The 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, penned their own version of an ‘in memoriam’ to pay tribute to some of the most salacious moments and figures in reality television.
‘I’d now like to take a somber-slash-awkward moment to acknowledge all that we’ve lost in the world of unscripted entertainment this year,’ host Nikki Glaser began, as the show cued up a parody-style montage.
In Memoriam: The 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, penned an ‘in memoriam’ to pay tribute to some of the most salacious moments and figures in reality television
Black and white photos were set to classic montage music and they included time stamp markers on some particular pop culture moments.
The tribute video opened with a nod to Love Is Blind star Giannina Gibelli’s shocking reality show end, after she was set to marry Damian Powers on the season finale before he turned her down at the altar.
She was seen emotionally fleeing the venue in her dress and stumbling through woods before removing her heels and falling over. ‘Giannina’s shoe 2020-2020,’ the slide read.
And Disick, 37, was next on the chopping block as a photo of he and Kourtney Kardashian read: ‘Scott Disick dating age-appropriate women 2006 – 2015.’
Taking a tumble: The tribute video opened with a nod to Love Is Blind star Giannina Gibelli’s shocking reality show end where she fled her wedding after being turned down
Runaway bride: She thought she had found love with Damien Powers before he turned her down at the altar after meeting on the hit Netflix show
Age-gap relationships: Disick, 37, was next on the chopping block as a photo of he and Kourtney Kardashian read: ‘Scott Disick dating age-appropriate women 2006 – 2015,’ as he has been linked to much younger models in recent years
Dating down: Disick and Richie, 22, dated for nearly three years before he moved on with Hamlin who is 19-years-old in October; Richie (R) and Hamlin (L); February 2020
Since he and Kourtney’s relationship ended he dipped his toes into a much younger pond, dating Sofia Richie, 22, for nearly three years before they called it quits last summer.
He has now gone even younger with model Amelia Gray Hamlin, 19, who he has been with since October 2020. It is said that Scott is her first ‘serious relationship,’ and she had previously fired back at ‘weird and judgmental’ people for questioning the age-gap.
And the montage moved on to include a nod to Teresa Giudice’s ex-husband Joe who was deported to his native Italy after serving 41 months in jail for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud convictions. The slide read ‘Joe Giudice’s passport 1973-2019.
And after many reports surfaced about Ellen and her show’s ‘toxic workplace,’ the video naturally had to make a nod to her as an image read: ‘Ellen’s reign of terror 2003-2021.
Deportation: The former RHONJ castmate was deported to his native Italy after serving 41 months in jail
Torn apart: The couple were each convicted of mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud convictions and Teresa served 15 months; pictured 2013
The now disgraced daytime host announced her show would be coming to an end after 19 seasons.
Last spring allegations surfaced from anonymous former employees who divulged details of the show’s day to day issues. One employee reported racial microaggressions, while another said they were fired after taking medical leave following a suicide attempt.
Others alleged that they were told to not look Ellen in the eyes or speak to her or their positions would be wiped. It was also said that both DeGeneres and producers would publicly berate employees for mishaps including minor email mistakes.
Ellen announced the show would end in 2022 in an emotional monologue, but later said it had nothing to do with the allegations of a toxic workplace in conversation with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.
‘Reign of terror:’ Ellen who recently announced her longtime talk show would be coming to an end has continued to be slammed for fostering a toxic workplace environment
‘Be Kind:’ The host was accused of fostering an environment of racism, sexual harassment, and other toxic behaviors including firing employees who spoke to her or looked her in the eye
‘If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year. I really did think about not coming back, because it was devastating. It started with attacks on me and attacking everything that I stand for and believe in and built my career around … I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy,’ she said.
The tribute continued to include ‘Handwritten notes from Chris Harrison,’ as the former Bachelor host recently ‘stepped aside’ from the franchise after fan outrage over his defense of racist behavior.
In conversation with first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, Harrison defended a white contestant on Bachelor Matt James’ show named Rachael Kirkconnell who was seen attending a plantation themed party and was accused of bullying girls in high school for dating black men.
She was later announced as the winner of James’ season before the scandal rocked the relationship and they took time apart. In recent weeks they have been seen rekindling their romance after she vowed to put in work to unlearn racist behavior.
And the tribute concluded with a list of shows that had been cancelled over the years. ‘Let’s also take a moment to acknowledge all of the canceled reality shows of the past. You may be gone, but you will also be forgotten,’ Glaser concluded.
‘Stepping aside’: The tribute continued to include ‘Handwritten notes from Chris Harrison,’ as the former Bachelor host recently ‘stepped aside’ from the franchise after fan outrage over his defense of a castmates racist behavior
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