It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County first premiered on MTV. What’s crazier to think about is that America’s Next Top Model has been on air for 21 cycles, The Real Housewives franchise has expanded from Orange County to six other cities in the U.S. alone, and New York no longer refers to the city or state. Over the past decade, these reality shows have produced a number of stars who have built a career around being on reality TV. Just look at Bethenny Frankel, who first got started on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart before becoming a household name on The Real Housewives of New York.
And after leaving the show to pursue solo projects, it was announced on Wednesday that she is returning to the long-running franchise for its seventh season. Frankel can certainly be considered a person who can’t quit reality TV, but she’s not the only one. Caprice Bourret, Kelly Cutrone, Frankel, Brody Jenner, NeNe Leakes, and Lisa Vanderpump are all career reality stars, and each one has current or upcoming projects that have extended their shelf life beyond their original appearance on reality TV. And for better or worse, we continue to watch them each week. Take a look at their long-running history in front of the cameras, below.
Caprice Bourret (2000 – Present)
Nicole Richie (2003 – Present)
Watch a clip from Candidly Nicole as Richie explores life as a guest editor of a magazine. It's certainly a far cry from the work she did on The Simple Life:
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Bethenny Frankel (2005 – Present)
Brody Jenner (2005 – Present)
Shanna Moakler (2005 – Present)
Kelly Cutrone (2007 – Present)
NeNe Leakes (2008 – Present)
Ray J (2009 – Present)
Lisa Vanderpump (2010 – Present)