August 24th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
Forget Paris... and the Kardashians, Omarosa, Boston Rob, Jon and Kate, Snooki and The Situation. You won't see reality stars receiving recognition on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The question was posed and answered this week on the Walk of Fame's Facebook page: "Someone asked if we give reality show characters stars? Hell to the No!" At last check, 60 people had "liked" the post, and most of the 35 comments agreed with the sentiment.
Could, say - just for instance - Kim Kardashian buy herself a star? Critics like to point out that honorees must pony up $30,000 for the privilege, the funds to create and install the star, and to help maintain the Walk.
But first a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce committee has to approve the nomination, and the celeb has to agree to appear at the ceremony. We'll assume that last part wouldn't be an issue for any fame-hungry reality star, but it seems the nomination process won't get that far.
Ana Martinez, Vice President for Media Relations and Producer for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, notes that nominees have to meet the committee's criteria: longevity in their field of entertainment, awards and other honors, and philanthropic work. She also points out that the Facebook post reflects her personal opinion - "It's just not on the radar for us right now."
Now, this doesn't mean no one connected to a reality show will ever be immortalized in Tinseltown terrazzo. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest has a star for his radio career. Ozzy Osbourne has one, but for his music, not his mumblings on MTV's "The Osbournes." Gene Simmons is on the Walk, but with KISS, not his "Family Jewels."
And nitpickers will note that Judge Judy and Vanna White both have stars, so the line between "reality TV star" and "successful TV industry personality" can be fairly thin.
As for future possibilities, Jacinda Barrett went from "The Real World" to a legitimate acting career, though we'll see whether she ever rises to star status. And if animated characters such as Big Bird and the Rugrats can make it to the Walk "for the kids," it's conceivable - if extremely unlikely - that a reality star could crack the list in the future.
As Martinez notes, "We just want to bring the tourists to Hollywood."
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