The Giudices and other marriages ruined by reality TV
Teresa and Joe Giudice
Apart from the prison sentence, Joe must pay $414,000 in restitution. Teresa is still awaiting sentencing in Newark, NJ. While the pair have publicly remained a united front, behind the cameras rumors of swerling of in-fighting and adultery.
Linda and Hulk Hogan
After the Hogan’s starred in their very own VH1 reality series, the whole family came apart at the seems. Their son Nick was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, while Hulk and Linda’s marriage went in the toilet. It’s been years since they’ve been on TV and the distruction caused in part by the series has yet to be swept up.
Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
Bethany thought she could have it all. The natural foods chef, wanted to be the Martha Stewart of health and for a while it looked like she was getting everything she wanted. Apart from launching the highly successful Skinny Girl brand, Frankel’s love life became the subject of its very own reality show Bethany Getting Married? The whole relationship came crumbling down after a couple seasons, a baby and a talk show.
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
In many ways pop sings Simpson and Lachey were the poster family for early reality TV. Both C-list acts in their own right, their marriage and subsequent reality show Newlyweds became the cult favorite on MTV. Despite the success, the curse of reality was way too strong to bare and they divorced in 2006
Kris and Bruce Jenner
It looks like the Kardashian name became too hot for poor Bruce Jenner to handle. Just last week Kris filled for divorced from her longtime husband. The news comes after years of domestic separation, and Bruce seeming to transition into a more gender ambiguous persona.
Jon and Kate Gosslin
The saga of Jon and Kate was one of the bloodiest in reality TV history. For years fans of the show reveled in what a bitch Kate was toward’s her breadwinning husband. Luckily for the kids, they eventually decided to call it quits, but unfortunately they did it at the height of their fame.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Britney’s Chaotic was a home made reality show that debuted on UPN. It chronicled the beginning of a relationship that was obviously doomed to fail, between the hottest pop star at the time and her back-up dancer, Kevin Federline. They divorced in 2007, after three years and two kids.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Being Bobby Brown might have been the most candid look at Houston’s inner psyche the public ever saw. Whether she was dancing with a bush tribe in sub-Saharan Africa, or sneaking away from the cameras to get some private time with her crack pipe husband, Houston’s tumultuous relationship with Brown was on full display. Who knows why the couple eventually decided to call it quits in 2006, but the smart money is probably on all the raw footage.
Yesterday Joe Giudice was sentenced to 41-months in federal prison after being convicted of a number of crimes including wire fraud. His wife, and Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Teresa Giudice threw herself at the mercy of the court, and took Bravo down with her. In a brief to the judge, she dismissed her negative image as a carefully crafted persona drawn by editors, and producers to drum up ratings for the network. It all seems like a last ditch effort to save whatever crumbling infrastructure lay before them, but it's an all too familiar scene.
Going on reality TV does wonders for your social media following, but often at the cost of your marriage. Since the early days of the medium celebs and civilians have been putting their lives and marriages on full display for reality cameras only to have it all come crumbling down once season 4 wraps production. The correlation between reality fame and marriage failure is so strong it prompts DYR to ask is it even worth it? Scroll through the Scroll through above to judge for yourself.