Ever since Survivor got us all hooked in the early 2000s, reality shows been a hit. There’s one for everyone now, whether you want to laugh, cringe, or yell at the TV (Just buy the house! You can paint it later!). Mostly, we like reality shows because they’re ridiculous, and a good way to laugh about someone else’s problems after a long day. So sit back, relax, and check out our top 10 unbelievable reality show moments.
Most Scandalous: Zara on Love Island
The British reality program Love Island is not shy about being shocking. So when Miss Great Britain Zara hooked up with Alex on camera for all of Great Britain to see, it was surprising but not too surprising. But turns out Britain wasn’t impressed—they stripped her of her title as Miss Great Britain because she no longer seemed like a good role model.
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Most Ridiculous: Kardashian selfies
The Kardashians have us all beat for family drama, but that’s no excuse to skimp on your selfie game….even if you’re driving your sister to jail on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kim’s mom didn’t get that, though, and screamed “Stop taking pictures of yourself, your sister is going to jail!”
Weirdest: Real Housewives with fake legs
On Real Housewives of New York, Aviva Drescher was feeling picked on, and might have gotten a little carried away with her reaction. She’d been accused of being fake, so she ripped off her prosthetic leg and threw it on the table, yelling, “The only thing that is artificial or fake about me is this!” I guess she proved her point.
Stupidest: “Where’s the beach?!”
Oh, Snooki. She wasn’t known for her smarts on Jersey Shore, but she definitely kept everybody entertained. After perhaps a few too many beach-side cocktails, she lost the beach…while she was standing right next to it.
Most cringe-worthy: Jesse Palmer on The Bachelor
If nothing else, reality TV can make you feel like your embarrassments are no big deal—at least they’re not broadcast all around the world. Of course, you can’t blame people for messing up under pressure. That’s what happened to Jesse Palmer, New York Giants quarterback and Season 5 hunk on The Bachelor. Having just met 24 beautiful women, he called out the wrong name during a rose ceremony, giving the rose to Katie instead of Karen. Just as Katie was getting excited, he owned up to his blunder, and we all cringed at the awkwardness.
Most…Unreal: Paris Hilton
Okay, we know the stars aren’t like us, but sometimes it’s still surprising…like when Paris Hilton revealed she had no idea what Walmart was. When she was forced to interact with real people on The Simple Life, this one stumped her.
Most Hilarious: Justin Timberlake Freaking Out
One of the most classic moments ever had to be on Punk’d, when Justin Timberlake got tricked into believing that the IRS was seizing all his possessions to pay for unpaid back taxes. The freak-out was legendary.
Most Angry: Tyra Banks blows up
Tyra Banks spends most of America’s Next Top Model being lovely and encouraging, but we all have our limits. And everyone at home definitely cowered a little bit when Tyra went off on Tiffany Richardson for her “meh” response to being eliminated from the show. We won’t forget it…and Tiffany probably hasn’t stopped crying since.
Craziest: The most hated bachelor
Here we are at The Bachelor again, because it seems to get crazier every season. But no one’s been madder than when Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca during the finale of Season 22…only to break up with her for runner-up Lauren two months after the episode. So of course, ABC let us see the whole break-up scene, and it is not pretty.
Weirdest: The X Factor dog
There are a lot of weird one-off reality TV shows where no one is really sure how they got made. But the X Factor makes sense—it’s a hit across the UK as a vote-based variety show. Even on a normal show, stuff is bound to get weird sometimes…like that time a dog was voted on for several rounds just for popping balloons.