13 Reality TV Truths You Would Have Never Guessed

You would think that reality TV is as simple and honest as it sounds, but when the cameras stop rolling, there are shocking secrets to be discovered.

"American Idol" Contestants are Categorized

Contestants on "American Idol" that are given a golden ticket after their audition are coded by producers based on their talent level, with a few less-than-stellar singers making the cut just for the entertainment value.

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Scenes from "Real Housewives" are Fake

"Real Housewives of Orange County" reality star Vicki Gunvalson admitted that while the series portrayed her daughter's wedding as a last-minute surprise, it was really planned ahead and the drama was faked for cameras.

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"Mystery Diners" Hires Actors

Many of the customers and waitstaff appearing on the Food Network's "Mystery Diners" are paid actors.

"Extreme Makeover Home Edition" Doesn't Always Perform Miracles

It's a proven fact that many of the families who had new homes built by "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" had to sell or have their homes foreclosed on because they were unable to keep up with the high mortgage and utility bills.

"Dancing With the Stars" is Rigged

According to former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Hope Solo, the reality dance competition is fixed and that fan voting doesn't matter.

"House Hunters" is Fake

One former home buyer featured on HGTV's "House Hunters" claims that her family was not allowed to appear on the show until they had already purchased their new home, so the other homes toured on the show belonged to friends.

Don't Believe Everything You See on

Don't Believe Everything You See on "Man vs. Wild"

Bear Grylls admits that in one episode of "Man vs. Wild," his trap did not catch a rabbit, so producers provided one to him.

"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" is Scripted

Sources reveal that many scenes from "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" are scripted or faked; a conversation between Kim and mom Kris regarding Kim's marital troubles with Kris Humphries was filmed more than a month after the divorce was filed.

"Cheaters" Cheats by Hiring Actors

Several people who appeared on reality TV show "Cheaters" claimed that they were paid to act on the show and given extra money for every actor they referred.

"Storage Wars" isn't 100 Percent Real

Producers plant expensive items in storage lockers to be bid on by the reality stars on A&E's "Storage Wars."

Many Restaurants on

Many Restaurants on "Kitchen Nightmares" Go Out of Business

Though often entertaining, Gordon Ramsay's screaming criticisms rarely help these restaurants stay afloat after the cameras turn off. In the first two seasons of "Kitchen Nightmares", Ramsay supposedly 'rescued' 21 restaurants, but only 2 still remain open.


Oprah's "Free Car" Giveaway Was Not Always Tax-Free

When Oprah gave away 250 cars in 2004, she was lauded for being the soul of generosity. However, some of those teary-eyed guests were surprised to learn that after receiving this lucky 'gift' worth over 28K, they were promptly expected to pay a hefty tax, upwards of $7000 or forfeit the car.

"Biggest Losers" Can't Keep the Weight Off

The show "Biggest Loser" prides itself on helping people lose weight, but what about when the cameras turn off? Apparently many of the winners gain the weight right back. Why? The show's producers cover all of their expenses on the show; they don't have to go to work, they don't have to pay for food or gym memberships, they do nothing but train all day. When the show is over, most just can't commit to or afford the same level of discipline on their own.

While reality television is popular among viewers, the story lines and drama you encounter are just as scripted as your favorite sitcoms and dramas. Reality stars often find themselves being coached by writers and directors.

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