Reality TV has given us some of the most dramatic moments in television with some of pop culture’s most hated people. Some of those moments were between family members in vulnerable situations, while other times they were between fierce competitors trying to win a big prize.
But the craziest moments of unscripted television often happened off screen just as much as on screen. There are many scandals that led reality stars to file lawsuits, go to prison, and see their shows canceled. Some of these scandals were more shocking than others.
So which ones took fans by surprise? Here are the 15 most shocking scandals on reality television so far.
15. Kim Kardashian is accused of marrying Kris Humphries for publicity
The public wasn’t exactly shocked by the news that the couple was getting a divorce, but they did split after just 72 days of marriage. Kris Humphries, however, wasn’t going to leave the marriage without a fight. He wanted an annulment and accused his wife of being a fraud and using him for reality television, according to LA Weekly.
Kim Kardashian insisted this wasn’t true and wrote in a blog post that she “got caught up with the hoopla. … I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have.” However, she also claimed she “married for love.”
The two parties finally reached a settlement in 2013 and were granted a dissolution of marriage due to “irreconcilable differences.”