We all know reality TV and drama go hand in hand. Add a cash prize or coveted title and things get ugly. The competition can get so heated that it even drives celebrity hosts and judges to bicker. Over the years, these shows have brought us some nasty and unforgettable feuds. Here’s a list of some of the biggest reality TV show feuds of all time, ranked from least to most ridiculous and inappropriate.
15. Emily Maynard vs. Kalon McMahon on The Bachelorette
Arguably the sweetest Southern belle ever featured on The Bachelor, Season 8 bachelorette Emily Maynard had high hopes for finding someone special. Enter Kalon McMahon, a model from Houston who used his good looks and charm to woo Maynard. But things came to a screeching halt during a group date in London when another contestant told Maynard that McMahon called her young daughter “baggage.”
An incensed Maynard confronted McMahon and yelled “If you’d asked me about Ricki you’d see that she’s the furthest thing from baggage. Get the f–k out!” She refused to hand out a rose that evening, and McMahon still faces hate from fans of the show.
Next: This messy divorce played out in front of everyone.
14. Tarek El Moussa vs. Christina El Moussa of Flip or Flop
Fans of hit show Flip or Flop had no idea that as co-hosts and couple Tarek and Christina filmed Season 8 they were actually separated and recovering from a domestic dispute. The incident occurred at their Southern California home. During a fight Tarek left the house with a gun and Christina called the police, fearing he was suicidal. The police apprehended him, and Tarek said he never intended to harm himself.
The El Moussas made headlines again as Christina began publically dating and Tarek filed for divorce, requesting spousal support. They continue to make jabs at each other through tabloids and the media.
13. Adam Levine vs. Christina Aguilera on The Voice
During Season 3 of The Voice, viewers witnessed tense back-and-forth disagreements between coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera over contestants’ performances. Reports of a feud made headlines so the Maroon 5 frontman acknowledged that he and Aguilera had arguments but became friends after they got to know each other. “We bickered a little bit in the beginning, to be totally truthful, we had a little bit of a rough start, just kind of all getting to know each other,” Levine told MTV. Here’s a video of just one example.
Next: This reality show mom didn’t do her poor reputation any favors.
12. Tony Dovolani vs. Kate Gosselin on Dancing with the Stars
A poor Dancing with the Stars pairing played out in Season 10 when pro dancer Tony Dovolani partnered with reality star Kate Gosselin. Cameras captured many moments of unhappiness between the two, including a rehearsal when Dovolani got so frustrated with Gosselin that he threatened to quit.
The pro dancer later said that “there was a lot of therapy involved” following his unpleasant experience with the mother of eight. You can watch him dish more to Wendy Williams.
Next: An HGTV show should’ve double-checked its sloppy work.
11. Production vs. contestants on Love It or List It
This reality show feud is between Love It or List It‘s production company and a North Carolina couple who starred on Episode 152. Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan allege that their home — which they hoped to use for future foster children — was left “irreparably damaged” by the North Carolina contractor and the show’s Toronto-based production company, Big Coat TV. The lawsuit claims “their home was destroyed and their deposit wasn’t used for actual repairs.” After Love It or List It wrapped filming, the house had holes in the floor, no paint on important surfaces, and other concerns.
How much blame should Hilary Farr and David Visentin shoulder? Considering how house-flipping reality TV shows work, not much. Big Coat TV counter-sued for “alleged libel, slander, and product disparagement,” and they eventually settled with the couple out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Next: There’s no “hope” for these two getting along.
10. Hope Solo vs. Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing with the Stars
An unhappy partnership on Dancing with the Stars occurred when Maksim Chmerkovskiy paired with Hope Solo on Season 13. The dancing duo experienced friction during rehearsals, but they kept taking shots at each other long after they left the ballroom. The soccer star wrote a memoir and in it alleged that Chmerkovskiy slapped and “manhandled” her many times. So he fired back and called her a “s**tty person.”
Next: The most awkward breakup ever captured on camera.
9. Jake Pavelka vs. Vienna Girardi on The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad
Nothing — NOTHING was more awkward than Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi’s public breakup, which aired on a special segment after The Bachelor wrapped. In an odd twist, Season 14 bachelor Pavelka chose villain Girardi even though countless women on the show despised her. Post-engagement the couple had a horrifyingly awkward “tell all” with host Chris Harrison, where they revealed her narcissism and his addiction to fame.
Broken up, they stormed off set and didn’t return until Bachelor Pad, when Girardi hooked up with another odd contestant Kasey Kahl. Things got weirder and more convuluted, resulting in the second most awkward fight ever between Pavelka and Girardi.
Next: Julianne Hough learned not to mess with this model.
8. Julianne Hough vs. Amber Rose on Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars always delivers drama in the ballroom as the personalities of celebrity contestants and professional dancers clash. But the bad blood isn’t always between the celebrities and the pros they pair up with. It’s often with the stars and judges of the competition. This was the case in Season 23 when Amber Rose confessed she felt body shamed after judge Hough commented that the model’s sexy performance with partner Chmerkovskiy made her “uncomfortable.”
“Me, and my body, my hips, my a**, my breasts made her uncomfortable,” Rose said when discussing the issue on her podcast. Hough later clarified her remarks and they apologized to one another.
Next: Spiritual beliefs drove a wedge between these former dance partners.
7. Kirstie Alley vs. Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing with the Stars
Maks made our list again; this time for his feud with Kirstie Alley. The pair became close when they worked on the program together in Season 12, so they teamed up again for the All-Star season. However, Chmerkovskiy revealed that their friendship didn’t last because of Scientology.
Without actually naming Chmerkovskiy, the actress, who is a devout Scientologist, responded with a message for her former partner via Twitter saying that he “a** raped” her with his comments.
Next: A Survivor contestant delivers arguably the most hateful speech in reality show history.
6. Susan Hawk vs. Kelly Wiglesworth on Survivor
Those who have watched Survivor from the beginning will never forget Susan Hawk’s “rats and snakes” speech in the first season’s finale.
The Wisconsin truck driver did not hold back when she expressed her dislike for fellow castaway Kelly Wiglesworth in the infamous speech. Hawk said, “If I were ever to pass you along in life again, and you were laying there dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water. I would let the vultures take you and do whatever they want with you with no ill regrets.”
Next: There’s only room for one diva on American Idol.
5. Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj on American Idol
Whether you were a fan of American Idol or not, you’ve likely heard about the memorable feud between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
The two ladies made headlines because they could not get along under any circumstances. The show told Carey that she would be the only female judge that season so she was not happy when they brought in Minaj. The rapper wasn’t thrilled with Carey’s presence either and cursed her out during an audition. Both of the divas were one and done. Neither returned to Idol following their tumultuous season.
Next: This reality show relationship was a trainwreck.
4. Kate Gosselin vs. Jon Gosselin on Jon & Kate Plus Eight and beyond
From the first season of Jon & Kate Plus Eight to the conclusion of their ugly divorce battle, Jon and Kate Gosselin struggled to communicate in front of cameras. She’s infamous for berating her now ex-husband about everything from his parenting style to what he ordered for dinner. Watching a couple clips is enough to make you furious for him.
However, Jon allegedly had at least one affair and notoriously partied like a rock star post-divorce. They continuously involved the media, and it got messier and messier. There are so many examples and quotes to explain this feud that we’re just going to leave this video here …
Next: Judges just can’t seem to get along…
3. Simon Cowell vs. Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor
Simon Cowell has battled with just about everyone he’s appeared with on these shows, whether it involves those showcasing their talents or his counterparts who are also judging the talent. The latter occurred when he took a swipe at fellow The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.
After a female contestant failed to impress the panel, Cowell compared her poor song choice to something he expected the former Pussycat Doll to sing. Of course, Scherzinger wasn’t pleased and decided to shut him up by busting out part of Whitney Houston’s hit “I Will Always Love You,” which she said was the song she chose to sing during her very first TV audition.
Next: Producers were forced to get involved in this dangerous feud.
2. Willie Hantz vs. Joe Arvin on Big Brother
The Big Brother house expelled houseguest Willie Hantz during Season 14 after he head-butted fellow contestant Joe Arvin. The show’s zero-tolerance policy for physical violence against any participant left producers with the easy decision to immediately expel Hantz for his actions.
Next: Alleged sexual assault should never be taken lightly.
1. Corinne Olympios vs. DeMario Jackson on Bachelor in Paradise
Take two reality star villains, give them a lot of alcohol, and chaos will ensue. However, Bachelor in Paradise producers probably didn’t think contestants would take it this far. During initial filming, Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson had a graphic sexual encounter in the pool. It made producers so uncomfortable they reported it, which forced Warner Bros., the parent company, to launch an investigation into what happened. The cast was shocked when they heard that production was halted.
Olympios released a statement that read in part, “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4.” Jackson claimed that his character was “assassinated,” and the media took sides from there. Eventually Warner Bros. determined there had been no sexual misconduct and filming resumed — but not without host Chris Harrison leading the cast in a discussion about consent and respect.
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Additional contributions by Ali Harrison.