The Top 10 Most Explosive Reality TV Cheating Scandals
Relationships and gossip—two of reality TV’s favorite topics. Whether you keep up with the Kardashians or get your fix on Bravo, you’ve likely come across some juicy entanglements. Reality stars put their lives on screen, and unfortunately for them, nothing makes better headlines than a great cheating scandal. Here is the ranking of the top 10 biggest reality TV cheating scandals of all time.
1. Tristan Thompson Isn’t Out Of The Woods
Rumors that Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner’s then best friend, hooked up with Tristan Thompson. When the news leaked, it became a true family affair. Khloé Kardashian called it quits with Thompson, and Woods became estranged from the Kardashian-Jenner clan for good. The massive buzz generated by the affair and the colossal fame of those involved makes it the greatest reality TV cheating scandal of all time.
2. A-Rod’s Tryst Was A Swing And A Miss
If you’re into drama, look no further than season 7 of Southern Charm. This story made headlines when Craig Conover accused his co-star, Madison LeCroy of “flying around the country and sleeping with Ex-MLB players.” Fans were quick to speculate that Conover was referring to Alex Rodriguez, who was engaged to J.Lo at the time. While the details of the scandal remain unconfirmed, the backlash that LeCroy faced when the couple announced their split earns the tryst a second-place spot on our list.
3. Francesca Farago And Harry Jowsey Went Cold
While the lines are blurred on this one, it can’t be forgotten. Too Hot To Handle’s most handsy couple, Harry Jowsey and Francesca Farago ended things shortly after their engagement was settled by a blue ring pop over Zoom. Their breakup had the internet abuzz, especially after Francesca uploaded a YouTube video, titled ‘Our Breakup’ where she hinted that Harry had cheated on her.
4. Ronnie’s Rocky Relationship
In fourth place, we have Ronnie Ortiz-Margo’s tryst. Ortiz-Margo and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola’s on-and-off relationship captivated Jersey Shore fans for eight long years. When Sammi opted out of the show’s highly anticipated reboot to avoid “potentially toxic situations,” Ronnie explained that his cheating was the final straw of their tumultuous relationship.
5. Lamar Odom Leaves Khloé Kardishian On The Bench
Ex-NBA player, Lamar Odom and reality TV star, Khloé Kardashian seemed to have it all. The pair got engaged after knowing each other for a month and were married nine days later. Things changed when cheating allegations surfaced against Odom. In January 2012, tabloid reports claimed that Odom had cheated on Kardashian at a Washington D.C. strip club. Over a year later, Odom was accused of infidelity after playing a game for the Dallas Mavericks. Kardashian filed for divorce shortly after.
6. Scott Disick Gets Caught
It’s getting hard to keep up with all the Kardashians’ cheating scandals. Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian’s ten-year relationship was punctuated by multiple affairs. The couple called it quits after photos surfaced of Disick getting touchy with his ex, Chloe Bartoli in July 2015. The airtime the scandal got on Keeping Up With The Kardashians puts it in fifth place on our list of the top 10 reality TV cheating scandals.
7. Hank Baskett Fumbles
Kendra On Top stars, Kendra Wilkinson Baskett and Hank Baskett, were fan favorites. Things changed when Baskett, an ex-NFL player, had extramarital relations with a transgender model while his wife was eight months pregnant. Talk about a fumble.
8. Jax Taylor Defies Cartwright’s Rules
Vanderpump Rules Star, Jax Taylor got served. Between seasons 5 and 6 of the show, Taylor cheated on his now-wife Brittany Cartwright with his former SUR co-server, Faith Stowers. While the scandal was one of the main events of season 6 and ranks at 7th place on our list, the couple tied the knot in June 2019.
9. Tom D’Agostino Had A Different Type Of Engagement
There was nothing real about Tom D’Agostino’s engagement to his The Real Housewives Of New York City co-star, Luann de Lesseps. Days before their engagement party Bethenny Frankel released photographic evidence of Tom making out with another woman. While the couple proceeded with the wedding, D’Agostino couldn’t seem to part with his bachelor lifestyle, and the couple split after seven months.
10. Dean McDermott Gets True With Tori
Finally, we have Dean McDermott’s affair. True Tori, a docu-series following Tori Spelling and McDermott’s relationship got a bang for its buck. In early 2014, McDermott publicly admitted to cheating on the former 90210 star. While McDermott’s infidelity had significant repercussions for the couple and their children, the show’s relative lack of notoriety puts the scandal in 10th place.
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