Reality shows are enjoyed for their dramatic (and obviously totally legit and real, right?) plotlines, over-the-top stars, and, wonderfully often, those stars’ equally if not more over-the-top employees, friends, and enemies.
We look back at nine of our favorite reality sidekicks and see where they are now.
Miss J, America’s Next Top Model
J. Alexander (above), better known to the rest of us as Miss J, judge and runway coach on America’s Next Top Model, was cruelly let go from the show in 2012 but returned last year for cycle 21. Today he lives in Paris and has a line of women’s shoes — which you now know how to walk in thanks to his runway coaching!
Bobby Trendy, The Anna Nicole Show
Bobby Trendy became famous when he did the interior design on Anna Nicole Smith’s house, and most famously, her very shiny pink bed. Today he’s still designing interiors and making the occasional appearance on Vanderpump Rules.
Freddie Robinson, Jr., Love & Hip Hop
Freddie went from pal of Jim and Chrissy Jones to stand-up comedian. He also produced the music for Jim and Chrissy’s spinoff Chrissy and Mr. Jones, and owns a barber shop in New Jersey.
Sister Patterson, I Love New York
Sister Patterson brought us much joy (and suitors much awkwardness and terror) as Tiffany “New York” Pollard’s mother and constant companion on I Love New York. In the best news we’ve heard in months, the two are reportedly filming a new TV show together. We cannot wait.
See what New York has been up to in the years since her show.
CaCee Cobb, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
CaCee went from Jessica Simpson’s best friend and personal assistant to wife of Turk Turkleton himself, Donald Faison. The two have one son together, Rocco (in addition to Faison’s four children from previous relationships) and a daughter on the way.
Jaime Gleicher, Rich Girls
The former BFF of Aly Hilfiger has proven to be much more than the spoiled girl she appeared to be on her MTV show. After being treated for mental illness and addiction, she now has her masters in social work and works as a psychotherapist. She’s also super into SoulCycle and was even featured in a New York Times article about the chain.
Marlo Hampton, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Former bestie turned arch-nemesis of NeNe Leakes, Marlo was never officially made a real Real Housewife, but she certainly left her mark. Today, she’s instructing fashion workshops in Atlanta, teaching lesser fashionistas how to be as fabulous as she.
Lo Bosworth, Laguna Beach
Longtime best friend of the artist formerly known as LC, Lauren Conrad, Bosworth set out on her own. She’s now a professional chef, runs her lifestyle website The Lo Down, and was a founding partner in the now defunct party company Revelry House.
Brad Goreski, The Rachel Zoe Project
Brad came into our lives as Rachel Zoe’s assistant — a fact curiously missing from his Wikipedia page, considering the two insisted their parting of ways was an amicable one. Regardless and Rachel-less, Brad has done just fine — he got his own Bravo spinoff, It’s a Brad Brad World and is now a co-host on E!’s Fashion Police.
The Gossip Table has more on the future of E!’s Fashion Police.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images, VH1]