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:
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.
Despite what its title implies, you don't watch Bad Girls Club: Redemption for the actual redemption, but for the bad girls clubbing each other. Just saying.
As long as producers and network executives believe that scandals equal ratings, awful behavior will continue to be the norm, rather than the exception.
Even if they don't create drama on camera, the types of personalities likely to land shows in a more and more absurd TV landscape are likely loose cannons.
See now-canceled Sons of Guns and other examples.
This is just how it is these days. Some lament the state of TV for this reason, but there's clearly an audience for it, and it appears to be growing if anything.
Click through and see which you would rank #1!