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    'Wife Swap' star is latest reality TV villain

    (CNN) -- After his appearance on ABC's "Wife Swap," a reality television show in which wives from two different families switch places for two weeks, Stephen Fowler seems to have become the most hated man in America.

    The wealthy, British-born environmental entrepreneur played husband to Gayla Long, a mother of four from a rural Missouri town and, during her stay, called her, among other things, "undereducated," a "dumb redneck" and made rude remarks about her weight.

    Fowler's attitude on the show has made him television's newest reality show villain.

    "The way he beat down on this woman on 'Wife Swap,' obviously it struck a chord with America," said the TV Guide Network's Chris Harrison. "You talk about your 15 minutes of fame. I don't think this is exactly what he probably wanted out of this, but, you know, hopefully he'll learn a little something about himself."

    Shortly after the episode aired on January 30, Fowler allegedly received death threats. His remarks inspired a hate Web site, StephenFowlerSucks.com, a derisive entry on UrbanDictionary.com, and dozens of YouTube postings from the show as well as response videos from angry viewers.

    Asked for comment, ABC referred CNN to "Wife Swap's" production company, which did not respond. However, Fowler's wife, Renee Stephens, also publicly criticized his behavior on her blog.

    "I did not know he had been aggressively cruel and insulting on so many levels," she wrote. "This has been impossible for me to comprehend."

    Fowler is not alone in his infamy. In fact, he joins a long line of reality show bad guys, from "Survivor's" Richard Hatch, whose notorious arrogance led him to win the show's first season, to Puck from "The Real World," who was kicked off for his aggressive behavior toward his roommates. All are real-life characters who America simply loves to hate.

    "The camera doesn't make you a better person, it doesn't even change the person that you are, it just magnifies who you are," said Harrison. "If you're a tool, you come off like a gigantic tool. ... This guy [is] probably your garden-variety tool. But you put him on 'Wife Swap' in front of America and he looks like the biggest ass in the history of mankind."

    Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who was made out to be the villain on the first season of NBC's "The Apprentice," said she understood what Fowler must be going through.

    "I can completely relate to his experience," she said. "I feel bad for him, because a lot of people get into that situation and receive a lot of criticism and don't know how to respond to it."

    Omarosa -- famous enough to be recognized by her first name -- said Fowler's situation has a lot to do with the nature of reality television.

    "When America looks at reality TV, they want entertainment," she said. "Once you enter the world of reality, and the cameras go off, unfortunately, America's expectation of you doesn't stop -- their expectation is for you to continue to entertain them."

    In the six years since her appearance on "The Apprentice," Omarosa has made her mark on the television business, capitalizing on her persona on the show by appearing on several reality shows, including NBC's "Fear Factor" and VH1's "The Surreal Life."

    "I think my longevity came from my work ethic. There is a ton of reality shows that I do, lots of work that I do, people are aware of how much work I do," she said.

    But, she added, Fowler's best option is to "recreate himself and apologize."

    Harrison agreed, saying that while some reality stars profit from prolonging their 15 minutes of fame, Fowler would do well to change.

    "Hopefully this guy has realized his character flaw and he's going to change," he said. "Whether it's good or bad, depending on how the experience goes, I think you do learn a little about yourself and a lot of people change.
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    Yes this guy was way out of line, but how a Mr. Davis behaved on Super Nanny was truly criminal and should be incarcerated. Read that thread here for more information. I don't see anywhere near the hostility towards Davis as I read for this Wife Swap husband.
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    That Karate lady was such a colossal B***H! I think she's as bad as Stephen Fowler for all the horrible names she called the husband. I do agree that family were slobs and irresponsible with their money but it is totally uncalled for her to call him a fat loser. And then at one point she calls him "a dead cigarette but that has no age" and then says "he is the lowest form of mammal on earth"!!!! She's horrible!
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    Yes Karatemom was nutcase and her squeaky clean family had its own flaws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsDiva2007;3374106;
    Yes Karatemom was nutcase and her squeaky clean family had its own flaws.
    Yeah really. The fact that her kids didn't want to make the sacrifice to spend time with their own father should scare the crap out of those parents :nono
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    I think dad really was hurt, and tried to bring it up at the table meet, but KarateMom was having none of it. He is, after all, only her "product". (I think that was one of the weirdest things I've ever heard.)
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    Richard Heene a,....seemingly,.....horrid human being. His wife, Mayumi (sp?), seems to be quite the follower of her man. I think she'd be like whomever she married. They should be under indictment for the way that they have raised their children!

    I've always thought that Richard suffered from mental illness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay;3382474;
    Richard Heene a,....seemingly,.....horrid human being. His wife, Mayumi (sp?), seems to be quite the follower of her man. I think she'd be like whomever she married. They should be under indictment for the way that they have raised their children!

    I've always thought that Richard suffered from mental illness.
    He clearly shows obvious signs of manic depression or bipolar disorder, hands down.

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    People were horrible.

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    I don't know if this is a repeat or not tonight, but they have this plastic woman from NJ vs the pioneer family. Mrs. Plastic is so rude it's unbelievable. The pioneer family certainly got caught in a time warp but they don't seem like rude people at all...just a bit odd. The way mister pioneer sniffs his wife mega hairy arm pitts because he enjoys the natural scent of a woman was a bit more than I needed to witness from those 2.

    ETA-Ewwwww Pioneer mom won't let NJ dad take a shower. In her family the parents and 2 kids all share the same bath water (Ewwwwww). Thank goodness not at the same time.
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