There are so many reality TV shows, it is hard to keep up with all of the familiar faces and the drama that seems to follow them wherever they go. Many stars went on to have illustrious careers while others returned to the lower ranks with the rest of us. Find out what happened to some of our favorites!
Ty Pennington – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
After his stint with multiple reality shows, Ty Pennington is working on his own line of furniture, in addition to a community outreach program, in partnership with Sears.
Fiona Horne – Mad Mad House
Since Fiona Horne hosted Mad Mad House as The Witch, she has published quite a few books on witchcraft and continues to sing for the Australian band Def FX.
Harold Dieterle – Top Chef
The original winner of Top Chef opened up a few restaurants in New York and currently spends most of his free time with his family.
Richard Hatch – Survivor
The winner of the first season of Survivor wound up on a few other reality shows before spending three years in prison for attempted tax evasion.
Jennifer Hudson – American Idol
The seventh place finisher found herself winning multiple awards for her talent, beginning with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress alongside Beyonce in Dreamgirls.
Kirstie Alley – Kirstie Alley’s Big Life
Kirstie Alley continues to maintain her weight loss after the show that followed her efforts. She currently has a role on the television show Scream Queens.
Nicole Elizabeth LaValle, AKA “Snooki” – Jersey Shore
Snooki made the television rounds after Jersey Shore appearing on The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Show with David Letterman and has settled down with her family.
Ashley Parker Angel – Making The Band
Ashley began a solo career after being in O-Town, but found his notoriety on Broadway appearing in Hairspray before touring with the hit musical Wicked.
Adrianne Curry – America’s Next Top Model
Curry showed up on a few other reality shows such as Ballbreakers, GameShow Marathon, The Surreal Life, and My Fair Brady and continues her modeling career.
Carmen Electra – ‘Til Death Do Us Part
Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro notoriously split up, and Electra continued her acting and musical career appearing in multiple B-movies such as 2-Headed Shark Attack and Lap Dance.
Santino Rice – Project Runway
Santino’s designs turned some heads on Project Runway which led to his successful career as a fashion designer. He also showed up as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Juan Pablo – The Bachelor
Juan Pablo was known as the most disliked contestant in Bachelor history. He and winner Nikki Farrell didn’t last long and broke up in October of 2014.
Jacinda Barrett – Real World: London
The obscure Real World season gave Barrett a nice boost into a decent acting career, landing her roles in Poseidon, The Last Kiss and the sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Mama June – Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo
After Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo was taken off the air, Mama June appeared on the weight loss reality show The Doctors as well as Extreme Couponing.
Eva Marcille – America’s Next Top Model
After graciously winning season 3 of America’s Next Top Model, Marcille landed a permanent role on the extremely popular daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck – Survivor: The Australian Outback
After Survivor, Hasselbeck became a well-known television personality from her time as a co-host on The View and now works as a host on Fox News.
Stephen Colletti – Laguna Beach
The Laguna Beach hunk continued a career in acting landing the role of Chase Adams on One Tree Hill. He also appeared as Taylor Swift’s love interest in the “White Horse” music video.
Justin Guarini – American Idol
After a heartbreaking loss to Kelly Clarkson during Idol’s first season, Guarini went on Broadway to appear in Wicked and is now married with two kids.
Aubrey O’Day – Making The Band
O’Day’s time with the girl group Danity Kane on the reality show led her to a modeling career with magazines like Blender and Playboy, and is set for a reality show with her boyfriend, Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D.
Tila Tequila – A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila
The new mother from Myspace fame, Tequila has dabbled in many different business ventures, including music. In 2015, she was kicked off of Celebrity Big Brother for her off-color Hitler remarks.
Ryan Larsen – True Life: I Have OCD
Larsen was known on the show for having trouble with his relationships and was not very keen on therapy. He wound up on a docu-series called Obsessed.
Kat Von D – Miami Ink & LA Ink
The talented tattoo artist is a dedicated animal rights activist and is also a vegan. She is currently working with a cosmetics company that makes cruelty-free products.
Alyssa – True Life: I Have Tourette’s Syndrome
The most popular True Life star severely struggled and went through a “deep brain stimulation” surgery and is now much better at controlling her condition.
Chloe Lukasiak – Dance Moms
Chloe continues competitive dance and appeared in the music video for Jess Godwin’s “Fool Me Once” before winning a Teen Choice Award in 2015.
Kevin Federline – Chaotic
Britney’s Spears’ ex ended up on the reality shows Celebrity Fit Club and Excess Baggage. He is currently married to volleyball player Victoria Prince and has two kids.
Lauren Conrad – The Hills
Conrad became a well-respected author of the bestselling books based on her life and is currently married to William Tell from the band Something Corporate.
Evan Marriott – Joe Millionaire
After convincing 20 women he was a millionaire, the construction worker became an underwear model for a “brief” moment before getting back into construction as a successful contractor.
Bethany Frankel – The Real Housewives of New York
Frankel actually started out her reality career on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. She has now published multiple books on dieting and is the founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails.
Jamie Chung – Real World: San Diego
Chung’s pursuit of an acting career following the Real World wound up with her appearing in The Hangover Part II, Grown Ups, and Office Party.
Flavor Flav – The Surreal Life
After Strange Love and Flavor of Love, Flav found real love with his fiancé, Liz Trujillo. In 2011, Flavor Flav opened up a friend chicken restaurant.
Jack Osbourne – The Osbournes
Jack got into a career in fitness and became a travel reporter. He and his famous dad have an upcoming reality show called Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.
Yoanna House – America’s Next Top Model
The season 2 winner became a spokesperson for a few cosmetics company and had a son in 2008. She has also continued her modeling career.
Audrina Patridge – The Hills
In 2013, Audrina became the host of NBC’s 1st Look and was also on season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. She is now in a relationship with BMX biker Corey Bohan.
Bill Rancic – The Apprentice
Rancic was the first winner on the show and starred on another reality show with his famous wife and E! News host Giuliana Rancic called Giuliana and Bill.
Kate Gosselin – Jon & Kate Plus 8
After splitting with her co-star husband, Kate continued the show as Kate Plus 8 about divorced life. She also appeared on Dancing with the Stars.
Jon Gosselin – Jon & Kate Plus 8
Jon was accused of cheating on his wife and he began to date his wife’s plastic surgeon’s daughter, Hailey Glassman. Jon is now a DJ with a part-time gig at TGI Friday’s.
William Hung – American Idol
Hung went on to have a music career beginning in 2004 with his first album called Inspiration. He has worked as a technical crime analyst since 2011.
Brooke Hogan – Hogan Knows Best
Hogan began a music career in both pop and country. She starred in a film called L.A. Slasher and was briefly engaged to former Dallas Cowboys center, Phil Costa.
Reichen Lehmkuhl – The Amazing Race
Reichen and his boyfriend Chip broke up shortly after season 4 before he appeared on The A-List: New York for a couple of seasons.
Carly Rose Sonenclar – The X Factor
The second place finisher was named on of the most influential contestants by FoxWeekly and is currently working on her own original music that will “blow our minds off.”
Clay Aiken – American Idol
Aiken had a standout career after his second place Idol finish with popular albums, a debut on Broadway in Spamalot, and he ran an unsuccessful campaign for congress in North Carolina in 2014.
Jonny Fairplay – Survivor: Pearl Islands
After lying about the death of his grandmother, Fairplay went on to do more reality television appearing on Dr. Phil, The Newlywed Game, and Celebrity Fear Factor before returning to pro wrestling.
Puck David Rainey – Real World: San Francisco
After the show, the loud-mouth Puck was convicted of driving under the influence and was also arrested for battery. He is now living on a chicken ranch with his family.
Boston Rob – Survivor & The Amazing Race
After four attempts to win Survivor, Boston Rob married his fellow contestant Amber Brkich after proposing on Survivor: All-Stars, and the happy couple had four daughters.
Nene Leakes – Real Housewives of Atlanta
Leakes has made quite the name for herself with a part on Glee and The New Normal. She also made her Broadway debut in 2014 with Cinderella.
Kimora Lee Simmons – Life in the Fab Lane
Kimora Lee Simmons took over ex-husband Russell Simmons’ brand Baby Phat and continued her show focusing on her life as a designer and single mother.
Kwame Jackson – The Apprentice
The second place finisher from the first season became a real estate investor after his time on The Apprentice. He now has his own firm and is a public speaker.
Zulema Griffin – Project Runway
Zulema continued a career in the fashion industry releasing several lines. In 2014, she broke into the movie business and was the designer for the film Our Sins.
Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino – Jersey Shore
The Situation appeared with Bristol Palin in a PSA on teen pregnancy and made a lot of cash with endorsement deals before asking his former college girlfriend to marry him.
Tiffany “New York” Pollard – Flavor Of Love
New York starred in her own reality show I Love New York. She appeared on another show with her mother called Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn and is currently on The Next:15 and Famously Single.
Spencer Pratt – The Hills
The controversial character appeared on a couple of other reality shows with partner Heidi. The two are still married and went on Marriage Boot Camp in 2015.
Sean Duffy – Real World: Boston
Duffy married his co-star, Rachel Campos, and had seven kids! After he left entertainment and went into politics, he became a Republican Congressman for the state of Wisconsin.
Ruben Studdard – American Idol