You may remember Michael Richards, who played Kramer in the hit comedy series, Seinfeld. In 2006, he made a racist comment while doing his standup comedy routine. The scandal become widely known at the time and his career seems to have been ruined because of it. He's managed to get a few projects since and he has publicly expressed regret for his ill thought out actions, but I don't think his career will ever recover from it.
"The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country? I'm not a racist or prejudiced person, but some people just bother me."
John Rocker in a 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated
Few people in the history of professional sports drew as much hate as former MLB pitcher John Rocker did in the late 1990s / early 2000s when he revealed himself to be racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and just generally hateful of everyone who wasn't a straight white male.
Like all people who say controversial things, he issued an apology immediately afterwards. But then he just resumed talking his nonsense. He made more hateful statements to the media. He got demoted in 2000 for threatening a reporter. He was often booed at ballgames before even throwing a pitch. He regularly flipped off and cursed out fans. Conan O'Brien did a great spoof of John Rocker and his "flipping off phase," and it's not far off from how it seemed Rocker really was. Initially, teams were willing to deal with him because of his talent. In baseball, a pitcher who can throw over 95 mph is a valuable asset. Left-handed pitchers are also very valuable. Rocker was both. But eventually he came with too much baggage, and when his performance started sliding, his antics didn't warrant a spot on a roster.
Despite being a popular child actor, when Doherty grew up she apparently became very difficult to work on projects. After being fired (or quitting depending upon who you ask) from two high-rated television programs (Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed) Doherty's career has been a series of failed television pilots, unsuccessful made for television films, minor roles in reality programming and a brief (3 episode) return to the updated 90210 series which has since been cancelled. None of Doherty's co-workers in her two most famous roles had ( or have) anything pleasant to say about her. And her lack of success in the last decade likely can be directly linked to her penchant for being unpleasant when it is unnecessary to be so.
Tiger Woods had everything he wanted. His net worth was $1 billion or so. He was on his way to surpass Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors (he is now stuck at 14). Then success went to his head, and he started a list of infidelities (Tiger Woods had a 'fling' with over 120 women). He also became unbelievably close to his money (an example: he once baffled and irritated a group of Navy SEALs when he didn't pick up the check for lunch). He's still only 40, but considering his lack of success these past years (last major title was in 2008!), it seems safe to say this downfall is irreversible.
Iggy Azalea is a very recent example.
Iggy went the racist tweets route, along with bad press about her feuds, treating her fans poorly, and so forth. Before then, very few minded her relative lack of lyrical content or talent, making her the breakout star of 2014. However, she squandered whatever goodwill she had in the span of a year: While sexism was speculated as part of the reason, I do think she would've rode out her stardom for a lot longer if she'd only refrained from these very public, inflammatory comments.
A few others to come to mind would be Mel Gibson, Ariana Grande, Katherine Heigl, Megan Fox (not so much jerkiness, but calling Michael Bay Hitler). Yet others get off scot-free: Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Christian Bale (not a continuous jerk, but he had a famous outburst on the set of Terminator), J Lo, Julia Roberts (if anyone remembers her A Low, Vera shirt), Claire Danes, Demi Lovato (punching out her dancer), Naomi Campbell, Terry Richardson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Russell Crowe, Russell Brand, the Real Housewives of Wherever, reality stars in general, and many, many more. It's always interesting to see who gets a pass and who gets crucified by the media.
I'm quite surprised that nobody mentioned controversies' first child, Charlie Sheen.
In case you don't know him (I highly doubt it) he played the role of Charlie on the hit CBS Show Two And A Half Men till season 8 , when he had his much publicized brawl _with the makers of the show.Charlie reportedly earned _1.8 million dollars per episode. Yup, you read that right!
So how did Mr. Sheen go from one of the highest paid TV actors to being in the news for all the wrong reasons?
Well, he had it coming.
Substance abuse can be cited as the major reason behind his downfall. Charlie was seen as the real life version of the character that he so portrayed so well. Overdose cost him his role at CBS who had given him several warnings already.
Not a man to be leave peacefully, he later sent a letter to show's creators, writing, "YOU CREATED A SHOW BASED ON MY AWESOME LIFE"." I busted my a-- for 8 years to support your vision. Your dream. In turn, it is my nightmare. You sad silly fool."
Although unlike reel Charlie , he didn't get his own way in the real world.
Charlie was also arrested in 2009 for assaulting his wife and in 2014 he publicly revealed that he was HIV Positive.
After several years of rehab, he claims that he is clean and has started his next phase of his life.
'You're Asian, f--- off back to where you came from. [...] Do you know who I am? I'll have your family lifted.'
Those are the words of Bafta-winning Misfits actress Lauren Socha.
She assaulted a taxi driver after a nine-hour pub drinking session. On top of punching him, she also racially abused him.
Strange analogy: she was handed a four-month suspended jail sentence and had to do 80 hours' unpaid work -- a similar sentence to the one her character faced in Misfits.
In 2014, Mejia was 25 years old and had established himself as the closer for the New York Mets, recording 28 saves in 31 chances.
On April 11, 2015, Major League Baseball suspended him for 80 games after he tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug stanozolol.
In July, having finished his suspension, he returned to the team --- and was promptly suspended again for 162 games for using the same drug again, losing the closer position to Jeurys Familia in the process.
In spite of the suspension, the Mets re-signed him to a one-year contract for 2016 that would have earned him over $1 million. He rewarded them a month later by testing positive a third time and was banned from the sport for life.
He will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until 2018.
The "27 Dresses" star is rumored to be incredibly difficult on set. One source said, "She can cost you time every single day of shooting. Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day."
He ruined his career right from the start.
He was the greatest track-and-field athlete of all time, breaking world records in both the long jump and relays. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, he won four gold medals, the first track athlete to do so since Jesse Owens in 1936.
And then he got cocky. He lacked humility, and seemed more focused on cashing in on his victories. In interviews, he bragged about his lucrative career prospects. Soon, US corporate sponsors either dropped him or refused to sign him, and he had to go to Europe and Japan to make money.
Though he is quite wealthy today (he once stated that he had always wanted to make lots of money), he should have been much more popular, given his Olympic achievements.
Megan Fox, beautiful but oh so stupid. She said director Michael Bay was like Hitler onset. That pissed off producer Stephen Speilberg, and had Bay fire her.
Kevin James is on a downhill spiral and deserves it. King of Queens was a fantastic show with a fantastic cast, but James is widely known for treating fans who got him where he is like garbage. It's really a shame because I too was a fan, but I'll never watch his new show and can't even stomach the KoQs reruns. Google him and read all the stories. Sad.
I am surprised that no one has mentioned Val Kilmer. I have seen a number of articles claiming that he was a total jerk to everyone he ever worked with. He even got in a fist fight with Joel Schumacher on the set of Batman Forever. He was so bad that directors pretty much refused to work with him.
"F------ Jews... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?" - Mel Gibson
These are the infamous comments made by Mel Gibson back in 2006 when he was pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The Sheriff's Deputy who pulled him over, James Mee, was visibly Jewish so the drunk actor lashed out.
Approximately 60% of Hollywood is Jewish. That includes writers, producers, developers, marketers, execs, and yes some actors. Mel bit the hand that fed him so his career flat-lined for the next decade.
It's only now that he's slowly coming back with appearances in films such as The Expendables and Hacksaw Ridge
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