One thing we can always count on reality TV stars for is drama! As 2015 comes to a close we’re revisiting the year’s most shocking and scandalous headlines. And of course we’re eager to see what 2016 has in store.
Among the craziest stories this year, notorious Real Housewives Of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice self-surrendered to federal prison, and Vicki Gunvalson‘s ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers admitted to faking cancer documents.
Probably the biggest headline concerned the Duggar family, formerly one of TLC’s most popular attractions until eldest son Josh Duggar undid the family dynasty! The Conservative Family Values advocate found himself embroiled in two extremely salacious sex scandals. TLC ultimately canceled 19 Kids & Counting.
This was just the latest bad press for the network: in 2014 their once-popular Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled when matriarch Mama June was caught dating the man who served time in prison for molesting her eldest daughter Anna. TLC also continues to face controversy over Kate Plus 8, which returned to television following a long hiatus.
CONTINUE READING FOR 2015’S MOST EXCITING HEADLINES!
Kim Richards Arrested - Flees Rehab
In April Kim "KimKillah" Richards, who spent all season defending "MY SOBRIETY", was arrested for public intoxication and kicking a cop at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In a disastrous Dr. Phil interview Kim argued against needing rehab and blamed Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills for her relapse. After finally seeking treatment, Kim proceeded to flee rehab multiple times! During her daughter Brooke's wedding in Cabo Kim went on the lam for several days. Her sober coach even quit!
Kim spent the summer in and out of rehab... and cop cars. (See next!)
As for her charges, Kim avoided jail time but was banned from the Beverly Hills Hotel for life, sentenced to AA classes, probation, a fine, and community labor hours. The incident also got Kim fired from Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills - which she is still in denial over.
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Kim Richards Arrested - Again! For Shoplifting From Target
In between her various vacations to rehab to work on herself, Kim, Bravo's second favorite jailbird, was arrested again in August. This time for shoplifting $600 worth of toys from Target when she tried to ramble out of the store pushing two full carts! Was Kim working on recapturing the childhood she never had?
Despite skipping court claiming a foot injury, Kim still scraped by with no jail time.
Instead KimKillah scored 36 months of probation, 300 more community labor hours, and mandatory AA classes - plus she can't return to that Target. Pretty soon this bitch will be banned from every place from the Valley to Bel Air! Kim insists she's been working her 12 steps in AA in between making Kyle beg Bravo to rehire her. Kim will make a few appearances this season. She's also filming a mother/daughter therapy show.
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Teresa Giudice Spends A Year In Prison!
On January 5th, Teresa checked into a federal prison to serve a sentence for fraud. Teresa spent this year doing hair, working out, writing memoirs, letting Gia tweet for her, filing lawsuits, paying restitution (but apparently not taxes), and filming prison phone calls for Bravo.
Meanwhile Joe Giudice barely held down the fort at home as he dodged foreclosures and additional jail time, while defending himself against cheating scandals, family arguments, Gorga-interference, and drunken debauchery.
Real Housewives Of New Jersey was also 'away', delaying filming while a'waiting Teresa. Teresa was released December 23rd and was welcomed home to a Lexus Commercial, Bravo cameras, and Christmas with the sister-in-law she pretends not to hate. Happy No-Longer Incarcerated Holidays!
Perhaps 2016 will bring some positives to the Giudice family - or not. Joe begins serving his 41 month sentence in February.
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Abby Lee Miller Indicted For Bankruptcy Fraud!
Abby plead not guilty to falsifying income and other assets on IRS documents to conceal $700,000. If convicted Abby faces up to 5-years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Additionally Abby is forced to reduce her appearance on this season's Dance Moms, which is taking place in LA, to deal with her legal situation. Oops!
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Josh Duggar Scandalous Past & Secret Life!
In May uncovered police reports revealed that as a teenager Josh molested 5 girls, including his sisters Jessa and Jill. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle did little to fix the situation, and resorted to sending Josh to a bogus Christian work camp. Even worse was that TLC was well-aware of Josh's past - because OPRAH (All Hail Oprah!) discovered it years ago and warned the network!
Despite 19 Kids & Counting being canceled, the family stood by Josh - including his pregnant wife Anna!
However, this summer Josh's perverse behavior was again exposed as part of the Ashley Madison hack! Josh's former mistress, a porn star, detailed their violent sexual affair. Finally Anna took their 4 children and left Josh. As for the Duggars, TLC has been airing specials.
Peter Thomas Caught Cheating?
The scandalous viral video became public while Real Housewives Of Atlanta was filming. Cynthia denied divorce and the couple has been working on their marriage, however Peter continues to spend most of his time in Charlotte, NC managing his bar Sports One. They even spent Christmas apart!
Meet Caitlyn Jenner
Speculation about Bruce Jenner's transition was finally laid to rest when he announced his decision to live as a woman during an intimate interview with Diane Sawyer.
Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world with a gorgeous cover of Vanity Fair and through the docu-reality show I Am Cait. The entire Kardashian and Jenner families supported Caitlyn. Even though Kris Jenner struggled to contain her Ugly Cry Face.
Leah Messer Divorces (Again!) & Loses Custody
This year Leah and Jeremy's divorced. The divorce was finalized WHILE Leah was in rehab for
an extremely expensive prescription drug habit "stress and depression." Leah blamed Jeremy for not working on their marriage.
Not to worry - Leah had already hooked up with secret boyfriend TR Dues, whom she met in treatment.
Leah also lost custody of her 5-year-old twins Ali and Aleeah after the judge determined Leah was not prepared to care for the girls while she
whined about how hard it is to be Leah sorted her life out. Corey and Miranda were awarded full custody, so Leah blamed them for making her look bad, obviously.
Jeremy may also be seeking full custody of Leah's youngest daughter, Addy, after Addy was found wandering outside unattended.
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Heather & Terry Dubrow Lose $1.75 Million
You can never be too rich or have too big of a house apparently! After being duped by their long-time accountant, Heather and Terry Dubrow lost $1.75 million as the victims of a bogus financial scheme!
The Real Housewives Of Orange County and Botched couple are sharing their experiences in the hopes of bringing the thieves to justice and helping others avoid the same mistake!
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Kenya Moore Caught Faking Another Boyfriend
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Kim Zolciak Suffers Mini Stroke
The mini stroke was a blessing in disguise because it led to the discovery of a heart condition. Kim underwent surgery and kept us abreast of her health journey via selfies. Despite a petition campaigning to get an exemption to dance from Atlanta via satellite until she was given the OK to travel, Kim was forced to withdraw from Dancing With The Stars. #SequinsOverHealth
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Josh Taekman Discovered With Ashley Madison Account
Kristen Taekman's marital problems with husband Josh continue. After renewing their vows this season, Josh was caught with an Ashley Madison account! Sonja Morgan wasn't surprised
- and neither were we.
Josh, username "Mr_Big_NYC", was quite involved with the cheater website - despite insisting he only signed up as a joke. Kristen stood by her man - and sacrificed her Real Housewives Of New York job in the process when she refused to let her marriage become a storyline for the next season. You win some losers, and lose some winners, right?!
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Meri & Kody Brown Divorce; Robyn Is Pregnant
Sister Wives split! Kody Brown divorced his first (and only legal) wife Meri to legally wed his fourth (and youngest and hottest) wife Robyn. The official reason for the divorce was that family's desire to adopt Robyn's three children from her previous marriage. Oh, and Robyn was pregnant with Kody's 18th kid!
Meri's twitter spread rumors that she was having an affair, and threatening to leave the family and the show over Kody's betrayal. But as of now they all remain one VERY BIG, unhappy family.
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Lamar Odom Overdoses At Brothel
This October, Lamar overdosed on cocaine while partying at infamous Las Vegas brothel, The Bunny Ranch. Lamar was found unresponsive by brothel employees and was temporarily in a coma as MedEvac struggled to transport the 6"10 basketball player to the hospital.
Did Brooks Ayers Fake Cancer?!
This season of Real Housewives Of Orange County was hopelessly devoted to Brooks Ayers battle with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and the battle over whether or not Brooks was lying about having cancer! Brooks was turning to juicing and non-western medicine after chemo failed, which raised suspicions.
Vicki Gunvalson's co-star Meghan King Edmonds led the crusade to figure out "Truth!" and "Justice!" by spending her many free hours stalking Brooks online and calling his purported doctors. Vicki stood by her man until they broke up. Then the questions became: Did Vicki know? And if so, when did she find out? And was she in on it?
Yolanda Foster Splits From David Foster
After repeatedly proclaiming David Foster "My Love! My King!" imagine
no one's everyone's surprise when Yolanda Foster announced their decision to divorce on the night of the Real Housewives Of Bverly Hills premiere!
Both Yolanda and David remain steadfast that they care about and support each other, but sources say otherwise. Actually sources claim Yolanda left David becuase he devoted more time to his career than her health journey, while other sources allege David was tired of playing second fiddle to Lyme and wasting his hard-earned money on alternative treatments.
Whatever the case - I imagine money will silence most of the dirt!
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