Reality stars need not apply here
August 24th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Reality stars need not apply here

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."


soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Travis

    It's good to see that there are at least a few people in Hollywood who are still able to use the brains with which they were blessed. No-talent hacks who bear the surname Hilton, Gosselin, or Kardashian don't deserve this honor. Nor does anyone who has been to the Survivor island, the Jersey Shore, anything shown on MTV, or ANYWHERE near Donald Trump. If any of these people manage to parlay their brief stints on reality television into a genuine entertainment career in which they positively contribute to the arts of cinema, theater, or music, I would be glad to see them on the Walk of Fame. Until then, Hollywood should shuffle these people into the cold embrace of irrelevance and obscurity as quickly as possible. If we can do it to Lindsay Lohan, it should be pretty easy for us to get rid of Snooki.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. catchmeifyoucan

    i concur.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mejazzbo

    I am so glad to hear you say that.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hypocrisy

    This article is garbage. First, it talks about reality show chumps not getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Then, it goes on to defend Seacrest saying "Ryan Seacrest has a star for his radio career." Really? He didn't do anything of importance until he accepted the co-host job on American Idol in 2002. Then, in 2004, he took over a radio program that was made famous by Casey Kasem and became a host of a radio show made famous by Rick Dees. He was then given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. Don't be telling me he earned it through his radio work and not by hosting American Idol. Great radio personalities such as Casey Kasem, Dick Clark, Art Laboe didn't get their stars until they had put DECADES of work in radio. Each one of them put like 30+ years in radio before they got their star. HYPOCRITES!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BarneyFife

    thank God these talentless cows will not be imortalized this way.

    August 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pliny

    More 'poop' jokes!!!

    We enjoy hearing the same thing repeated endlessly.

    It's the sign of a creative personality to take one thing and grind it into the dirt.

    August 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay Cool (jaycool.net)

    Because they want to tell you...
    – what to wear
    – what to eat
    – what to feel
    – what to think
    – how to act
    – how to speak
    – insecure
    – incomplete!!

    August 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dawn

    I'm still in shock Danny De Vito finally got his star after all these years in the business. Goes to show you were Hollywood priorities are!!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. dale

    "We just want to bring the tourists to Hollywood." I hate to tell you this Hollywood has cut its own throat, it has lost the right stuff that made Hollywood now it's just a bunch of cocaine and alcohol parties just look at the headlines always someone getting in trouble because of drugs or alcohol, and all of these different look at me look at me narcissistic people running around.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kf

    I would certainly hope that 30 years from now, no one walking that sidewalk will have any idea who Kardashian or Kate were. Those stars are intended to attract fans for the long haul, not just for today's flash in the pan which is what the reality stars end up being.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dale

      That's all they are flash in the pan nobody's they are totally out of touch of reality.

      August 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Booo

    $30,000? OMG, all you have to do to achieve immortality is spy fresh concrete, and:
    a) Ride your bike through it.
    b) Walk over it, shoes optional.
    or c) Stick your hands in it.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vip

      Option B would be slightly painful. Walking, touching, etc, on freshly poured concrete (with the exception of the special kind they use for the palm rpints of Hollywood Stars) can be dangerous. You don't know what it takes to get fresh concrete off your hands/feet and how much (if any) skin comes off with it (if it's too late)....

      August 25, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Vip

      I meant, "...prints.."

      August 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. dale

    These reality shows they are so deceiving and fake, all of these perfect faces and bodies are nothing but rainbow fantasy. Real life is not like these reality shows people who believe these reality shows are totally out of touch of reality they need their heads examined.

    And the people who are in these reality shows are just as fake they're not stars at all, there is no real acting.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dale

      And one other thing these writers and producers haven't had an original thought in their heads for years they are narcissistic and they are to space out on cocaine like a lot of the so-called pretty pretty actors.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. frankdoe

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ibrad

    I wish I had 2 more hands so I could give Kim 4 thumbs down for her pron film never mind a gold star!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ibrad

    Come on you guys,don`t be like that. Snnookkii has done sooo much good it aint even funny anymore! Remember when she helped all the poor and starving in that country all those years ? She helped those miners in that,that south American country? The oil spill somewhere in that big water off America I think ? That Katrina girl that fell over in New something,she helped there too! Are life would be so less rich if it wasn`t for her,just ask her? I say give her a star to sit on somewhere behind the moon!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Stefany

    Poor Boston Rob!

    August 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Steven

    Why does Ryan Seacrest have a star then?????? Don't recall ever seeing any great dramatic films of his... hmmmm...

    August 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Natasha

    THANK YOU! I can't stand reality TV no way, including the Kardashian's show!

    August 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. phearis

    Then how did Ryan Seacrest get one?

    August 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Vip

    In twenty-five years, when the "Stars" of our time have long-stopped acting, our kids are going to run across those stars, look down with a gleam in their eye and ask, "Mom/Dad, who's (insert name here)?"

    August 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..@Junkpile: I'm with you on that. @Happy Cow: Glad you having a happy day. Sending hugs and have a good rest.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Happy Cow

    Not me. I am out in the pasture. It is nice and sunny out. A pretty day. Later I might walk up to the barn and take a good rest. Being a cow is hard work. mooooo : )

    August 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. tracie

    I am sitting on the toilet.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Pope John Paul The Turd

    I would certainly disagree and further would enjoy dropping a few holy biscuits while taking a stroll on this immoral blvd.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Anomic Office Drone

    Give reality "stars" their stars on Skid Row so the bums can give them their due respect by using their stars as toilets.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. FrankMhere

    Walk Of Fame ... Fame? As in Famous? Well, whether you like it or not Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are famous. I'm not certain exactly what for but they are famous none-the-less. Whether or not they get a star ... I don't care. I don't think they deserve it but I also don't think they deserve to be famous.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Junkpile

    They should all get turd shaped icons on the walk of lame.....LOL

    August 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jujubeans

    They oughta put a star for J-Lo's rear.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  29. timbo

    Owwwww tracie beat me. Congradulations tracie.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. timbo

    I put my name in a mud pie once. Momma says I'm a shining star no matter what any one else says. I'm always firsty with her like I am now !

    August 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |

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