Watch What Happens Live – Season 10
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE — Pictured: Kenya Moore — Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
2012 MTV Movie Awards – Arrivals
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – JUNE 03: Producer Joe Francis arrives at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Access Hollywood At NAPTE 2013
MIAMI BEACH, FL – JANUARY 30: Tami Roman attends Access Hollywood cabana at NAPTE 2013 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on January 30, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Survivor: Caramoan – Fans Vs. Favorites
CARAMOAN – MAY 21: “Premiere” – Brandon Hantz during the premiere episode of SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN – FANS VS. FAVORITES. The Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 26th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
Teen Choice Awards 2013 – Arrivals
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – AUGUST 11: Actress Abby Lee Miller attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
2013 Bravo New York Upfront
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: Vicki Gunvalson attend the 2013 Bravo New York Upfront at Pillars 37 Studios on April 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
2013 Safe Kids Day
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 18: Chef Josie Smith-Malave attends 2013 Safe Kids Day at Highline Stages on May 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NBA 2K7 Launch Party
NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 21: Recording artist Peter Gunz attends the NBA 2K7 Launch Party at Home September 21, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
“The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” And “Vanderpump Rules” Premiere Party
HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 23: Brandi Glanville attends the “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” premiere party at Boulevard3 on October 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
THE BACHELOR – The next edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, “The Bachelor,” returns to ABC for its 17th season in January 2013. (ABC/KEVIN FOLEY) TIERRA
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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