The term reality television star seems almost oxymoronic when you say it out loud, but when a docu-series about a family of duck hunters pulls in more viewers than every season of Community combined, it may be the most appropriate term. Although, due to the 24 hour news cycle, and constant bombardment of new reality programming, how does a star maintain their relevance? Some stars pursue legitimate acting careers, some write books, and others embroil themselves in a scandal or controversy. Those are the cuckoo bananas reality stars are who we’re talking about here. You know the ones, the hair pulling, transvestite fighting, conspiracy theory compiling stars of new media who have somehow managed to trick the world into caring about them and don’t want to let their fame die. This list has the most controversial reality stars to ever throw a fit on your TV - we hope you brought the popcorn.
Of course, not all controversy is drummed up to keep viewers' eyes on the screen. Some of the worst information about the stars on this list is truly horrific and was only discovered by journalists plunging deep into their personal lives to reveal them as controversial figures they are. But sometimes, the reality show celebrities on this list just open their mouths and out come terrible diamonds of quotable awfulness. Keep your barf bags handy for this list of the most controversial reality television stars.Vote up the reality TV star you think is the most controversial below!
- Seemingly from another universe where you can say whatever crazy thing pops into your head, Tequila stirred the pot in the wrong direction when she took to Facebook in 2013 and claimed to be "Hitler reborn."11777Is this controversial?
- Photo: user uploaded imageEveryone and their teen mom knows by now that the easiest way to extend their 15 minutes of fame is to release a sex tape. Which is exactly what reality TV nobody, Farrah Abraham, did in 2013. Initially the tape was said to have been "leaked," but she finally copped to hiring adult star James Deen to make the tape with her. Back Door Teen Mom is exactly as wild as you think it is.157120Is this controversial?
- Here's some free advice: if you ever get the chance to star on your own reality show, maybe don't join in with your riff raff friends when they decide to rob famous people. Or if you ARE going to do that, don't get caught like Neiers did, only ONE EPISODE INTO HER SHOW. Other celebrities that the aptly nicknamed "Bling Ring" stole from are: Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale, Paul Oakenfold, and Audrina Patridge.9672Is this controversial?
- For a couple of years Jon Gosselin was riding the reality wave for all it was worth. Along with his wife, he was on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was making tons money with his eight children and their TLC show. But then he started hooking up with both his wife's plastic surgeon's daughter and a tabloid reporter, and before you know it, he was divorced and serving TLC (i.e. the hand that feeds) with cease and desist papers. He may have also faked a break in at his apartment.10889Is this controversial?