Celebrities Who Ruined Their Career
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Happiest Days

By Edward H. Donnelly

I said to the little children,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And their bright eyes opened wider In innocent amaze.
For their happiness was so perfect,
They did not know it then;
"Oh, no," they said, "there'll be happier days
When we are women and men."

I said to the youth and maiden,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And into their sparkling eyes there crept
A dreamy, far-off gaze;
And their hands sought one another,
And their cheeks flushed rosy red;
" Oh, no," they said, " there'll be happier days
For us when we are wed."

I said to the man and woman,
"You are living your happiest days,"
As they laughingly watched together
Their baby's cunning ways.
"These days are days of labor.
They can hardly be our best;
There'll be happier days when the children are grown,
And we have earned our rest."

I said to the aged couple,
"You are living your happiest days,"
Your children do you honor,
You have won success and praise.
" With a peaceful look they answered,
"God is good to us, that's true: But we think there are happier days for us
In the life we're going to."
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Hollywood has always been a fickle business, and the saying “five minutes of fame” exists for a reason. While some celebrities only had five minutes of fame, others needed only five minutes to end theirs. Whether it was a scandal, a crime, or simply bad choices, these celebrities proved that it doesn’t take long to go from a somebody to a nobody. Here are the celebrities that destroyed their careers in a matter of seconds.


Jennifer Grey


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Jennifer Grey was one of the biggest female stars of the ‘80s, starring in roles like Jeanie Bueller on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the iconic Frances “Baby” Houseman in Dirty Dancing. Grey’s nose was a prominent feature of hers, but as her career slowed down a bit in the early ‘90s, Grey made a decision that would affect her career in a major way – a nose job. Due to complications in the first procedure, Grey had to undergo another surgery. The operation left Grey unrecognizable even by her closest friends. Speaking on the experience, Grey said: “I went into the operating theatre a celebrity – and came out anonymous.”



Ashlee Simpson



Ashlee Simpson was a big star in the early ‘00s. Simpson released her debut single, Pieces of Me, in 2004. The song became a big hit and reached the top five in the U.S. Following the success of the single and the album, Autobiography, Simpson was invited to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Simpson performed two songs on the show. During the second performance, Simpson was set to perform Autograph. However, the vocals for Pieces of Me began playing while Simpson’s mic was down at her side. Simpson tried to recover, dancing awkwardly before fleeing the stage. Simpson attempted comebacks, but never managed to recover from the humiliation of that infamous appearance.


Tiger Woods



Maybe the most successful golfer of all time, Tiger Woods seemed to have it all: a beautiful loving wife, a fortune, and an amazing career. In 2009, after the National Enquirer leaked Woods’ multiple affairs, the golfer’s career was in a crisis. In the following months, many more reports of Woods’ infidelity surfaced. The scandal led to “an indefinite break from professional golf.” A study estimated the shareholder loss caused by Woods’ affairs reached between $5 billion and $12 billion. In August 2010, Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, divorced after seven years of marriage. Once the highest paid athlete of all time, Woods lost all his endorsements, many fans, his wife, and his reputation.



Tonya Harding


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Figure skater Tonya Harding was a force to be reckoned with in the skating world during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. In 1991, Harding became the first American, and second ever act, to complete the triple axel. Harding was then placed fourth in the 1992 Winter Olympics. On January 6th, 1994, one day before the U.S Figure Skating Championship Ladies’ Singles competition, Harding’s biggest competitor, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked after a practice session. It was revealed later that year that Harding’s then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated the attack. Harding later pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution and was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.


Katherine Heigl



In 2007, Katherine Heigl was the actress to follow in Hollywood! She starred in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and was even awarded an Emmy. However, the following year, Heigl publicly opted out of the Emmy race, saying: “I did not feel I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination… I withdrew my name from contention.” After bashing the hit show it was hard for Heigl to achieve the same level of fame, and gained a negative reputation. This just goes to show you can’t have your cake and eat it too.



Ryan Phillippe



Ryan Phillippe rose to fame in the late ‘90s starring in box office hits such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions. His success continued in the early ‘00s, and was boosted by his high-profile relationship with actress, Reese Witherspoon. However, in 2007 rumors started swirling that Phillippe cheated on Witherspoon with his Stop-Loss co-star, Abbie Cornish. The rumors seemed to have been verified later that year when Witherspoon and Phillippe announced their divorce, and when in that same year, Phillippe and Cornish started dating. Following the divorce and cheating rumors, Phillippe’s career never really recovered.


Sinead O’Connor


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Sinead O’Connor rose to fame in 1990 when she released a new arrangement for Prince’s song Nothing Compares 2 U. Following her success, O’Connor was booked as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. During a performance of Bob Marley’s War, O’Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II. Following the act, O’Connor was banned from SNL and her career took a major dive. O’Connor was heavily criticized by the public and at a New York rally piles of her records, tapes, and CDs were crushed by a steamroller.



Robin Thicke


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Robin Thicke became a pop superstar when he released his song Blurred Lines, which became that year’s summer anthem. Then came that infamous VMA performance with Miley Cyrus that marked Thicke’s first scandal for the year. The second one came not much later when Thicke was photographed touching a woman’s behind, which was not Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton. The third controversy was the successful suit by Marvin Gaye, who sued Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. According to allegations, Blurred Lines sounded very similar to Gaye’s Got to Give it Up. Patton filling for a legal separation from Thicke the following year didn’t help his dying career.


Charlie Sheen


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Once the highest-paid actor on television, Charlie Sheen didn’t need much time to end his career. After making derogatory comments about Two and a Half Men creator, Chuck Lorre, Sheen’s contract with the show was terminated. Sheen then had an interview on 20/20, which appeared to be a meltdown. Seen insisted he was “winning” and had tiger blood in his veins. It seems that picking a fight with the boss that turned you into a household name and helped you make $1.8 million per episode, didn’t turn out well for Charlie Sheen.





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Brandy was the star to follow in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Starring on the TV show Moesha, producing hit songs, Grammys to her name, and a judging spot on the first season of America’s Got Talent, put Brandy on the map big time. However, all of Brandy’s success came crashing down in 2007 when Brandy got in a fatal car accident. Brandy was reportedly going 65 mph and didn’t notice any cars ahead when she struck a 2005 Toyota, which then hit a 1989 Toyota. The 2005 Toyota was sent sideways, and when it finally stopped moving, a 1988 Acura struck it. The driver of the 2005 Toyota, Awatef Aboudiha, a married mother, was killed in the accident. Brandy’s career never managed to recover from the tragedy.


Shia LeBeouf


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Shia LeBeouf started off as a Disney child star, starring in the show Even Stevens. LeBeouf managed to do the seemingly impossible, succeeding in transforming into an adult actor in movies like Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. LaBeouf has gotten into several public fights that destroyed his image, and as a result, his career. Once he hit the back of his neighbor’s car because he was blocking his path, in addition to reportedly waving a knife at him. In a different incident, LeBeouf was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, while also swearing and spitting at the arresting officers.



Megan Fox



Megan Fox had her breakthrough role in 2007’s Transformers, alongside Shia LeBeouf. Just like LeBeouf, Megan Fox managed to single-handedly destroy her own career. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland, Fox spoke against the director of the film that launched her career, Michael Bay, saying: “He wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation…He’s a nightmare to work for.”


Ryan Lochte


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Millions of people rooted for beloved Ryan Lochte at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. On the morning of August 14th, 2016, Lochte and Jimmy Feigen stated that they, and two other teammates, were robbed at gunpoint after a night out a Rio. However, it was later discovered that the accusation was false and the real occurrences of the evening were the Olympic swimmers urinating and vandalizing a gas station. After he was caught lying, all four of Lochte’s major sponsors dumped him. In addition, Lochte was suspended for ten months from the USA Swimming team.



Amanda Bynes


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Amanda Bynes made the transition from a child star to a teen sensation, going from Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show to movies such as Easy A and She’s The Man. Unfortunately, like many child stars, Bynes turned to narcotics and alcohol. This combination paired together with Twitter rants led Bynes’ downfall. According to reports, back in 2013, Amanda Bynes tweeted to Rihanna “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough,” in addition to calling her, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, and Chrissy Teigen “ugly”.


Isaiah Washington


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Isaiah Washington received worldwide recognition playing Dr. Preston Burke on the hit medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. However, his choice of words led to his career downfall. According to many reports, including The Washington Post, Washington was “asked not to return”, a.k.a fired, after using a homophobic slur in reference to co-star T.R. Knight, while having an argument with another co-star, Patrick Dempsy. He then reportedly repeated the slur backstage at The Golden Globes. We don’t if Washington can salvage his career, but his return to Grey’s Anatomy for a single episode in 2014 is definitely a step in the right direction.



Lindsay Lohan


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Lindsay Lohan was America’s sweetheart and starred in films such as The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. However, Lohan’s career went down in flames following her addictions to substances and alcohol. In 2007, Lohan was convicted twice for DUI and possession of substances, resulting in three visits to rehabilitation facilities and later to jail. Lohan wasn’t helping her career when she started receiving a reputation of an actress that is hard to work with as her partying ways interrupted her work. By 2011, Lohan was sent to jail twice more for stealing a necklace and for failing to attend court-ordered classes. When Lohan borrowed money from another member of this “elite” club, Charlie Sheen, in 2013, it was sort of a confirmation Lohan really hit rock bottom.


Logan Paul


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Logan Paul gained a following from his Vine videos that helped his YouTube beginning. Gaining more and more success on the platform, Paul had more than 15 million subscribers when he uploaded the video that dragged his career to the mud. While on a trip to Japan, Paul and his friends visited the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, a place that is, according to BBC, known to be a frequent site for suicides. While on the site, Paul and his friends came across a man’s body and filmed it. If that’s not bad enough, they also made jokes. The video was banned for being “disrespectful” and “disgusting”. Paul apologized for the video, but the damage was done. His channels were removed from Google’s preferred list, his ads were suspended, and projects he was signed on were shelved.



Jamie Lynn Spears


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Jamie Lynn Spears managed to do the seemingly impossible and make a name for herself outside her sister’s spotlight. At the age of 14, Spears starred as Zoey Brooks in the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101, and it seemed she had a bright future ahead of her in the acting and singing industry. However, in 2007, at the age of 16, Jamie Lynn Spears announced she was pregnant. Spears’ entire image was shattered, just like her career.


Giuliana Rancic



Giuliana Rancic catapulted to fame thanks to her anchoring and hosting duties on shows like E! News and Fashion Police. Unfortunately, on the latter, Rancic made a mistake that cost her her career. On the show, Rancic commented on Zendaya’s dreadlocks. Rancic made controversial remarks about Zendaya’s style, saying the dreadlocks must smell like “patchouli”. According to Time, both Zendaya and Fashion Police co-hosts denounced Rancic’s joke as racist. Following the backlash, Rancic apologized, which didn’t seem to help her career and public image.





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It seemed like B.o.B had a bright future in the rap industry with his 2010 hit Airplanes and his feature in the Jessie J 2011 hit Price Tag. However, B.o.B didn’t use his momentum and chose to stay low, which was mistake number one. Mistake number two was the one that truly destroyed his career. In 2016, the rapper tweeted that the Earth is flat. The rapper tweeted that if the earth were round that it would be obvious just by looking at the horizon. He went on a long rant, with one of the tweets reading: “The cities in the background are approx. 16 miles apart… where is the curve?” Maybe flying an airplane instead of singing about it could have helped this…


Dani Mathers


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As far as Playboy models go, Dani Mathers had a skyrocketing career when she became Playmate of the Year in 2015. Mathers who may be used to comments on her appearance, learned the hard way that other people aren’t. When Mathers went for a routine gym session at LA Fitness, she posted a photo to Snapchat of an undressed 70-year old woman in the background. If you think that’s bad, the caption read: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” Mathers was called out for body shaming and had a misdemeanor filed against her. Her membership to the gym was revoked and lost all her modeling contracts.



Taylor Lautner


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The Twilight franchise made Taylor Lautner a house-hold name and very famous. When the saga was about to be over, there was a huge interest in what the actors were going to do next. Usually, it is very important for actors that come out of a very recognizable role to choose their next role carefully in order to gain respect and appear as diverse actors. Unfortunately for Taylor Lautner, he made a wrong choice that cut his career short. Lautner went to star in the film Abduction, which was supposed to mark him as the next big action actor, but failed to do so. Instead, it marked Lautner as a one-hit-wonder and cost him his career.


Azealia Banks


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Initially, Azealia Banks had everything it took to become a rap icon. Banks was introduced to the mainstream with the release of her song 212 in 2011. Soon after, Banks embarked on what led to her eventual downfall: Twitter rants. Banks initiated feuds and stirred controversies. In 2013, for example, she called Rita Ora “thirsty” and a “Rihanna understudy”, and that is calm compared to her other tweets. If people care more about your tweets and feuds than your music, it means your career is pretty much over.