“There’s one in every crowd.” A familiar turn of phrase we use to describe someone who stands out and not usually in a good way. Maybe it’s the person who has to be the center of attention, or the girl who loves to start drama. On reality TV, it’s most likely the guy all the other tribe members want to vote off the island. Sometimes a person can be so reprehensible his or her presence is inexplicably the only reason that we tune in to watch. Below are just a few of the most annoying, irritating, aggravating and sometimes downright despicable reality TV stars.
Donald Trump (All-Star Celebrity Apprentice)-Even when “The Donald” does a show where the primary goal is to raise money for charity, he finds a way to make it about either himself or a member of his family. Whether hocking his daughter Ivanka’s jewelry or his trophy wife Melania’s skin care line, he manages to get some positive PR. He’s abrasive and often cuts people off because he can’t tolerate anyone else getting the last word in the boardroom. Everything he’s built, designed, created or bought has, according to him, been the biggest and the best-no exceptions. The show is a family affair with his creepy doppelganger sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric F. Trump and daughter Ivanka serving as judges.
Phillip Sheppard (Survivor)-The FBI should either start a vetting process or fine tune the one they have if Phillip’s overinflated claim of having served as a “federal agent” is in any way true. I would blame his delusions of grandeur on dehydration, but both times he’s played the game he’s arrived that way. His antics drove fellow tribe member Brandon Hantz into a rage that, without the presence of the always cool, calm and collected Jeff Probst. could have easily become violent. What is truly amazing is that his horrible social game is the reason he does so well. People refuse to vote him off because they are convinced they can win against him in the end. Tolerating Phillip for 39 days seems like a stiff price to pay for a million bucks.
Kenya Moore (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)-Think of the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a cautionary tale for young beauty queens. She brags of producing multi-million dollar films which a quick trip to IMDB reveals are five films that I would be willing to bet, all went straight to DVD, if the final cuts saw the light of day at all. She likes to equate her Miss USA title as significant as the contributions made to women in the African-American community as those of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Vicki Gunvalson (The Real Housewives of Orange County)-Shrill, hypocritical, dishonest, jealous, rude, and insecure are just a few of the adjectives you could use to describe the only original cast member of The Real Housewives of Orange County. This season, viewers got an additional unpleasant surprise. During the season premiere, Vicki revealed that she had undergone abundant plastic surgery on her face (and possibly elsewhere) since last season. The first few episodes have aired and although it appears she may patch things up with ex-BFF Tamra Barney, her life will still be mired in drama thanks to her grifter boyfriend Brooks.
Rachel Zoe (The Rachel Zoe Project)-The Rachel Zoe Project gives fashionistas everywhere a look behind the scenes at both the glamorous and the day to day drudgery of styling and design. Zoe whose passion about her work is undeniable is “maj-“orly boring. Her vocabulary is fairly limited, and she abbreviates just about everything. Her petite facial features are often hidden by huge sunglasses, and her tiny frame draped in tunics, maxi dresses and faux fur. She wobbles around on gigantic heels that probably weigh more than she does. Motherhood hasn’t helped her likability since she chooses to call her son Skyler “Sky Sky” no less than 10 times per episode. She never eats and barely drinks, at least not on camera. Zoe is like a fashion Zoomba.
Jenelle Evans (Teen Mom 2)-Ever since she rolled out of the hospital after giving birth and started hitting the club scene, Janelle Evans has proved time and time again that not only is she a crappy mother to her son Jace but also a pretty deadbeat human being in general. If not hopping from one dysfunctional living arrangement to another, she’s dating deadbeat, and in some cases, abusive men. She’s been arrested multiple times, primarily on drug charges. Jenelle signed over her parental rights to her mother and this allows her to spend her money on breast implants instead of on the care and feeding of her son.
Abby Lee Miller (Dance Moms)-I may not possess any knowledge about competitive dance, but it doesn’t take a genius figure out that Abby Lee Miller’s methods, while effective, are unconventional. She’s verbally abusive to her students’ mothers which is bad enough, but at least they can fight back. But at times, she has also referred to her students as “spoiled,” “brats,” and “crybabies.” She’s moody and spiteful and has created an environment that values winning above all else. This includes instilling camaraderie among the girls. At first, it is fascinating to witness these young girls’ dedication to dance. Eventually, all the routines do start to look alike which is why I suspect that in order to sustain ratings, Abby and the “dance moms” have been encouraged to behave badly.
Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen)-Ramsay may be a Michelin Star chef, but he’s also a bully, and in a nod to his homeland, a tosser. How anyone can watch him season after season scream at often incompetent aspiring chefs, who aren’t able to make scallops, risotto or Beef Wellington is a mystery. As an anglophile, it physically hurts to watch a Brit be loud, obnoxious and boorish as opposed to witty, refined and reserved. This season, he’s more like an old dog that barks from the porch but is too lazy to actually get up and attack.
Andy Dick (Dancing With the Stars)-Andy Dick has become more well known for his obnoxious antics off camera-usually due to drug and alcohol abuse-than his career as an actor/comedian. He recently admitted to E!Online that he has attended rehab a staggering 13 times. Currently sober, he acknowledges that his stint on the show has been the biggest opportunity he’s been given and that it is “undeserved.” It’s unfortunate that he has so much emotionally invested in winning a mirror ball trophy that he’s driven to tears in the first episode. It’s possible that he’s being sincere, but he could also be using his addiction to garner sympathy. There’s just something distasteful about someone who wants to win so badly.
Kari Wells, Toya Bush-Harris, Mariah Huq, Quad Webb-Lunceford (Married to Medicine)-As if Bravo doesn’t have enough shows with “housewives” bickering, backstabbing and boasting, the network decided to drag the medical profession into its latest reality nightmare Married to Medicine. Trying to paint a picture of an exclusive club of women who have a responsibility to look and act a particular way is just a gimmick. These women are reinforcing negative stereotypes of black women. Describing each other as “ghetto,” “bitches.” “crazy,” “rough around the edges,” “four-faced,” “medical mistress,” and “low-class whore.” Toya speculated that Quad had dated a drug dealer before landing her physician spouse, and Mariah feels so self-important, she often refers to herself in the third person. These women are living proof that money doesn’t buy class.
Jordan Wiseley (The Real World: Portland)-Jordan seemed like he was going to be the handsome guy every viewer could root for but has turned out to be a pompous ass. He’s certainly proud of his accomplishments but instead of being humble, he has chosen to be an arrogant know- it- all who has already fought with the majority of his roommates. He’s a belligerent drunk which is his major trigger, but even stone cold sober he can be antagonistic.