It’s no surprise that everyone wants to know everything about the real life of celebrities, down to the smallest detail. Whether it is reading a headline in a magazine or seeing what she’s up to through what she’s posting on her social media, the public is intrigued by her personal life. Reality TV offers the opportunity to see the ups and downs of “real life” and incorporate a celebrity into the mix, makes for great entertainment.
Over the years, celebrity reality TV shows have become more common. Every time a new premiere of a different celebrity is premiered, the media rages and is intrigued to learn all about the celebrity’s life. Some celebrity reality shows have done really well, others less so. Reality TV has even helped a wide variety of celebrities and helped them make their big names today. Here are the celebrities who have had their own reality shows.
10 Kevin Jonas
Kevin Jonas, known as a member of the famous band Jonas Brothers, had a reality show with his three brothers Joe and Nick with his wife Danielle. Two years after their marriage, Kevin and Danielle got their own reality show, Married to Jonas, which aired in August 2012 and ended happy suburban living in May 2013. “Obviously, the show didn’t last long, although the two are still happily married and now have two daughters together.
9 Tia & Tamera Mowry
Tia and Tamera Mowry are two actresses best known for their 1990s television series “Sister, Sister” and the 2000 Disney Channel films “Twitches” and “Twitest Too”. In 2011-2013, the twins had a reality show called Tia and Tamera that followed the lives of both actresses. The episodes show how they “balance their careers in Hollywood with important life events such as motherhood and marriage”.
8th Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey both had their own reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, during their early years of marriage. The TV show was about the newlyweds and the differences they both shared. It highlighted that Nick is “neat and tidy” and
Jessica is the opposite of that and is essentially portrayed as a “stupid blonde”. The show really focused on their “odd couple relationship” and lasted three seasons in total.
7th Gene Simmons
The famous kiss Bassist Gene Simmons had his own reality show with his “long-time partner Shannon Tweed” and their two children Nick and Sophie. The show premiered in 2006 and was called the Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It revealed what the rock star, along with his family, was up to in his daily life. The show had high ratings and a total of seven seasons. The Hollywood Reporter said the show aired on A&E and brought the network a lot of fun and fortune.
6th Kristin Cavallari
Kristin Cavallari is no stranger to reality TV as she began her journey to her celebrity title on the famous reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills. In 2018 she released her own reality show called Very Cavallari. The show lasted three seasons in total and followed her personal life along with her husband, Jay Cutler. Additionally, Cavallari was seen as the businesswoman who started the flagship store for her Uncommon James line of products, says GlobalNews.ca.
5 The Kardashians
The Kardashians are at the top of the hierarchy when it comes to reality TV. The family set the tone for the genre and built a formidable empire based on their highly successful show. Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired its first episode in 2007 and recently ended with the final episode in 2021.
The reality show “turned Kim Kardashian West, her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie into mega-stars” and makes the family extremely rich too. The family’s successful show ran through 20 seasons, nine spin-offs (making 18 additional seasons) and a total of 440 episodes. The mega-famous family is probably the most famous family in the world today who went from being a makeup and hair team during their first production to being a glam team away from everyday life.
4th Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie began their road to fame with their hit 2000s reality show, The Simple Life. Aside from their famous last names, the two celebrities became famous with the show, and it became quite iconic. The show’s storyline essentially revolved around both Hilton and Richie leaving their “rich and privileged” lifestyles to travel the United States and lead so-called “normal lives.”
The show had a total of five seasons, the first four on Fox and the final season on E! Network. The show ended because Paris and Nicole became enemies of friends and also because of legal problems at both ends.
3 Ozzy Osbourne
Singer Ozzy Osbourne of the famous band Black Sabbath had his own reality show with his family, which was a huge hit in the early 2000s. The Osbournes first aired on MTV in 2002 and documented the life of the famous singer, his wife Sharon and children Jack and Kelly. The show received a lot of media praise, Ozzy Osbourne becoming America’s favorite dysfunctional dad while giving the world a variety of spontaneous buzzwords. “The television show became an icon and a defining moment in pop culture.
2 Hulk Hogan
Famous wrestler Hulk Hogan had a reality show that aired in the early 2000s. The reality show was called Hogan Knowns Best and it followed the life of Hogan as a professional wrestler and his family. The show specifically includes “his wife Linda, daughter Brooke Hogan, and son Nick Hogan who usually play pranks on his family or others.” Hogan’s reality show aired on VH1 and was one of the first successful reality TV shows.
1 Taste flav
Rapper Flavor Flav put out his own reality TV show in 2006. The show was titled Flavor of Love and aired on VH1, where “Women vied for the heart of Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav.” The reality show aired after his relationship with Brigitte Nielsen ended and her reality show Strange Love came to an end.
Reality TV has obviously been an integral part of the lives of a number of celebrities. Many of the shows have also made names for many celebrities and made them a huge fortune. Following the lives of celebrities is interesting to do with media, but adding a reality TV show certainly provides more entertainment.
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Monique Costabile is a writer and make-up artist from Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of York University’s Professional Writing Program and the CMU College of Makeup Art & Design’s Fashion Photographic Makeup Artist Certificate Program. She loves to write, everything to do with beauty, to cook and bake. She now works as a writer for Valnet, Inc. and writes specifically on Celebrity, Movies, TV and Reality TV for TheThings.
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