In general, most reality TV stars are the absolute worst. It must be a requirement in the audition process to prove that you will essentially put fame above anything else. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that there are some very endearing people who have just happened to have been on reality TV shows. I mean, I'll advocate for Lisa Vanderpump any old day. But for the most part, when you hear certain "celebrities" names, you can't help but roll your eyes so hard that you run the risk of them getting stuck in your head. Which happens to me, by the way, when I hear anything The Bachelor related.
It seems as though the most successful, or rather the most notorious, reality television stars are those who are shamelessly open about their personal lives. They understand the importance to drumming up a major scandal in the off-season, knowing full well that if they don't, their storyline is pretty much dead come season premiere week.
Quite possibly the worst kind, or best kind depending on your tolerance for trash television, are thirsty reality show Moms. You know the ones that have no shame in their game and will do pretty much anything, including exploiting their kids, to raise the notoriety attached to their names. These Moms do nothing short of squeezing every ounce of attention their offspring can gain for them. It’s almost as if some of them have kids solely for the fact that it will put them in the headlines!
Here are the 15 thirstiest reality Moms who will do anything for fame:
15 Teresa Giudice
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is no stranger to scandalous headlines. She gained massive amounts of attention for having had served 15 months in prison for bank, mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Prior to that, however, Teresa was the queen of the RHONJ crew with explosive outbursts ending in table flipping. When it comes to being a Mom, Teresa often gushes about her four…spirited daughters. It’s clear she loves them, but that doesn’t stop her from being a total stage Mom and also definitely dressing like her eldest daughter, Gia. Giudice also did not miss out on the chance to do the ever popular “give birth on camera scene” in 2009 when she gave birth to her youngest daughter, Audriana. Teresa’s career has definitely benefited from the incorrigible personalities of her daughters, specifically her third child Melania who might as well be a tiny clone of her parents.
14 Amber Portwood
13 Brandi Glanville
12 June Shannon
More famously known as, “Mama June”, from Toddlers & Tiara’s and it’s spin-off Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, June Shannon might as well be TLC’s golden ticket to ratings. Mama June is a total character, right along with her sassy outspoken daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. June’s parenting has often come into question, especially when allegations of abuse by her long-time husband, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, surfaced. Rather than dealing with her estrangement and divorce quietly, the odd family actually filmed a reunion, including Sugar Bear’s newest girlfriend. The awkward and explosive reunion was over shadowed, of course, by Mama June’s drastic 300 pound weight loss. The year long journey was documented on WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot. The weight loss was often teased in the media, and long anticipated by dedicated Honey Boo Boo fans, whoever they are.
11 Kim Zolciak Biermann
Kim Zolciak is the potty mouthed alumni of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, and gained a lot of popularity from fighting with her ex co-star Nene Leaks. She earned her own spin-off documenting her life with her much younger Atlanta Falcons husband, Kroy Biermann. The show details her crazy life, and how she’s pretty much pregnant every 10 months. Kim has also recently made headlines for advocating for her 18-year-old daughter, Brielle, and her lip injections which she documented on Instagram. Kim herself, utilizes Instagram to show off her insanely slender waistline as often as humanly possible. Go ahead, do your thing Kim. Kim also had to leave her stint on Dancing With the Stars due to a mini-stroke, which of course wasn’t for attention, however she didn’t miss the opportunity to post a selfie.. I’m just sayin’.
10 Kate Gosselin
From Jon & Kate Plus 8 to just Kate Plus 8, Kate Gosselin and all of her hairstyles has been a symbol for the Reality Mom. For a long time, practically all of 2009, it seemed like it was a requirement for all entertainment outlets to be reporting on the dissolution of Jon and Kate Gosselin’s marriage, in addition to all of the scandals and Ed Hardy t-shirts on Jon’s part. Kate is somehow still making herself relevant, even going on an insanely awkward date. You know, because she’s an insanely awkward person. Supposedly her children are “annoyed” that Kate hasn’t found love yet, we as the viewers, are in for the uncomfortable ride. Maybe a Kate Plus 8 Dates spin-off is in the works? It probably is.
9 Jenelle Evans
Jenelle Evans was quite possibly one of the most volatile stars on 16 & Pregnant and it’s spin-off Teen Mom 2. Jenelle Evans became the talk of most media outlets due to her violent outbursts. After rising to “fame” as most of the MTV show stars do, Jenelle bounced back and fourth between multiple boyfriends, and fiancees, and even one husband. One of the boyfriends became the father of her second child, and gave birth to her third child in January of 2017 with her latest boyfriend David Eason. Eason was recently under fire for posting an extremely inappropriate photo of her son. Between drug scandals, jail stints, nasty fights, and three pretty cute kids, Jenelle is the ultimate Drama Queen. Where Jenelle goes trouble follows, and we can’t help but watch. She manages to stay in the spotlight with her less than reputable love affairs.
8 Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett
7 Tamra Judge
Tamra Judge is one of the longtime stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County. Tamra and her melodrama have been on the air for nearly 10 years. We have seen her go through a divorce, and “fight” with her ex over their three children. We have also seen Tamra marry Eddie Judge during an extravagant wedding special. Tamra is well known for her screaming fits, especially at co-star and frenemy Vicki Gunvalson. Tamra is constantly stating, or yelling rather, about what a great mother she is and how she’d do anything for her kids. This has come into question recently when her eldest daughter Sidney called Judge on her bullsh—t. After years of Tamra blaming her ex-husband on the rift in her relationship with their kids, Sidney posted a lengthy Facebook statement essentially calling Tamra out for being a fame mongering mother who neglected her kids often. Ouch. Tamra of course denied the allegations, and conveniently has been in the media discussing skin cancer surgery. You’ll have to excuse me for being skeptical about cancer in this group of women.
6 Kris Jenner
Okay, so Kris may not be jumping into the media as much as she did in the past few years, but let’s face it the matriarch is the ultimate fame-loving Mom. Kris Jenner and her insanely famous family have managed to stay at the top of media headlines for over 10 years! They’re reality royalty in many respects. Kris Jenner’s shameless exploitation of her family life has earned her what many reality tv stars strive for: longevity. She doesn’t let her daughters, oh and Rob, overshadow her. Not even Caitlyn Jenner can take away from what Kris has got going on. She’s the ultimate “cool mom”, what with her very young boyfriend, and buddying up to Kathy Griffin in a recent Instagram post. Kris is always managing to somehow look younger than she did a few years ago, and truly keeping up with her mogul daughters.
5 Blac Chyna
Ex-stripper Blac Chyna was mostly known for being Amber Rose’s best friend, as well as having long term relationship and a child with rapper, Tyga. Chyna then blasted to reality television fame when she started a whirlwind romance with Rob Kardashian. The pair then stunned everybody when they announced that Chyna was pregnant a mere three months into their relationship. The E! Network knew they could never miss the opportunity to mine some of this reality gold, and alas Rob & Chyna was born. The reality show was essentially just the couple being super weird and then fighting. It also gave some sort of an answer to their extremely odd social media antics. The fairytale couple has recently split up, and did so in an insanely inappropriate social media war. Chyna may be the one winning though, because she never misses an opportunity to post pictures of her insanely toned after-baby body.
4 Tori Spelling
Once a teen TV star on her father's hit show Beverly Hills 90210, Tori Spelling has made somewhat of a name for herself in recent years as a reality star. She's also easily one of the thirstiest reality tv stars to date. I'm wholly convinced she just had her most recent baby to get herself back in the lime light. Tori and her current husband Dean McDermott began their relationship cheating on their then significant others. Believe it or not, Tori found out that Dean was unfaithful to her as well about three years ago, but the couple decided to work things out on, you guessed it, another reality tv show. This time it was the Lifetime' network's docu-series True Tori. The couple has also run into huge financial issues, racking up nearly $100,000 in unpaid credit card bills, as well as getting into trouble with the IRS with a tax lien of just over $700,000 in unpaid taxes in 2014. When Spelling did end up announcing her pregnancy in 2016, no one could quite fathom how or why they would have another kid. Gotta do it for the likes though right?
3 Farrah Abraham
Likely the most infamous 16 & Pregnant veteran, Farrah Abraham is nothing but a boiling pot of scandal and drama, and we know she loves it. Farrah has stayed in the headlines with stunts such as filming an adult video, getting major plastic surgeries, being a total a--hole to her parents who are also kind of a--holes. Farrah definitely makes us wonder, "who is taking care of her daughter?". Abraham consistently makes waves during Teen Mom reunion shows, and seems to have no issue with the fact that her co-stars totally hate her. Farrah's fame-loving behavior often puts her in the social media crossfire, so even if she really is being a great Mom, people are never jumping to her defense. Farrah is definitely a reality TV mom who will never turn down a Red Carpet.
2 Luanne De Lesseps
Better known as “The Countess” on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York, Luanne de Lesseps is by far one of the most attention grabbing, and seeking, housewives to date. She valiantly displayed the title of Countess during her marriage to Count Alexandre de Lesseps, with whom she had two children. The marriage unfortunately fell apart during filming of RHONY due to infidelity, which didn’t stop Luann from milking the Countess title for all it was worth. Luann is best known on the Bravo show for her 2010 single, “Money Can’t Buy You Class”, which is as hilarious as it sounds even if it wasn’t meant to be funny. She followed up with two more singles; 2011’s “Chic, C’est la Vie” and 2015’s, “Girl Code”. Most recently, Luann was caught in a scandalous whirlwind marriage to Tom D’Agostino Jr. His infidelities were no secret before the marriage, and Luann still turned the other cheek and walked down the aisle, forever losing her title as Countess in December of 2016. They announced their divorce in August 2017.
1 Kim Kardashian
Daughter to Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian has made an empire for herself. We laughed at her sex tape in early 2006, but she’s the one who has ended up laughing all the way to the bank. The woman can get attention. We’ve followed her through a wedding and failed marriage to Kris Humphries, and we’ve pretty much written in stone everything her and now husband Kanye West have done. We watched with bated breath as she gave birth to her daughter, and did what we thought she’d never do… name her child after a direction, North West. Shamelessly we’ve followed Kim on all forms of social media, even if we haven’t wanted to. The woman has managed to implement herself in all forms of the average American’s life. Without shame she promotes her latest makeup line daily on Instagram, even though we know in our hearts Kylie’s makeup will always be more popular, but we still give her a “like” anyways. Kim posts insane pictures of her after-baby bod, and we hound her on Twitter, “how’d you do it Kim!?”. But, let’s face it, none of us want to sign up for Atkins. Kim is the ultimate reality television queen mother, and frankly we don’t care how thirsty she is for fame because we let her have it anyways!
Sources: People.com, Eonline,com, Wetpaint.com, Pagesix.com, Bravotv.com