20 Celebs That Destroyed Their Careers In Seconds

Although they have money and fame, celebrities are not immune to mistakes, and some of them made really big ones. Some so big, that  actually killed their careers in a matter of seconds. Without further ado, we’ll look at the 20 biggest celebrity falls from grace.

#20. Giuliana Rancic

Photo: Courtesy of Youtube

Giuliana Rancic was at the height of her success when working on E!‘s Fashion Police, when she made a mistake that cost her her career.

Photo: Courtesy of The Mercury News

During the show, she commented on Zendaya Coleman‘s dreadlocks, saying they “smelled of patchouli oil and weed“. No amount of apologies saved her career, however. But that’s nothing compared to the rest of our list.

#19. Brian Williams

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

Brian Williams, one of America’s most recognizable newsmen, made headlines in 2015 when he was caught embellishing stories about his war reporting. Turns out he made up fake details to make his stories more dramatic and make him look heroic.

Photo: Courtesy of Recode

As a result, he was suspended for six months without pay, and he issued a public apology. That didn’t save his career though, which was pretty much over.

#18. Anthony Weiner

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

Anthony Weiner was in the process of becoming a strong political figure in New York. This, however, came to a halt in 2011, when he was caught in a sexting scandal.

Photo: Courtesy of CNN

A picture of his crotch was inadvertently posted on Twitter, while he was trying to send it to a woman. He later confessed he cheated on his wife with six women, and kissed his career goodbye.

#17. Brandy

Photo: Courtesy of Earn the Necklace

Brandy was at the top of the charts during the 90’s, and later pursued a successful acting career. However, it all came to an end when she was in a car accident that took a woman’s life.

Photo: Courtesy of Gazette Review

Brandy was speeding and crashed into two cars that had slowed down on the highway. Her recklessness drove her out of the spotlight.

#16. Natalia Kills and Willy Moon

Photo: Courtesy of Stuff Co.

Natalia Kills ended her career in a matter of seconds along with her husband, Willy Moon, when they accused a contestant of copying Moon while serving as judges for The X-Factor New Zealand.

Photo: Courtesy of The Room Music

She went off on how the contestant copied Moon from his hair, to his clothes and music, and Moon verbally attacked the contestant as well. She should’ve changed her name to Natalia Kills her Career.

#15. Billy Bush

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

Weeks before the 2016 presidential election, an 11-year-old recording of Billy Bush conversing with Donald Trump single-handedly destroyed Bush’s career.

Photo: Courtesy of Hollwood Reporter

In the conversation, Trump made inappropriate sexual remarks about women, and Bush went along with it, although he didn’t share much himself. He was fired from the Today Show afterwards.

#14. Ciara

Photo: Courtesy of Billboard

Although Ciara was pretty sucessful during the 2000’s, she was often compared to Beyoncé, which didn’t sit well with her. But she paid the price for messing with the queen B.

Photo: Courtesy of Glamour

In an interview, she said Beyoncé copied her album cover and referred to her as “petty“. Ciara didn’t manage to revive her career after that, while Beyoncé became the biggest woman in music. That must hurt!

#13. Bill O’Reilly

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

O’Reilly’s career was over after a 21-year run on Fox News, when The New York Times published a story claiming he paid $13 million in settlements to five women over sexual harassment claims.

Photo: Courtesy of Hollywood Reporter

Shortly after that, O’Reilly was fired, and stepped away from the spotlight ever since, and he’ll probably stay there forever.

#12. Mark Salling

Photo: Courtesy of Teen Vogue

Mark Salling entered the spotlight when he was cast on Glee, and became a teenage heartthrob. That was until he was arrested for child pornography possession.

Photo: Courtesy of Die Welt

In a disturbing turn of events, the police found thousands of pictures of under-aged girls on his computer, and was ordered to stay 100 feet away from schools, parks, and other child hot spots. He committed suicide shortly after.

#11. John Edwards

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

John Edwards had one of the most memorable falls from grace of all time. Not only was he caught cheating on his wife, who was fighting terminal cancer at the time, but he also got his mistress pregnant.

Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia

To top it all off, Edwards also faced criminal allegations for misuse of campaign funds to keep his mistress quiet, but obviously that didn’t work, did it?

#10. Iggy Azalea

Photo: Courtesy of Bomba Noise

Iggy Azalea became a superstar overnight, so how come she disappeared from the spotlight all of a sudden? The answer is she couldn’t keep her mouth shut.

Photo: Courtesy of Grammy

She picked fights with Nicki Minaj, and Macklemore on Twitter, and made fun a man who died in a chokehold of a police officer. The last nail on her coffin, however, was dissing Britney Spears on social media.

#9. Milo Yiannopoulos

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

Yiannopoulos was never short on controversy, but his comments on pedophilia certainly ruined his chances at ever having a career on the media.

Photo: Courtesy of The Daily Beast

In 2016, he advocated for child abuse, saying that 13-year-olds aren’t children and that the idea of consent is “arbitrary and oppressive“. Wow.

#8. Ashlee Simpson

Photo: Courtesy of Entity Mag

Ashlee Simpson skyrocketed to fame in the 2000’s, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of herself. That was until a performance on Saturday Night Live turned the public against her.

Photo: Courtesy of Promiflash

As she was performing on stage, the vocals for her song Pieces of Me began playing, revealing that she had been lip synching the whole show. This destroyed her credibility and has flopped ever since.

#7.Elliot Spitzer

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

Elliot Spitzer enjoyed one short year as New York governor until he was caught cheating on his wife with a prostitute.

Photo: Courtesy of Page Six

His secret was revealed through a federal wiretap discussing meeting a high-priced prostitute in Washington D.C. This drove him to resign from his post, and he hasn’t managed to get back on the road ever since.

#6. Lindsay Lohan

Photo: Courtesy of Die Welt

Lindsay Lohan had a successful career as a child and teenage star, until she went down a slippery slope of bad decisions in 2007. She was convicted for DUI (twice) and cocaine possession, went to rehab three times, and later to jail.

Photo: Courtesy of The Independent

By 2011, she had been sent to jail twice more: first, for stealing a §2,500 necklace; and then, for failing to attend her court-ordered weekly alcohol education classes. On top of that, all her attempts at becoming a movie star once more flopped.

#5. Paula Deen

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Swift

Paula Deen, who was at the top of her career,  was exposed in a leaked deposition which sent her straight to the bottom. She has being sued for $1.2 million for using the N-word, to which she confessed in the deposition.

Photo: Courtesy of Fox News

Not only that, but she also said she planned “plantation-style weddings with all black servers“. She was dropped from the Food Network, and and publicly apologizing didn’t change a thing.

#4. Kevin Spacey

Photo: Courtesy of Web.de

Kevin Spacey‘s career was blown to smithereens after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually harassing him when he was only 14 years old. Spacey admitted it, apologized, and took the opportunity to come out as gay.

Photo: Courtesy of WTAQ

Coming out only made things worse. He was accused of trying to hide behind his sexual orientation, and most people thought it was in bad taste. He was fired from House of Cards and has been out of the spotlight ever since.

#3. Mel Gibson

Photo: Courtesy of Vox

Mel Gibson was a force to be reckoned within Hollywood, until he was arrested for DUI, and went on a rant filled with antisemitic and sexist remarks that were eventually made public.

Photo: Courtesy of Haz

His temper and his offensive comments completely destroyed what was once a brilliant career. He re-emerged in 2017, however, with Hacksaw Ridge, a critically acclaimed movie. Could he take back his spot at the top?

#2. Tiger Woods

Photo: Courtesy of Golf Post

Tiger Woods was the most successful golfer of all time and seemed to have it all: a loving wife, a fortune, and a spotless career. He lost all of it, however, when it was revealed he cheated on his wife with several women.

Photo: Courtesy of Maxim

Once the highest paid athlete of all time, Woods lost all his endorsements, many fans, his wife, and his reputation.

#1. Bill Cosby

Photo: Courtesy of Fox News

Bill Cosby was once a Hollywood legend loved and respected by many. But that changed in 2014, when many allegations of sexual assault were made public. To this date, over 50 women have come forward.

Photo: Courtesy of Das Filter

He had his honorary degrees revoked, his shows canceled, and is currently serving 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault.

Related posts:

  • About Author


    24 - Argentina.

    She's a journalist and a website developer based in New York.

  • Advertising

  • Advertising