Best of 2013: The Top 10 Most Shocking Moments in Reality TV
It's been another crazy year in reality TV. The Giudices and Gorgas' feud turned physical on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Big Brother houseguests stirred up major controversy, and Survivor had only its second rock draw in history. The Hollywood Reporter runs down 10 of the most surprising moments from 2013.
1. The Real Housewives of New Jersey family feud gets physical. The feud between the Giudices and the Gorgas -- spearheaded by Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga -- came to a head during a retreat meant to bring peace to the family. The disagreement turned physical, with much of the family -- including Joe Giudice and Melissa Gorga -- coming to blows (and tears). In one funny moment to come out of the altercation, everyone found what appeared to be black grease smudged all over their skin and clothes; it turned out that Joe Gorga sprays his hair to make it look thicker.
2. Big Brother housemates stir up controversy. GinaMarie Zimmerman, Aaryn Gries, Spencer Clawson and eventual winner Andy Herren shocked viewers with comments ranging from racist to sexist to homophobic. Zimmerman, who used the N-word and made other racially insensitive comments about fellow houseguests, while Gries said that a Korean-American housemate should "shut up, go make some rice" and called Herren a "queer." Clawson sparked a police investigation when he made a joke about masturbating to child porn and made other remarks considered anti-Semitic and misogynistic. Among Herren's comments were his use of the C-word when referring to fellow houseguest Elissa Slater. There were real-life consequences, too, ranging from getting fired from their jobs to public admonishments made by current and former employers.
3. Survivor tribal-council tie leads to rock draw. One of the final tribal councils on Survivor: Blood vs. Water resulted in only the second rock draw in 27 seasons of the CBS show. Hayden Moss make a last-ditch effort to plead with Ciera Eastin to join forces with him and vote against her alliance. Once she realized she was on the bottom of her alliance, she switched teams and forced a tie. Katie Collins drew the dreaded white rock and was sent to Redemption Island, thereby leaving Tyson Apostol's alliance intact and paving the way for him to ultimately win the $1 million prize.
4. The Amazing Race apologizes for using an anti-American memorial. In March, CBS and the producers of Amazing Race apologized for an episode that drew criticism for using a B-52 memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a key part of a leg. The episode saw contestants go to the memorial, which depicts the wreckage of an downed American bomber plane during the Vietnam War, to find their next clue. Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with several Fox News anchors and viewers, complained about the usage of the memorial. "Parts of last Sunday's episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us: our nation's veterans," an on-air statement read. "We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country."