Once again, it’s time to look back and reflect upon the past year. We’ve had 51 weeks of pleasure and pain from the world of reality TV, and a great deal of that has come from reality stars themselves. Some of them deserve special recognition, and this, the first of my two annual year-end lists, is designed to give them the recognition they deserve. They are the reality blurred’s Top Reality Whores of 2006.
reality blurred will return next Wednesday, and later that week I’ll reveal the stand-out shows, people, and trends in reality TV from the past year. But today, here are the people who I think sold themselves, literally or figuratively, as their stars rose or fell:
- Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn. Tim Gunn may seem like an unlikely choice for this list. I’ve met and talked with him, and he’s just as incredibly awesome in person as he is on television. And he’s undeniably the breakout star of the Bravo series (which is why it’s appalling Bravo hasn’t yet renewed his contract). However, he has also not shied away from his celebrity. In the past year, he’s appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, guest hosted Live with Regis and Kelly, and appeared in-studio on Best Week Ever. But whether he was shilling for Saturn in those ridiculous Bravo segments, saying the names of the show’s sponsors as if they belonged in natural conversation, or mocking his own catch phrase (everyone together: “Make it work!”), he did so with a mix of reluctance about his fame and self-effacing humor. This year, Tim Gunn became a reality whore with self-awareness and class, and we need more reality stars like him.