44 episodes

CRIMINALITY is a podcast for those of us who love reality TV, true crime, and want to hear all the juicy stories where the two genres intersect. Every other Friday, hosts, Melissa (one half of Moms and Murder podcast) and Rebekah (host of DIE-ALOGUE podcast), will share the true story of a reality personality who faced more than just champagne problems. You won’t find murder stories here, but fear not, there are crimes a plenty - fraud, arrests, mugshots, scandals, and more.CRIMINALITY: Because loving reality isn’t a crime!

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    • 4.9 • 313 Ratings

CRIMINALITY is a podcast for those of us who love reality TV, true crime, and want to hear all the juicy stories where the two genres intersect. Every other Friday, hosts, Melissa (one half of Moms and Murder podcast) and Rebekah (host of DIE-ALOGUE podcast), will share the true story of a reality personality who faced more than just champagne problems. You won’t find murder stories here, but fear not, there are crimes a plenty - fraud, arrests, mugshots, scandals, and more.CRIMINALITY: Because loving reality isn’t a crime!

    We Stan a Cheater Brand: RHONY, SUMMER HOUSE, RHONJ

    We Stan a Cheater Brand: RHONY, SUMMER HOUSE, RHONJ

    When it comes to Bravo-lebrities, brands are essential and must be protected at all costs. But as today’s story shows, that cost can be more than most Bravo-lebrities can afford! Sometimes a well intentioned reality star can get carried away with an idea before realizing it was actually somebody else’s. OR WAS IT? 

    We’re talking CHEATER BRANDS in today’s episode and Rebekah shares not one, but three cases of Bravo stars getting into lawsuits over their precious brand babies. From RHONY to RHONJ, with a fun Summer House interlude, you will be given the facts of these alleged cheater brands. She asks Melissa to make rulings on each case and we want to hear from you too!

    For the next episode, Melissa shared 3 clues: 
    MOTHER, MONTH, METH
    Follow us on social media! We are @criminalityshow on IG/FB + Twitter and 
    @criminalitypodcasttiktok on TikTok!
    You can say hi and tell us what you’re watching: criminalityshow@gmail.com
    Enjoy the show? Please rate/review then share with a friend because loving REALITY isn’t a CRIME! https://podfollow.com/criminality
    Episode Sources:

    REALITY TEA
    https://www.realitytea.com/2021/06/14/bethenny-frankel-toaster-oven/

    NY POST
    https://pagesix.com/2016/10/03/sonja-morgan-blames-bethenny-for-latest-tipsy-girl-setback/

    https://pagesix.com/2016/12/09/sonja-morgans-tipsy-girl-restaurant-relocated-to-hartford/

    https://pagesix.com/2015/12/13/bethenny-frankel-ready-to-battle-over-sonja-morgans-booze-line/

    OK MAGAZINE
    https://okmagazine.com/videos/bethenny-frankel-feud-sonja-morgan-tipsy-girl/

    PEOPLE
    https://people.com/tv/bethenny-frankel-sonja-morgan-tipsy-girl-vs-skinnygirl-feud-continues/

    https://people.com/food/andy-cohen-real-housewives-business-sonja-morgan-tipsy-girl

    ROMPER
    https://www.romper.com/p/can-you-buy-sonja-morgans-prosecco-on-real-housewives-fans-will-have-to-wait-10441

    EATER
    https://www.eater.com/2016/6/20/11976790/tipsy-girl-nyc-skinnygirl-bethenny-frankel-sonja-morgan

    INQUISITR
    https://www.inquisitr.com/4125382/bethenny-frankel-skinnygirl-vs-tipsy-girl-has-rhony-star-moved-on-from-sonja-morgan-drama/


    US MAGAZINE
    https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/real-housewives-legal-troubles-through-the-years/sonja-morgan-3/

    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/summer-houses-kyle-cookes-loverboy-legal-issues-a-complete-guide/#:~:text=Eisley%2C%20LLC%20vs.-,Loverboy%20Inc.,documents%20filed%20in%20New%20York.

    ALL ABOUT THE TEA
    https://allaboutthetea.com/2016/07/27/bethenny-frankel-leaving-rhony-in-wake-of-sonja-morgans-threat-to-sue-skinnygirl-mogul/

    REALITY BLURB
    https://realityblurb.com/2022/04/26/summer-house-star-kyle-cookes-loverboy-lawsuit-explained-find-out-who-sued-and-why-plus-outcome-of-case/

    BREWBOUND
    https://www.brewbound.com/news/loverboy-and-night-shift-distributing-resolve-lawsuit/

    FOOD AND WINE
    https://foodandwine.e-servicis.com/cocktail/loverboy-sues-night-shift-distributing-in-federal-court-over-brand-rights.e/?channel=

    MSN
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/a-guide-to-summer-houses-kyle-cookes-loverboy-legal-issues/ss-AAWFcSs

    THE DIPP
    https://thedipp.com/summer-house/p/1470/the-details-of-kyle-cookes-lawsuits-make-me-feel

    THE CUT
    https://www.thecut.com/2021/08/summer-house-kyle-cooke-amanda-batula-carl-radke-loverboy.html


    WWD
    https://wwd.com/business-news/legal/vineyard-vines-sues-macbeth-collection-1202926522/

    BLOOMBERG LAW
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/real-housewife-of-n-j-star-off-hook-for-8-6m-to-vineyard-vines

    MONEY CNN
    https://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/smallbusiness/1205/gallery.mom-millionaires/2.html

    LAW 360
    https://www.law360.com/articles/1180376/real-housewife-settles-pay-seizure-suit-with-vineyard-vines
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Wondery Presents: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

    Wondery Presents: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

    On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of enemies. She left behind a trail of men she’d scammed, and she had a volatile relationship with Christian Brando, the troubled son of movie star Marlon Brando. Not since the O.J. Simpson case had the eyes of the nation been so fixated on a homicide. The search for Bonny’s killer took detectives on an eleven-month odyssey across the country and through Hollywood's underbelly of hustlers, drug addicts, and would-be hitmen. It would be the most expensive murder investigation in LAPD history to date. This is the story of Robert and Bonny’s toxic relationship, her shocking murder, and his chaotic trial. Did actor Robert Blake kill his wife? Or was the murder someone else's vendetta?From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders, Death of Starlet) comes a six-part series about love, obsession and fame gone wrong. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas. Listen by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App: http://wondery.fm/Criminality_TEOBLB


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    • 6 min
    Who Wants to Marry a (Maybe) Multi-Millionaire (with a record)?

    Who Wants to Marry a (Maybe) Multi-Millionaire (with a record)?

    When it comes to reality romance shows, The Bachelor, and its Executive Producer, Mike Fliess, are probably the pinnacle in terms of popularity and recognition.
    Well, that is very much not the show Melissa tells us about today. The show at the center of today’s story was a one-hit wonder, though most would say it was a total miss. 

    “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?” debuted in the year 2000,  and the bachelor they selected had an alarming rap sheet that slid by preliminary background checks, an exaggerated IMDB profile, and was maybe very probably, NOT a multi-millionaire. Maybe that’s why he only appeared as a shadowy figure from off-stage? Guys, it’s weird! Did Rick Rockwell find a wife? Could a show like this exist in 2022? Listen to today’s episode and find out!

    For the next episode, Rebekah shared 3 clues: 
    BRAVO, BRANDS, BOOZE!
    Follow us on social media! We are @criminalityshow on IG/FB + Twitter and TikTok!
    You can say hi and tell us what you’re watching: criminalityshow@gmail.com
    Enjoy the show? Please rate/review then share with a friend because loving REALITY isn’t a CRIME! https://podfollow.com/criminality
    Episode Sources:

    PEOPLE
    https://people.com/archive/cover-story-tvs-reality-check-vol-53-no-9/


    LOST MEDIA WIKI
    https://lostmediawiki.com/Who_Wants_to_Marry_a_Multi-Millionaire%3F_(partially_found_Fox_reality_TV_special;_2000)


    COMEDY CENTRAL
    https://www.cc.com/video/x57qd4/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-headlines-7-brides-for-7-figures


    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
    https://ew.com/article/2000/03/03/millionaire-scandal-opens-can-worms-fox/
     
    THE SMOKING GUN

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/millionaire-grooms-dirty-secret


    ARCHIVE

    https://archive.org/details/who-wants-to-marry-a-multi-millionaire-2-15-2000

    WASHINGTON POST

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2000/02/23/rick-and-darvas-two-ring-circus/43163917-309e-4537-b622-3cd8c7af1c43/
    ABC NEWS
    https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=109247&page=1

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    • 58 min
    INTRODUCING: Persona: The French Deception

    INTRODUCING: Persona: The French Deception

    Introducing the true crime podcast Persona: The French Deception— the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time. What does it feel like to pick up the phone and scam someone out of $50 million? Host and award-winning journalist, Evan Ratliff, investigates how Chikli successfully duped some of the world’s most powerful people into handing over their fortunes. He explores how Chikli evaded the law for years and became a Robin Hood-like hero. More than just a tale of criminal genius, this is a show about the moment we’re living in right now — the golden age of scammers — and the power of seduction. But what happens when the fantasy we’ve been lured into finally crumbles away? For all that and more, follow “Persona: The French Deception” wherever you get your podcasts. Or you can listen early on Amazon Music or early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App: http://wondery.fm/C_Persona
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    • 4 min
    Ashton Kutcher: Two and a Half Lawsuits

    Ashton Kutcher: Two and a Half Lawsuits

    Before there was MTV’s Punk’d, there was MTV’s Harassment. Never heard of it? This problematic show got canceled before it aired and for good reason!

    Rebekah and Melissa often recount stories that include reality shows we loved, we hated, we totally missed , or completely forgot about. But today’s story is unique: Rebekah centers on well-known star Ashton Kutcher, and not one but TWO reality shows he created that never saw the light of day, but did manage to get sucked into lawsuits. 

    Melissa shared three clues for the next episode: Marriage, Money, Mike (Fleiss)
    Follow us on social media! We are @criminalityshow on IG/FB + Twitter + TikTok!
    You can say hi and tell us what you’re watching: criminalityshow@gmail.com
    Enjoy the show? Please rate/review then share with a friend because loving REALITY isn’t a CRIME! https://podfollow.com/criminality


    SOURCES

    LAS VEGAS SUN
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2004/feb/04/vegasbeat----timothy-mcdarrah-harassment-lawsuit-m/

    THE SMOKING GUN
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/ashton-kutcher-punkd-suit-heads-trial

    THE JOURNAL RECORD
    https://journalrecord.com/2003/01/08/litigating-humiliation-tv-business-world/

    ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
    https://web.archive.org/web/20180614045758/http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/12524943-74/imprisoned-former-dance-moms-star-gets-lifetime-special

    NEW YORK TIMES
    https://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/07/us/growing-rowdier-tv-reality-shows-are-attracting-suits.html

    CBS NEWS
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ashley-ellerin-murder-ashton-kutcher-is-star-witness-for-accused-serial-killer-defense-lawyer-says/

    HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/ashton-kutcher-company-settles-lawsuit-450234/

    JONATHAN COOPER LAW
    https://www.jonathancooperlaw.com/blog/ashton-kutcher-alleges-changing-your-mind-is-breach-of-contract.cfm

    DEADLINE
    https://deadline.com/2013/09/caa-ashton-kutchers-katalyst-sued-by-producer-over-dmv-reality-series-592548/

    CHEAT SHEET
    https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/ashton-kutchers-terrifying-prank-tv-show-before-punkd-ended-in-a-20-million-lawsuit.html/

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    • 54 min
    All KAIL The Queen of Teen Mom

    All KAIL The Queen of Teen Mom

    Melissa takes us on a journey into the phenomenon that is TEEN MOM. While precisely nobody involved in her story is still a teen, there is still plenty of mama drama, and Melissa guides us through the best and worst of it — including the epic battle between Kail and Brianna which included expensive lawsuits, extravagant gag gifts, and copious amounts of coverage on the ladies’ Instagram Stories! Where did all of that stem from? An alleged haircut that turned into criminal charges and legal accusations. 

    Rebekah shared three clues for the next episode: 70’s, Shark, Ghost!
    Follow us on social media! We are @criminalityshow on IG/FB + Twitter + TikTok!
    You can say hi and tell us what you’re watching: criminalityshow@gmail.com
    Enjoy the show? Please rate/review then share with a friend because loving REALITY isn’t a CRIME! https://podfollow.com/criminality
    Check out Rebekah’s New Series on DIE-ALOGUE: THE BUSINESS OF CULTS: Part 1 of 3 dropped this week:
    https://pod.link/1470890320/episode/626e67c9184a002eb2fb147af6b168a9


    Episode Sources:

    US MAGAZINE

    https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/teen-mom-2s-kailyn-lowry-and-briana-dejesus-feud-all-the-drama/

    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/teen-mom-2s-kailyn-lowry-briana-dejesus-lawsuit-dismissed/


    THE SUN

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5341261/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-boyfriend-elijah-photo-wedding/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5117315/teen-mom-briana-dejesus-chris-lopez-secret-relationship/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5022667/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-chris-lopez-abuse-claims/

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/15539546/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-suing-briana-dejesus-defamation/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/1704884/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-arrested-after-punching-ex-chris-lopez-several-times/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/2306012/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-charges-dismissed-punching-chris-lopez/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5210116/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-200k-sue-briana-dejesus-court/?rec_article=true

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/tv/4298279/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-briana-dejesus-treadmill-body-shaming/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/1704884/teen-mom-kailyn-lowry-arrested-after-punching-ex-chris-lopez-several-times/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/1433328/teen-mom-jenelle-evans-luxs-hair-kailyn-lowry-chris/
    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5349237/teen-mom-briana-dejesus-threat-kailyn-lowry-victory/?rec_article=true

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5162817/teen-mom-briana-dejesus-vows-sue-kailyn-lowry/

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5127311/teen-mom-briana-dejesus-sparks-concern-deletes-instagram-posts/

    HOLLYWOOD LIFE
    https://hollywoodlife.com/feature/kailyn-lowry-javi-marroquin-relationship-timeline-4667978/

    THE ASHLEY
    https://www.theashleysrealityroundup.com/2022/01/14/briana-dejesus-responds-after-kail-lowry-slams-her-on-her-podcast-insists-she-didnt-send-kail-a-treadmill-to-body-shame-her-stop-talking-about-me/

    https://www.theashleysrealityroundup.com/2021/12/07/kail-lowry-claims-baby-daddy-chris-lopez-had-sex-with-briana-dejesus-after-chris-files-affidavit-supporting-briana-in-defamation-lawsuit/


    HEAVY
    https://heavy.com/entertainment/teen-mom/kailyn-lowry-briana-dejesus-how-much-money/
     
    HOLLYWOOD LIFE

    https://hollywoodlife.com/2022/05/11/kailyn-lowry-leaving-teen-mom-2/




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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
313 Ratings

313 Ratings

r0ckyt0pgurl ,

Love them!

This is one of my fave podcasts! I love how their personalities really come out as they’re telling the stories!

Jenna in SD ,

Love this show!

I love this show and always look forward to it! I wish they did it every week!

S.H.2017 ,

I love this show!

They choose great topics. Some I wouldn’t have thought could be so mind blowing but then end up being a favorite episode! Even the topics I thought I knew about they cover and give a ton of information :) 5 out of 5 stars 🥳

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