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15 Years After He Deceived Us All, "Joe Millionaire" Is Looking Very Different

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Do you ever sit and wonder what the world was like before we embraced reality television shows?

Nowadays, it's hard to come across a network that doesn't have at least one reality show. From competing for a singing contract, and watching a rich family's drama to vying for a bachelor's heart, there's a little bit of everything for everyone.

If you were among those who jumped on the reality TV bandwagon early on, then you'll remember that in the early 2000s, the stars of The Bachelor weren't the only ones looking for love on camera.

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In 2003, Evan Marriott became one of the most popular men in America when he was cast on the Fox show Joe Millionaire. He tricked 20 women into believing that they were on the show to compete for the heart of the heir to a $50 million fortune.

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At the end of the series, the finalists and the viewers find out that Marriott is just your average joe, who worked as a construction worker prior to coming  on the show. During the show's surprise ending, Marriott became half a million dollars richer when he and the winner, Zora Andrich, were given $1 million to split between them.

“I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that Zora wasn’t into my money,” Marriot told People at the time. “Zora was an innocent girl who was sweet and nice, and she was kind.”

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Unfortunately, the couple went their separate ways shortly after.

Andrich went back home to New Jersey, while Marriott remained in Los Angeles, where he got a taste of the fast celebrity life. He appeared on televised interviews, magazines, and red carpets for sometime before suddenly dropping out of the spotlight.

So what has the Joe Millionaire star been up to since?

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