It's hard being a reality TV star. You have your whole life scrutinized, you have to deal with haters, and sometimes you might even lose your job. That's what happened to celebs like The Real Housewives of New Jersey'sTeresa Giudice, Teen Mom's Amber Portwood and these other stars who say their 15 minutes of fame did more harm than good.
Adrienne Bailon wishes she avoided Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
“To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career," she told Latina magazine. "At the time, I didn’t think anyone would even care. To this day, people will still say, ‘You ruined Rob’s life!’ and I’ll think, 'Damn, I was still playing with Barbie dolls when I met him.'"
X Factor's Ryan Ruckledge says the show made him look like an idiot.
"[It] ruined my life," he told The Sun. "I was told by the crew to get drunk so it would liven things up. […] Why let us have free booze if they don't want you to get drunk? I've been made to look like a complete idiot and my own mum is ashamed of me and is throwing me out. I've been getting death threats on Twitter and I am genuinely concerned for my safety."
Geordie Shore's Vicky Pattinson regrets having sex on the show.
"I hated having sex on camera so much," she wrote in her memoir, The Real Me. "The worst thing about having sex on TV was that my mam stopped speaking to me for ages when she found out. Yes, sometimes my language is appalling. I can be violent but those things Mam can overlook. But having sex on TV is very different."
Teresa says The Real Housewives of New Jersey ruined her family.
"I [should] have never started the show with family," she said. "I feel like you don't mix business with family — you don't work with family. That's how I feel. And I don't like fighting with family. I'm very loyal, so that's what you saw on the show. I never thought fame would ruin my family, but it did.
Ozzy Osbourne wishes he and his family never did The Osbournes.
"Of course I regret doing the f—ing show," he told NME. "I didn't want to be on f—ing television. I didn't become a f—ing rock 'n' roll singer to read the f—ing weather forecast, know what I mean? It's part of the reason I wanted to come back. [My latest] album pisses on all that."
The Biggest Loser's Suzanne Mendonca says the show was a big, fat mistake.
“I had a wonderful career [and] basically the Biggest Loser took it all away," she said. "I would vomit on the set and they would say, ‘Great, you’ll lose even more weight.’ Bob Harper would tell me to eat 800 calories a day…they created eating disorders.”
Jen Yemola says cooking show Hell's Kitchen was actually like hell.
“[The producers] locked me in a hotel room for three or four days [before production started]," she said. "They took all my books, my CDs, my phone, any newspapers. I was allowed to leave the room only with an escort. It was like I was in prison.”
X Factor's L.A. Reid regrets being a judge on the show.
"It's the worst thing I've ever done," he said. "It really affected my taste — it almost destroyed it. It completely threw me off. What works for television isn't necessarily the thing that works in the traditional journey of music, so I adjusted my taste for television."
The Bachelor's Chris Bukowski regrets appearing on Bachelor Pad.
"It almost completely ruined me, my family, and my career," he said. "That show ruined my relationship with my father at the time and created distance between me and my mother…I went months without talking to my dad because he simply didn't want to talk to me. He even said, 'That wasn't my son.' He was right."
The reality TV star, who served a prison sentence for domestic abuse, said that if she hadn't gone on television, she "wouldn’t have been in jail because nobody would have known about [the altercation with my husband]."
"I might get attention, but it’s not the right attention,” she told TMZ. “I turned 20 and I don’t want to be known as ‘Amber from Teen Mom.’”
Big Brothers' Dean O'Loughlin says the show ruined his career.
"I didn't really think the TV show would launch my music career into the stratosphere but it surprised me to find it did the complete opposite," he told The Independent. "Suddenly I was seen as a bit of a joke, as a reality TV star trying to have a musical career. So it more or less put an end to my career."