Reality television has become the new obsession. Long gone are the days when family members gathered to watch The Brady Bunch or The Cosby Show. With reality TV shows at the forefront, there’s an abundance of laughter, shock and even confusion. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most memorable reality TV moments in recent history. Flip through to see what made the cut. — Shannon Powell
1. Tyra Banks vs. Tiffany
Tyra left viewers amazed as she went ham on Tiffany for what she felt was a lack of passion. At her elimination, Tiffany hugged her fellow models-in-the-making with a smile on her face, telling them not to cry for her, leaving Tyra to think that she just didn’t care. “I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you!” She exclaimed.
Let’s be honest, the entire Flavor of Love show was filled with ratchetry, but one moment might take the cake for the most ratchet of them all. Pumpkin had us all in shock when she spat in New York’s face.
As season four of College Hill progressed, it became apparent that tensions were rising between the Virgin Island kids and the Cali kids. The series took a turn for the worst when a girl fight ended in a bloody cast member who was eventually thrown off the show.
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Perhaps one of the most real stories in the history of reality TV was the Real World: San Francisco. The series aired in 1994, when the AIDS epidemic was more and more often being discussed as a serious social problem. Cast member Pedro ZamoraZamora used the TV show as a platform to share with viewers his heartfelt story as he dealt with the disease as an openly gay man. Zamora passed only months after the airing of the show.
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Kenya was more than ready to show the world her donkey booty in the latest season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. As tensions between her and Phaedra thickened, she poked fun at the Southern Belle’s out-there vacation getup, wearing a similar mesh cover up, complete with a thong and butt pads.
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Tyra Banks and the other judges were going through their usual spiel when suddenly, model-in-training Rebecca Epley’s eyes rolled to the back of her head. Then, Boom! Viewers later learned that Rebecca has a condition called, vaso-vagal syncope that caused her to faint. She was okay, but that moment still goes down as one of the scariest in reality TV.
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The Kardashians aren’t shy about sharing even the most intimate details of their personal lives on their reality shows—pregnancies included. Kourtney’s precious moment was made more memorable when she anxiously pulled baby Penelope’s body out of her womb…by herself!
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You don’t make it to the top by being a softie, right? And the Making the Band boys of season 4, had it extra tough. In the now-famous segment, Diddy put the boy band hopefuls to the test by sending them on an all-day journey to get him some cheesecake—with the strawberries at the top. The boys were instructed to walk from New York borough to borough, in the freezing cold, singing the entire time. A lesson was surely learned that day. If you want it bad enough, you’ll be willing to do whatever to get it.
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It’s all fun and games until man’s best friend is involved. In an episode of Punk’d, Mr. ‘Suit and Tie’ didn’t enjoy finding out he might lose his dog. Watch as JT tears up at the thought of his buddy being repossessed.
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When the Jersey Shore crew went out for drinks, they probably never thought the night would have ended the way it would, with Snooki laid out on the floor after being punched in the face by a man at the bar. The assaulter, now identified as Brad Ferro, clearly could have slowed down on his liquor intake.
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