Hollywood Walk of Fame says 'Hell to the no!' to reality stars. Somewhere, Snooki cries, 'Wahhh!'

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For years, people have come from all over the world to visit the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles to follow in the footsteps of celebrities and snap photos of the plaques dedicated to some of the greatest artists of our time. (Then they hop over to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to discover how many of them have shockingly tiny or unreasonably large hands.) But might future generations step right over the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe and wonder where The Situation and Kim Kardashian are? In other words, youths are horrible, horrible people and we are doomed.

Thankfully, the Hollywood Walk of Fame isn’t having any of that. At least, for now. On Monday, the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Facebook page posted, “Someone asked if we give reality show characters stars? Hell to the No!” (Hmm, I wonder what Jackée or Calvin Tran would have to say about this? Probably this.)

Since then, a debate has been brewing on whether that’s fair to the medium (it has its own Emmy category, after all) or the people who have been massively successful in the genre. (Some of them, for better or worse, are legitimate television stars). And how exactly do you define a reality star? After all, Judge Judy has a plaque. And how would a reality star ban impact those who arguably became famous from their reality television stints, like, say, Bethenny Frankel or Jessica Simpson? Or would that simply imply they were even famous to begin with? ZZZIIIING! (Okay, if we’re being totally honest here, I would probably visit Zingbot’s star.)

Ana Martinez, vice president for media relations and producer for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, responded to EW in a statement which read, “Reality stars are not on our radar for Walk of Fame honors. Who knows what the future will bring? Some may move on to have great careers in one of our five categories which include Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording and Live Theatre/Performance. They would have to have 5 years longevity in their chosen entertainment field. We do have 2 producers who have built up their careers in the reality show genre, Mark Burnett and John Langley. Ryan Seacrest, who has a radio star, later went on to work on reality shows, as did Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, who were honored for their work in music. What our Walk of Fame-rs do after they are honored with stars is totally up to them.”

It’s pretty safe to say at this juncture that most reality stars have a much shorter shelf life than well-regarded actors, actresses, writers, musicians, and the lot. Our fascination with them, if anything, is fleeting, and certainly not set in stone (or, in this case, cement). Still, as Martinez points out, they are not closed off to the idea of including reality stars who turned to bigger and better things (Methinks possible future candidates in this category could include Jennifer Hudson and Jeff Probst.)

But, what do you think, PopWatchers? Is it unfair that reality stars aren’t on the radar of the Walk of Fame or do they have no place being there whatsoever? What constitutes a reality star from being a real, viable star? What would they have to do to earn a spot on the Walk? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  • Bobby’s Robot

    Good!

  • MWeyer

    Finally, some sanity in Hollywood.

    • Fingerlakes Dave

      Sanity and Hollywood in the same sentence!
      WOW! What a novel concept! ;)

  • DUH

    it may have it’s own emmy category, but it’s not for the “stars,” it’s for the shows themselves.

    • Krissy

      Great point.

  • Mincha

    This sounds fair and reasonable to me.

  • Jalal

    I don’t know why they are doing this now. Recently, they have let anyone who has been in any crappy movie get a Hollywood star. They really need to start becoming even more selective.

    • Ana170

      The rules for getting a Hollywood star have always been lenient and a bit weird. That’s why there are names even from the “golden era” that no one recognizes. Meanwhile George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Aerosmith, etc. don’t have stars.

      • Regina George

        You should make a Modern Hollywood Walk of Fame! Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, and Pauly D could be on it! It would be perfect for everyone under the age of 18!

      • Classy

        Britney is a legitimate star and already has a star on the walk of fame.

  • Jay

    Good decision right here. Reality TV “stars” are just no-talent train wrecks.

    They have not earned a walk-of-fame star

  • Morgan

    Ideally, a Star should be awarded for showing some talent or creativity in the field of entertainment. For the most part, many of today’s reality stars are simply famous for being themselves and making each other look like fools. In terms of talent and creativity, they have very little to offer. That being said, when it comes to reality shows that involve talent competitions, I could see some of those contestants being awarded for the careers they have after appearing on a reality series.

  • CNJ

    I agree, that reality stars should not be added as a catagory. When you walk down the street and look at the names, they are names you either know or people around you know. Not everyone now know’s people like Buster Keaton, but he did have a large impact as a STAR. You can say they DID something. If the Situation were to get a star, what did he really do. What talent did he exibit to deserve such a long standing honor that someone is 50 years could look back and understand. Even if you do not agree with everyone now that sees to be getting stars, such as Tom Cruise, you can at least understand why he recieved it and in 50 years you can look back on the impact he had for his movies. I don’t care for her, but do believe that Jessica Simpson should be eligable for a star, not for her reality show, but her music or movies. SInce she meets the criteria. (Not saying she should get one, just that the Reality part is not exactly what made her famous, but yes did have a part in it.)

  • Pie Thrower

    I have just donated $30,000 to have Kate Gosselin’s star on the walk of fame…so that my dog can sh!t on it. :)

  • Tony

    Call me old-fashioned, but I believe you should be famous for actually doing something. A lot of people out there just want to be famous as if it were a birthright (I blame Warhol and his stupid “15 minutes” crack) when it really isn’t. Fame should not be a goal, but a reward for reaching your goal.

    • Appearances are futile

      You blame Warhol for telling it like it is. His comment was by no means meant for encouragement.

    • Lyndsey

      Preach it Tony!! I cannot tell you how many students I’ve heard say “I want to be famous when I grow up”! Ask them what they want to be famous for and they’ll all say they don’t know or care, they just want to be famous. It’s completely ridiculous! The longer I teach the more concerned I get for the future of this country!

  • Michael

    Glad the Hollywood Walk Of Fame hasn’t gotten to the now, by people jokes as celebrities that are not famous for anything like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. They are just jerks and Hollywood needs to show that true talent is what makes it to being famous, not reality show fads.

  • Dee Jones

    Amen to everyones comment!

  • Catherine

    Reality stars create nothing lasting, contribute nothing lasting. They’re junk food entertainment, but let’s not confuse it with something that will have meaning two years from now. Just as no one gives a damn about Paris Hilton today, so will go jersey show and the kardashians. They’re all completely replaceable and unmemorable.

  • MikeB

    Hailllllll!!! Naaaw!

  • Joe

    Idiots on these ridiculous ‘reality TV’ shows are NOT stars. They are simply people who don’t mind sacrificing their self-esteem for fame and money. Purely attention seekers. No talent involved. If I went to the HW of F and saw plaques for Snooki or Kate Gosseln or any of the Kardashian litter, I’d be disgusted. Putting any of them anywhere near the likes of Lucille Ball or Mary Tyler Moore or Johnny Carson or Ed Sullivan would be a true disgrace.

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