The Real Housewives is a reality series about women who are anything but typical housewives. Many of them live lifestyles foreign to everyday housewives, and if the idea was to illustrate the 'average homemaker', something went quite awry. Several of the women showcased are interested in prolonging their '15 minutes of fame,' however, in the midst of trying to become famous some of the Real Housewives have become infamous; here is a list of the top 10.
Top 10 List of Infamous Real Housewives
10. Jo De La Rosa (Orange County)
Jo De La Rosa was part of the original cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" but she was not even a housewife. She lived with Title Insurance Executive and fiancé, Slade Smiley, and described the relationship as "Slade is pretty much keeping me." During the first season De La Rosa tried her best to become domesticated but quickly became disinterested in playing the role of the dutiful housewife. She eventually began enjoying more and more "girls nights out," and to the dismay of Mr. Smiley, decided to go back to work. Jo eventually left the series after moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry. Her on again off again fiancé finally broke off the relationship and began dating another cast-member from The Real Housewives of Orange County.
09. Kim Zolciak-Biermann (Atlanta)
When Kim Zolciak first appeared on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" she was a divorcee with two daughters and a desire to sing professionally. Her tag phrase during the opening credits was "In Atlanta, money and class do give you power," and her significant relationship at the time was with a married man she playfully referred to as "Big Papa." The audience never saw Zolciak's suitor, however, they did see the lavish gifts he gave her, including a large ring. In season two Zolciak release her first single "Don’t be Tardy for the Party" with the help of song writer and cast-mate Kandi Burruss. Much was said about the song, including that it was 'auto-tuned,' but it was catchy and popular enough to make it to number three on the iTunes dance chart. In 2010 Zolciak met Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann and they began dating. Later that year Zolciak announced she was pregnant and in May 2011, she and Biermann welcomed a baby boy. The two reality lovebirds were married in November of 2011 and Zolciak changed her opening phrase in the series to "People call me a gold digger, but they just want what I have."
08. Tamra Barney (Orange County)
This self-proclaimed "Hottest housewife in Orange County" joined the OC cast in season three and her quick witted humor, self-admiration, and sharp tongue irked a few of her cast-mates. When Barney came on the scene, she was living a comfortable life in Orange County with her slightly older husband Simon and their three children. Barney also had an adult son from a previous relationship who clashed with Simon. The marriage didn't last and the Barneys were involved in a tumultuous divorced after she began dating a younger man. Barney now says "I'm done being the trophy wife. Freedom only makes me hotter."
07. Jill Zarin (New York)
A busy New York wife, mother, business owner, and social butterfly, Zarin was extremely popular when the New York Housewives series first aired. During season four, Zarin’s feud with popular cast-mate Bethenny Frankel caused the audience to see her in a different light and fans of the show began to dislike her. Zarin came off looking like an opportunist and a bully, it also appeared she was always trying to promote her business or a book she co-wrote with her mother and sister. In addition to her clash with Frankel, she also bickered with another cast-mate, Ramona Singer, and they seemed to quarrel about everything. Both of Zarin's rivals seemed to have fared better; Frankel developed her own signature cocktail and sold her business for a multi-million dollar paycheck and got her own Bravo television spin-off show, while Singer has signed-on for the next season of The Real Housewives of New York. In September 2011 Bravo announced Zarin would not be returning for season 5.
06. Taylor Armstrong (Beverly Hills)
As part of the original cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Armstrong's catch phrase during the opening credits was "It may look like I have it all, but I want more." To the audience, it seemed as though Armstrong was trying to make it look like she had it all, and she definitely wanted more. Her extravagant spending was appalling to many fans who struggled to understand how Armstrong could spend $60,000 on a birthday party for a 4-year-old. She also came off a bit whinny after continually complaining about her husband's work schedule and being "disconnected" from him. Armstrong volunteered at a family crisis center and spoke out on domestic abuse, however, during a squabble with cast-mate Kim Richards, she said "I'm about to take you out back and pull some Oklahoma on your a--!" A statement Armstrong later claimed was not about violence, although she never explained what she meant. Sadly, a few weeks before the premiere of season two, Armstrong's husband, Russell, committed suicide. It was after than event that Armstrong claimed she had been an abused wife. Season 2, which was taped prior to Russell's death, showed the couple in marriage counseling and having issues with other cast-mates. Armstrong herself clashed with some of her cast-mates, and her opening statement for the season was "I finally found my voice, and I'm not afraid to use it." Many fans thought she could have 'used her voice' in a more positive way.
05. Kelly Bensimon (New York)
Kelly Killoren Bensimon joined the New York cast in season 2, a former model, she was physically beautiful, however, she made several statements the other women found quite odd. She also had a tiff with cast-mate Bethenny Frankel, uring an argument saying "I'm up here and you're down here." Frankel once said about Bensimon "…she’s a 'faux-cialite' — that's a word that I came up with, and she defines that word. Everybody in high school knew that girl who ignores you until you got on the cheerleading squad. She's just that girl, and it's resonating with a lot of people." Bravo recently announced that Bensimon would not be part of the cast in Season 5.
04. Teresa Giudice (New Jersey)
This New Jersey gal made headlines after she flipped a table in a moment of rage during the finale of the first season. She didn't stop there; she's had a feud with almost everyone in the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, including her own sister-in-law. Her taglines in the opening credits are "People make fun of Jersey girls, but I think they're just jealous." (Season 1 and 2) and "I'm a Jersey girl. No one can knock me down" (Season 3).
03. NeNe Leakes (Atlanta)
On her Twitter account, Ms. Linnethia ('NeNe') Leakes is described as an "Author, philanthropist, restaurateur, actress, host and an outspoken social butterfly who is best know [sic] for The Real Housewives of Atlanta…She was recently a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice." Leaks has had arguments with several of her cast-mates from The Real Housewives of Atlanta and was almost in a physical altercation with Kim Zolciak. In the midst of another argument with a cast-mate, Leaks exclaimed "I’m rich, very rich!"
02. Michaele Salahi (Washington DC)
Salahi and former husband Tareq are infamous for allegedly crashing the White House State Dinner in honor of Indian Prime Minister Singh in November 2009. Three days after the event, the United States Secret Service publicly stated the Salahi couple had not been invited to the event, however, both Salahis claimed no wrongdoing. They refused to testify during a subsequent investigation, asserting their right to plead the Fifth Amendment. In 2011 Michael Salahi made headlines again when she left her husband for Neil Schon of the rock group Journey.
01. Danielle Staub (New Jersey)
During the opening credits of season 1 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Staub exclaimed "You're either gonna love me or hate me, there is no in-between with me." As far as her cast-mates were concerned, she was correct, unfortunately for Staub, most of them did not love her. One reason her cast-mates were suspicious was because of the book "Cop without a Badge." It was about an undercover FBI informer who also happened to be Staub's former husband. It made some accusations about Staub and outlined her arrest. The book was at the center of controversy during season 1 and the cause of several arguments between Staub and her cast-mates. The bad feelings continued into season 2 and Staub did not return for the third season.