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Reality TV and controversial, OMG moments go hand in hand. They're the primary reason you watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta online (for example).

In the early days, though, such moments weren't nearly as common or explosive. The Real World has nothing on some of the scandals of modern times.

Lately, it seems like we're dealt one jaw-dropping reveal, moment or conflict after another. So many it's almost become a struggle to keep up with them all.

That said, here are 19 of the biggest reality TV scandals of all time:

TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Give the network credit. It pulled the plug as soon as rumors spread of June Shannon dating her daughter's former molester. EWWWWW!

Not all shockers take place with the cameras rolling, of course.

Jon and Kate Gosselin imploded off camera, while TLC just canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo because of June Shannon dating a child molester.

That never made it to air ... and the show likely never would have if producers had known the tawdry extent of the Georgia matriarch's past relationships.

Bottom line? Don't expect an end to the madness anytime soon.

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A woman who helped create and manage Toddlers & Tiaras star Eden Wood and other child stars says she is quitting the child pageant industry.

The reason? “Stage monsters ruining the childhood of the young clients.”

Heather Ryan, a talent manager from Des Moines, Iowa, who previously worked for Eden, now 8, and her mother Mickie, said she is out. For good.

”I’m done, done, stick a fork in me, done,” she told Radar.

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Miss America Laura Kaeppeler knows a thing or two about beauty contests.

The 24-year-old Wisconsin native, who was crowned in January, isn't a big fan of the Toddlers & Tiaras / Here Comes Honey Boo Boo culture, however.

"There's a misconception that pageants are beauty pageants, but Miss America is a scholarship provider," Kaeppeler told E! News Wednesday night.

"We compete in talent and community service, so there's a lot more to it."

Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America

Laura says she only started competing in pageants two years ago, at age 22.

She said Miss America is "about being a well-rounded young woman and an empowered female" and that child beauty pageants are pure exploitation.

"I don't agree with those sort of programs," Kaeppeler said. "Because I don't think it's the child's want to do that necessarily and the child engaging in that."

"I think it may come from an outside source. I think if you're going to do something like [competing in pageants], you should do it because you want to."

Safe to say we know how she'd score a Here Comes Honey Boo Boo recap.

Your take: Should TLC yank Toddlers & Tiaras and the like?


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The parents and youngsters of Toddlers & Tiaras will go to the greatest of lengths to make an impression, as we've seen in hooker outfits and the like over the years.

Four-year-old Destiny smoking is just the newest, crudest example.

Dressed up as Sandy from Grease, she took the stage in a black leather outfit, puffing from a prop cigarette. Now that's sending a positive message!

This makes Here Comes Honey Boo Boo look like wholesome TV.

Toddlers & Tiaras' Destiny Smoking

At least one judge deducted points on this episode for the use of the prop and the poor message it sends ... which may be the understatement of all time.

One wonders what doesn't qualify for a deduction based on that, but we digress. Tell THG what you think of Destiny puffing on her cigarette below.

Toddlers & Tiaras: Cancel it?


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Isabella Barrett has become the latest high-profile kiddo to bid farewell to TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras. Send in your kids' resumes, insane toddler moms!

Eden Wood said her goodbyes to the pageant world, and Alana Thompson is getting her own spinoff. Now Barrett is bowing out for good too. Why?

Isabella's mom Susanna Barrett says that while her little girl is NOT retiring from the pageant world, she cannot support how TLC portrays it. Really.

"We don't believe pageants are bad, but the way it is portrayed on Toddlers & Tiaras is," says the mother of Isabella (seen "performing" above).

"Isabella has been offered some amazing opportunities, but has actually been held back by what you see on Toddlers & Tiaras," her mom says.

"And while we tried to show that we are different from that, that we are [into] positive pageants, unfortunately it kind of fell on deaf ears."

"Right now we longer want to be associated with the show."

You and everyone else, Susanna. You and everyone else.

Should TLC cancel Toddlers & Tiaras?


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We really wish we were making this up.

But Alana Thompson - a six-year old contestant on Toddlers & Tiaras known as "Honey Boo Boo" - has landed her very own reality show. It will be titled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and it will consist of six half-hour episodes that provide "an inside look into Alana's world," according to a TLC network statement.

The statement goes on to say that viewers will learn how Thompson "is more than just a Go-Go Juice-drinking beauty queen" and that "when she's not chasing after crowns, Alana's with her family in rural Georgia doing what her family does best: four-wheeling through mud pits and picking up road kill for the family cookout."

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will also feature Thompson's stay-at-home mom, June Shannon, along with her father, Sugar Bear, and sisters Lauryn "Pumpkin," Jessica "Chubbs," and Anna "Chickadee." Really. That's how they are listed in the press release.

We doubt Vanessa Williams will tune in for this spinoff, but will you?


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Mother's Day is a wonderful celebration honoring our moms and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society in general.

Here at THG, this means a little tribute to some of the celebrity moms we've come to know and love ... and also a bunch who could use some improvement.

On this 13th day of May, take a look at a 13 popular THG celeb moms (and 13 more who also have kids) in the poll below and vote for your favorite (and least favorite):

  • Blue Ivy Photo
  • Jessica Alba and Daughters
  • Obama Family Portrait 2011
  • Jennifer Garner and Daughter
  • Will, Jada and Family
  • Brangelina, Kids Pic
  • Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon

Who's your favorite celebrity mom?


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It is on between Vanessa Williams and one of the moms involved with Toddlers & Tiaras.

During an appearance this week with Anderson Cooper on his talk show, the actress said of the aforementioned series:

"When the child is screaming and saying, ‘I don’t want to do this. I don’t feel like doing it.’ When they are using special juice to get them hyped... that’s not my world and I would never have my kids do that.”

Cue a reaction from Wendy Dickey, the mother of Paisley, a controversial member of the Toddlers & Tiaras cast who has dressed like a hooker and like a biker girl for segments on the show.

"Posing nude and having an abortion is 'not my world' and I would never have my kids do that," Wendy said, referring to Vanessa's Playboy past and her recent admission that she aborted a fetus in high school. "So easy on the judging Vanessa!"

The claws are out and it's getting personal on both sides. Which are you on?


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Toddlers & Tiaras' former pageant queen Eden Wood turned out for an appearance on the Wendy Williams show Monday, promoting her new reality show.

The seven-year-old was in full make-up and hair extensions to promote Eden’s World. Yes, seriously. Williams quickly called out Wood on her fake hair.

“Do I recognize extensions in your hair?” Wendy dared to ask the child. “What about your hair?” Eden quipped before Wendy admitted, “It’s a full wig.”

The Toddlers & Tiaras star said her new reality show is about “helping other kids get to the top of pageantry. So I’m going to Kentucky, Japan, all over."

"And it’s really fun for me because I love helping other kids.”

She recently announced that she was retiring from being in pageants to focus on her other endeavors ... so many commitments at the age of seven.

“Oh yeah baby,” she said, regarding her desire to be a pop star and when Wendy started to do her rendition of Eden Wood's "Cutie Patootie" live.

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