11 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Reality TV Families

Think you know everything there is to know about the families you watch on reality TV? Think again. Here are a few factoids that will really make you an expert in the field, and for more family drama, check out season of “Shahs Of Sunset,” Sundays at 10/9c on Bravo. posted on

1. The Kardashians/Jenners

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The Kardashian girls have been very vocal about how their father, Robert Kardashian, made them all get jobs at very young ages. For instance, before Kim became a celebrity, she was a wardrobe stylist for people like Cindy Crawford, Nicole Richie, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kenny G.

2. The Osbournes

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After they found success on “The Osbournes,” the family hosted a variety show on Fox in 2009 called “Osbournes Reloaded.” Unfortunately, it was canceled after one episode.

3. The Shahs Of Sunset

It seems like the Shahs know each other from just living in Beverly Hills together, but the truth is they know each other from school. Reza, MJ and Sammy (from season 1) attended Beverly Hills High together. Sammy introduced Asa and Mike (who were both in younger classes at BHH) to Reza and MJ, and Mike went ahead and added GG and her sister Leila into the mix.

4. The Simmonses

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Before Shannon Tweed was with Gene Simmons, she was 1982’s “Playboy Playmate of the Year” and in a relationship with Hugh Hefner. But Tweed had to apply four times before she finally got a spot in the publication (she kept getting rejected for being too thin). She was finally accepted on the fourth try because on her Playmate application, she wrote that Hugh Hefner was her “role model.”

5. The Other Simmonses

Rev Run has 5 children: 3 with his first wife, Valerie Vaughn, and 2 with his current wife, Justine Jones. However, his and Justine’s third child died shortly after she was born from a birth defect in September of 2006.

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6. The Manzos

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Caroline Manzo from “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” and her sister Dina are related by both blood AND marriage. Caroline is married to Albert Manzo, and Dina was married to Albert’s brother, Tommy Manzo, so Caroline and Dina are also each other’s sister-in-law.

7. The Hogans

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After Linda Hogan filed for divorce from Hulk in November of 2007, he moved in with his daughter, Brooke. Hulk later revealed that while living with her, he became so depressed that he thought about suicide — until Laila Ali of convinced to get help.

8. The Eastwoods

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Clint Eastwood has 7 children, but only one of them is with his current wife, Dina.

9. The Gosselins

Before starring on “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” the Gosselins were featured on the NBC reality show, “Home Delivery.” It was a talk show/makeover show hybrid, and the Gosselins were on an episode where they were expanding their house so as to accommodate their newborn sextuplets.

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10. The Duggars

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are known for having one of the biggest families in
America — but not many people know they actually waited a while before having their first child. In truth, they used birth control for the first four years of their marriage.

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11. The Thompsons

Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak spent some time with the Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Thompson, who told him she has a “quasi first right of refusal” on whether or not footage makes it to air. Additionally, she maintained that she spent a month reviewing her family’s contract with TLC before signing it.

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