Reality TV is a scary place. When you throw yourself into it head first, you’re putting yourself at risk of becoming either addicted as a viewer, or completely consumed by the spotlight as a member of the cast.
Once audiences have made their minds up about certain characters, reality stars have to go above and beyond if they’re hopeful of changing public perception.
There’s nothing the reality TV audience loves more than building somebody up, just to tear them right back down a little further down the line. The investment from reality TV audiences is arguably some of the most passionate and reactive to come from the world of television.
While many people may not always be utterly convinced by the goings on and “reality” in reality television, there are undoubtedly bonds made by the members of the cast that are true to life. Whether best friends or bitter rivals, some major relationships have been formed by various reality TV veterans.
We’ve decided to take a look at the reality TV duos who haven’t been able to get over some beef. Some we can fully understand, while others we think should learn to get over it. With the bad, however, will always come the good, so we’ve also decided to delve into the reality TV partners who have become the best of friends thanks to their time on television together.
With that said, here are the 8 Reality TV Stars Who Hate Each Other (And 7 Who Are Best Friends).
15. Hate each other: Brandi Glanville And Joanna Krupa
Though they come from different branches of The Real Housewives franchise– with Brandi Glanville a former member of the Beverly Hills cast and Joanna Krupa coming from the Miami series– this pair have had one of the most bitter rivalries to have come from that world.
When Glanville spoke in an interview on Watch What Happens Live to claim that Krupa had once had an affair with property developer Mohamed Hadid, before going on to say that she had “smelly” nether-regions, Krupa would quickly file a lawsuit for slander and emotional distress.
Seeking $2 million in damages, the case looked set to go to jury trial. Before it could reach that point, however, the pair managed to reach a settlement for an undisclosed amount just two days before they reached court.
14. Best friends: Snooki And JWoww
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi didn’t make the best first impression when Jersey Shore debuted all the way back in 2009, but it didn’t take long for the youngster’s fellow cast members to fall in love with the little meatball.
Her friendship with one person in particular, Jenni “JWoww” Farley would know no bounds. The pair even earned their own spin-off series when Jersey Shore came to an end.
Undoubtedly the two most successful members of the cast, Snooki and JWoww have helped their respective careers go from strength to strength.
Now, with a return to the Shore alongside the majority of their original cast-mates on the cards, the world could be about to fall head over heels for this infectious duo all over again. Party’s here.
13. Hate each other: Tyra Sanchez And Morgan McMichaels
Though she won the second season of hit reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, Tyra Sanchez isn’t above getting into some hugely petty drama on social media. The most memorable came in May of last year, when she took to her Twitter account to falsely announce the death of her former fellow Drag Race cast member, Morgan McMichaels.
Sanchez posted the fake announcement after being dropped from McMichaels’ birthday show in West Hollywood. It wasn’t taken well by the drag community, with McMichaels releasing a Facebook Live video to explain the mess from her perspective.
Calling Sanchez “poisonous” and “vicious,” she said she would welcome Sanchez back “into the fray” after she had grown up. We’ve not heard anything about the pair making up since. This one could rumble on for some time…
12. Best friends: Rachel Reilly And Brendon Villegas
Upon meeting in season 12 of Big Brother US, Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas would be competitors battling it out for the prize of $500,000. With such high stakes on the line, taking your eyes off the ball is dangerous, but Rachel and Brendon couldn’t help falling head over heels for one another.
The pair quickly became engaged after leaving the Big Brother house, and would return for season 13 as partners.
Marrying on September 8, 2012, Rachel and Brendon enjoyed three years of bliss before making the announcement that Rachel was pregnant. She gave birth to their first child Adora Borealis Villegas on April 8, 2016, marking the first time a baby had been born out of a Big Brother romance. It’s like something out of a fairytale.
11. Hate each other: Ragan Fox And Rachel Reilly
Though she found love during her time on Big Brother, Rachel wasn’t exactly a wallflower. Her big opinions and willingness to go toe-to-toe with anybody who issued her a challenge meant that she provided some of the most explosive and entertaining scenes during both of her Big Brother runs.
Audiences will always remember Rachel going up against Ragan Fox, but it’s not a fight she came out of looking particularly good.
Instead, she turned into the stereotypical snarky Valley Girl, dishing out insults simply for the sake of scoring some cheap shots, while Ragan actually delivered comebacks with intelligence and wit. His impersonation of Rachel’s laugh is something that will go down in Big Brother history.
10. Best friends: Nev Schulman And Max Joseph
When the original Catfish movie made its debut, nobody could have predicted the direction in which Nev Schulman would have taken the franchise. Going out on the road, Nev would travel across the United States to help willing members of the public come to terms with the fact that they may be talking to somebody online who’s not who they were claiming to be.
Though that was entertaining enough, something has to be said for the brilliant friendship shared by Nev and his “filmmaker buddy” Max Joseph.
Nev’s own story had a happy ending when he met the love of his life and tied the knot with her last year. Max gave a touching tribute to the couple at the ceremony, and now both his and Nev’s wife get involved with the latest seasons of Catfish. A true match made in heaven.
9. Hate each other: Judi Jackson And Priscilla Mennella
One of the most controversial reality shows of our time came in the form of Bad Girls Club. Putting a number of young women who had their issues, whether it be anger management or something else entirely, into a single house and seeing what would happen could only end in one way.
They would throw fists, fight and rip each other’s hair out. Playing into the stereotype that a group of females cannot live harmoniously, one of the series’ biggest fights came in season 7.
Cast members Judi Jackson and Priscilla Mennella kicked things into another gear, when Judi decided to serve Priscilla “breakfast in bed.” Dumping cereal and milk over her co-star, Priscilla refused to hold back, throwing punches and busting Judi’s lip. It was a hard scene to watch, but an utterly compelling one all the same.
8. Best friends: Heidi Montag And Spencer Pratt
They may have found themselves in the role of villains during their time on The Hills and after, but the love between Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt is still something that’s hugely infectious.
Consistently propping one another up when they return to the spotlight and on their various social media accounts, the bond shared by Heidi and Spencer is something that a lot of couples look up to. It only strengthened during their time together on two seasons of Celebrity Big Brother UK, where they spent 24-hours-a-day in one another’s company.
Heidi and Spencer eventually got married on April 25, 2009 and last year became parents to a baby boy. Calling the youngster Gunner, the future seems bright for this pair and their newfound family. We’re sure they’ll go the distance.
7. Hate each other: Sharon Osbourne And Dannii Minogue
When it comes to singing reality show competitions, there’s often more of a rivalry between the judges and mentors behind-the-scenes rather than the performers battling it out for the grand prize.
This was certainly the case for Sharon Osbourne and Dannii Minogue during their time working together on the British version of The X Factor, though we wouldn’t learn the full extent of it until the release of Dannii’s book.
Chronicling her time on the show, Dannii alleged that whilst Sharon had been a hero of hers for a long time, that all changed on the night of her first live X Factor show.
6. Best friends: Bethenny Frankel And Fredrik Eklund
Another trip to the world of Bravo’s The Real Housewives here, with businesswoman Bethenny Frankel who made a name for herself both on The Real Housewives of New York and with her self-made brand, Skinnygirl.
Also a part of the Bravo family, Fredrik Eklund is known for starring on Million Dollar Listing New York, and both he and Bethenny have been seen forging a friendship since they’ve been working together in the world of real estate.
They’ve now taken their friendship to the next level, starring in their own spin-off show aptly titled Bethenny & Fredrik. Forging a relationship as business partners, they’ll have to cope with one another’s quirks and differences if they’re to continue being such a success. We think their partnership is one that will stand the test of time.
5. Hate each other: Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey
Though they may have tried to keep this rivalry under wraps in its earliest days, the leaking of footage from behind-the-scenes on American Idol meant that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s feud would be seen by the world.
Shouting about one another on the set of the show between takes, they would take their aggression against one another and turn it into more subtle digs, especially so when the live shows came around.
Following the show coming to its conclusion, Mariah said that producers had named her as the “best judge ever,” but said that the experience was an “abusive” one because of being forced to work with Nicki. Meanwhile, Nicki wasn’t one to mince her words when describing her ex-co-star.
4. Best friends: Jonathan Cheban And Kim Kardashian
Thanks to their various personal projects and E! reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the Kardashians are some of the most instantly-recognizable faces on the planet.
We’ve seen a lot of interesting partnerships on the show and even been allowed a glimpse into the marriage shared between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but a lot of viewers’ favorite friendship is the one shared between Kim and her bestie, Jonathan Cheban.
Cheban has enjoyed a fine life thanks to his friendship with Kim. He’s used the reality shows that he’s been a part of to launch a fast food restaurant in New York, compete in Celebrity Big Brother UK, and even gain a series of his own. We don’t imagine he’s someone who will drop off the face of reality TV any time soon…
3. Hate each other: Tiffany ‘New York’ Pollard And Brooke ‘Pumkin’ Thompson
Battling it out for the affections of Flavor Flav in Flavor of Love, Tiffany “New York” Pollard and Brooke “Pumkin” Thompson would shock the world during Pumkin’s elimination from the show.
With New York throwing shade as Pumkin was set to walk out of the door, the latter took it upon herself to spit on New York before she made her exit. Not taking the attack lying down, New York grabbed for Pumkin’s hair and shoved her right into an unsuspecting cameraman. She even took off her shoes, ready to fight.
Fortunately for New York, the show managed to elevate her onto a platform that to this day still sees her picked for a variety of new and unique opportunities. She’s now one of the most popular reality stars across the globe.
2. Best friends: Amber Brkich And Rob Mariano
Survivor is one of the most hotly-contested reality competitions television has ever seen. Still airing two seasons a year on CBS, it has spawned some bitter rivalries, but also some unbreakable friendships. One in particular picked up between contestants Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano, who at first starred in separate seasons of the show.
Both returning for an All-Stars season of Survivor, the pair would make it together all the way to the final 2, where Amber eventually took home the prize of a million dollars. The two had captured something much more valuable from one another however; their hearts.
1. Hate each other: Gina Liano And Sally Bloomfield
Our final entry comes once more from the franchise of The Real Housewives, but for this one we have to head to Melbourne, Australia.
Gina Liano has been a fan-favorite member of the cast ever since the show’s conception, and so with her going up against newbie Sally Bloomfield in the show’s latest season, it was always going to be hard for Sally to make the best impression.
Despite that, what we’ve seen on screen has actually turned the tide in Sally’s favor. That was until Gina took to social media to claim that Sally had used a racial slur against her, claiming that a member of production would back her up as well as her co-star Lydia Schiavello if needs be.
Sally has denied all of the claims and also been backed up by a couple of co-stars, but this is one that’s still rumbling on.
Can you think of any other reality TV stars who love (or hate) each other? Let us know in the comments!
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