Here Are 11 Reality TV Stars Who Actually Got The Careers They Were Scheming After

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“The Bachelorette” is underway, and already the number-one reality storyline has arisen.

Somebody’s not there for the right reasons.

Somebody’s there to promote themselves and their professional interests — not to win the heart of Ashley Hebert (pictured here).

His name is Bentley something — anyway, that’s not important.

What’s important is that once in a while, these conniving reality contestants actually get the long-term careers they’re after.

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