Ahh, the reality show. What other medium seems to focus on fame mongers and/or washed up celebrities trying to make themselves relevant? TV is full of reality programming these days, and that means more and more reality TV fails for the Internet to enjoy and mock. Reality television is a source of some of the biggest TV fails of all time, and more than its share of the classic TV host nip slip. Not just Nancy Grace’s stint on Dancing with the Stars, this list includes all of the greatest reality TV fails in recent history. From the host of Australia’s Next Top Model announcing the wrong winner, to Snooki getting punched in the face, here are the other greatest and most cringeworthy fails from all across reality television programming. The beauty of reality TV is the car crash element, and a world in which nip slips to overall FAILs, can happen relatively often. We aren’t watching Real Houswives for the stories!
I could seriously make an entire list out of pundit/”News” reporter extraordinaire Nancy Grace’s completely *ahem* ungraceful (I’m so sorry) stint on Dancing with the Stars.
It’s seriously gotten to the point where the only reason they’re probably keeping her on is for ratings and more internet jokes/exposure (it’s working). I mean, why else would they keep on a horrible dancer (not that I watch it) who not only farts during interviews (see above), but then gives the internet what may very well be the most unwanted nip slip in television history (and this says a lot):
And not only is it really, really difficult not to make a Fantasia reference whenever I’m watching her on TV with my girlfriend, but she makes herself impossible to take seriously.
It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, they really need to up the caliber of “stars” on Dancing with the Stars.
In the defining moment of the popular TV show that demonstrates how unfair and ridiculous of a country America is (as well as how entertaining Guidos can be), the first season of The Jersey Shorereally brought the drama.
How? Well, the infamous Snooki gets fed up with a guy who is not only mooching off their MTV-paid drinks at the bar and is hanging out with her friends. Why? Because he’s a complete D-Bag.
She starts telling him off about leaving her friends alone after he becomes aggressive. His first move?
He punches Snooki in the face.
Watch the video to see it. He actually punches a GIRL in the FACE. For little to no reason other than that he has a short temper (and probably something else.)
Without this controversial and defining moment, we probably wouldn’t have Snooki charging $30,000 for appearances on red carpets (welcome to America!) and The Situation netting over $3.5 Million by the end of 2010.
The FAIL in this? The guy who punched a soon-to-be TV star, was sent to jail in front of the whole country in shame, Dateline NBC style, yet helped perpetuate the fame of the person he hated enough (in that drunken moment) to deck in the face.
A contestant on The Amazing Race is doing not-so-great in one of the Gallagher-inspired challenges.
The challenge? To toss a watermelon using a giant slingshot. It’s The Amazing Race and all the challenges must be completed quickly, efficiently and with mastery of whatever is going on.
One watermelon is flung, then another… and then. It literally backfires on her. An ENORMOUS sling shot, which she leans back and puts her whole body’s worth of force into, flings an entire, full-sized watermelon back at her face.
Watch the video to see what happens.
The worst part? The host who says that (even though the lady had some light fractures and, apparently, a CONCUSSION) she must finish the challenge. Her reasoning?…
“They don’t call it The Amazing Race for nothing.”
Funniest part? The slowdown of what her supporter is saying right before she seriously pwns herself in the face.
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Vern Troyer looks like a living Russ Troll Doll. He’s a good-hearted, yet weird and sexually disturbing little man who not only starred in the Austin Powers sequels as “Mini Me”, but went on to have bit parts in various TV shows and movies, making a name for himself as a character actor.
Often making fun of himself, he decided to go on the Surreal Life show, where (pretty much) has-beens/pop culture cult figures like Bobby Brown, Da Brat, Tammy Fae Baker, Vanilla Ice, Erik Estrada and such go into a house and are forced to live together.
They aren’t pampered and are forced to take care of themselves… and chaos then ensues. Absolutely ridiculous premise for a show right? Well, apparently not…
In a moment which, if you watch the video, Jimmy Kimmel called one of the greatest Intoxicated Moments of the last decade, Vern Troyer (Mini Me) drove around the house in his scooter completely naked.
Not only did he drive around in the scooter (which he actually used to get around for some weird, fever-dream/nightmare reason – click here for proof ) completely naked, with his weird little pot belly hanging out, but he parked in a corner of the house. And peed.
He peed in the house while completely drunk, completely naked and driving a scooter 3x his size.
The FAIL = his life.
Here’s a creepy, BLACKOUT drunk clip of him writhing around in his bed. We’ve all been there: that “it hurts not to vomit” kind of drunk. Anyway here it is .
The inspiration for this list, and probably one of the greatest things that’s happened in reality show history, because it is absolutely awful, is the announcement of the wrong winner for Australia’s Next Top Model.
Imagine it: all your dreams are on the line, you’ve fought for weeks to gain the respect and love of your entire country (an entire continent, actually), you’ve gone through the challenges and put yourself out there for what will literally be your dream come true if you win. It all comes down to this.
The winners are going to be announced and absolutely nothing is more important or nerve-wracking.
Your name is called. You celebrate, you give a speech, you look at your adoring public.
And in an instant, it is taken away from you.
At the Australia’s Next Top Model 2010 season finale event, host Sarah Murdoch declared Kelsey Martinovich the winner of the competition to, only one minute later, take it away from her completely, realizing that the wrong winner was fed to her. Amanda Ware actually became the winner of the prestigious competition and Kelsey Martinovich had to go home empty-handed.
Absolutely freaking brutal.
This is probably the saddest thing you will see today, even if you see a puppy AND a kitten get a terminal disease on your way to (or on your way home from) a crappy day of work.
On the show American Inventor (where inventors pitch their life-long dreams/ideas to a panel of venture capitalists/investors), Marc Griffin makes his case. This middle-aged African Americangentleman sold his house, quit his job, sold his car, got left by his wife… all for a game that he honestly believed was going to be an Olympic Sport.
The sport: Bullet Ball! What is Bullet Ball? A glorified dining room table with neon colored balls with which you play a game of hand-Pong.
The FAIL? Losing his entire life to the most unoriginal game idea since “table tennis” or “don’t wake daddy.”