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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

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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

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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

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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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Catelynn Lowell: Roots of PTSD Finally Revealed?

In the past two years, Catelynn Lowell has checked into rehab three times.

While her journey toward greater emotional stability and mental health certainly hasn't been an easy one, it's yielded trendous results, making Lowell both a more fulfilled person and a spokesperson for those battling mental illness.

Catelynn Lowell with Pink Hair

Earlier this week, Lowell revealed that she's been diagnosed with PTSD.

"It's panic disorder, PTSD - I like to call myself a trauma survivor - and it's depression, but it's co-occurring depression or something like that," Lowell revealed in a candid interview.

"It will go away and it will come back with the panic disorder."

Catelynn didn't go into detail regarding the roots of her trauma, but in the past, she's spoken at length about her difficult childhood.

Lowell's father, David, helped shed new light on her painful past this week in a revealing interview with Radar Online:


"I don't do drugs or drink so mostly it was when we had to move for my job when she was 12," David told the site about the painful period during which he and his daughter were separated by distance.

"Kids don't realize that parents have to do whatever it takes to pay support and insurance for their children, even if it means moving to do so."

David added that his children were well cared-for financially, but said they may not have always received the emotional support they needed: 

"I was never a deadbeat dad. One thing I've always done is take care of my kids," he claimed.

Tyler and Catelynn Post-Therapy

"That we both had a hard time dealing with. But we called frequently."

David went on to reveal that he suspects Catelynn's mother didn't always provide a stable home life:

"What her mother did with the money - many different boyfriends and moving all the time - I couldn't say

 As for how Catelynn is faring following her latest rehab stint, David his daughter is in a "wonderful" state of mind.

"She's doing her aftercare like a champ," he tells Radar.

Catelynn Lowell Instagram Selfie

"I did go with her to a holistic approach therapist. I believe this is the first time she's tried it. It involves breathing techniques, aromatics, and of course, talking."

Closing on a hopeful night, David adds:

"I think she's won the battle, but staying humble about it. It's a lifelong affliction."

Watch Teen Mom OG online for more of Catelynn's courageous struggle.

Shannon Beador: Getting HOW Much Support Each Month from David?

Though Shannon accused David Beador of hiding money during their divorce, it was rumored that he was going to have to pay through the nose in spousal support.

A new, much more official report says that the amount ended up being less than initially reported. Still, it looks like plenty for Shannon and for her daughters.

But even that payment reduction hasn't prevented David from allegedly retaliating in petty ways that impact his own children.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

Things looked bad for the Beadors for a while -- from David's affair a few years ago to his intensely negative response to Shannon's minor weight gain.

It was only in late 2017 that they actually took the steps to dissolve their union.

Shannon filed for divorce, because she and David had been living separate lives anyway.

But they've been married for a long time, and they share three teenage daughters -- Sophie, Adeline, and Stella.

Even while the divorce is ongoing, David is legally obligated to make both spousal support payments and child support payments.

So ... how much is Shannon getting right now?

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

Previously, RadarOnline had reported that Shannon Beador's child and spousal support came in the amount of $30,000 per month.

That was $12,000 a month in child support, and $18,000 per month in spousal support, based upon the time that the girls spend with each parent and upon how much both parents make.

That is a lot of money, and we don't just mean to those of us who are mere mortals. Even among the wealthiest Americans, paying this amount in support every month is definitely on the high side.

David certainly thought that the amount was high, as he was reportedly furious over it.

But it looks like, as is so often the case during a contentious divorce, the winds have shifted.

Shannon Beador and Her Daughters

People reports that David now has to pay "only" $22,500 each month.

That is a tremendous amount of money in spousal and child support, but not at the level of $30,000.

This is a temporary payment order to ensure that Shannon and her daughters (of whom she has joint physical and legal custody) continue to live their lives until the divorce is finalized.

(It is not uncommon for the primary breadwinner in an acrimonious divorce to attempt to financially starve their soon-to-be-ex so that they cannot afford to hire a good attorney and may agree to any settlement just to receive regular payments)

David was reportedly spewing profanities at Shannon after court, which is ... not a great look.

Shaking with anger, he reportedly declared that the ruling would bankrupt his business.

If you believe Shannon's claim that he's hiding money in order to lower the amount that he's required to pay, then you might guess that this is all smoke and mirrors.

David and Shannon Beador in 2015

We mentioned earlier that he had seemed determined to retaliate.

When the court ruled that Shannon would be responsible for all of her expenses from that point forward, David reportedly shut off the water at her home.

Which, yes, means that he (allegedly) shut off the water at the house where his daughters are living. Which is just gross.

He has not commented on this allegation.

Shannon, however, refuses to openly condemn him.

"As David and I continue our divorce proceedings," she say. "I’m doing everything I can to move things efficiently along so that our three children are not subjected to unnecessary stress during an already difficult time."

Shannon continues, choosing her words very carefully in a way that won't be turned against her in court. Smart woman.

“I want to be as fair as possible. I remain focused on a clean resolution and have no interest in engaging in a war of words."

Shannon Beador, Family

Some might ask why David would be so furious over paying for his daughters, or how anyone could be so petty as to (allegedly!) turn off the water at the home where his own children live.

To add to that, we've heard that David believes that Shannon is keeping his kids from him by badmouthing him.

Insiders, however, say that his children know that he cheated on their mother and have witnessed his behavior over the past couple of years, and that any resentments that they have towards their father is of his own making.

Is this kind of spiteful move over a water bill his idea of winning over his daughters? It's hard to believe that he's written them off as "enemies."

We just don't know.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: We're Getting Married ASAP!

Lauren Burnham has only been engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr. for a short time, but she's already been talking about the idea of a TV wedding.

And so is Arie. And so is Lauren's mother.

From this new interview, it sounds like this controversial couple is racing to the altar.

Love Them or Hate Them...

In the new issue of Life & Style, Arie and Lauren reveal a lot about where their relationship is headed.

And while it's no surprise that the couple who became engaged on international television is planning to get married, it sounds like they're eager to tie the knot.

36-year-old Arie muses that he and his bride-to-be might tie the knot outside of the U.S.

"We might do a destination wedding."

Well, since Minnesota is off-limits and given how the couple is generally viewed by the Bachelor Nation, maybe that's for the best.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Lauren Burnham's mother, Pamela, has her own aspirations for the couple's wedding.

"I hope it will be in the summer," she says. "Lauren's on cloud nine with Arie."

There are people in this world who (for reasons that are mystifying to others) enjoy summer weather. Perhaps she just thinks that it would make for a lovely wedding season.

But one cannot help but wonder if Pamela is thinking less about the weather and more about hoping that her daughter doesn't become just another dumped fiancee by the notoriously indecisive Arie.

True, Pamela doesn't say "this" summer, but ... considering how eager this couple sounds, that might be her agenda.

Arie and Lauren say that they're planning on a wedding in August of September. Autumn doesn't begin until September 22nd, so Pamela might just get what she wants.

Arie and Lauren After the Final Rose

It looks like Arie and Lauren are pushing the narrative that they're not so unpopular after all, actually.

"I thought we would get a lot more backlash," Lauren admits.

Arie jumps in to reinforce that, saying:

"Since we've been out in public the last few days, people have been really supportive. It’s been really sweet."

Of course, since the two of them have been avoiding social media, they're not really seeing what fans have been saying about them.

(That hasn't stopped the two of them from posting to social media, including that time that they shamed gym patrons)

There are celebrities whom you wouldn't save from falling off of a cliff, but most -- even the ones that you dislike -- would elicit excitement and well wishes from people who are heavily critical of them.

It's called politeness, folks.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

Life & Style delves into the possibility that the couple might have a TV wedding, with their insider revealing:

"They'd love to get married on TV because it would be a continuation of their love story."

"They want viewers to be able to see the next chapter of their journey."

Oh, and if they did have a TV wedding, it wouldn't be for free -- it would mean that ABC would pay for most if not all of the wedding.

When Life & Style asked Lauren's mother, Pamela, about the idea, she was enthusiastically supportive.

"That would be wonderful. My husband's probably going to jump up and down at that thought!"

Arie and Lauren... Together!

But they shouldn't count on that -- insiders reveal that ABC might not want to film the wedding.

Arie and Lauren have been the targets of a huge amount of backlash (even if they haven't seen it), and the network might be reluctant to gamble on viewers hate-watching it.

Advertisers might feel similarly.

But a lack of a TV wedding wouldn't mean that they don't get married.

Even if the whole world is disgusted with Arie, it sounds like Lauren's parents really like him. We're sure that Lauren's friends are supportive, too.

That, for her, is going to be what matters more than backlash.

Of course, that's assuming that Arie doesn't change his mind again and go running back to yet another ex. We all saw how Arie slid into Bekah Martinez's DMs.

Justin Bieber: Why Was He the Worst SNL Host Ever?

Hmmm... is it too late for Justin Bieber to tell Bill Hader he's sorry?

The former Saturday Night Live cast member was a guest on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, in promotion of his upcoming HBO series, when the topic turned to Hader's least favorite SNL host of all-time.

And the comedian didn't hesitate in giving a response:


The answer was undoubtedly Bieber, Hader said.

“He was in a bad place,” Hader said, thinking back to Bieber's much darker days and adding:

“Maybe he’s in a better place, but back then … It was rough.”

The artist served as host and musical guest on a February 2013 episode.

At the time, he was in the middle of a world tour at the time, having just released his third studio album, Believe, in June 2012... and drinking a lot, partying often and generally acting like a dick.

Hader told Bill Simmons on his podcast last week that Bieber yelled at some SNL staff members who were simply trying to do a wardrobe change for him, while showing up with a giant entourage.

He said similar things to Howard Stern back in May of 2013.

"Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys and every time - backstage is a very small constructed place - he had a guy holding a slice of pizza, a guy holding a Diet Coke," Hader told Stern, adding:

"You were trying to fight around all these people to get dressed."

Once again, Hader did try to be diplomatic about Bieber's terrible behavior and attitude.

"Everyone’s usually on great behavior. Everyone’s very excited. Most times it’s 100 percent and that’s why I think Bieber was the only one, in my experience.

"He just seemed, like, exhausted or at the end of a rope. He was just so huge."

It was a tough time for the star, who is sort of going through another one now as he tries to win back over Selena Gomez.

On the flip side, Hader also told Stern a few years ago:

“I had nice chats with [Bieber] when he was doing the scenes… he was a nice guy. He would try to do the best that he can.”

Watch Hader explain his issues with Justin below:

Justin bieber why was he the worst saturday night live host ever

Selena Gomez: Off the Wagon Following Justin Bieber Split?

When the world first learned that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez had gotten back together yet again, fans braced themselves for the fallout of another ugly breakup.

Sure enough, Selena and Justin split after just a few short weeks of peaceful reconciliation.

Selena Gomez, Blonde in a Floral Print

And just as fans feared, the Biebs is once again showing his petty side and displaying tremendous insensitivity toward Selena's fragile emotional state.

Based on their recent interactions, it seems Bieber is dating Baskin Champion, a 22-year-old model who has been spotted with the singer several times in the past two weeks.

However, those who know Justin best say that he's not actually serious about his relationship with Champion and is simply using her to make Selena jealous.

"Selena is telling her friends that she doesn't give a f-ck what Justin is up to and the fact that he is seeing other women is the exact reason why she ended this last time,"

Selena Gomez Strikes a Pose

But those who know the singer best are buying into her feigned flippancy:

"Selena has been acting very distant from everyone and there's been a lot of concern for her well-being because she's been acting off."

Selena checked into rehab twice in as many years, and while there's been no indication that she's fallen off the wagon as a result of her breakup, that possibility is the greatest fear of her loved ones these days.

Gomez received a kidney transplant last year, and the likelihood that a period of hard-partying could have catastrophic consequences is frighteningly high.

Even discounting her latest breakup, the past year has been an incredibly tumultuous one for Gomez.

Mandy Teefey and Selena Gomez

Gomez has cut ties with her mother, Mandy Teefey, who was apparently hoping that their relationship would benefit from Selena parting ways with Bieber.

"Her mother Mandy was hoping that the breakup would bring Selena back into her life but that hasn't happened," says the source.

"Mandy has literally tried everything she can and Selena just does not seem interested in working things out at all."

It's yet another reason that Selena's inner circle is said to be deeply concerned for the 25-year-old's welfare.

"Selena's friends think the only reason she got back with Justin in the first place was to break his heart for breaking her heart so many times."

We guess that mission was less than successful.

Man Gets Head Stuck in Movie Theater Seat, Dies

We know the above headline is likely to make you laugh.

But this is a serious matter.

This is the story of a real tragedy that took place in Great Britain.

theater seat

According to various news outlets, a 24-year old father named Ateeq Rafiq was seeing a movie in Birmingham, England on March 9 when he dropped his cellphone between two reclining seats.

When Rafiq bent down to pick up the item, the footrest on the electrically-powered seat clamped down on his head, reports the Birmingham Mail newspaper.

The horrific incident took place at Vue Cinema at Star City, the outside of which is pictured below.

Said a spokesperson for the venue in a prepared statement:

"Following an incident which took place on Friday 9 March at our Birmingham cinema, we can confirm that a customer was taken to hospital that evening.

"We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Friday 16 March.

"A full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family who have our full support and assistance."


How could this possibly have happened?

A source familiar with the situation described what transpired thusly when speaking to the aforementioned publication:

“The Gold Class seats are electric reclining seats. He bent down to look for his phone.

"At this point the leg-rest was in an upright position. But as he stuck his head underneath to have a look, the footrest clamped down onto his head. He was stuck.

"His partner and staff tried to free him but couldn’t. The chair leg-rest was eventually broken free and he managed to get out."

reclining seat

From there, Rafiq was taken to a local hospital.

He passed away several days later from injuries sustained in this freak accident.

The victim's family is devastated by the loss, says sister-in-law Fatima Arzo to The Daily Mirror.

"We are grieving and completely in shock. My sister is in pieces,” she told the newspaper, adding:

"We are grateful to everyone who tried to help him, and at the moment we are praying and trying to come to terms with the fact we lost a loved one."

vue seats

The cinema complex at Star City where this took place features 25 screens, including three Gold Class rooms where the emphasis is on comfort and luxury.

Reads the official website:

"The Gold Class ticket price includes complimentary popcorn during your film and is strictly for over 18’s, offering luxury seating with a fully licensed bar and an enhanced viewing experience.

"Gold Class customers are welcome to visit the Gold Class bar to enjoy a drink before and during the screening."

Our thoughts go out to the family of Ateeq Rafiq.

May he rest in peace.

Kenya Moore: Watch My Husband Save My Job!

For a while now, fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta have worried that Kenya Moore is fired.

But reports that producers were looking for her replacement have now been cast into doubt because the impossible has happened ... and it might just save her job.

Her camera-shy husband, Marc Daly, is appearing on the show. And we have the clip, below.

Kenya moore and marc daly

In the The Real Housewives of Atlanta clip that you're about to watch below, Kenya Moore is explaining to her fellow Housewives that her husband will not be joining them.

Her excuse -- for the man who has famously refused to appear on the series -- is that he is working.

"Oh Lord," she laments. "He's working and he was just like, 'I can't, but I send you my love.'"

She goes on to say that he's effectively helpless without her.

"He cannot get on a plane by himself, girl. I need to book his ticket, I need to pick out his clothes."

We're talking about a grown man, but a lot of wives do that sort of labor for their husbands because of complicated cultural factors related to gender roles.

Marc daly and kenya moore

Earlier this season, Kenya and her fellow Real Housewives filmed a domestic violence PSA.

The clip below is taken from the viewing event, and Kenya welcomes the audience, saying:

"Hi! Thank you guys for coming out tonight."

She continues, smiling at the crowd while wearing a sensational white dress.

"Personally speaking, I just want to thank the people that hold me up daily."

As she continues to speak, the camera pans over and focuses on a door, through which enters ... her husband, Marc Daly.

This is his first appearance on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Kenya moore wedding picture

In 2017, Kenya Moore married Marc Daly in a secret wedding ceremony. Not even producers knew about it until after the fact.

That blew up in Kenya's face, leaving fans wondering when she would be fired for hiding such a major life event from a show that is supposed to follow her through her life's ups and downs and, yes, her major milestones.

What's more is that Marc Daly refuses to appear on the series. He believes that The Real Housewives of Atlanta portrays black men in a negative light and that perpetuating this harmful image hurts the community at large.

(He's not alone. People have written scholarly essays on this topic, citing specific examples of how white men are often uplifted as providers and partners while cameras and editing do nothing of the sort of black men)

Since then, she has been on thin ice with Bravo, and had to resort to faking explosive meltdowns in order to keep herself "interesting" enough to remain on the show.

But it hasn't looked like it would be enough. Marc Daly showing up on camera is a real game-changer.

Kenya moore and marc daly for bae day

So, on the surface, the clip that you'll watch below is about Kenya's husband surprising her when she had believed that he would be unable to make it to an event.

And, of course, about her being able to introduce him to her costars.

On a deeper level, however, this scene and big reveal is about Marc stepping out to support his wife and making her and her career his priority.

Obviously, he must have talked about this with producers in advance. It does not appear that any of the show's stars knew about this surprise beforehand.

Kenya moore wedding photo

Will this be enough for Kenya to remain on the show and continue collecting that nice Real Housewives salary?

Fans hope so.

it seems unlikely that Marc would step in with a career-saving move on his wife's behalf just for the network to send her packing.

What's more ... maybe Marc decided that he could be the role model that he wants for people to see on the show.

The full episode airs Sunday, March 25th.

Take a look:

Kenya moore watch her husbands first rhoa appearance

Cardi B Rants at Uncle Sam: Where the F-ck is My Money?

Pssst, U.S. Government:

Inch up close to the computer screen please.

Cardi B has a very simple question for you, one she poses over and over and over again in the Instagram video below:


The musician is apparently upset because it's tax season and she's coming off the most successful year of her career and, therefore, is facing quite a large tax bill.

Around 40 percent, Cardi says in this footage.

Which means she's in the upper echelon of money-makers in the entire country, but which also means Uncle Sam is owed a pretty penny or several dozen.

"I want to know what you do with my f-cking tax money because, you know what I’m saying like, when you donate to a kid from a foreign country, they give you updates of what they’re doing in another nation," the singer says.

She then runs down a bunch of ways in which she knows this money is NOT being spent.

For example, the streets of her native New York are "always dirty," Cardi B says, and "there's still rats on the damn trains."

She also called out the government for the amount of funding they allocate towards prisons, alleging the money gives inmates "like two underwears [and] one jumpsuit for, like, five months."

So, Cardi asks once more:

Where the eff is her money going?!?!?!?

"What is y'all doing with my f-cking money?" she asks. "I want to know. I want receipts. I want everything."

The artist, who may be pregnant with her first child, also touched on the whole tax issue late last year.

At that time, she posted another video in which she asked fans to hold off on sending her any checks, arguing that "mother fc-king IRS" was "coming for me for tax season."

This time around, she concludes by screaming:

I want to know what ya’ll ni–as doing with my f–king money… Uncle Sam, I want to know what the f-ck you’re doing with my mother f-cking money.

Well, Sam, go ahead: Answer the woman!

Check out this already-legendary video below;=:

Cardi b rants at uncle sam where the f ck is my tax money going

Matt Damon to Ben Affleck: Your Tattoo is Ugly AF, Bruh

Back in 2015, the world first marveled at the hideousness that is Ben Affleck's giant back tattoo.

Many breathed a deep sigh of relief when Affleck revealed that the tattoo is fake and that he covered a massive segment of his torso with a goofy-ass cartoon phoenix for the sake of a movie.

Ben Affleck Smiling

Sadly, we now know that Affleck was lying about the tattoo being airbrushed on.

Earlier this week, Ben put the horrendous ink on full display while filming a scene set on a beach.

Needless to say, he was roasted to a crisp by the internet's finest sh-t talkers, both for getting the tattoo in the first place and for lying to the world about it.

But Ben's got some loyal friends in his corner, people who would never turn their backs on him ... possibly for fear that he'd be all, "You know what would look dope, dude? A fire-breathing dragon like slithering up your spine!"

Damon and Affleck

Matt Damon has been Ben's bestie since the bygone era when Harvey Weinstein was someone people actually wanted to work with.

Last night, Damon appeared on The Daily Show, where he sat down with Trevor Noah to answer the tough questions about #BensBack.

“It’s not one man’s job to tell another man what he can do to his back,” Matt said in a classic dodge.

“I support him in all of his artistic expression.”

Clearly, Damon has mastered the art of throwing shade without really throwing shade.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

If he actually liked Ben's ink even a little bit, Matt likely would have said so.

With his non-response Matt joins the ever-growing list of celebs who think Ben's phoenix is the fugliest thing 

“You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart,'” said Affleck's ex and noted shade queen, Jennifer Garner.

The other former Jen in Ben's life was even more direct in her criticism, telling Andy Cohen:

“It’s awful! What are you doing?"

Ben Affleck Winks

She added:

“His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn’t be so colorful. They should be cooler."

At this point, Ben's life is basically a party question game:

"Okay, so you're a millionaire and you get to dress up as Batman. But, you're covered in horrendous tattoos and your exes flame you  on TV every chance they get. Would you do it?"

It's a question each of us must answer for himself.


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