Reality TV is like eating Twinkies in the bath tub: It's a guilty pleasure. (Just me? I'm fine. I'M FINE!)
But for some people competing on these programs, it's anything but pleasure. Sometimes it's downright painful. And I'm not talking about the pain we all felt when Heidi and Lauren were no longer friends on The Hills. There's really actually nothing that can top that one.
Here are some people who appeared on reality television and had their lives turned upside down. And I'm not talking about how Spencer came into Heidi's life and turned everyone's lives upside down. Okay guys, I'll stop talking about The Hills now. Probably.
3. The Okvath Family —'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'
We all saw the Okvath's family's surprise when the show turned their single-story home into a two-story mansion. But after the cameras stopped rolling, they couldn't keep up with the utility bills (and property taxes) required to upkeep such a large house. They sold their house and didn't even make a profit. So really, the show was more like Extreme Disappointment: Home Edition.
Zeke Smith is one of the few contestants on Suvrivor to compete in back-to-back seasons. During Survivor: Game Changers, Smith was outed by fellow contestants as transgendered. He wasn't thrilled...because who would be thrilled with someone ELSE outing you before you're ready? No really, who would? Because I have a lot of questions for that person.
Alyn James had a history of being on suicide watch. The producers of Britain's Got Talentknew this about him and still put him on the show, where he was ridiculed by the judges and the audience. After the show, he was put back on suicide watch. Ugh. How do they say "Yikes" in Britain?
The Swan was a makeover show on Fox where contestants got plastic surgery. Contestant Lorrie Arias developed severe agoraphobia, and blames Fox for not offering the contestants therapy after production ended. Currently, she rarely ever leaves the house, except to visit her therapist. Who knew that the guys who own Fox News could be so unhelpful? Whoa, hot take!
Tyra Sanchez attempted suicide after being bullied online for two years following his appearances on RuPaul's Drag Race. That's too many years. Zero is the correct number of years. And that's also the correct number of minutes and seconds, just to be clear.
Too much tragedy on these reality shows! But you know what wasn't tragic? Lauren Conrad's perfect headbands. That girl knows how to accessorize. No wonder she makes her own clothing now. You go, Lauren. Alright, sorry, just trying to make this lighter.
10. Rochelle Kirk and Scott Waters —'Catch A Contractor'
After appearing on Catch a Contractor, the couple's health deteriorated. How can your health deteriorate after appearing on a HOME makeover show, you might be wondering? Because the show's contractors spilled 200 gallons of sewage into their homes, causing the family to have rashes, fatigue, and pain. Obviously, a lawsuit happened. I'll sue anything that gives me a rash. Anything.
11. QUICK! MORE HILLS! Remember How Cool Whitney Was!?
Saad Kahn's episode of a Pakastani reality show will never see the light of day. And for good reason because...ugh. And :(
The Survivor-like show featured many physical challenges, including swimming across a lake while wearing a heavy backpack. Kahn drowned while attempting this challenge, because the crew members couldn't save him on time.
13. Yeah, I Should've Just Stuck To Talking About 'The Hills'