The 25 Most Memorable Reality TV Villains

From Teresa Giudice to Simon Cowell, take a look at reality TV stars you love to hate -- or hate to love! (26 Photos)

Terri Schwartz on Jun 19, 2012 at 4:00AM

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Simon Cowell on 'American Idol' & 'The X Factor'

M. Caulfield/American Idol 2008

a Terri Schwartz on May 31, 2012 at 7:40PM

Why He's Vile: Forthright Brit Simon Cowell has made reality TV singing competitions a staple in the U.S., but he's better known for dishing out scathing criticisms to American Idol and X Factor hopefuls. He's also not afraid to fire his friends in the name of getting good ratings (good-bye, Paula Abdul; hello, Britney!).

Most Evil Quote: "Your dancing is terrible, the singing was horrendous, and you look like one of those creatures that live in the jungle with those massive eyes. What are they called? Bush babies," Cowell told unibrow-sporting Idol wannabe Kenneth Briggs.

Why We Love Him: Cowell doles out verbal abuse left and right, but we have to forgive him because a) he's typically spot-on in his assessments and b) he's freaking hilarious. Many have tried to emulate him, but no one can do Simon Cowell quite like Simon Cowell.

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