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7 Iconic Moments in Reality TV That Were Clearly Staged


Reality TV has no shortage of iconic moments. After all, since it's a medium that prides itself on drunken fights, women spitting on each other, and poking fun at people's stupidity, there are plenty of trashy moments to choose from. Unfortunately, because the biggest downside to reality TV is that it's about 60 percent fake, many of those memorable scenes were actually just brilliantly orchestrated by meddling producers. Don't believe us? Below, a few of reality TV's grandest (and fakest) dramas.

1. When Kim Kardashian lost her earring in the ocean on 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'
Source: E!

Who can forget the time the Kardashians took a trip to Bora Bora and Kim lost her $85,000 diamond earring in the ocean? Even if you've never seen a single episode of the show, you're definitely familiar with the moment. It's pretty hard to forget Kim crying over her earring while Kourtney chides her that "people are dying." Despite all of Kim's theatrics, she ends up getting her earring back when little sis Kylie Jenner miraculously finds the earring on the ocean floor.

"I went under there and it was saltwater so it kind of hurt to open my eyes, but I just opened my eyes and looked around and I saw something shining," Kylie recently said about how she found the earring. "Swam all the way down there — it was, like, 10 feet — picked it up, and it was the shining diamond! I literally found it in two minutes."

If you're feeling skeptical about the story, you're not the only one. For years, fans have wondered if finding an earring in the ocean in "two minutes" was plausible or not. Kris Humphries, Kim's ex-husband, sort of confirmed this back in 2011. According to Radar, Kris told a friend that the whole earring scene was allegedly staged:

“Kim was crying hysterically, but then miraculously, one of her younger sisters found the earring in the ocean, where the group had been swimming. It was probably 6-8 feet deep, and Kris commented to Kim how unbelievable it was that the valuable earring was found as the current in the ocean in Bora Bora is very, very strong. Kim just said, ‘I know,’ with very big smile on her face.”

It definitely wouldn't be the family's first time.