Reality television isn’t just a guilty pleasure of the masses. Celebrities themselves, some of whom may have appeared on reality shows in the past, have revealed that they, too, like to tune into shows like The Real Housewives, The Bachelor, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Though it’s sometimes referred to as being a form of low culture, many people find that reality TV is the perfect way to unwind after a long day. It’s entertaining, whether they're watching people fight for the affections of another person, or compete for a record deal. It provides insight into how humans work, even if some of it is staged. It often makes fans feel better about what’s not perfect in their own lives, and the best part is it doesn’t require a lot of brain power to process. It’s just easy watching.
Still, there are lots of people out there who despise reality TV and its impact on modern society, and some of those people are celebrities. A number of stars have opened up about how they really feel about reality television, whether their feelings are aimed at the shows themselves or the people who rise to fame out of them.
Keep reading to find out which celebrities love reality television, and which celebrities aren’t fans.
25 Rihanna Is All About Love And Hip Hop
You wouldn’t think someone as busy as Rihanna would have time to watch television, but the goddess lives life to the fullest, and that includes setting aside an hour or two to squeeze in some reality television.
Rihanna's go-to is Love and Hip Hop, though she’s also a fan of Bad Girls Club.
For the pop star, reality TV is about having the chance to unwind and focus on somebody else’s crazy life for a change.
24 Jennifer Lawrence Is A Reality TV Junkie
Just when you thought Jennifer Lawrence couldn’t get any more relatable! As it turns out, the Oscar-winning actress loves to kick back with some reality television. She doesn’t discriminate and makes time for Shark Tank, Dance Moms, Doomsday Preppers, Hoarders, and The Real Housewives. We also know she has time for the Kardashians! The actress is so serious about her reality television that she’s even made it clear that whoever she ends up with has to watch her shows with her.
23 Taylor Swift Loves VH1’s Couples Therapy
Taylor Swift is one of the biggest names on the planet, and she still has time for VH1’s Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn.
In 2016, she even fangirled over sharing air time with her hero, the reality TV doctor.
It’s also been reported that the singer is a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off, which makes sense when you consider all the baked treats she shares with her IG followers. We picked Tay for a homebody!
22 Chris Pratt Was Hooked On The Only Way Is Essex
We wouldn’t have picked Chris Pratt as a fan of British reality television, but he isn’t shy about his love for The Only Way Is Essex, which is sort of like a British Jersey Shore. What’s not to like? Pratt apparently caught up on the whole series in his hotel room while staying in London, and even took a VIP tour of where the show was filmed after becoming hooked. The actor can also now mimic the perfect Essex accent.
21 Louis Tomlinson Can’t Get Enough Celebrity Big Brother
It must be a breath of fresh air for celebrities when the cameras are turned on someone else for a change.
That might be why Louis Tomlinson is all about Celebrity Big Brother.
The former One Direction star made no attempt to hide his feelings about the show after posting tweets like, “I’m gonna say it ….. I’m really enjoying Katie Hopkins in the big brother house !! #CBB,” and, “Must admit I’m loving celeb big brother !”
20 Sir Anthony Hopkins Likes … Mob Wives?
Anthony Hopkins is probably the last person you would have picked to be a fan of reality television, but the legendary actor actually has a soft spot for Mob Wives. He prefers watching the show to a raging party on a Saturday night: “… staying in and watching Mob Wives on TV. I don’t have many friends; I’ve very much a loner. As a child I was very isolated and I’ve never been really close to anyone.”
19 Jennifer Aniston Is As Obsessed With The Bachelor As We Are
Nowadays you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s not obsessed with The Bachelor. Jennifer Aniston is no different from the rest of the English-speaking world in that she’s slightly obsessed with the show.
She first watched The Bachelor for fun with ex Justin Theroux but was addicted within two hours.
“It was like junk food,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We were sad when it ended.” This interview took place a couple of years ago, but we’d be willing to be bet Jen is still a keen fan.
18 Robert Pattinson Has A Soft Spot For British Reality TV
Being British, it only makes sense that Robert Pattinson has a thing for British reality television in particular. “I love English reality TV,” the actor confirmed. “I like Geordie Shore. It’s like the Jersey Shore of England. It’s amazing, one of the greatest TV shows I have ever seen in my entire life.” That’s quite a statement! Pattinson went onto say that Geordie Shore isn’t about laughing at people since he doesn’t like that kind of reality TV. Bless!
17 Nobody Knows The Real Housewives Like Chrissy Teigen
There are a few Real Housewives fans among celebrities, but nobody knows quite as much about the franchise as Chrissy Teigen.
On social media, she even joked, “Follow chrissyteigen on Snapchat to watch me watch housewives 20 hours a day.”
According to the model, who aspires to be Yolanda Hadid from the Beverly Hills edition, her tagline (if she ever got the chance to appear on the show) would be, “I may be married to John, but I’m a Legend in my own right.”
16 Bryce Dallas Howard Tunes Into The Kardashians
The Village star Bryce Dallas Howard never understood what all the fuss was about when it came to the Kardashians until she had a chance to catch up with the show while she was pregnant. “I had never watched it,” she told The Huffington Post. “Then, when I was super-pregnant, I was overdue and I actually had [to stay at home] … I have since watched every single episode. I love it … I love it.”
15 Lea Michele Is A Real Housewives Fan
Another Hollywood star who can’t get enough of the Real Housewives is Lea Michele, who’s best known for her portrayal of Rachel Berry on Glee. In particular, she adores Beverly Hills, Atlanta, and New York editions of the show.
Michele actually got the chance to meet some of the housewives, including Camille Grammer, Carole Radziwill, and NeNe Leakes.
She told Andy Cohen that her housewife tagline would be, “I mean what I say, and I say what I mean.”
14 Jonah Hill Likes The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Specifically
It’s not only celebrity women who love the Real Housewives. Jonah Hill isn’t scared to admit that he’s a fan of the franchise, and has fanboyed over Atlanta in particular. “I pulled up next to NeNe Leakes in a car in Atlanta where I was shooting a movie and I freaked out. I texted all my friends.” The actor is also apparently a fan of the Beverly Hills ladies and is said to have sent star Lisa Vanderpump some pink champagne.
13 Eddie Redmayne Loves The Hills & Heidi Montag
Now, this is one we weren’t expecting! Known for portraying the likes of Stephen Hawking and Newt Scamander, Eddie Redmayne isn’t the first person that comes to mind when you think of the typical Real Housewives fan. But that’s exactly what he is.
“I’ve been a closet lover of faux-reality TV since The Hills. It’s bad,” he admitted.
“I can’t believe the intricacies of their lives. I want to know how much of it’s a sham, how much of it is directed.”
12 Sean Combs Is Another RHOA Mega Fan
While some men may deny it, Sean Combs isn’t afraid to admit how he feels about the Real Housewives franchise. Hint: it’s true love. “I’m an Atlanta housewives fanatic and I do love the New Jersey housewives, too. I like the family feud thing. I’m not even embarrassed to say it. You’ll even find me in chat rooms.” Love his enthusiasm! The music star confessed that out of all the housewives, his favorite is NeNe Leakes from Atlanta.
11 Andrew Garfield Gets Into The Voice
Andrew Garfield isn’t so much into the feuding kind of reality television but instead prefers competition shows.
For him, watching reality TV is a way to relax and de-stress from a long day at work.
“When I’m working on something very intense—like [Spider-Man] was very intense to work on, believe it or not, and I’m doing a play at the moment which is very, very intense—whenever I’m not on stage I wanna watch reality television,” he said. “I wanna watch, like The Voice or The Bachelor."
10 Neil Patrick Harris Has A Thing For Celebrity Big Brother
Louis Tomlinson isn’t alone in his obsession with Celebrity Big Brother. Actor Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter to let his fans know how much he loves the UK version of the show. “I’ve found a new TV obsession: Celebrity Big Brother UK,” he tweeted. “Can’t stop watching YouTube videos.” He also admitted that he wouldn’t be above participating in a future season, so that could be something to look out for! Just when you thought the show couldn’t get any more exciting!
9 Megan Fox Needs The Real Housewives In Her Life
Megan Fox doesn’t just love Real Housewives.
For this star, the show is like an addiction, and she can’t get enough of it!
“I watch all of the Housewives. Brian watched them, too,” she admitted. “They’re addicting. And we talk about it. We’re like, ‘Could you believe Teresa did that?’ … It’s my worst vice for sure. We watch them together and we record them if we’re going to be out of town. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just junk food for your brain.” You said it, girl.
8 Mila Kunis Tunes In To The Bachelor
She may be juggling a family and a successful acting profession, but Mila Kunis still makes time to watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. After all, that’s what reality television is good for—helping you to temporarily escape the demands of a stressful and busy life! Shows like The Bachelor are good because you get so emotionally invested in which girl he’s going to choose that you no longer care about what’s going down in your own world!
7 And So Does Ashton Kutcher
Kunis’s husband, Ashton Kutcher, is right there by her side when The Bachelor or The Bachelorette comes on.
He said that Monday night is pretty much dedicated to lounging with drinks while either one of the romantic shows plays.
The couple even guest-starred on Season 13 of The Bachelorette to help Rachel Lindsay pick a man. “We came on because we love Rachel … we freaked out and called the producers and asked if we could help her find a husband.”
6 Kaley Cuoco Would Rather Watch The Bachelorette Than Be The Bachelorette
We’re sure that if she wanted to be the next Bachelorette, Kaley Cuoco could have the position. Who wouldn’t fight to be the man in her life?! The Big Bang Theory star isn’t big on the idea of being in the show, but she sure likes to watch it. “I’d rather just watch and judge everyone else,” she told E! News. “I don’t wanna be judged! I’ve got to have them on my TV and watch them.”
5 Not A Fan: Reese Witherspoon
Not all celebrities have hopped onto the reality television bandwagon.
Reese Witherspoon hasn’t explicitly stated that she doesn’t like watching reality television, but she did make it clear how she feels about people using reality television to become famous.
While accepting an award at the MTV Movie Awards in 2011, the actress seemed to take aim at Kim Kardashian by telling all the little girls watching that “it’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show.”
4 Not A Fan: Dave Grohl
The Foo Fighters front-man Dave Grohl isn’t a fan of the Kardashians either. And by extension, we’re assuming he doesn’t tune in to any other kind of similar reality TV show. “I’d put the kids to bed, go upstairs … But then I’d get stuck in front of the Kardashians on TV for 45 minutes,” he said, detailing his routine for trying to cure insomnia. “And It freaked me out.” We didn’t pick the rock star for a Kardashians or Real Housewives fan anyway.
3 Not A Fan: Keira Knightley
We know that Keira Knightley isn’t a fan of reality television because she isn’t a fan of any television, period.
The star revealed that she actually hasn’t owned a TV for more than five years.
“There are some wonderful TV dramas and I love documentaries and football, but I’m not really interested in reality television or home improvement or game shows … What’s amazing is that I haven’t had a TV for five years and I haven’t missed it at all.”
2 Not A Fan: Madonna
Madonna has made headlines in the past for her strict approach to parenting. One of the rules that she apparently set out for her kids was no television in the house. “I don’t want television,” she admitted, after being asked whether she’d make a good TV judge. Since she doesn’t watch any television at all and allegedly doesn’t like TVs in her house, it’s a pretty safe bet that she doesn’t think much of reality television either.
1 Not A Fan: Rachel McAdams
Another celebrity who doesn’t do television at all, much less reality television? Rachel McAdams.
The actress who’s famous for her iconic role as Regina George in Mean Girls and Allie in The Notebook doesn’t own a TV, so she can’t exactly tune into the Kardashians.
“I listen to the news of the radio,” she said. “I don’t have a television and I am really bad at e-mail. [It was] only [recently] that I heard about Twitter for the first time … I’m really ignorant."
Sources: MTV, StyleCaster