'Joe Millionaire' looks a whole lot different 12 years later

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'Joe Millionaire' Is Now Just An Average Joe

Nearly twelve years after fooling twenty women into thinking he was wealthy for the FOX reality show "Joe Millionaire," the show's star stepped out looking completely unrecognizable.

Back in 2003, then-28-year-old Evan Marriott shocked contestants on the relationship reality show when he admitted he wasn't worth millions, and he shocked us all when he appeared at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

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'Joe Millionaire' looks a whole lot different 12 years later
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 10: Host Evan Marriott (a.k.a. 'Joe Millionaire') stands on the set for the Game Show Network's first relationship series, Fake-A-Date, on November 10, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. Two singles simultaneously compete for the affection of one contestant in hopes of winning a luxury vacation for two... but one of them has a secret. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images for GSN)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott on Virginia Beach 1993 (Photo by George Kartis/WireImage)
Evan Marriott from 'Joe Millionaire' during 32nd Annual LAPD Celebrity Golf Tournament at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Eric Isaacs/FilmMagic)
UNDATED PHOTO: Evan Marriott, star of reality show 'Joe Millionaire', poses in the 'California Muscle' catalogue in this undated photo. In the show Marriott leads women to think he's worth $50 million when he is purported to be making only $19,000 per year. The show is Fox's highest-rated series in eight years and is the highest-rated premiere on any network this season. (Photo by Simon Nicholson/CaliforniaMuscle.com/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott (Photo by Kathy Keeney/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott on Virginia Beach 1993 (Photo by George Kartis/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott on Virginia Beach 1993 (Photo by George Kartis/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott on Virginia Beach 1993 (Photo by George Kartis/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott on Virginia Beach 1993 (Photo by George Kartis/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Evan Marriott on Virginia Beach 1993 (Photo by George Kartis/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 9: 'Joe Millionaire's' Evan Marriott speaks with the press, announcing he will host GSN's 'Fake-A-Date' at GSN's, (formerly The Game Show Network), 2004 TCA Winter Tour at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel on January 9, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for GSN)
Evan Marriott- Joe Millionaire during VH1 Big in 2003 - Arrivals at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Melissa M. and Sarah Kozer from 'Joe Millionaire' during 'The Surreal Life' Viewing Party at CineSpace in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Television personality Evan Marriott (L) aka 'Joe Millionaire,' and a friend attend the New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Basketball Game at Madison Square Garden February 12, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
AVENTURA, FL - MARCH 27: Evan Marriott (2nd-RL, of Joe Millionaire fame and host of GSN's Fake-A-Date, poses with unidentified young women as they attend the Get Schooled Games Tour at Aventura Mall March 27, 2004 in Aventura, Florida. (Photo by Tom Grizzle/Getty Images)
Evan Marriott, 'Joe Millionaire', at the Cadillac Super Bowl Grand Prix, an exclusive, high-gear SuperKart race where celebrities take it to the track to battle it out for charity. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Evan Marriott and Paul Hogan, 'Joe Millionaire', at the FOX 2003 Winter TCA tour at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003. Kevin Winter/FOX/ImageDirect.
UNDATED PHOTO: Evan Marriott, star of reality show 'Joe Millionaire', poses in the 'California Muscle' catalogue in this undated photo. In the show Marriott leads women to think he's worth $50 million when he is purported to be making only $19,000 per year. The show is Fox's highest-rated series in eight years and is the highest-rated premiere on any network this season. (Photo by Simon Nicholson/CaliforniaMuscle.com/Getty Images)
Evan Marriott aka 'Joe Millionaire' during FOX's 'Joe Millionaire Money Grab' outside the FOX Broadcasting building in New York City. Starting today Monday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Jan. 10, one winner each day chosen from a contest held br WXRK/92.3 K-Rock, will get 15 seconds to grab up to $4900 of 'Joe Doe' inside a plexi-glass money booth which the winner gets at the end of the session. 'Joe Millionaire' premieres tonight on FOX. January 6, 2003. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
Evan Marriott, star of the reality television show "Joe Millionaire," signs autographs for spectators at the premiere of the new film "Daredevil," Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, in Los Angeles. In the background at center is actor Jon Voight. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Evan Marriott, left, of the FOX Television show "Joe Millionaire" speaks to members of the media as Paul Hogan, who played the butler on the show, looks on, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2003, in Los Angeles. The session was part of the Television Critics Association press tour. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
** CORRECTS SPELLING OF RUSSELL BROCKMANN'S LAST NAME ** Judy Brockmann, left, wearing an Anna Nicole Smith mask and Russell Brockmann, wearing the Joe Millionaire mask, walk down Bourbon Street during the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 4, 2003. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The 40-year-old was there as part of an "Evolution of Romantic Reality Shows" discussion presented by WEtv. He told attendees what he's been up to in the decade since the show ended.

"I went back to work. I'm a contractor," he said. "I was saying backstage that after the show, you don't know what to do, where to go with your life. Some friends got together, had a little intervention, a come to Jesus moment."

Not only was Marriott not a real millionaire, he wound up squandering the actual half million dollars he received for being in the show.

"I gave a lot of money away," he told "The Insider" back in 2012. "Reflecting back, I think I did it out of guilt.

Since the show ended, Marriott has started his own contracting business -- completing the transition from "Joe Millionaire" to a happy Average Joe.

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