With the internet and social media, nobody is safe. When famous figures say something, there is no taking it back. Especially these days, people dig through celebrity’s pasts to find a quote they said a decade ago and use it against them now. To be fair, no matter what these comments are, most of us are completely different from how we were ten years ago.
However, we live in an unforgiving world of “cancel culture.” This basically means that if you are in the spotlight, you have to be perfect, and if you make a mistake, you’re canceled! In some cases, people should be canceled, especially when it comes to sexual assault accusations that have been coming out in recent years. But should others really be canceled over one silly slip up? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Check out these celebrities who ruined their careers…
Ashlee Simpson- Lip-syncing
There was a time when everyone knew who Ashley Simpson was. In the early 2000s, she emerged to the scene with fun pop songs, and fans couldn’t get enough of her… until her embarrassing SNL experience, where she was caught lip-syncing.
Simpson tried to explain away her mistake, which only made people focus on it more. She was labeled as fake and is now forever remembered for her SNL stint. Unfortunately for the singer, her career never fully recovered.
Bill Maher- Offensive Language
Bill Maher is the host of his own live TV show. You would think he is aware of the words he uses while the camera is on, but apparently, he is not. In an awkward attempt to be funny, Maher ended up offending a lot of people.
He dropped the “n-word,” and needless to say, audiences weren’t pleased. This terminology is unacceptable, especially during a live show that millions of people tune into. No matter what his intentions were, he has been pegged as a racist. There is no coming back from this one.
Milli Vanilli- Being a Fake
We don’t need to “Blame it on the Rain,” instead, let’s blame it on the lies. Milli Vanilli rose to stardom fairly quickly, but the way down was much faster. They were a German-French duo who took the world by storm.
However, during a live taping on MTV, the record skipped, and the pair were caught red-handed for lip-syncing. Similarly to Ashley Simpson, this was a career-ending move, and the duo is forever known for being fake.
Katherine Heigl- Bashing Writers and Directors
Katherine Heigl was the queen of rom-com in the early 2000s. She had outstanding acting chops, and audiences adored her charming personality. We haven’t seen her in a while, and for a good reason. First of all, she bashed Knocked Up, the hit movie she starred in.
Then, In 2007, she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Grey’s Anatomy and won. The following year, she opted out of the race for a rather rude and offensive reason. “I did not feel I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination… I withdrew my name from contention.”
Lindsay Lohan- Falling off the Rails
Lindsay Lohan is the classic child star gone bad. After starring as two characters in The Parent Trap, she impressed audiences and critics. Her talent was evident from a young age. As she grew up, she starred in more mature movies like Mean Girls.
After that, Lindsay wen off the rails. She earned herself a reputation of a party girl who is “difficult to work with.” By 2011 she was sent to jail twice, and a once-promising starlet has become known for her erratic behavior instead of her talent.
Jamie Lynn Spears- Getting Pregnant
Despite being Britney Spears’ little sister, Jamie Lynn also had a promising career in Hollywood. As a child, she starred in the All That, before landing the lead role in the hit Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101. The show was a massive success, and I definitely watched it.
However, the world was shocked when it was revealed that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn was pregnant. She chose to leave the spotlight to raise Maddie (who is 12 now). She’s not as famous as she used to be, but you can catch her on Netflix’s Steel Magnolias.
Lori Loughlin- The College Admission Scandal
Lori Loughlin will forever be known as Aunt Becky from Full House. After the show concluded in 1995, Loughlin went on to star in Hallmark movies, playing wholesome characters.
In 2019, her career came crumbling down when it was revealed that she was involved in the College Admissions Scandal. She basically paid half a million dollars to get her children into school. To make matters worse, she didn’t plead guilty or apologize. Her career is over; she was even booted out of the last season of Fuller House.
Jussie Smollett- Staging a Hate Crime Against Himself
The Empire star Jussie Smollett single-handedly ruined his career by being a complete liar. People rallied around the star when he claimed to have gotten beaten up for being “black and gay.”
However, with a closer investigation, he was accused of staging a hate crime against himself. He turned out to know the guys who “beat him up” and even worked with them on his show. He also paid them via wire transfer. What a bad criminal! Everyone knows you always pay in cash!
Felicity Huffman- The College Admission Scandal
Similarly to Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman was also caught in the middle of the now-infamous College admissions Scandal. She paid big bucks to get her daughter’s SAT scores changed. Unlike Loughlin, Huffman pled guilty, apologized, and served jail time (a few days).
The fact that rich celebrities can get their children into college while the rest of us actually have to work hard and study angered many folks. It’s not as bad as Loughlin, but her career isn’t recovering any time soon.
R. Kelly- Assault Alligations
R&B singer R. Kelly got away with a lot before his career was finally destroyed. It should have been the end of him after a horrific and graphic videotape leaked of him and an underage girl. In light of the #MeToo movement, many women have been coming forward, sharing their experience with the musician.
After the miniseries Surviving R. Kelly came out, there was no coming back. When he was asked if he is attracted to teenage girls, his answer was, “When you say teenage, how old we talking?” Make of that what you will.
Jordyn Woods- Hooking up with Triston Thompson
Jordyn Woods was mostly known as Kylie Jenner’s best friend. Being part of the exclusive Kardashian Clan is a big deal, but Woods seemed to have gotten a little too comfortable. She managed to ruin her best friendship and career in one night.
In February 2019, news broke that Jordan hooked up with Triston Thompson-Kloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend and baby daddy. Jordyn was shunned from the family that practically made her famous. The public was unforgiving as well, calling Jordyn a “homewrecker.” Good luck making a comeback without the Karjenners.
Mischa Barton- Too Much Partying
Mischa Barton rose to fame when she landed the role of Marissa Cooper in the hit teen drama, The O.C., at the tender age of 17. Her instant cash and celeb status took a toll on the impressionable actress, and she basically destroyed her career before it even started.
Barton started partying endlessly, which quickly evolved into drugs. The substances led to a mental breakdown; she was killed off the show, and the once gifted actress now struggles to find acting jobs. She turned to reality TV, you can catch her on The Hills reboot.
Amanda Bynes- Mental Breakdown
Before her very public mental breakdown, Amanda Bynes was my favorite actress. She was a fan favorite on All That and eventually got her own hit show, The Amanda Show. She was funny, charming, talented, and entertaining.
As she grew up, she starred in movies like She’s The Man and What a Girl Wants. She seemed to have had her head on her shoulders until 2013 happened. She got arrested multiple times and infamously threw a bong out her window, pierced her face, bashed fellow celebrities, and went completely off the rails. Her acting career isn’t really looking up.
Charlie Sheen- His Life Choices
Despite being a talented actor, Charlie Sheen was mostly known for his terrible life choices. It seemed like his world consisted of drinking, partying, affairs, and acting was just a side hobby. He is mainly recognized for his role on Two and a Half Men.
Unfortunately, his unpredictable behavior got him fired from the sitcom. He then went on a downward spiral, which he documented through YouTube. Bad idea. He showed his true colors, and his career never recovered and probably never will.
Robin Thicke- Misogyny Lyrics
The 40-year-old singer watched his career crumble in front of his eyes when fans noticed some misogyny in his song Blurred Lines. In his defense, plenty of songs have way worse lyrics, but this was the start of the singer’s misfortune.
According to E! News, Thicke’s wife filed for divorce after nine years of marriage because he had an affair. The sales for his third album were pretty depressing, and his career seems to be in a state of limbo. I wonder if he will ever bounce back.
Hulk Hogan- Leaked Sex Tape
Hulk Hogan made a name for himself as one of the most popular WWE performers in the industry. The 66-year-old veteran wrestler lost all the love and affection his fans had for him.
A sex tape was leaked of him and best friend’s wife, and that’s not even the worst part. The video also showed Hogan making racist remarks, and nobody was impressed. After that, his contract with WWE was terminated, and he was taken off of its Hall of Fame.
Chris Brown- Beating up Rihana
Chris Brown rose to fame as a teenager, and fans immediately fell in love with his voice and his smile. He was headed for a big career until the 2009 incident happened. If you don’t remember, he beat up his then-girlfriend, singer, Rihanna.
Surprisingly, the public eventually forgave him, but his career never went back to its former glory. Still, he shouldn’t have had a comeback at all. Despite all his antics, and getting into trouble, the one thing that shouldn’t be forgiven is hitting a woman.
Olivia Jade Giannulli- The College Admission Scandal
Olivia Jade is Lori Loughlin’s daughter, who also got caught in the middle of The College Admissions Scandal. She was a rising Influencer/YouTuber and had an impressive following. She was getting a lot of sponsorships, and things were looking up for the young beauty.
However, after her parents paid to get her into college, Olivia’s fans turned on her. She lost her sponsorship with Sephora and many other brands. Reportedly, Olivia didn’t even want to go to school, but her parents forced her. Either way, it’s been over a year, and we haven’t seen Olivia in the spotlight.
B.o.B- Being a Flat Earther
B.o.B. stepped into the rap world with his 2010 hit Airplane, followed by his feature in Jessie J’s 2011 hit Price Tag. Unfortunately, he made his opinions on conspiracy theories clear, which ruined his career. He admitted that he thinks people are clones, but then things got a little crazier.
In 2016, the rapper thought it would be a good idea to tweet that the Earth is flat. He went on a rant stating, “The cities in the background are approx. 16 miles apart… where is the curve?” He is entitled to his opinion, but so is the public who decided to cancel him.
Tiger Woods- Multiple Affairs
Tiger Woods used to be huge when it came to golf. His down to earth personality drew fans to him, but the public perception about him quickly changed. Multiple women came forward, admitting they had relations with him.
These allegations overshadowed Woods as a talent and his career. The scandal ruined his marriage, and his golf game has never been the same. This is what happens when you cheat on your wife.
Gilbert Gottfried- Offensive Language
Since he played the voice of duck, Gilbert Gottfried was barely a celebrity before. I mean, he appeared in movies throughout the years, but I only remember him from Problem Child (1990).
Either way, whatever career he had ended when he took his insensitive opinions about the 2001 tsunami to Twitter. Prior to that, the “comedian” told jokes about the 9/11 attack three weeks after it happened. I’m not expecting to see this guy starring in any upcoming movies.
Dani Mathers- Body Shaming
Dani Mathers is mostly known as a former Playmate of the Year. Nobody really had a problem with her until she took body shaming to a whole new level. She Snapchatted a woman at her gym showering with the caption:
“If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either.” How rude can a person be? She lost her celebrity status pretty quickly. On top of that, she lost her gym membership for publicly shaming an innocent woman trying to work out.
Tila Tequila- Being Stupid
Tila Tequila made a name for herself as a reality star and social media influencer. Like all famous people, she needs to be careful about what she says. Clearly, nobody taught her when she should keep her mouth shut.
She claimed that Hitler was “not a bad person” and then posted a picture of herself saluting like a white supremacist. To be honest, she really just sounds like an idiot. I mean, the guy was responsible for millions of deaths, human experiences, and more terrible things that I won’t get into right now.
Stephen Collins- Getting Exposed
Stephen Collins is known for his role as Reverend Eric Camden in 7th Heaven. He played a wholesome family man with strong morals. He came across as a loving father, and fans loved watching him on screen. The successful show lasted 11 seasons.
However, Collins couldn’t have fallen further away from heaven when his ex-wife exposed him. She revealed that the actor was involved in inappropriate behavior with underage girls. Needless to say, he hasn’t worked in Hollywood ever since.
Michael Richards- Offensive Language
Michael Richards has always been beloved for his portraying Kramer. However, during a stand-up comedy show, audiences were less than impressed with the former Seinfeld star. Richards yelled at four black men who were heckling him, and it wasn’t pretty.
His reaction was, “Shut up! Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f****** fork up you’re a**.” He then proceeded to use the N-word. He later apologized during an interview, but you can really come back from something like that these days.
Vanessa Hudgens- Making Insensitive Statements
Most of us remember Vanessa Hudgens for starring as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical movies. She played the sweet innocent character before moving on to more mature roles. The former Disney star managed to get herself into some hot water during the quarantine.
The actress posted a video on Twitter talking about Coronavirus. She literally said that people dying is “inevitable,” and needless to say, people took it as insensitive. She didn’t look so sober in the video, which should be a lesson to all of us. No drunk posts on social media!
Mel Gibson- Making Offensive Remarks
Mel Gibson has a history of saying things he shouldn’t. First off, he made derogatory comments against the LGBTQ+ community back in 1999. Then, in 2006 he started yelling anti-Semitic remarks and threatening police after getting arrested for a DUI.
In 2010, he was given a restraining order for domestic assault. Yikes! He vanished for a while, but in 2016, he made a comeback and received critical acclaim for his film Hacksaw Ridge. However, to most people, Mel Gibson is still canceled.
Cee-Lo Green- Assault
As we know, the #MeToo movement helped shed light on sexual assault cases and taking them more seriously. Many celebrity figures have been accused, convicted, and forced to leave Hollywood. The problem is, some men don’t seem to understand the meaning of sexual assault.
In 2012, Cee Lo Green was accused of sexual battery. His defense was claiming that it wasn’t rape because the woman was unconscious. Ummm… that’s literally the definition of the crime. Come on, Cee-Lo, an unconscious person can’t consent.
Bill Cosby- Assault
Once upon a time, Bill Cosby was a legendary actor who was loved and respected by many fans. He was America’s favorite dad until 2014 when the truth about him came to light. Many women came forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault.
These allegations were shocking and serious; over 50 women came forward. He has been shunned from the industry and is now serving 3 to 10 years in jail. He deserves more time behind bars, but either way, it’s safe to say he’s not making a comeback when he gets out.