A spokesperson for the Walk of Fame declared yesterday that reality TV personalities are essentially banned from star consideration, posting this announcement on the Walk’s official Facebook page: “Someone asked if we give reality show characters stars? Hell to the No!”
Clearly there’s an irony in answering that question by quoting a phrase first made popular by Whitney Houston on a Bravo reality show. (That would be “Being Bobby Brown.”) But an item in the Hollywood Reporter clarifies further, noting that Ana Martinez, the VP of media relations for the Walk, says that adding reality stars to the mix is “not on our radar right now.”
Some people who are known for their reality work already have stars, like Ryan Seacrest and leading man of “The Osbournes,” Ozzy Osbourne. But the Walk contends they have been honored for other aspects of their career — in Seacrest’s case, radio, and Osbourne’s, music.
Of course that “not on our radar right now” phrasing suggests that the ban on “Real Housewives” and Paris Hiltons could be lifted at some point. Given the criteria one must meet in order to get a star — which include a record of awards in the entertainment industry, philanthropic work, longevity in one’s career and (this is key) a willingness to pay $30,000 for the star’s upkeep — it’s not out of the question that someone who first succeeded in the reality world could someday find his or her name emblazoned on Hollywood Boulevard.
For now, though, this news surely comes as a relief to those who think Kim Kardashian already attracts way too much attention. And based on the comments on this blog post, many of you do indeed think that.