TLC’s Most Hated Reality TV Stars
TLC once stood for “The Learning Channel,” but it’s become a network that involves anything but learning. It’s now all about reality shows, which are generally set to revolve around family, marriage, or self-improvement. You’d think these shows would be wholesome and endearing, but some of these shows’ stars have proven to be some of the most hated people on TV.
Whether they were involved in serious scandals or they’ve just rubbed viewers the wrong way, these are 15 of TLC’s most hated reality TV stars.
15. Theresa Caputo from Long Island Medium
It’s amazing that Long Island Medium has been on the air for 10 seasons, considering Theresa Caputo’s ability to speak to the dead has been exposed as a hoax. Ron Tebo, a private investigator, called Caputo “a vulture preying on the most vulnerable.”
According to Daily Mail, Tebo accused Caputo of “investigating and even pre-interviewing her audience members prior to her live readings.” She acts as though she’s hearing voices from “the other side,” but in reality, it’s all for show.
Next: He’s seemed sketchy from day one.
14. Jorge Nava from 90-Day Fiancé
90-Day Fiancé’s Jorge Nava and Anfisa Arkhipchenko may have found unlikely success in their relationship, but Nava’s story was sketchy from day one. His lack of financial stability was apparent, despite his boasting of living a luxurious lifestyle.
In September 2017, In Touch Weekly reported that Arkhipchenko accused Nava of domestic abuse in a since-removed Instagram post. The caption read:
Did you guys know that neglecting your spouse and having total control of money (financial abuse) in a relationship is considered domestic violence? Why aren’t people talking about this? Do Americans have more rights than foreigners when it comes to [domestic violence]? That’s a serious matter that is being completely ignored. Maybe I need to bring more awareness to this.
Next: She’s well-known, but it doesn’t make her well-liked.
13. Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
While Mama June may be one of TLC’s biggest stars, that doesn’t exactly make her well-liked. She was first brought to the network on Toddlers & Tiaras, where her daughter, Alana Thompson, was a child pageant contestant. The show garnered distaste for encouraging attention-starved stage moms, exploiting children, and teaching these children that their beauty is all that matters. However, that criticism didn’t stop June and her family from landing their own spinoff show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
After finding success for four seasons, the show was canceled when it was discovered June’s boyfriend at the time, Mark Anthony McDaniel, was a registered sex offender. He’d served 10 years in prison after molesting June’s older daughter, Anna, when she was just 8 years old.
According to CNN, June admitted that she believed “that something happened” between McDaniel and her daughter, but she “told Anna not to bring up the past again. It would be hard for me.”
Next: People definitely don’t like this ‘gold digger.’
12. Tony Padron from Sister Wives
Fans of Sister Wives definitely were not fans of Mykelti Brown’s husband, Tony Padron. Many took to social media to criticize the TLC star by claiming he’s a “gold digger” and “gross.”
According to Entertainment Daily, “Not only did [Padron] request that 400 people attend the nuptials, but he also expected Mykelti’s dad, Kody Brown, to foot the entire bill.” That definitely doesn’t seem like the best way to impress your new in-laws.
Next: She’s even called herself ‘insane.’
11. Marlo from Toddlers & Tiaras
Back in 2011, a self-proclaimed “insane” pageant mom on Toddlers & Tiaras definitely lived up to the title. Marlo, mother of 11-year-old Sydney, forced her daughter to wear a corset.
She justified wearing the piece to her daughter by explaining, “It doesn’t matter if you can breathe or not! It only matters if you look beautiful!”
Next: She won’t stop chasing reality TV fame.
10. Kate Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus 8
This mom’s marriage may have fallen apart on Jon & Kate Plus 8, but that hasn’t stopped her from chasing reality TV fame. Even after Kate and Jon Gosselin divorced in 2009, she continued with their show but cut the title to Kate Plus 8. She gave Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Wife Swap a try, and has even expressed interest hosting a talk show.
Kate clearly didn’t mind having her children grow up in the public eye, which Jon has spoken out against. Jon explained how fame negatively impacted their children on OWN’s Where Are They Now?:
I saw my kids not growing up normally like I grew up, having community. Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they’re taken care of educationally. Great. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people. They have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what’s right and what’s wrong. Of course. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV.
Next: Even his children don’t want to see this reality TV dad.
9. Jon Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus 8
If Jon wants Kate to put parenting first, he should probably learn to take his own advice. He’s been known to publicly shame Kate, which has only hurt his kids’ (and the public’s) perception of him. He told Philadelphia, “Kate wants to still be on television. She’s now digging into the past, because that’s what sells. Too late, honey. No one gives a f***, really.”
Their 17-year-old twins, Mady and Cara, have talked to People about how their father’s actions have led to an estranged relationship. Mady explained, “He makes it seem like we’re being kept from him, which is insane.”
She continued, “He should maybe spend some time thinking about why we don’t want to see him, and maybe realize that if he ever does want a relationship with us, talking about us on TV is not the way to make that happen.”
Next: This was really inappropriate for a child of any age.
8. Lindsay Jackson from Toddlers & Tiaras
We all know crazy pageant moms will go to extremes for their children to compete on Toddlers & Tiaras. However, Lindsay Jackson went way too far with her 4-year-old daughter, Maddy. Jackson gave her daughter fake boob and butt padding for a Dolly Parton ensemble, which is highly inappropriate for a child of any age.
Maddy’s father ensued in a child custody battle, during which a judge ruled Jackson could no longer enter their daughter in beauty pageants.
Next: She definitely crossed the line with her daughter’s ensemble.
7. Wendy Dickey from Toddlers & Tiaras
Potentially the most controversial outfit on Toddlers & Tiaras was thanks to pageant mom, Wendy Dickey. She dressed her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, as Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman — where she plays a prostitute.
Dickey argued that her daughter’s ensemble was “less revealing than gymnastics wear and swimsuits,” but it doesn’t excuse the fact that she dressed her daughter as a streetwalker.
Next: This TLC star’s actions were completely sickening.
6. Andrea Clevenger from Cheer Perfection
TLC’s Cheer Perfection only ran for 16 episodes before being canceled. This was thanks to Andrea Clevenger, a competitive cheerleader’s mother, who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy.
Clevenger “pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct,” according to Huffington Post. The boy was apparently a family friend, and a local mother called the whole ordeal “sickening, just absolutely disgusting and especially that age.”
Next: We won’t see him appearing on this show again.
5. Remigio ‘Remy’ Gonzalez from Cake Boss
Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro may be one of TLC’s most beloved stars, but the same can’t be said for his brother-in-law, Remigio “Remy” Gonzalez. Considering Cake Boss centers around Valastro and his family while managing his bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, Gonzalez has made quite a few appearances on the show. He’d served as a cake decorator, up until he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Gonzalez was sentenced to nine years in prison. According to CBS News, “Morris County prosecutors say Gonzalez will likely be deported to Mexico once he’s freed from prison.”
Next: We’re glad this show got canceled after his headline-making scandal.
4. Josh Duggar from 19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting was one of TLC’s biggest shows, but resulted in one of the network’s worst controversies. Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar kids, was found to have molested five underage girls when he was a teenager, including his sisters, Jill and Jessa. TLC canceled the family’s TV show, but the scandal didn’t stop there for Josh.
He was later caught having an Ashley Madison account, which prompted him to admit to a sex addiction and cheating on his wife, Anna. “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he wrote in a statement on his family’s official website.
“While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet, and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
Next: You won’t believe what this guy said about his fellow TLC star.
3. Derick Dillard from Counting On
Despite Josh’s scandal, TLC stuck with the Duggars by producing a spinoff show, Counting On. However, the family found themselves in yet another controversy as Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, had been fired from the show. He tweeted transphobic remarks about Jazz Jennings, who is a 17-year-old transgender activist on TLC’s I Am Jazz.
Dillard wrote, “What an oxymoron … a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
In the wake of outrage toward Dillard’s comments, TLC released a statement:
We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.
Next: This mom is not setting the best example for her kids.
2. Michelle Duggar from 19 Kids and Counting
Dillard wasn’t the first in the Duggar family to send hateful messages. In August 2014, 19 Kids and Counting mother Michelle Duggar voiced her disdain for anti-discrimination legislation.
A Change.org petition called for the family’s show to be canceled while it was still on the air, but “fans of the show and supporters of the family’s beliefs” didn’t let that happen, according to Entertainment Weekly. The petitions for and against the show’s cancellation collected over 100,000 signatures each, so no action was made at the time.
Next: His scandal led to another TLC show’s cancellation.
1. Toby Willis from The Willis Family
Yet another TLC family-based show that ended in horrifying scandal was The Willis Family. The show ran for two seasons, and it followed the Nashville-based family of performers. The fourteen-member family found fame on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent, and traveled the country as a singing group called The Willis Clan.
However, all their success came crashing down when it was discovered that Toby Willis, the father, was found to have raped four children. He pled guilty, and according to People, “Willis received 25-year sentences on two of the rape counts and 40-year sentences on the other two counts.”
For a network that advertises around being so family-centered, these TLC stars have proven the controversial reality behind their biggest shows.
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