It was an interesting year for reality TV!
Snooki's pregnancy and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's rehab stint forced the MTV "Jersey Shore" cast to grow up. "The Bachelor" was sued for racial discrimination as the show has never featured African American would-be grooms. "Here Comes" Honey Boo Boo" taught viewers that the Shirley Temple of our generation would have a pet pig and love 'sketti. Jenelle Evens of "Teen Mom 2" chose going to a Ke$ha concert over the possibility of reduced jail time. Superstar rapper Kanye West even joined the cast (and family) of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."
Sure, those moments are wacky but reality TV shows no signs of slowing down. OWN has positive offerings on the docu-TV front with "Welcome to Sweetie Pies" and "The Golden Sisters." Other feel-good shows such as ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" and "Shark Tank" even show the triumph of the human will.
For those who still have faith that reality television is real, 2012 was not your year. While the divorce part of "Kim's Fairytale Wedding" still drags in court, several shows have been outed for outrageously faux moments.
Let's take a look at non-reality TV moments in 2012.
The beautiful former Miss USA is not making many friends on the "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Moore makes the brazen NeNe Leakes look like a wallflower. On a recent episode, Kenya's shameless flirting in front of her beau Walter Jackson seemed downright offensive. The gorgeous gal chatted it up with Phaedra Parks' hubby Apollo, using every flirtation trick in the dating book.
It seemed odd that a woman so hellbent on getting a marriage proposal would treat her man like a second class citizen. Now, the truth has come out. Walter has revealed that he and Kenya dated years ago but their Bravo romance was staged. Apparently Kenya needed a boyfriend for the TV show so she asked Walter to play her onscreen love. Walt confessed the whole thing to an Atlanta radio station, calling their romance "fake as hell." Whoops!
The Jill vs. Bethenny Frankel "Real Housewives of New York City" fight was epic. Eventually Bethenny won her own spinoff while Zarin was forced off the show a season later. The beef merited its own Geneva Summit at the hands of show executive Andy Cohen. Cohen brought realness to late night when he invited his fired employee back onto the network for a Bravolebrity sitdown.
Zarin was polite but curt, appropriately so. While she hawked her shapewear, she also set the record straight: Jill thought that the fight with Frankel was just being staged for TV. Zarin reminded Andy, on live TV, that she came into the Bravo offices bragging about how great the fight would be. Apparently, Bethenny never got the memo about the fake, and their friendship and world were permanently altered.
Kristen was the star of the mega-reality soap, "The Hills." Her fights with Lauren Conrad and other cast members had viewers choosing sides. Well, Kristen recently revealed that the MTV teen show was completely fake.
On a "Watch What Happens Live" interview, Kristen told all. As host Andy probed deeper she insisted that relationships didn't exist, kisses were staged and fights were enhanced for the viewing pleasure of their tremendous audience share.
Those were some of the more fake reality moments of 2012. Who has your vote?
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