We don’t watch reality shows for the sweet characters. The do-gooders, the faithful wives, the lifelong friends who don’t leap across tables to rip each other’s throats out. No, it’s all about the villains! Now, it’s a reality show standard to have a wild card (or two) on each show. Hair-pulling, backstabbing, boyfriend-stealing, tacky tantrums, blatant bullying…this is what the genre is made of!
And the best villains know that the shows depend on them. If they really channel their inner lunatic, these characters can land endorsement deals, book contracts, or, like Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes (a reformed villain), they can even score a role on a legit scripted show — hello, Glee.
In 2013, the reality genre experienced a villain boom. Dance Mom’s Abby Lee Miller was like a witch out of a Grimm’s fairy tale, cackling as she tortured the hell out of her dance school students. Love & Hip Hop’s Peter Gunz seemed cool enough, but then we discovered his schizophrenic love life — five babymamas, a secret wife and a girlfriend! Here, we salute the craziest reality cast members of the year.
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Is Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada pregnant? Who is returning to The Simpsons? Will the costumes get even more outlandish in the next Hunger Games film?
Hollywood obvs attracts some of the most beautiful women in the world — and pretty women tend to have pretty daughters, right? In honor of Mother’s Day (and in the spirit of slightly dysfunctional competition), we compare fifteen celeb mamas with their gorgeous mini-mes — at the same age! Hit the comments section to tell us who’s hottest.
rnrnIn an event that could only occur as part of the VH1 Circle Of
Life Celebreality, frequent VH1 reality show contestant Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander is rumored to be dating NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who himself is just six months or so removed from his bitter divorce from ex-wife Shaunie, who you all know as the executive producer of Basketball Wives. What a mouthful!rnrnAnyway, TMZ reported that Shaq was the victim of a prank perpetrated by Hoopz — who, you’ll recall, won both the first season of Flavor of Love and I Love Money — at a Tennessee area Waffle House. You see, Hoopz allegedly dumped an entire salt shaker into Shaq’s OJ while the big man was in the bathroom, something that he didn’t notice until he took a sip upon his return. As you might expect, Shaq took it all in stride, even going as far as to tip the waitstaff $30 on a meal that only cost $20. Ah, young love!rnrnBut that’s not all! According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shaq might very well have proposed to Hoopz over the weekend! Nothing of this sort has been officially confirmed, but Sam David, the owner of a restaurant in St. Albans, TN, where Shaq recently dined, told the paper that “I think [Shaq] may have proposed to his girlfriend. He brought a chair into the middle of the dance floor and he put a ring on her finger.” Adding fuel to these (very speculative!) fires is a story on the (pretty reputable) sports website Sports By Brooks that says, and we quote, the site “has also been informed that O’Neal has spent much of his summer in Alexander’s hometown of Maryville, TN. In fact, the current Celtic now has a home with Alexander in Maryville’s Royal Oaks golf community.”rnrnSo far, there’s been no comment from either Shaq or Hoopz on their respective Twitter feeds. Developing!rnrn[Photo Credit: Getty Images]