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12 Infamous Reality TV Stars From 2000s – Then And Now

It is reasonable to assert that the 2000s were the most prosperous decade for the entertainment industry. Britney Spears has had a string of phenomenally successful




There are a plethora of shows that are broadcasting at this time. We can’t deny the attraction of competitions, comparisons, and “of course”… drama. The following are some memorable moments from various shows that have stuck with us. If you watched the first season of Survivor, you will never, ever forget the sight of Richard completely naked.


There are many stars who earned the limelight from reality shows. When you find out that Paris Hilton started her career as a reality TV star, you might be surprised. In addition to Hilton, we are interested in recruiting ten additional notorious reality stars from the 2000s. Check them out to find out how they’ve evolved since then and into the present.

#1 Then: Honey Boo Boo

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Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson made her first public appearance in the early 2000s when she and her mom – June “Mama June” Shannon participated in the TLC show, “Toddlers & Tiaras”. She had just turned 5 years old at this point in time. The audience was captivated by both her and her mother’s appearances on the show. They gained sufficient notoriety to launch their own spin-off show, titled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” which aired between the years 2012 and 2017.

Now: Honey Boo Boo

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There is no longer a younger version of Honey Boo Boo because she has matured into a girl of 17 years old. Throughout the years, she and various members of her family have made appearances on a variety of reality shows. Alana, who is now a teenager, is a recurring cast member on the reality show “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which was given to her by WE TV. They also have a show “Mama June: Road to Redemption” and gained a massive cult following.

#2 Then: Omarosa Manigault Newman

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The first season of “The Apprentice” aired in 2004, and Omarosa Manigault Newman was a contestant. She played a character that was demanding and bossy, which won over the audience. The episode in which she was fired by Donald Trump because of her poor attitude and lack of leadership skills is one of the highlights of the show featuring her. During the show’s season finale, she made a comeback as a team member, and her ruthless sabotage of her team leader cemented her place in reality TV.

Now: Omarosa Manigault Newman

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As of right now, Omarosa is famous for her role as a reality star. Her most recent appearance can be seen in season 9 of “Married to Medicine,” which debuted earlier this year. Besides, she surprised audiences when she surfaced in the Trump White House as assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. On the other hand, she was summarily fired for “abusing the White House car service,” as the official reason given. After some time, she wrote a memoir, and shortly after that, Trump initiated legal action against her.

#3 Then: Kate Gosselin

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After watching Jon & Kate Plus 8, it was impossible to forget about Kate Gosselin. She is memorable with her hair at this time, as well as the moments in which she berates and demeans her then-husband, Jon Gosselin. “Of course,” these moments are unforgettable. She appeared to take pleasure in all of the conflict and attention, which ultimately led to the dissolution of her marriage and the disintegration of her family.

Now: Kate Gosselin

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Only a few short years after the debut of their show, Kate and Jon filed for divorce the following year in 2009. She competed on Dancing With the Stars in 2010, and it was said that she and her partner, Tony Dovolani, did not get along. The following year, in 2018, she was ultimately unable to retain custody of her children Hannah and Collin. Kate returned to TLC in 2019 for the show Kate Plus Date in an effort to maintain her notoriety. She has relocated to North Carolina in recent years in order to lead a quiet life away from the public eye.

#4 Then: Farrah Abraham

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Farrah Abraham entered the public eye for the first time when she participated in the debut season of the reality show 16 & Pregnant on MTV. Most viewers genuinely felt empathy for her since, for the most part, she was a fully neutral and uncontroversial character. She continued to be upbeat even after she found out that she was expecting a child. She possessed a powerful sense of purpose and gave off the impression of being intelligent. But after she gave birth to her daughter Sophia, things began to shift a little bit in a different direction.

Now: Farrah Abraham

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Farrah went on to star in Teen Mom, yet it turned out that her daughter received more attention than she did. Due to the fact that she worked in the adult entertainment industry, she was terminated from her position on the show. Both she and her daughter became internet celebrities, and she was frequently called out for making parenting choices that caused her daughter to have behavioral issues. Additionally, she was taken into custody in January 2022 for striking a security guard at a nightclub.

#5 Then: Nicole Richie

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Now: Nicole Richie

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Nicole has undergone significant development since the early 2000s. She had a couple of really tough years, the primary cause of which was the excessive amounts of drinking and drug use that she engaged in (even getting a DUI in 2011 when she was still a young mom of two and a newlywed). But not long after that, she abandoned all other concerns in favor of tending to her family and running her company.

She established the jewelry and accessories label House of Harlow 1960 in 2008, and it has since become a cult brand in the fashion industry. She has appeared in quite a few movies and shows on television, such as Empire, Grace and Frankie, and Camping, amongst others. Aside from that, her marriage is going strong, and she recently became Cameron Diaz’s sister-in-law.


#6 Then: Richard Hatch

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Now: Richard Hatch

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#7 Then: Teck Holmes

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When Teck “T. Money” Holmes first appeared as a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: Hawaii in 1999, he was widely known for being somewhat annoying at the time of his debut. Because of his outsized personality and colorful demeanor, he attracted a lot of people’s attention. Love him or hate him, he received so much attention that he was able to land modest roles on television and even in films for several years after his season finished (including The Challenge). In the year 2000, he was the host of the music video program Direct Effect that was broadcast on MTV.

Now: Teck Holmes

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Teck has successfully closed the loop. He is back working with MTV, this time on The Challenge: All-Stars on Paramount. In the second season of the show, which began airing in the autumn of 2021, he is one of the contestants. Additionally, he performs frequently as a DJ at a nightclub in Los Angeles. He is still active in the performing and modeling industries.

#8 Then: Heidi Montag

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On their first appearance together on television, Heidi Montag and her husband Spencer Pratt appeared in an episode of MTV’s The Hills. However, it was immediately clear that neither of them were interested in achieving fame. What made Heidi famous was the fact that she ignited and continued to stoke the flames of controversy while she was a cast member on the hit show. The couple finally tied the knot at the end of the sixth season.

Now: Heidi Montag

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Since The Hills, Heidi has primarily been seen on reality television programs including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Wife Swap, Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, and Celebrity Big Brother. However, she became famous after admitting in 2010 that she had undergone ten different cosmetic procedures in a single day. They are still very close and she gave birth to a son named Gunner during her relationship with Spencer. On The Hills: New Beginnings, which ran for two seasons from 2019 to 2021 and was broadcast on MTV, the two of them made a triumphant return.

#9 Then: Tila Tequila

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Tila Tequila became quite well-known in the early years of social media, when it was still in its infancy. She started off the new millennium working as a model, and eventually she was cast in the role of Surviving Nugent. She was once the most well-known user of the social media platform MySpace, which resulted in MTV offering her the opportunity to host her own bisexual dating program called A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila, which aired for two seasons.

Now: Tila Tequila

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Tila was known for being a controversial figure throughout the entirety of her career as a celebrity. Because she appeared to give the Nazi salute in a photo that she published on Twitter, she was eventually suspended from the platform. She made her last television appearance in 2015 on Celebrity Big Brother, and ever since then, she has almost completely disappeared from the public eye.

#10 Then: Kelly Osbourne

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On her family’s reality series, The Osbournes (which of course starred her wacky rocker father, Ozzy Osbourne), Kelly Osbourne was never the most outrageous character, but that is exactly what made her stand out from the rest of the cast. It’s possible that she’ll be most remembered for her curvy figure and her spiky hair, both of which were unusual for television stars to have at the time. However, she engaged in a number of ridiculous arguments with her parents, which left an indelible mark on her adherents.

Now: Kelly Osbourne

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Since then, Kelly has established a fruitful career in the entertainment industry, where she has appeared on a variety of television shows in addition to pursuing musical endeavors. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, she drastically reduced her weight and later made an appearance on The Masked Singer. However, she has also experienced some failures in her personal life. She has been to treatment centers for substance abuse and alcoholism multiple times in the past.

#11 Then: David Giuntoli

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In order to win fantastic rewards, such as a car, actor David Giuntoli did strange acts, such as butchering a chicken and performing a striptease at a gay club. After that, in 2003, he took part in the Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet and won the competition because viewers found his antics entertaining.

Now: David Giuntoli

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David has established himself as a credible star on television. After his days at MTV, he went on to appear in supporting roles on a variety of television programs, including Gray’s Anatomy and Nip/Tuck, among others. In 2011, he landed the lead role on the hit horror/fantasy series Grimm, where he met his wife, Bitsie Tulloch. After the conclusion of the show’s run of six seasons, David almost immediately began working on the critically acclaimed show A Million Little Things.

#12 Then: Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton is the person most responsible for the success of today’s unscripted celebrity reality shows, and this is true regardless of how you felt about her. The majority of us simply couldn’t get over how drastically different the lifestyles of the wealthy and famous were from our own, which is why the movie The Simple Life, in which Paris’s close friend Nicole Richie also appeared, became an instant hit almost immediately after it was released. After the first season of the series aired in 2003, we were given the opportunity to observe all of Paris’ hard-partying socialite behavior.

Now: Paris Hilton

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