10 Most Hated Reality Television Couples

Day in and day out we’re subjected to the private, only somewhat scripted lives of people we don’t know…and we’re entranced! Normally it’s the car wreck or train crash waiting to happen that hooks us completely, so when I say “hated” I mean that as a term of endearment, at least in most cases in this list. Reality television may have begun as early as 1991 with the Dutch series Nummer 28, but it wasn’t until the late ’90s and early 2000s with the success of shows like Survivor that “reality television” became a household term, and it’s the humanity in the relationships that we can all relate to that’s the biggest draw.

10. Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley

Teen Mom 2 “star” Amber Portwood shows viewers what it really means to be a role model. After her release from prison in 2013 after serving time for drug possession, she was met with a custody battle with ex Gary Shirley. Amber and Gary had daughter Leah, when Amber was 16 years old. Amber is notorious for repeatedly assaulting Gary, sometimes in front of Leah, which led to felony domestic battery charges. Gary is fighting to retain the full custody he was granted in 2011 believing that the Teen Mom star just can’t handle the responsibility. On the most recent season, Amber became engaged to Matt Baier, a man almost twice her age! But (un)fortunately, the pair called off their nuptial plans when Matt was caught cheating on her. And the drama continues…

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9. Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt or “Speidi”

This couple has finally disappeared into obscurity, but who could forget the never ending lineup of tabloid magazines plastered with their spray-tanned faces. For years these two were limelight sponges, soaking up attention for anything and everything they could. After meeting on The Hills, getting married, having 10 plastic surgery operations in one day, Heidi released a debut album in 2010 that absolutely tanked. In order to boost her failing career as a “celebrity,” Heidi and Spencer attempted to stage a coup, filing for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. As it turned out, no one cared, and the two called it off. Insert the Price Is Right fail sound here.

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8. Kate and Jon Gosselin

The seemingly happy couple of Jon and Kate Plus Eight ended tragically in 2009 after Kate was exposed as a horrible human being and Jon spent a little too much time with Kate’s plastic surgeon’s daughter. While Jon denies the affair, he had no problem publically stating that his children have developmental problems. This couple was a tabloid powerhouse from the get go, with Kate denying her children water and crying over spilt caribou milk at Sarah Palin’s, and they just refuse to let that fire die out. Kate plus Eight returned in January 2015 for another season of Kate behaving badly. Is it just me, or is Kate aging backwards?

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7. Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick

While Kourtney may be the only endearing thing to come out of the Kardashian family, her choice of Scott Disick as a partner leaves much to be desired. Despite the couple’s recent split after Scott was so charmingly caught with his paws all over Chloe Bartoli, they have been reportedly spending time together on mini-dates. This is bad news for Kourtney fans and her family who think Scott is a womanizing party boy with a drinking problem. Scott did check himself into rehab after the couple split, but changed his mind and was out within a day. Scott has been documented on screen saying almost abusive things to Kourtney and the breakup seems a long time coming for Keeping Up With the Kardashian fans.

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6. Courtney Stodden & Doug Hutchison

This pair is a doozy, and it almost hurts to validate their existence by including them on the list, but when you’re hated as much as these two, you can’t help but be on the top 10. At the ripe old age of 16, Stodden dove head-first into her acting class by teaming up with her teacher, who she only ever met online, Doug Hutchison, 51. The two got engaged upon their first meeting and said their “I dos” in 2011 in a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the few states that allows 16 year olds to get married, with parental permission of course! The couple has been criticised for staging their relationship as a publicity ploy, Hutchinson as a “pedophile”, and Stodden as a “whore,” but at the wise old age of 20, Stodden continues to stand by her man.

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5. Kelsey & Camille Grammer

Jumping at a chance to take the high road, Camille Grammer was quick to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, on which she publically revealed that Kelsey wanted out of their marriage! Oh the humanity! Kelsey sticks to his claim that he wanted out before the show even began airing and Camille was just a fame-hungry beast of burden. Turns out, this stunt of Camille’s was well-played. The episode she made the announcement, which aired January 13, 2011, was the No. 1 telecast among adults 18 to 49 versus any other cable show in the timeslot. Viewers were quick to pick up on Camille’s manipulative ways though, and in a poll conducted by Life & Style magazine, 52% of readers marked Camille as the most hated Housewife EVER!

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4. Ben Flajnik & Courtney Robertson

The most infamous villainess in Bachelor history, Courtney Robertson, was the shocking choice of bachelor Ben in the 16th season of The Bachelor. Courtney became known as the real-life “mean girl” calling other women “fatty” and “stripper” behind their backs. All Bachelor fans were shocked and horrified while watching the finale, but the engagement was called off after only a few months to everyone’s relief. Tensions remained however, after Courtney decided to release a tell-all book called I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villian. More recently Courtney has been said to be dating a normal guy she met on Tinder. Stay classy New York!

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3. Josh & Anna Duggar

Cheating on Ashley Madison aside, the child molestation charges brought against Josh Duggar last May, are enough to land him on this list. The campaigner against gay marriage, has demonstrated what it truly means to be a family man. By June 2015 after the initial break in the molestation scandal, two of Josh’s now-married sisters came forward, revealing that they too were victims of their brother’s molestation. To make matters more complicated, Josh and Anna Duggar welcomed their fourth child on July 19…exactly one month prior to the Ashley Madison hack. This conservative moralist has a lotta explainin’ to do!

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2. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye and a Kardashian — the image of ego incarnate. If Kanye jumps on stage one more time to voice his “godlike” opinion, we may just fall victim and replace Kanye as his biggest fan. When the President calls you a “jackass,” you have to make this list! When these two got together, it was not a surprise, they’d been friends for years. If keeping up with the Kardashians is how success is measured, you can be sure Kanye will inject himself into the situation. From their hugely public engagement, to that wonderful video of them getting it on while riding a motorcycle, these two just lap up the limelight like a cat in the sun. And while Kanye isn’t yelling about how he is a God, he’s busy going on about Kim’s unyielding talent: “y’all acting like this ain’t the most beautiful woman of all time…arguably of human existence…” Shhhh.

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1. Mama June Shannon & Mark McDaniel

This woman may be worth a fortune, but she has earned herself a place at a top of the most hated list through many things, but most notably, her involvement with convicted sex offender, Mark McDaniel. Did I mention that he was convicted of molesting her daughter?! McDaniel served a 10 year prison sentence for aggravated child molestation against Anna “Chickadee” Shannon, but was nonetheless photographed with Mama June upon his release and her split from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson. It has even been confirmed that another sex offender, Michael Anthony Ford, caught on How to Catch a Predator, is the father of two of Honey Boo Boo’s siblings. And if her infamy for serving roadkill for dinner and being romantically involved with pedophiles wasn’t enough, this Mother of the Year was recently sued by daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Shannon for unpaid appearances on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

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