming.
But trust Saturday Night Live to take all that terror and make it funny.
In last night's cold open, the first since Trump officially became president, Beck Bennett offered up a message to Americans as Putin.
We laugh to keep from crying, but also we laugh because this is pretty great.
See SNL's Putin in the video below:
Corinne Olympios has been turning heads for a few weeks now on The Bachelor, but for all the wrong reasons.
The 25-year-old has been doing practically anything to get in front of the cameras to make a play for Nick Viall's heart, paving the way for her to be branded the villain of the season.
However, her mother is not impressed in the slightest with that assessment of her daughter and took to TMZ to voice her concerns about the way her daughter is blatantly being used for ratings.
It's reality TV, so it comes as no shock that participants are edited a certain way to create a story.
That's happened for many years and it makes for exciting TV, so that's never going to change.
Peri Olympios has admitted that her daughter was happy to take on the role of the villain because she felt that viewers only remember "the winner and the villain."
Peri even went as far as saying that her daughter took it too far.
“Uh, yes, she took it to the limits. Most of it is fake.”
Peri even revealed that her daughter was not showing off her breasts to Nick when she took her top off in the pool.
"Even when she decided to, uh, lose the top... she had cover ups on."
Yeah, spraying whipped cream on her cleavage for Nick was kind of a like drawing a line and jumping over it.
"Reality TV and TV is very fake and you have no idea what they cut out."
Peri also opened up about fans of the series calling her home to chat about Corinne.
"If you feel the need to call me, you will be getting, um, written reports eventually. I'm waiting for them all to be collected in at the end of the season."
She made it clear that she would happily take the numbers to the police.
"Believe me, I have every one of your phone numbers and know where you're calling from... and so will the police."
If you watch The Bachelor online, you're probably wondering whether Corinne has any limits.
Her actions have been pretty hilarious, but also embarrassing.
She comes across as an entitled jerk with a nanny.
One fan even felt the need to create a Go Fund Me page to raise enough money to save the nanny from Corinne's clutches.
Corinne was completely blindsided by this and took to social media to reveal that her nanny was not in peril and that she had been part of the family for many, many years.
In a recent clip for the series, Nick took the girls to visit his family and they were tasked with shoveling cow manure, but Corinne disappeared to get sushi.
Clearly, she thought she was above the rest of the girls and did not need to do it.
We never got to see Nick confronting her, but he voiced his concerns to the other girls, so we have that to look forward to on tomorrow night's episode.
There are some people who play a villain terribly, but Corinne is just doing everything so flawlessly that she deserves some recognition for it.
Her mother stepping in was probably a result of her daughter looking like trash on TV. Parents are supposed to defend their children, after all.
If you want to know just how far Corinne makes it on the show, be sure to keep up to speed with The Bachelor spoilers.
What do you think about all of this?
Sound off below!
Piers Morgan is standing behind his very public disdain for the Women's March.
On Saturday, across the globe, millions of women (and many men) protested the Presidency of Donald Trump, wearing pink cat (that is, pussy) hats, holding up signs and making their voices known.
Over three-quarters of a million people turned out in Los Angeles. Over a half million in Washington D.C. The overall numbers were staggering.
But Morgan was unimpressed.
“Imagine if there were a load of men-only marches today? The feminists would go crackers,” the talk show host wrote yesterday morning, later adding:
"I'm planning a ‘Men’s March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who’s with me?"
That would be the irony, of course. That would be the best thing that could happen.
Morgan absolutely should organize a Men's March to combat the creeping global emasculation of his gender by rabid feminists.
And then we can sit back and see if it attracts the same number of people as a march aimed at promoting freedom of choice... equal pay for both genders... and reproductive rights.
In response to a great deal of backlash online, Morgan said it was all for protesting and all for feminists.
But he's also for his own freedom of speech to criticism the protests and he's strongly against "rabid feminists," adding in a series of Tweets:
There are far better ways to challenge Trump than marching around in pink pussy hats.
I fully support their right to protest, just as freedom of speech gives me the right to criticise the purpose of their protest.
53% of American white women voted Trump. I bet half these 'pussy' protestors didn't vote at all.
Let’s be honest, ladies.. today’s Women’s March is just an anti-democratic protest at Trump winning the presidency.
One of the main reasons Hillary lost was that she & her supporters exuded air of entitlement to her becoming being 1st female president.
Morgan also took aim at Ashley Judd's popular speech (above), specifically how she said Trump has "wet dreams" about his daughter, Ivanka.
And Morgan REALLY went off on Madonna, who did say in her speech (below) that she had thought about blowing up the White House.
"Publicly threatening to bomb the White House is a serious criminal offence. @Madonna should be arrested," Morgan wrote, later using this as an example of how the March was hypocritical across the board:
"Bomb threats, Hitler & incest taunts, foul-mouthed rants...and this was a march to 'End the hate'? Shameful hypocrisy."
As you might expect, Morgan heard it from his fair share of critics on Twitter in reply to these remarks.
Some kept it simple ("Being threatened by strong women is not a good look for you."), while others may have gone a tad overboard, such as this Tweet:
"The next time Piers Morgan is trending I hope its because he's been crippled and impoverished. He should have to die slowly like that."
But Morgan - who has slammed Jennifer Aniston for others judging her and spoken out passionately in favor of gun control over the years - was unfazed by the negative feedback.
Sounding a lot like Donald Trump, in fact, he pointed to his growing number of Twitter followers as proof of... well... something.
"UPDATE: I've attracted 10,000 new followers in 24hrs. Thanks, ladies!" Morgan wrote this morning.
Where do you stand on Morgan's controversial takes?
He said he is "amused by all the fulminating outrage at my suggestion of a Men’s March, especially from women. Kinda proves my point…
"Just need @KimKardashian & @emrata to post bird-flipping topless selfies to support #WomensMarch for the farce to be complete."
Morgan's Twitter follower count may be on the rise, but is his popularity?
Does that even matter in a age where the President himself brags about Twitter followers and simply insults the heck out of anyone who doesn't like him?
Sound off below. Then go drink a lot of alcohol.
In case you did not have access to the television, a radio or the Internet today, allow us to be the first to tell you:
A lot of men and women marched against Donald Trump, his personality and his politics on Saturday.
According to various estimates, over 750,000 people protested in Los Angeles... over 500,000 in Washington D.C... over 250,000 in Chicago.
And so on and so forth.
A number of these protestors were celebrities.
And the celebrity who has received the most attention as a result of her appearance in D.C. was Ashley Judd.
And that's because Judd used Trump's own two words (courtesy of an insult her hurled during a debate at Hillary Clinton) against him.
"I am a feminist...I am a nasty woman," Judd declared in her reading of a poem by Nina Donovan, 19-year old from Tennessee.
The message went on to paints a harsh portrait of Trump's America, awash in corruption, chauvinism and racism.
"I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag. And I didn't know devils could be resurrected but I feel Hitler in these streets. A mustache traded for a toupee," Judd continued.
"I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny ignorance...
"We are not here to be debunked. We are here to be respected. We are here to be nasty. I'm nasty, like my blood stains on my bedsheets,"
It kept going from there.
WATCH AND REACT BELOW:
The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as our brand new president, people all across the country -- all across the world, actually, are gathering together to march for women's rights, for LGBT rights ...
For all the rights, honestly.
The Women's March is, of course, focused in Washington D.C., and that's where a number of celebrities gathered to protest Trump's presidency and also everything he's ever said or done.
One of those celebrities in attendance was Madonna, who gave a speech she'd prepared about the whole situation.
And oh, what a speech it was.
Several news channels airing Madonna's speech cut away, thanks to all the language, and that one comment about blowing up the White House.
It was a shame, because she really did have some nice sentiments.
"Welcome to the revolution of love," she said. "It took us this darkness to wake the f-ck up."
She directed a message "to our detractors that insist that this March will never add up to anything," and that message?
"F-ck you. F-ck you."
Madonna also said that she's "outraged" over Trump, and that she has "thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House."
Watch the full speech below:
If you thought that the Teen Mom drama only revolved around the girls who gave birth on reality television when they were teenagers, you couldn't be more wrong.
Seriously, are you new?
Teen Mom drama can involve the moms, the moms' family, the moms' friends, and especially the moms' significant others.
It can even, and often does (more and more often lately), involve MTV, the company that made them rich-ish and famous in the first place.
Any and all shenanigans can go down for these people, and the eventful love life of Jeremy Calvert, Leah Messer's second ex-husband, is proof of that.
Jeremy is sometimes featured on Teen Mom 2, since he was briefly married to Leah and had a child with her (her third of three).
These days, he's not involved with Leah at all beyond co-parenting, and he's barely on the show, since he lives and works out of state.
Still, people seem to be interested in what he's been getting up to. Probably because he's been up to no good ...
Jeremy has been dating Brooke Wehr since 2015. The relationship has had its ups and downs, and we've seen some of them on Teen Mom 2.
We've seen Jeremy ditch his own kid to take care of Brooke's, we've seen Leah embarrass herself, seemingly out of jealousy of Brooke.
And last week, we saw Brooke and Jeremy break up over Instagram.
It was an exceptionally millennial breakup, communicated through memes. Seriously, people under the age of 30 may not truly appreciate it.
Brooke posted an inspirational quote on her page that read "I'm letting go."
"You let go a long time ago, and I realize it is time for me to do the same."
Another meme Brooke shared said, "It hurts when the person that made you feel special yesterday, makes you feel so unwanted today."
Jeremy, in the form of his own heartfelt meme, responded to this as such: "Sometimes holding on does more damage than letting go."
In his caption, he wrote, "This speaks so much volume to me."
It's not clear what caused such a 21st Century split, but there's been some speculation that MTV's dastardly editing played a role in it.
Particularly, fans took note - and were taken aback by - one scene of Messer talking about Jeremy's engagement to Brooke Wehr.
The Teen Mom 2 star, filmed while driving, basically implied that her former spouse thought his new engagement was not a big deal.
So sad, right? But before you get too heartbroken ...
You should know that Jeremy and Brooke are already back together! Oh yes! The Internet documented their split, and now their reconciliation.
Brooke shared a screenshot of one of the breakup stories, one that blamed Teen Mom for everything, and wrote to her fans:
"This is not the reason we ever broke up."
"I keep seeing these articles and that scene is not the reason that we ever broke up lol," the mother of one insisted. "Just to clarify."
One of her followers commented to say that she wasn't even aware of their breakup, and Brooke replied "for like a day lol."
So, they did in fact split. Just briefly.
Jeremy Calvert then shared a photo of himself with Brooke, and in his caption he explained, similarly, that they are once again together.
"Yes we have fights," Jeremy acknowledged.
The pipeline engineer added: "Yes we have are arguments and short break ups but we still continue to try and make it work everyday."
"Life and relationship arent easy on a day-to-day basis and never less with a camera in ur face," he said, before giving a shout-out to Wehr.
And a dig at Leah, you could say:
"Your a great step mom to my child and the only female she has been around and that makes me happy and i want it to stay that way for her sake."
"Your a amazing mom to your little one also. No matter what I love you even during the fights and arguements," he continued.
"Sometimes u bother me like no other and other times i want u to bother me for the rest of my life... i love you @bwehr10."
Yeah, yeah, that grammar and spelling.
But still, it's a sweet message, right?
Congrats to Jeremy and Brooke on their engagement (again)! How long do you think this one will last, given the circumstances?
If you watch Teen Mom 2 online, you know Leah and Jeremy are both filmed in tense situations all the time involving each other.
Add to that the normal stresses of everyday life in blended families, and the odds of smooth romantic sailing decline dramatically.
We wish them the best, but just saying.