There are plenty of celebrities who have either become more famous or more likable by being a part of a reality TV show. And they know it’s true – you’ll notice that most celebrities who go on one reality TV show tend to go on to several more.
Holly Madison (The Girls Next Door, Holly’s World) – Although her spin-off didn’t have much success, Holly has gained tons of fans, perks and exposure with Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt as Hef’s girlfriends. And Holly? She was HBIC! (Head bitch in charge.)
Sharon Osbourne (The Osbournes, Osbournes Reloaded, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent, The Sharon Osbourne Show, The Talk, Rock of Love: Charm School) – The MTV show chronicling her families life was only the first step on her path to reality TV hijinks. She’s become known for her compassionate ways for animals and her no-nonsense attitude towards bullshit.
Kelly Osbourne (The Osbournes, Dancing with the Stars, Fashion Police with Joan Rivers) – Her music career never really took off past her debut album Shut Up!, but that hasn’t stopped her from being in the spotlight. Broadway, TV shows, presenting gigs, a line of shoes, a clothing line, the face of campaigns, modeling, columnist, author and activist….this girl has been damn busy. Despite all of the acting, singing and everything else, she is still best known as being the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne. Without that first reality TV show, she might not have had quite as much success in the States.
Jessica Simpson – (The Newlyweds, The Price of Beauty) Both of these shows re-launched her career. Despite having a serious talent in her voice, people mostly enjoyed her looking like an idiot and talking about tuna.
Rachel Zoe (The Rachel Zoe Project) – While she’s not lovable to all, her talent and wild personality (she dies and goes bananas for everything) is undeniable. Don’t you wish you could have her dress you for an event?
Tim Gunn – (Project Runway) He’s more likable than any of the Project Runway judges, and probably smarter to boot. He’s wise, he’s never catty, and he has impeccable levels of taste.
Jay Manuel (America’s Next Top Model) – Tyra Banks, Andre Leon Talley and Mrs. J tend to annoy us as much as they please us, but Jay Manuel has risen above them all as a wonderful talent. He has a critical eye, but is always supportive.
Paula Abdul (American Idol) – Speaking of AI, what about Paula Abdul? She was re-introduced to legions of fans on this hit reality TV series.
Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian – (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York) – Seeing their wacky behaviors turned these rich socialites into real people with “real” problems. (Trying to find a place to rent a monkey for your Mom experiencing empty nest syndrome doesn’t exactly translate into a “real” problem for most of us, of course.)
Bret Michaels (Rock of Love, The Apprentice) – You knew Poison songs already, but these two reality shows put him back in the limelight. He became such a fan favorite that he was one of the names rumored to become a new American Idol judge.
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