Before Kendra: 5 Other Reality TV Quitters That Made A Splash

By Kelly West And Mack Rawden 2013-04-04 15:19:44 discussion comments


Kendra Wilkinson made a splash this week when she opted not to take the plunge during the most recent episode of the celebrity diving series Splash. Her fear of heights prevented her from following through with the 23 foot drop head first into the water and she was subsequently eliminated from the competition. Whether or not Wilkinson's decision to quit the competition goes down in reality TV history as one of the most memorable early-exits a contestant has made remains to be seen. It's not always easy to predict which moments will stick and which ones will wash away in a sea of other seemingly vital pieces of pop culture. But the ordeal did get us thinking about some of the other reality TV participants who opted to quit, deciding for whatever the reason to cut their losses and give the show the old "Screw you guys, I'm going home." By comparison to these, Kendra's choice to quit Splash doesn't seem nearly as dramatic.


Andrea Katz Sneaks Away From Project Runway
Unlike a 23-foot drop off a plank, thereís nothing dangerous or even stomach-churning about making a color-blocked jersey dress. There are, however, internal pressures, limited sleep and flamboyant personalities to contend with on Project Runway. Most contestants are able to get through with only a few random cries and one or two Tim Gunn pep talks, but poor Andrea Katz just couldnít take it. After two nondescript showings and a terrible team challenge in which she and partner Christopher almost got sent packing, she hit her breaking point and left in the most passive aggressive way possibleóby creeping away in the middle of the night.

She didnít tell producers. She didnít tell her fellow cast members. She just snuck off like Joe Dirtís parents. For awhile, the producers couldnít even verify that she was safe. All they had were hopeful thoughts, footage of an empty bed and poor Melissaís story about overhearing her getting up some time after the witching hour. Eventually, she had the decency to fire off an email, but not surprisingly, that gesture did little to ease the irritation of her fellow cast members who actually wanted to be there.
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