Reality television can be a risky business

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(CNN) – We may not put our reality stars on a pedestal, but when they fall, some fall hard.

Teresa Giudice of the Real Housewives of New Jersey always kept fans glued with her unpredictable antics. However, a federal fraud conviction of Giudice and her husband. Means the Housewives’ star is doing 15 months in federal prison in Connecticut; meanwhile the ratings for the show have taken a nose dive.

The matriarch of here comes Honey Boo Boo who had her show axed by TLC when reports surfaced that June Shannon was dating a former flame and now convicted child molester.

TLC may have called it quits with Honey Boo Boo but they haven’t yet canceled 19 Kids and Counting despite accusations that brother Josh Duggar molested 5 young girls when he was a teen, including his own sisters.

Danny Bonaduce star of the 70’s show the Partridge Family, and no stranger to personal struggles himself with several arrests and past issues with sobriety, says he’s very surprised TLC hasn’t yet pulled the plug on the Duggars.

“But, I think the law is and always will be, when sponsors bail. If we’re talking about the Duggars, the sponsors are always going to bail: pedophilia. Honey Boo Boo, done over the same charge,” said Bonaduce.

And who can forget Phil Robertson of Duck Dynesty? Seth McFarlane didn’t at this weekend’s Critics Choice Awards. Robertson’s fortune in 2013 was estimated to be 15 million. McFlarlane said, “Let’s not forget I’m being declared a genius on a network that airs ‘Duck Dynasty,’ a show whose cast members believe hurricanes are caused by gay marriage.”

Although A&E initially suspended Robertson indefinitely after he told GQ magazine that homosexuality was sinful, the controversial family head was put back on the show.

“I got to tell you, it’s horrible, horrible lives but it is good TV. I don’t respect anybody on these shows, but I respect the people who are profiting from it,” said Bonaduce.

The 70’s were different. There were fewer channels and sitcom was king. Kids across America worshipped their childhood idols. But our adoration met reality when our stars began to fall.

As the 70’s began, America fell in love with Buffy on Family Affair starring Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot. The country was mesmerized buying lunch boxes, dolls and clothes associated with her character. In 1976, 18 year old Anissa Jones was dead, an autopsy found an accidental overdose.

The heartthrob of every young girl in the 70’s, David Cassidy of the Partridge Family. It wasn’t until many years later when Cassidy became all too human, multiple DUI arrests, followed by no-contest pleas, followed by rehab.

Bonaduce said, “They rooted for the guy. They did wonderful things. They said I’m so disappointed in David Cassidy but god bless him and I hope he turns it all around. The differences between these people like the Duggars, nobody is saying god bless them I love them, I root for them, nobody roots for them.”

The former Danny Partridge is currently a morning radio show host in Seattle. He succeeded in putting his issues behind him, but feels the Duggars might not fare as well.

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