While half of America moans and groans that reality shows and showbiz are responsible for all of society’s ills, the other half is transfixed in front of their TV’s and radios. And these folks are the one cashing the biggest checks of all.
Hit the flip for our list of the biggest “pimps” in entertainment.
Often accused as the puppeteer pulling the strings behind the bottle hurling beefs on “Basketball Wives” Shaunie was hardly neutral throughout several seasons of the VH1 show that steered her and besties Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams toward success while trodding over frenemies like Royce Reed and Gloria Govan in the process.
The OG of pimp daddies, Joe drove a sniveling sensitive young Michael to become the King of Pop. As Conrad Murray rots in jail, we can’t help but wonder if Joe coulda been the fuel that lit the fire under Mike’s propofol pipe.
If E! offered a million dollars to have lil Mason tapdancing to tryout for the Chippendale’s there is little doubt that Grandma Kris would be ready to put him in tap shoes at the tender age of two. Whether it’s a freaky home flick, or an episode devoted to her 14-year-old being on contraception — Kris Jenner’s made it clear that when it comes to her kids all that matters is the almighty dollar.
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
The Smiths have never made it a secret that they consider their family to be part of a business enterprise where every member serves as his or her own meal ticket. Willow and Jaden have been acting up for cameras since before they could talk — to bad it’s cost them their precious childhoods.
Often mistaken as just another TV personality/cable fixture, Bravo’s executive vice president of development and talent gets to mix and mingle with your favorite reality stars after they go to blows on the network’s most successful shows. Nice and likeable as he may be, he’s definitely messy.
The svengali behind BeyBey claiming the throne, baby daddy Matty, shouldered the blame of the literal “Survivor”like atmosphere within the Destiny’s Child camp. Did he really father Kelly Rowland, make Farrah Franklin tan her skin to be darker than Bey and kick LeToya and LaTavia off the bus for getting chopped down by Jagged Edge — we may never know. But he’s definitely responsible for ensuring Beyoncé’s robot-like responses in nearly every interview as well as the clockwork promotional onslaught that happens every time Bey drops an album.
Mona Scott Young
It may not have been her intention to encourage further hoodrattish debauchery going on behind the scenes of hip-hop, but Scott-Young’s c’est la vie attitude toward the pantyless pouncing (Kimbella anyone?) and catfighting seems to have driven more roaches out in droves, scattering towards the best lighting possible. The stars keep up the struggle for more camera time while Mona’s checks keep getting bigger.
He’s balllllin’ while we’re forced to endure an endless stream of Kardashian spinoff shows and product endorsement deals. Meanwhile he’s probably on the hunt for the next Kimmy Cakes, all while hosting “American Idol” scheduling a morning radio chat with Rihanna and interviewing his next potential pretty blonde
He’s a Bad Boy, we get it. But while Shyne was doing his time, Diddy was busy shorting The Lox, Mase and 112. And try asking Ryan Leslie what happened to him and Cassie. Just sayin’.
The super creepy dad who talks about his daughter’s boobs — but so what, since he’s gay right? Simpson scored a reality show for his eldest daughter, probably at the cost of her marriage. Fortunately it made her America’s sweetheart and she managed to turn it into millions in fashion merchandising. Clap it up for this dadager.
The super triple OG of entertainment bosses, who sent off his sister and daughter to wed his artists while he wasn’t knocking up his own megastars. His legacy lives on, not just in Motown hits but also in the form of LMFAO, the world’s most annoying electro-pop duo who happen to be his son and grandson.