15 Of The Most Epic Reality TV Meltdowns Of 2014
This has been a popcorn eating, fingernail beating and tissue grabbing year for fans of reality TV’s best shows. MadameNoire has compiled a list of the 15 most epic reality TV meltdowns this year that kept us on the edge of our seats.
NeNe Leakes is one tough lady — especially when it comes to her feuds. But when she sat down and discussed her friendship with Cynthia Bailey, she broke down. “RHOA” ladies tried to mend fences when Leakes got emotional about falling out with Bailey. It’s rare to see Leakes teary-eyed on the show. She claimed she doesn’t even know what went wrong with them — being that they were once very close.
Towanda Braxton had the most epic reality TV breakdown this year on the season four premiere of “Braxton Family Values.” Towanda and Tamar are always going at it. Tamar addressed Towanda’s interaction with one of Tamar’s fans on social media. Tamar eventually stormed out of the heated conversation. Towanda screamed, “Nobody f*ck!ng cares about me!” — breaking glasses at the dinner table. She later said in her WE tv blog, “for years, I’ve never been one to share or show my emotions. It’s almost an expectation from my family to not even ask about me or my feelings. Therefore, I taught myself not to show them at all and to suppress my feelings to be buried in the pit of my soul.”
“Hollywood Divas” star Golden Brooks has been dealing with Hollywood passing on her for years now. So it was no surprise that she had a major meltdown when she learned she wasn’t cast for a particular TV pilot. When Brooks got the phone call from her agent with bad news that they were passing on her for a Latino actress, she snapped! Out of frustration, she yelled at her friend to leave her alone, said she was sick of the business and being tossed to the side. Then she stormed out of the store!
Renee Graziano makes it onto another list, due to her epic breakdown earlier this year on “Mob Wives” season four. She fought with new castmate Natalie Guercio throughout the season. But what started a war between the ladies was one word: delicious. Guercio referred to a guy Graziano was dating as delicious and she lost it. Eventually, the mob wives went to Las Vegas for a vacation. And Graziano relapsed on drugs, alcohol and had quite the meltdown, which included putting Guercio in a headlock.
Paula Jai Parker
Paula Jai Parker was not ashamed of sharing her very personal story on “Hollywood Divas” nor should she have been. But she had quite the emotional breakdown on the very opening of the show! One of the first scenes show Parker with her husband Forrest Martin and their son living out of suitcases in a hotel. Eventually, they move into a house but Parker revealed she was homeless and poor for the very first time in her life. When she met up with her old friend and cast member Elise Neal and told her about what had been going on with her family, she broke down with emotion. Nevertheless, Parker progressed with multiple TV gigs, a directorial debut and a hit reality show.
Countess Vaughn not only had an emotional breakdown on the show, she shared tragedy in her life. When she was like 18 or 19 years old starring on “The Parkers” she had an abortion… and did it herself. During an episode of “Hollywood Divas” when she sat down with a therapist she revealed the impact the abortion had on her life. Before the filming and the airing of the show she told no one except the show’s producer about the abortion — not even her family knew. It was one of the most emotional reality TV experiences this year!
Michel’le had plenty of emotional experiences on season two of “R&B Divas: LA.” She did a heart-wrenching PSA with Raymond Cornelius about suicide prevention. During a concert that the “R&B Divas” camera captured, Leela James and Lil Mo realized it was time to intervene when she had a breakdown about having to perform a bigger set than expected. Mo described it as being in her bag. After the ladies talked about what she was going through and how she thought about taking her own life just six months before season one of the show, Michel’le started seeing a therapist and began recovery.
Kenya Moore got emotional on a recent episode of “RHOA” when she explained to Kandi Burruss that some of the housewives still don’t believe her after Apollo Nida said he lied about the affair. She got teary eyed and pushed away cameras. But NeNe Leakes isn’t buying it. “I don’t believe it for one second. I think he’s just trying to be mean to Phaedra,” Leakes said, according to Daily Mail. Phaedra Parks responded with, “Kenya is being Kenya; twirling on an emotional rollercoaster in an effort to gain sympathy,” according to Reality Tea.
Bailey is not known for meltdowns or snapping, but she did when Porsha Williams was late to a lunch date. When she finally arrived Bailey snapped on her “RHOA” co-star. She said, “I feel an ongoing issue in this group of ladies is the blatant disrespect for people’s time. It is just rude and inappropriate. It also says a lot about a person to have no regard for another person’s time (no call or text) and feel no need to apologize. I find this behavior extremely irritating and actually offensive,” she wrote in a Bravo blog. Burruss added, “I think people called her a follower and have taken her kindness for weakness for so long that she just wants to let everybody know that she’s not weak.”
Terese Guidice has been on edge for quite some time over her sentencing of 15 months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud. She didn’t want to answer the tough questions Andy Cohen threw at her during the “RHONJ” reunion special. She didn’t like when Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri was asked to join the intense discussion too. Giudice stormed off of stage! According to TV Fish Bowl, a source said Giudice made Bravo cut their scene down to ten minutes and refused to return until it was over. If anything, her sentence has made her miserable and emotional. Cohen wished her well. “You’re going to make me cry, Andy. This is probably going to be my last reunion,” she tearfully said.
Amber Marchese really got emotional for “RHONJ” co-star Teresa Giudice’s sentencing but she had her own personal stuff going on, too. She wrote in a Bravo blog, “OK, OK, OK, on to my most annoying scene to date — my total meltdown when I called Teresa! OH MY Lord! I seriously was annoying to watch, I cannot imagine what you all were thinking. I remember that day, and I can assure you, I was having a very rough and emotional day. I cannot share exactly what was going on yet, but I was going through a very difficult time. I think it just all hit me at once, and I was displacing my fears and anxieties onto Teresa. Not that I do not care for her or her family, I truly do. That was absolutely not insincere; I was emotional for personal reasons and just could not deal. I do wish though that Gia, a 13 year old child, could have been asked to leave the room as her mother talked to both me and Melissa. I guess we have very different parenting styles. In my opinion, Gia should not hear adult conversations. Regardless what you think of my breakdown, I certainly do not give a crap about what she was wearing to court, I am thinking only of her children. Honestly, I wish I was not so empathetic to others sometimes; I take on other people’s heartaches all of the time, and it greatly affects me.”
“RHOC” star Shannon Beador got into it with Heather Dubrow at a dinner party. Beador asked Tamra Barney if Dubrow’s husband, Terry, told her he “wanted to take the Beadors down,” according to People.
“You’re hearing I want to take you down?” asked Terry. “I don’t want to take you down.”
“You couldn’t take us down,” said Shannon’s husband, David.
“You’re right, David, I can’t … because you’re so tough,” remarked Terry.
But it’s when Heather blasted Shannon’s troubled marriage she snapped!
“You are not going to spin this on me!” Beador yelled, becoming emotional. “I came to you, Heather, in pain … It’s my turn!”
Kenya Moore kept picking at her and eventually Porsha Williams snapped and assaulted Moore at the “RHOA” season six reunion. But she isn’t proud of her meltdown a source told Hollywood Life, “Oh you bet but she’s got to keep face. She’s not to speak of it. But yes, she’s mad,” our source revealed. “She didn’t want to go out this way.””She’s also ashamed at what she did regarding throwing Kenya to the ground. That wasn’t her – that was somebody else. That really ruined a lot for her that will forever haunt her.”
“The show wasn’t all that great for her. Look at what happened. She’ll always be remembered for losing her temper and completely falling from grace when she had the reunion meltdown. She doesn’t like that. Leaves a bad taste in her mouth and she’s not trying to be looked at as some angry black woman. She’s really not.”
Former “R&B Divas: Atlanta” star reached her breaking point during the reunion special for season three of the show. Things heated up when addressing drama among Syleena Johnson, their managers and herself. But Stone kept whispering she was going to walk off the show to KeKe Wyatt and eventually she did. But the drama went beyond rehashing miscommunication and misunderstanding about a tour with Johnson that her manager booked for her solo. According to Wetpaint, a source said, “[Angie Stone] walked away from the reality TV show “R&B Divas: Atlanta” due to the lack of professionalism on behalf of [the] production crew and she did not want to associate herself with that type of behavior and tricks of the trade. She was to be the voice of reason brought on under false pretenses and after speaking and consulting with pastor and church, it was not something she choose to allow in her life.”
In case you didn’t hear, Ashanti, Angie’s boyfriend, was apparently having an affair with one of the crew members of “R&B Divas: Atlanta” and the messy situation came to a boiling point when Wendy brought up the rumor that she and Ashanti had called it quits before the reunion. Angie, not one to air her dirty laundry, told RumorFix, “My personal relationships with — first my God — and any man is a private and respectful institution and will not be drug through the mud.”
Who would have thought someone from VH1’s “Dating Naked” would make it onto this list, but it’s happening! A contestant named Katie created one of the show’s most awkward moments, and this year’s funniest meltdown. The show is more so known for its nudity not any meltdowns but that didn’t stop this season one standout from acting a fool. Katie was paired up with another contestant Keegan. They went ziplining together, but then crashed into a pool — blackening Katie’s eye and ruining her time most likely. When she returned from the hospital, she became crazy as another contestant Scott would put it. Although, he did make out with her before realizing what he was doing. But her biggest moment came when Keegan chose Jessie over her. She replied with, “F— this show…I hate everything about naked dating. F— this place, f— this island, f— you VH1!” Then she proceeded to ask host Amy Paffrath to get naked with her. “Me and you should go on a f—ing date.” Paffrath shut her down, but gave her a farewell, saying “Bye, Katie! Sweet, sweet girl,” according to VH1.