From shocking reveals, ruined friendships, to run-ins with the law, reality stars have kept fans on the edge of their seats all year long with one bombshell after the other. As the year comes to an end, here are the most explosive moments in the world of reality television.
Jed Wyatt’s secret girlfriend on The Bachelorette:
Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown thought she had found the one when she got engaged to her fiancé, Jed Wyatt. Soon after, news broke that Jed already had a girlfriend back at home while he was on the show. Jed never made any mention of his girlfriend and Hannah subsequently called off her engagement.
After a few years of drama, prison time, alleged affairs, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa,47, and Joe,47, announced their split on December 17, after 20 years of marriage. The two share four children, Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana.
James Van Der Beek wife’s miscarriage and Dancing With the Stars elimination:
James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly shocked fans when they revealed that they had suffered a miscarriage in November 2018. James, 42, shared the news in a video package at the beginning of a DWTS episode. James was later hit with more bad news when he was eliminated from DWTS a week after his devastating announcement. Host Tom Bergeron described it as the “hardest judge’s verdict so far this season.”
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Vanderpump quits:
After nine seasons and an emotional year filled with lost, O.G. Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump, 59, announced that she would be leaving The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa was on the show since it's debut in 2010 and remained on the show for 9 seasons.
Peter Weber and the windmill:
Shortly after being eliminated off The Bachelorette with Hannah Brown, Peter Weber was named the next Bachelor star. However, Peter made headlines for another reason when Hannah revealed that she and the former contestant had sex in the windmill during their overnight date on the show.
Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino goes to prison:
In January 2019 The Situation, 37, found himself on the wrong side of the law after he failed to pay taxes on $8.9 million income. The reality star was hit with an 8-month sentence, 500 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $123,913 in restitution, in addition to a $10,000 fine according to People
In Spring 2019 Jenelle, 28, and David, 31, made headlines when David shot and killed the family’s French bulldog, Nugget after it nipped at their daughter Ensley. Though the couple tried to deny the claims, David eventually confessed to the killing in an interview with People in September 2019.
Colton Underwood jumps a fence on The Bachelor:
Season 23 of The Bachelor didn’t end well for Colton, 27 after frontrunner Cassie Randolph revealed that she wasn’t sure about marriage. Colton begged Cassie to stay but she wanted to leave. Filled with frustration, Colton literally jumped a fence to get away from the show’s producers and cameramen.
Hannah Brown wins season 28 of Dancing with the Stars:
Although Hannah, 25, didn’t win big on The Bachelorette, the former beauty queen did find success on DWTS as she was crowned the winner on the show’s 28th season.
‘Bachelorette’ Alum J.P. Rosenbaum’s devastating diagnosis:
In December 2019, Bachelor alum, J.P., 42, and his wife, Ashley Herbert revealed that J.P. had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder that affects the body’s immune system. In a statement, the couple said, “It may be a long road to full recovery, but we are so grateful to everyone that has helped us get to a speedy diagnosis and treatment.” J.P. described the diagnosis as “very surreal and humbling and crazy, rare.”
Bethenny Frankel says goodbye to the Housewives franchise:
Bethenny, 49, revealed that she was leaving her franchise, The Real Housewives of New York in August 2019. She started with the series in 2008, took a break from 2010 to 2015, and later returned until 2019.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice faces jail time and deportation:
Shortly after serving a 41-month prison sentence for fraud, Joe was released from ICE custody and sent back to his native home country of Italy in October 2019.
Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood arrested for domestic violence:
In July 2019, Amber Portwood was arrested for attacking her boyfriend, Andrew Glennon. According to court papers, the MTV star was charged with one count of domestic battery for “knowingly touching Andrew, a family or household member in a rude, insolent or angry manner.” However, in early November 2019, Amber accepted a plea deal that helped her avoid jail time and several of her charges were dismissed.
Kenya, 48, didn’t appreciate Quad questioning her about her marriage drama. The two women got into a bitter argument, after host Andy Cohen played footage of Kenya’s estranged husband Marc Daly defending her co-host NeNe Leaks.
Love and Hip-Hop fans were shocked to find out that Apryl, 32, and co-star Lil Fizz, 34, were dating considering their mutual friend was Omarion, the father of Apryl’s two children and Lil Fizz’s former bandmate. When rumors of the relationship began Apryl and Fizz initially denied the accusations. The couple later admitted that they were dating. During an interview when VLAD TV Omarion, 35, revealed that he actually wasn’t affected by the two dating, “I think that if they’re happy, then they should be happy,” the singer explained.
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