12 Times Reality Television Shows Destroyed Their Participant’s Life

10. Britney Spears

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Britney Spears’ career is certainly alive and well, no matter how many people say she has no talent. She has certainly been through the wringer, and in the public eye since she was a very young child. Back when she was on the Mickey Mouse Club, she was a sweet innocent thing, but she had a lot of trouble with the older she got. In 2004, she ended up marrying a back up dancer named Kevin Federline. And as you probably guessed by now, they were offered the opportunity to do a reality show. So was born Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. The title alone tells you what a hot mess this whole thing was. Britney has said that she regrets doing the show. That was probably the worst thing she ever did in her career, and she would never ever consider doing anything like that again. Times got even worse for her after the show ended, leading to a pretty significant break down in 2007. She is back on track, now, with a residency in Las Vegas, and she is still as beloved as she was when she first burst onto the scene in the late 90s.

11. Courtney Robertson

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No show brings out the worst in people more than the ones in which someone is competing for true love. The Bachelor is a long running show where a group of women all vie for the affections of one man. The man who is chosen as The Bachelor each season is normally well off, handsome, and charming to boot. The women fall all over themselves and backstab and claw their way to the front of the line so he will notice them. None were as ruthless as Courtney Robertson. She was downright evil to the other contestants and it was very evident that she just wanted to win, no matter what. The viewers could tell what kind of person she was, and hoped that Ben Flagnik, who was the lucky man in season 16, could see through it. But, he fell for her faux charms and proposed to her at the end of the season. Some people say it was only the editing process that made her look like such a conniving person. We all know that drama makes for better TV.

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12. Whitney Houston

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Though many other factors led to the sad state Whitney Houston’s life was in when she died, being married to, and documenting her marriage to Bobby Brown contributed a lot to it. When she married Bobby in 1992, her life changed forever. They had been married for a long time when they signed a deal to document their lives for a show titled Being Bobby Brown. They both had successful careers long before they got together, and probably saw doing a show about their life as a fun way to do something different. Only one season of the show aired, because contract negotiations didn’t work out for a second season. Houston refused to sign. She didn’t want the cameras capturing her life any longer. Their relationship was volatile, and full of bad decisions, including drugs. Sadly, we lost Whitney many years ago when a drug overdose led her to fall asleep and drown in a hotel bathtub.

If you have ever dreamed of having a career in television, and thought about joining a reality show as a way to become famous, these stories might make you think twice. I know I’ll just stick to watching them, not living them.

Written by Amanda Johnson

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