Reality television has become an American addiction, as viewers get an inside look at the lives of ordinary people who quickly become as famous as A-list entertainers. The shows are (supposedly) unscripted, which means anything can happen at any time for drama that turns into TV gold. Network producers also take a risk bringing these people on air, as real people make mistakes like the rest of us, and without proper background research, things can get really messy, really fast. (Think anti-gay remarks, anti-Islam slurs, and canceled TV shows.) Here are the scandals that rocked the networks of HGTV and TLC.
Should Have Known That Was a Bad Idea: Toddlers & Tiaras
The TLC show sounded like a good idea at the time, but soon became a lightning rod for controversy. The reality show Toddlers & Tiaras follows the families who compete in child beauty pageants and aired for seven seasons, between 2009 and 2016. The children were dressed up and put on stage to compete for the crown. Their mothers adorned the four-year-olds with heavy make-up, spray tans, wigs, and age-inappropriate costumes.
The show sparked loads of criticism from viewers, as they watched mothers hand toddlers fake cigarettes, have them dance in a cage, dress them up as the “Pretty Woman” character, and take other wildly inappropriate measures to win the competitions. One child contestant even sang “I’m sexy and I know it” for her performance.
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Here Comes… A Big No No
TLC instituted Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as a spin-off to network’s other controversial reality television series, Toddlers & Tiaras. The show followed one of the child beauty pageant contestants from the original series, Alana Thompson (nicknamed Honey Boo Boo) and her family in their Georgia town. Honey Boo Boo’s reality show aired for two years, four seasons, before it canceled.
The reason why? It was discovered that the mother of the family, June Shannon, went back to her ex, Mark McDaniel, who is a convicted child molester, and one of his victims was Shannon’s own daughter. (She has four daughters including Honey Boo Boo, each of whom has a different father.) TLC sought to immediately disassociate from the family after hearing of Shannon’s reunion with McDaniel and quickly canceled the show.
The Damage Was Already Done
Even though The Learning Channel network quickly canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and attempted to distance their brand from the Shannon family, the correlation was already there, and it couldn’t be forgotten. To make matters worse for TLC, more detailed reports were published, including horrifying documents from Spalding County Superior Court which retells the incidents of child molestation that the Shannon daughters experienced a decade before the show first aired.
The documents, obtained by Radar, state that June Shannon’s boyfriend, Mark McDaniel, molested then eight-year-old Anna multiple times while the mother of four was at work. The accounts are beyond disturbing, and also carried over to Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, who was three years old at the time, who lay in the same bed while it happened. Sex Offender McDaniel went to prison for his actions but got back together with Shannon when he was released.
Flip or Flop Hosts’ Relationship on the Rocks
Working with your spouse in your professional career isn’t for everyone and definitely has its challenges, even for the strongest of couples. Married couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa hosted HGTV’s Flip or Flop since April 2013. The real estate agents purchase foreclosed houses in Orange County, California and renovate them into beautiful homes, while the progress is documented for the show.
In 2016 reports came to light of the couple not getting along, fighting both at home and around the production team. An incident that went under the radar for six months surfaced when people saw the couple’s relationship was on the rocks. On May 23, 2016, Tarek took his handgun and went off on the hiking trail in Chino Hills behind their Orange County home. A frightened Christina called the police, who reported him as possibly suicidal. They flew a helicopter over their neighborhood, found him, and escorted him back to his home. Tarek said he was just trying to “blow off some steam.” No charges were given.
The Split Is Official
“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the couple said in a statement in December 2016. The same day they announced that they have decided to separate after seven years of marriage, but will continue to attend counseling and decide the future of their marriage. Both took to Instagram to share their thoughts and state of mind with their followers at the end of 2016, cementing that there are changes in their family dynamic.
Tarek and Christina El Moussa are still locked into a contract that requires them to film several more episodes in 2017, however awkward that may be. As of now, they’ve agreed to honor the contract. A source also told E! News that the show will come to an end after the completion of those final episodes of Flip or Flop.
Christina Begins Dating the Contractor
Ugh, no… why? It turns out the couple officially split back in May, after the gun incident, long before the tabloids got a hold of the news. Sometime between spring and the holidays, when the couple announced the separation, Christina El Moussa began to date their contractor, Gary Anderson. Not only is that a stab in the back for her former husband, but Anderson doesn’t have the cleanest track record himself.
The contractor, who helped the El Moussa’s on a backyard renovation project, has had two messy divorces himself, fighting his ex-wives in court over money and custody of the children for over a decade. Turns out, it was Anderson that was the one to call the police when he saw Tarek take off with the gun. HGTV can’t be happy with all of this drama landing on the covers of weekly magazines.
Tarek Gives Details On The Divorce
Fans of Flip or Flop didn’t know the exact details of what led to couple’s divorce, who hosts the show. But then in March of 2017, Tarek El Moussa finally spoke to US Weekly to shed some light on the split, while filming of the show went on. “It was a gradual thing over time. We were both very busy people with health issues and kids. We didn’t fight, we just grew apart.”
Tarek had a cancer scare, while his ex-wife Christina dealt with the aftermath of a miscarriage, and fertility challenges. (The couple has two children together, six, and 17 months old.) Despite the divorce, the show must go on. “We’ll be together for the rest of our lives because we have kids. We need to get along for the kids and for our sanity. Now we say, ‘Hi, good morning.’ We film together and talk about houses and the kids.”
Having Eight Kids Ain’t Easy
The Gosselin family had a huge following from the beginning, for their TLC reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8. A whopping 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of the fifth season of the show, which aired November 22, 2016. America is intrigued by the Pennsylvania couple who had both twins and sextuplets. But with fame, came problems. Jon was accused of being unfaithful, and tabloids would not let it go.
The couple eventually called it quits in 2009, but that didn’t end the drama, or the reality shows for that matter. They bashed each other in the tabloids, and basically at any opportunity they could.
Post Divorce: Kate Plus 8
TLC announced the cancellation of the show soon after Jon and Kate’s divorce in 2009. But, with the fan base still there, the show was revived in 2011 as Kate Plus 8. Although Kate has full legal custody, Jon shares physical custody and isn’t happy that the kids are still filming the show. He has taken stabs at Kate, saying she’s only doing the show for her own publicity and for money.
But they’re both still filming, as Jon and his new girlfriend appeared on Couples Therapy after the divorce. Kate had an unsuccessful stint on Dancing with the Stars and has undergone a transformation to make her barely recognizable from her early days on the show. On the flip side, Jon was left unemployed and struggling to even get a job clearing tables at a restaurant. What a crazy turn of events for this family.
Jon Gosselin Files $5 Million Lawsuit Against TLC
While it was no secret that the father of eight was having trouble finding employment, he thought of one way to come up with some serious money. In September of 2016, he filed a $5 million claim against the network, stating that the television show and network had damaged his reputation and is preventing him from making a living by working with other media outlets.
Rather than banning him from working with other networks, Jon claims the producers have contacted other media and persuaded them not to sign a deal with him. The lawsuit is a counter to a lawsuit that TLC filed against Jon in 2009, claiming his work doing paid TV appearances without permission from the network violates their contract agreement.
HGTV’s Love It or List It Sued by Homeowners
The reality show features interior designer Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin as they renovate featured homeowners’ current homes, while also shopping for a new home to potentially buy. At the end of each episode, they choose to “love it or list it.” One couple on the show, however, wasn’t so happy with their home after it was renovated by the HGTV reality show.
Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan put down $140,000 for the remodeling of their home, but claim that the show only put $85,786.50 back into it, and spent the rest on production costs. Not only that, but windows were painted shut, while other sections of the home were left not painted at all, and some of the flooring had holes in it. Needless to say, the couple was furious and filed a lawsuit against the show’s producers.
The Show Is Scripted, Fake, and Full of Flaws
Aside from the lawsuit, Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan put Love It or List It on blast, calling out the cast and crew for shooting a phony show that has no real merit to what it portrays on television.
The couple states in the lawsuit against the show’s production company, “The show is scripted, with roles and reactions assigned to the various performers and participants, including the homeowners. These characters are actors or television personalities playing a role for the camera, and in this case, none of them played more than a casual role in the actual renovation process.” Ouch.
HGTV Show Canceled for Anti-Gay, Anti-Islam Remarks
Twin sons of the evangelical Christian minister and ring wing protester Flip Benham starred in the HGTV series Flip It Forward for four weeks before it was pulled off the air by the network. Twin brothers David and Jason Benham claim that HGTV knew of their beliefs against gay marriage before they were signed on to the show, but saw that they were good people, and looked past it.
David had previously led anti-gay prayers outside of the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and wrote a blog post comparing the push for legalizing gay marriage to the Nazi regime. However, once it was brought to the attention of the media that the Flip It Forward hosts had made anti-gay and anti-Islam comments in the past, production was put at a standstill, and the show was quickly canceled.
Chip & Joanna Gaines Anti-Gay Controversy
In November 2016, a rumor began circulating that the married hosts of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines, are “staunchly” anti-gay. The debate started because of the Gaines’ ties to an evangelical church whose pastor openly stands against gay marriage.
In response to the controversy, HGTV quickly released a statement avowing that the network does not discriminate against any members of the LGBT community. The Gaines, however, did not comment publicly until more than a month later when Chip blogged, “Joanna and I have personal convictions.” He then went on to say “Our family wants to fight for a world that knows how to lovingly disagree.” He did not address the anti-gay controversy directly in his post. Many interpreted the delay in responding and the seeming refusal to specifically deny the claims as evidence that the couple does, indeed, have homophobic leanings.
Father of the Willis Family Arrested, Show Canceled
TLC’s The Willis Family was canceled after two seasons following the arrest of the father, Toby Willis. The show began airing on TLC in May of 2015, which followed the musical family of 14 as they gave musical performances on tour across the country. The family that lives in Nashville, Tennessee had also reached the quarterfinals of season 9 of America’s Got Talent and the 12 kids of parents Toby and Brenda Willis had been in the spotlight ever since. The future looked bright for The Willis Family until father Toby Willis was arrested for charges of alleged child abuse, that took place 12 years prior.
Willis was put in prison and the show was canceled, much to the shock of fans of the TLC show. In the days leading up to his arrest, Willis caught word that he was being investigated by police and fled. His trial is set for March 1, 2017.
19 Kids and Counting Son Accused of Molesting Five Girls
The oldest of the 19 kids of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting reality show, Josh Duggar was accused of molesting four of his underage sisters, plus another girl, between 2002 and 2003 when he was 14 and 15 years old. When his father found out, he brought Josh to meet with Jim Hutchens, an Arkansas State Trooper. Hutchens spoke to Josh about the sexual abuse but didn’t press any charges or file a report. (In an unrelated incident, Hutchens was arrested and convicted of child pornography charges and sentenced to 56 years in prison.)
The drama was enough to have the show that ran for 10 seasons canceled. TLC made the announcement on July 16, 2015. Josh, who now has four kids of his own, entered a treatment facility for his history of sexual abuse, and for cheating on his wife, which was revealed in his subscriptions to Ashley Madison during the data breach in 2015. This is certainly not the family image TLC wanted for the show.
Mama June Shannon Threatens to Sue TLC
June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s mother, was furious when the show that followed their family was canceled, and reported that it cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars. But when she saw that 19 Kids and Counting wasn’t taken off the air after Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse allegations were published, she claimed her family was being treated unfairly by TLC, and threatened to sue the network.
She argues that her ex who was charged with sexual abuse had never appeared on the show, and hence the other show should be taken off the air, not hers. She told TMZ, “I read that the Duggar family said, this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they’re saying it’s ok to have family touch time? Hell no.”
Mama June’s Redemption
After her ex’s controversial past caused a media wildfire, Mama June bounced back with a revenge body and a new series to cover her transformation, Mama June: From Not to Hot. After finding out that her ex-husband was remarrying (and she would be attending the wedding) she decided to channel her heartbreak into something positive. Previously weighing a whopping 460 lbs, the reality tv star underwent gastric sleeve surgery, a breast augmentation, and skin removal surgery.
She also hired a nutrition and fitness coach to get her into the best shape of her life. With all these efforts combined, Mama June has lost 300 lbs, and claims she’s never going back to her old body. She told People magazine, “I can promise you I’m never going back to that size. I’m happy where I’m at.”
Fixer Upper Couple Fined by EPA for $40,000 + $160,000 in Labor
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ TV series Fixer Upper focuses on their company Magnolia Homes renovating old houses around Waco, Texas. Some of the houses they work on are decades old, and many are built before 1978 when lead-based paint was banned from being used on homes.
The Environmental Protection Agency investigated Magnolia Homes’ handling of lead-based paint after a few episodes that aired raised questions over whether the Gaines were properly getting rid of the toxic paint. The EPA found 33 properties that Magnolia Homes worked on to be in violation. The couple is paying a $40,000 fine and completing $160,000 of lead abatement work to resolve the issue.
Bride Takes Say Yes to the Dress to Court
For many women, their wedding day is their “big day” and they want nothing to stand in the way of making it a perfect event to be remembered. Alexandra Godino, engaged to fiance and professional hockey player Jeff May, is one of those women. She was selected to be a bride on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and the film crew captured her journey selecting the perfect dress, which totaled at $40,000.
When she found out that her episode was to be aired before her May 6th wedding date, Godino rushed to request that producers wait until her big day, as not to reveal the wedding dress beforehand. She took the matter to court, where the Manhattan Supreme Court ruled that it was only an oral agreement when TLC said they would wait to air, and that she had already signed the contract. She plans to sue the show for damages.
Sister Wive’s Meri Brown Caught Having an Affair
Polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives are the main cast for TLC’s show Sister Wives reality program which has so far lasted seven seasons. Brown and his first wife, Meri have been married for 26 years and have one child together (the polygamist family has 18 kids in total). In 2016 it was revealed on the show that Meri was caught having an online relationship with someone named “Sam Cooper.”
The twist in the story appears when it’s discovered that the man Meri had been flirting with turned out to be a woman, named Jackie Overton, posing as a man to trick Meri into a catfishing scandal. Once the affair was brought to light, Meri admits she did it because she was angry with her husband, but doesn’t take responsibility for her actions, claiming it was Overton’s fault for tricking her.
Breaking Amish, or Faking Amish?
The reality television series on TLC had viewers questioning its authenticity from the start. The series is based on five young adults who supposedly had never been exposed to life outside of Amish communities. They are picked up from their communities and brought to New York City. The true backgrounds of the cast were quickly revealed, however. Jeremiah Raber was exposed to have left the family’s farm over a decade before the show had aired, instead of never, as claimed.
Raber’s ex-wife also came out and said that Raber is completely connected to the real world with a cell phone, cars, and even visits strip clubs. In the show, he claims he has never driven a car, and even takes lessons. Amish bloggers back up the ex-wife’s claims.
Never Met, You Say?
Two of the cast members, Rebecca Byler and Abe Schmucker claim that they go to the same church, but have never officially met before. After sharing a car to the airport at the beginning of the show, Abe says in an interview that he’s excited to get to know Rebecca more. Well, that’s funny Abe because, after a little digging on Facebook, followers of the show were able to find that Rebecca and Abe not only know each other, but they’ve been dating for quite a while. Oh yeah, and they have a child together!
Abe also claimed he’d never drank alcohol before either, but his arrest record proves otherwise, as he was arrested four years before the show started filming for public intoxication in Kentucky.
LA Ink Canceled Following Kat Von D’s Relationship with Jesse James
In 2011 TLC announced that the fourth season of Kat Von D’s reality television series following her tattoo shop, LA Ink would be its last. The show was a spin-off from TLC’s Miami Ink where Kat was part of the cast for a short period of time, before deciding to head back to LA. Kat’s popularity and fame quickly escalated and her love life was soon covered in the tabloids. One relationship in particular, with Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James, received some bad publicity.
Bullock and James split after he was caught cheating, and history repeated itself with James and Von D. She had a few words to say to TLC for canceling her show at the same time. “In an effort to capitalize on my recent breakup, the network has decided to focus their energy on re-editing events that didn’t happen while filming,” Von D told People Magazine. “I have no regrets and am very proud of the original footage. In my opinion, any attempt to compromise the honesty of that would be an insult to my fans and viewers.”
Jon Gosselin’s Questionable Choices
Remember back in 2009, right after Jon and Kate called it quits, he took up with a much younger woman named Hailey Glassman? Hailey is ten years younger than Jon and also happens to be Kate Gosselin’s plastic surgeon. Yikes, talk about an awkward arrangement! Hailey and Jon also ultimately parted ways, and the two took some very public barbs in the media.
Hailey even said Jon had a “tiny manhood.” Hailey went on to a very fitting career in media and public relations. However, in 2015 Hailey and Jon were spotted on a lunch date in New York City, so perhaps the two are on decent terms after all.
Sister Wives Gay Family Member?!
In January of 2017, Sister Wives aired an episode which showed a member of the family revealing they were gay. This is pretty shocking considering the family are members of the Apostolic United Brethren, which is a Mormon fundamentalist sect that promotes polygamy and denounces homosexuality.
The family member turned out to be Kody and Meri Brown’s only daughter Mariah. Her mother openly cried and got upset at her father and her sister wife Robyn for “being happy” she was gay. Kody said they weren’t happy that she was gay, but rather that she knows herself. Hopefully, Mariah is able to live out her life happily even without the support of her complicated family.
Sister Wives Kids Diss Mormonism
To follow up the previous post, two of the Sister Wives kids recently posted themselves gallivanting around bars. Before Mariah came as gay, she turned 21 years old in August of 2016. She and her brother Logan, posted photos to Instagram which clearly showed them enjoying some adult beverages.
While there’s nothing wrong with that it’s known that the Mormon religion denounces imbibing alcohol. When confronted on Instagram by different followers, Logan stated that he and Mariah are not Mormon. They are known to be affiliated with the fundamentalist Mormon sect, the Apostolic United Brethren, but perhaps the kids don’t see themselves as members of that either!
Kat Von D and DeadMau5
As mentioned previously, Kat Von D (formerly of the TLC show La Ink) has had a series of questionable relationships. One in particular, post- Jesse James, was with celebrity DJ DeadMau5. DeadMau5 had actually proposed to Kat over Twitter which she accepted. However, not long after the two felt apart.
Kat accused DeadMau5 of cheating on her and even of getting someone pregnant. DeadMau5 denied the cheating accusations and the two seemingly parted ways for good. In 2015, Kat was said to be dating Steve-O of Jackass fame, although they ultimately split in March of 2016. Perhaps, 2017 will be the year Kat will finally meet her match!
Property Brothers Bar Brawl
In 2016, one half of the Property Brothers duo got mixed up in a bar brawl in Fargo, North Dakota. It turns out it was Jonathan Scott, the construction half of the twins. Apparently, Jonathan got involved in some kind of scuffle with bar staff and had to be forcibly removed from the bar.
One of the staff members even told police that Jonathan pulled the “Don’t you know who I am?” line, which never goes over well in these types of situations. There were no charges filed against him, so it seems as though it has mostly blown over. In other news, his brother Drew recently got engaged at the end of December 2016, so congrats to him.
Rehab Addict Secret Baby?
The host of Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis, recently revealed that she not only had a secret baby but she also had a secret custody battle as well. In her book, Better Than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (And How They Saved Me), she revealed that she kept her pregnancy with her second child a secret.
The child, a boy named Harper, is now over a year old and she is engaged in a custody battle with his father, Shane Maguire. She hid her pregnancy on the show by only shooting from the shoulders up, and even strategically placing things in front of her belly, like a giant mirror. Nicole told People Magazine, “Having my newborn child’s face plastered all over social media on a Facebook post where someone could cut and paste it and make it a meme, that wasn’t for me.”
House Hunters Fake
In 2012, it was alleged by a blog that House Hunters is a fake show. The blog, Hooked on Houses, said that HGTV only cast participants on the show if they had already purchased a house. One participant named Bobi said that the producers “scrambled” to find houses to show and pretend like they were considering even though that actually already bought a house.
The properties weren’t even for sale, they were allegedly homes of friends, according to blog writer, Bobi. Entertainment Weekly later sought to verify Bobi’s comments, and she kind of backed out saying her experience wasn’t “the norm.” HGTV also released a statement but didn’t really confirm or deny the truths of Bobi’s comments.
On the show, Fixer Upper with the aforementioned Chip and Joanna Gaines, the homes at the end of each show are always outfitted in absolutely stunning décor. This is of course from furniture at The Gaines’ own Magnolia Market which Joanna runs in Waco, Texas. Well, it turns out the Fixer Upper families don’t get to keep any of the furnishings!
What a letdown! Some steely-eyed viewers noticed that certain pieces were seen multiple times in different homes, and when questioned about it on their website, The Gaines said that the families may purchase the furnishings but it’s all “dependent on their budget.”
Ellen’s Design Challenge Scandal
Ellen’s Design Challenge is a show that appears on the HGTV network and executive produced by Ellen Degeneres. During the first season, there was apparently a pretty big scandal after the winner was found to have stolen his ideas. Contestant Tim McClellan was found to have stolen his design ideas from a European designer named Simon Schacht.
This lead to the winning title being stripped away from him and given to the runner-up Katie Stout. The show’s producers, however, decided to do this all very publicly which can’t be so great for Tim, who is the owner of his own furniture store.
Losing HGTV Dream Homes
Since 1997, the HGTV program Dream Homes has given away a new home worth $1 million every year. Unfortunately, for the starry-eyed winner, HGTV does not help you out with the taxes that accompany such a majestic abode. Almost every winner with the exception of two has sold their homes because they were unable to afford the taxes.
The 2005 winner of the Lake Tyler house, Don Cruz, actually wanted to rent out the master bedroom suite on a nightly basis in order to try to pay the taxes. However, the City of Tyler rejected his proposition. He then realized that the house had an even higher value than what he thought so he sold the home. Perhaps, HGTV should make some sort of arrangement for helping winners pay the taxes on their new abode.
Flip Or Flop Classes Were A Scam
In October of 2016, people who attended Flip or Flop Christina and Tarek El Moussa’s class to show them how to flip houses. However, the people who attended were super disappointed when it turned out that Christina and Tarek weren’t even going to show up. Instead, they pre-recorded a message saying they were busy with the show and flipping their own houses.
The “free class” turned out to merely be an advertisement to spend money on the former couples’ classes which cost upwards of several thousand dollars. The couple seems to be following in the footsteps of many other reality show flippers who have been accused of similar things like A&E’s Flip This House with Armando Montelongo, and Thad Merrill.
Long Island Medium is a show that follows Theresa Caputo who is New Jersey blonde with long fingernails and a super strong Jersey accent. Her show often purports to show her communicating with people’s dearly departed family members. In 2015, the long island medium was investigated for fraud after she was accused of preying on the most vulnerable.
Even Bravo executive Andy Cohen tried to use Caputo to reach his close friend Natasha Richardson, who passed away in 2009. In his book, Cohen discussed the encounter and then said she was unable to do so, and also slammed Caputo in his book, The Andy Cohen Diaries, claiming that when he asked her to contact his late bestie, Natasha Richardson, she tried but was unable to saying “She didn’t, so it was a lot of fishing.”
All American Muslim
After the show, All American Muslim, aired on TLC the hardware and home improvement store Lowe’s pulled all of their advertising from the network. The show was about the lives of five Lebanese American Muslims who lived in Michigan. The show got a lot of positive feedback for showing an accurate portrayal of Muslims in the United States.
Sadly, the show also received a lot of hate after Lowe’s and several other companies pulled their sponsorship. Multiple celebs, activists, and even politicians criticized Lowe’s for what definitely seemed to be discriminatory views. Ultimately, the show was canceled after only one season.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding is a reality series that is supposed to show the marriage customs of Romani Americans. One of the man issues with this show, right off the bat, is that “gypsies” as a term is considered to be a racial slur to the Romani people.
Typically “gypsies” has a very negative connotation, which makes people think of swindlers or thieves. In Europe, the Romani people and migrants are often very discriminated against and abused. The show has also been criticized for contributing to making the stereotype even worse and giving no historical or political context for the ethnic group.
My Husband’s Not Gay
In 2015, TLC aired a reality show called “My Husband’s Not Gay.” The show focused on several straight Mormon married couples, where the husbands admit to having feelings for men. Because they believe they would be going against the Bible, the men have chosen to deny their feelings for men and instead enter into heterosexual relationships with their wives.
Even GLAAD issued a statement on the show saying that it was “downright irresponsible,” and “TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.” Someone even started a change.org petition to try to stop the show, which attracted upwards of 100,000 signatures.
Tyler Perry Reverse Racism
In 2016, Tyler Perry helmed his own television series called Too Close Too Home which aired on TLC. Many regard the show as the whitewashed version of Scandal. Obviously, Tyler’s mainly makes shows with a majority African American cast, so many of those who watch and enjoy his films were upset when he took a show and cast an almost all white cast.
Tyler did not react well and accused his fans of “reverse racism.” Of course, “racism” in and of itself refers to a system of rules and laws that have been used to oppress a particular racial or ethnic group and that has never been the case for white people in this country. Needless to say, the show has continued on and it’s yet to be seen if it will be renewed for another season.
Gypsy Sister Animal Abuse
Back in 2015, one of the stars of Gypsy Sisters, Mellie Stanley, was accused of animal abuse. Apparently, after getting into a fight with her husband he lost it and murdered her dog.
After the ordeal, the cops were even called and according to police reports she told them that her husband, Randall Scott Vuncannon, “went crazy, picked up the dog and slung her across the kitchen as hard as he could.” After entering the home, the cops found the poor dog deceased on the living room floor. Randal was charged with felony animal cruelty. The show was subsequently canceled.
Little People, Big Problems
Little People, Big World is a show that has been airing on TV for 11 seasons. The show follows the Roloff family, who is made up of, as the title states little people. The show has had several instances of scandals over the year. In 2014, the parents and cornerstones of the family Amy and Matt separated and subsequently completed their divorce in 2016 after 30 years of marriage.
Perhaps more victims of the supposed reality show curse? Matt also had some issues previous to this as well, back in 2003 he was charged with a DUI. However, this is not the only scandal the family has faced. Click to the next slide to see what else the Roloff family has dealt with!
Jacob Roloff Hates Filming
The youngest son of the Roloff family, Jacob Roloff, dropped out of high school and moved out of the family’s house as soon as he turned 18. Since then, he has publicly come out against both his family and the show. He apparently hated filming as a child, and also says he was never paid for his time filming as a child. He also publicly looked for a new weed dealer over social media, which is never a great idea.
He also said that he had been used by his parents to aid their own fame and said that shows need to have some sort of system of protection for child stars. His family is also well known for their faith, another thing that Jacob has taken issue with. He has reportedly since renounced his family’s Christian faith. That’s not all from the Roloff clan! Click to see what’s next!
Jeremy and Audrey Roloff Renounce Gay People
Back in 2014, Audrey and Jeremy Roloff, the eldest son of Little People, Big World, got married. The two started a blog called Beating 50 Percent, and the name references to beating the fifty percent divorce rate. The young people use the blog to give out marriage advice. Some visitors to the blog said that the couple is only offering advice to straight couples and says nothing to fans who are in gay relationships.
In a comment that she has now deleted, Audrey stated “We are not claiming to be a resource for same-sex marriages…It is not something we agree with…For us, we are FOR opposite-sex marriages that are striving to give more than average to their marriages. To live out the covenant of marriage every day, and to center their marriage around Christ.” Audrey and Jeremy Roloff also publicly supported Donald Trump’s as a candidate for president while their younger brother Jacob said the now president-elect was a clown.
Chip and Joanna Gaines Sued for $1 Million
Former business partners of the famous HGTV couple filed to sue Chip and Joanna Gaines for $1 million in damages in April of 2017. The four used to share ownership of Magnolia Realty, based in Texas, but the Gaines bought them out of their share while the beginnings of their HGTV show Fixer Upper were in the works.
John Lewis and Richard Clark claim that the couple knew that company profits were about to skyrocket as the show would expand their visibility across the country. As reported by Fox News, the lawsuit states, “Chip Gaines conspired to eliminate his business partners — notwithstanding their long-standing friendship– in order to ensure that he alone would profit from Magnolia Realty’s association with Fixer Upper.”
Jon And Kate’s Ongoing Custody Battle
Even after all these years, the divorced couple just can’t seem to get away from the drama. When Jon and Kate Plus 8 first aired, millions of viewers loved watching the couple as they navigate life with twins and sextuplets. Eventually, the stress of eight children was too much to handle and the couple divorced in 2010. Unfortunately, the children have been subjected to a pretty public custody battle over the years.
Most recently, Jon and Kate got into yet another custody dispute, this time right outside of their kids’ orthodontist’s office. The dispute became so heated that the office staff had to call the police to break it up. Kate was eventually escorted out of the office and is said to be taking legal action once again against Jon.