Reality television has been on the rise since the ’90s and early 2000s with shows like Real Housewives, Real World, The Bachelor, Big Brother, and Survivor dominating the industry. Despite its success, reality television is also a breeding ground for controversy and scandal, especially since many of the shows pluck everyday people off the streets and film them working together in a closed environment. In some cases, the cast members become full fledged stars! Many flourish in their new found fame, but others, not so much. Here’s a list of the 15 biggest scandals that have unfolded on reality television:
15. Phil Robertson Makes Controversial Remarks
Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty upset a lot of people and got himself suspended from the show when he gave an interview to GQ and made homophobic comments. He said relationships between two men are a sin and compared homosexuality to beastiality. After he received a lot of backlash, he released this statement: “My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” His suspension was lifted after only 9 days.