Where Are They Now? People Who Squandered Their Reality TV Opportunities
It’s really not too difficult to get on TV these days. All you have to do is have a messy story, a quick temper, a rich husband, or a so-so music career and BOOM, you’re a star. But there are some people who get the chance to go from everyday Joe Schmoe to reality TV personalities and still don’t really take full advantage of their opportunity to get their face and name out there. There are the successful NeNes and Snookis…and then there are these folks:
If we can keep it all the way real, Olivia was on Love and Hip Hop from the very beginning, and her career still hasn’t reached the progress she was hoping for. It’s a shame, because she can definitely sing, but while she was ragging on Somaya Reece at her showcases for Reece’s attire and so-so lyrical skills, we never really saw Olivia performing anywhere or doing much hustling. Rich Dollaz actually put it best:
“Olivia was not cool about putting her life on front street for the world to buy into her. Olivia missed the boat in regards to taking advantage of the reality show in regards to how Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle and Erica Mena did.”
But who knows, she could be in the studio cooking up something big right now…
Don’t get me wrong, Whitfield definitely tried to do a little something with her seasons on Real Housewives of Atlanta. She had that song “Who Gon’ Check Me, Boo?”, her clothing line, She by Sheree, and she tried her hand at quite a few other business ventures, but nothing really stuck. Despite being one of the more feisty attention-grabbing women on the show, she eventually wasn’t invited back after season four. Unfortunately, there were no spin-off shows, or endorsements–just rumors of Chateau Sheree’s foreclosure and drama with Iyanla.
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
Any The Hills fans in the house? No? Just me? You know you watched at least a few times…
Anyway, as hard as these folks went on the show to get attention, spreading vicious lies about their friends, and just behaving like complete a**es (yeah, I’m talking about you Spencer), the only thing it has brought Heidi and Spencer is a taste of infamy. You know the struggle is real when people only talk about you now because you’re trying to get your F-cup implants taken down to a C. She tried to drop a CD, it was panned. They tried to do reality TV again ( I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!) and they were the most disliked couple on the show. They’ve just been trying to get on any reality show they can while their former nemesis, Lauren Conrad, is out here engaged with a fashion line and best-selling books. Guess she got the last laugh…
Shay “Buckeey” Johnson
There’s something wrong with people only knowing you as the woman who fights for the love and affection of very unworthy men. Flavor Flav? Scrappy? No thanks. But alas, that’s what we knew Shay “Buckeey” Johnson for, and we were disappointed to see her on Love and Hip Hop getting played greasy once again. Yet and still, she didn’t really use her time on the show to do much but argue with Erica and Traci Steele, and plot with Mama Dee. Can we at least get a nail polish line?
I’m still trying to figure out how JoJo, the one trying to start a rap career on Run’s House, was eclipsed by his little brother Diggy, who during all that time on the show only seemed interested in skateboarding and being a pre-teen. Who knew he would be the big rapper!? And while Diggy is out here getting fans (and even beefing with J. Cole), JoJo has been out here beefing on Twitter with transgender women he was caught flirting with. Oh, the struggle.
K. Foxx and Maybe The Whole Cast of Gossip Game
Now every woman on this show knows they never should have signed up for it, because it only painted them in a bad light. Kim Osorio might have gotten away unscathed (though her husband was doing too much with the threesome requests), but the rest just looked a mess. Ms. Drama was just too out of pocket, even for reality TV, Sharon Carpenter was treating people like she was Barbara Walters when she was clearly wasn’t, and sadly, K. Foxx wound up losing her post at HOT 97. Was it worth it? Foxx now works on radio in Miami, but if folks were trying to be the next NeNe or something, it didn’t happen for anybody.
Sammi & Ronnie from Jersey Shore
This is what happens when you spend five out of six seasons only arguing and destroying stuff as opposed to hustling with the rest of your co-stars. While Snooki and J-Wow have their spin-off show, Pauly D has his numerous DJ gigs (and trouble with the mother of his child), Vinny has a show on MTV and The Situation is…well, he’ll always be the Situation, these two have moved in together and taken their relationship to the next level. But yeah…that’s about it.
Consequence & Jen The Pen
I was pretty disappointed that someone as seasoned in the rap game as Consequence would even decide to do reality TV, but boy was I not surprised that it turned out to be a bad idea. Love and Hip Hop painted Cons as a controlling guy with an annoying girlfriend. He jumped at women (remember when he acted like he wanted to fight Raqi at the reunion show?) and he pulled a punk move when he stuck Joe Budden in the back of the head when he wasn’t paying attention. It was all bad. As for Jen, she was so sure she was going to get put on and get back on radio easily because she was white, yet we still haven’t heard anything from her or her man since.
Despite the short popularity of his show, The T.O. Show on VH1, how did it really benefit Owens in the long run? He needed to make that show run until the wheels fell off, but instead, it ended after season three. After that, his friendship and business relationships with Monique and Kita fell apart, and the same women that were trying to be claimed by him on the show were nowhere to be found when his career began to flounder. There were no endorsements or anything positive that came out of him doing the show. It’s really sad when you think about it…
Wyatt is only on this list because of the fact that we still don’t understand why she wouldn’t do the tour with the other R&B Divas or agree to record an album with them! There was supposed to be a tour helmed by Kelly Price that Wyatt was finally going to do, but Chante Moore came out and said it wasn’t going down, so folks are back at stage one. Wyatt probably has the best voice out of all the women, and the potential to do really big things, but her husband and the singer herself seem to think that she’s somehow above such collaborations with Syleena Johnson and her own cast. But is she really?
He lost his marriage, he says his eight kids have developmental problems after doing reality TV, and in the end of it all, all he has to show from doing reality TV and making such sacrifices is his Ed Hardy clothing, a cabin in the woods and a job as a waiter at a restaurant. Did we mention that he’s struggling to pay child support? I think keeping his kids and his marriage out of the spotlight would have done him good if wasn’t going to do anything after the fact to keep the notoriety going and to financially provide for his kids. But word on the street is that he’s doing Couples Therapy next. Take advantage of the opportunity, bruh!