The reality stars that got us hooked on the genre are all in wildly different places in their lives today.
Like a lot of ’80s and ’90s kids, I grew up on sitcoms and made-for-TV movies.
My most high-octane television entertainment was coming from talk shows and soap operas/telenovelas.
I had no idea that reality TV would show up and take over my teen years.
Before we knew it, reality TV was everywhere and we were watching every minute.
It’s been a minute since we’ve seen some of the early aught’s most entertaining reality stars. Here’s what they’re up to now.
Erik-Michael Estrada (Making The Band, 2000)
Erik-Michael Estrada continues to perform and act, appearing in A Very Boy Band Christmas.
Eddie McGee (Big Brother, 2000)
Today, Eddie is an actor and entertainer with a new short film coming out in 2022.
Kelly Osbourne (The Osbournes, 2002)
These days, Kelly is sober and exploring all areas of her career, from podcasting to hosting gigs and more.
Tamyra Gray (American Idol, 2002)
Tamyra has enjoyed singing, acting, and even starring on Broadway in recent years.
Alex Michel (The Bachelor, 2002)
Alex Michel has all but vanished from public life, with Bachelor producers even unable to reach him as of 2020.
Trista Rehn (The Bachelorette, 2003)
Trista and Ryan are still happily married today and live in Colorado with their two children.
Evan Marriott (Joe Millionaire, 2003)
Evan learned from the experience and eventually apologized for his comments.
Adrianne Curry (America’s Top Model, 2003)
Adrianne bid farewell to public life in 2017, preferring secluded mountain life these days.
Bill Rancic (The Apprentice, 2004)
Today, Bill’s primary business partner is wife Giuliana Rancic, with whom he shares 9-year-old son Duke.
Carmine Gotti Agnello (Growing Up Gotti, 2004)
Carmine has led a pretty quiet life, minus some legal troubles, and works in the family’s auto body shop.
Ryan Benson (The Biggest Loser, 2004)
Ryan’s living a healthy lifestyle with his wife and three kids and keeping at the work every day.
Bridget Marquardt (The Girls Next Door, 2005)
Today, Bridget still models and acts, and is also a paranormal investigator.
Brooke Hogan (Brooke Knows Best, 2005)
Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander (Flavor of Love, 2006)
Nicole is focused on her career these days, acting in three new projects slated for release in 2022.
Lauri Peterson (The Real Housewives Of Orange County, 2006)
Lauri left RHOC to focus on her family, particularly her son Josh’s struggle with drugs.
Kerry Harvick (Bad Girls Club, 2007)
Kerry became a country singer, a wife, and a mom, and recently won HGTV’s Battle On The Beach.
George Weisgerber AKA Tailor Made (I Love New York, 2007)
George is an actor and social entrepreneur, according to his website.
Farrah Abraham (16 & Pregnant, 2009)
Farrah is heading back to the 16 & Pregnant universe in 2021.
There were so many stand-out reality stars, there’s no way I didn’t miss a few. Which of your faves should we be catching up with?