15 Celebrities Who Ruined Their Careers In The Blink Of An Eye
People make mistakes, but when you’re a celebrity who is watched by the whole world, your mistakes can end your whole future. Under intense scrutiny, very few disgraced stars have managed to claw their way back. Most of them just completely disappeared from the public eye. So today, let’s take a look at the Celebrities who ruined careers.
1. Amber Heard
Source: Getty IMAGESOne of the most-watched drama cases in 2022 must be the divorce of Amber Heard and Johny Depp. People everywhere were watching them at court, having serious analyses about the whole situation, and making memes. Heard was married to actor Johnny Depp from 2015 to 2017. She accused Depp of being abusive throughout their relationship. In early 2019, Depp sued Heard for defamation. Heard then filed a countersuit against Depp in the following year.
At first, everything was looking fine for Heard. She was supported by the feminists, as well as many of her fans. And then everything suddenly changed as a photo of her feces on Depp’s bed leaked out. No amount of excuses could seem to help her since. In the end, Heard was found liable on all three counts and was ordered to pay $10 million compensatory and $5 million punitively, the latter of which is brought down to $350,000 following Virginia law. Heard won one of her three counts, being awarded $2 million compensatory, and no money punitively.
2. Will Smith
Source: Photograph by Robyn Beck/GettyAnother moment that will go down in the red carpet history is Will Smith’s slap at the 94th Academy Awards. Some even say that without the scandal, they wouldn’t have known about the show at all! On March 27th, 2022, after hearing a joke about his wife, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock. What made it utterly shocking was that Smith was laughing along for three seconds before suddenly losing his control. He left us with the infamous comment, "Keep my wife's name, out of your $#@! mouth".
This turned Smith into an Internet meme overnight. Everybody was seeing him as a joke. Just less than two weeks later, Smith was officially banned from any Academy Award ceremonies for ten years. He apologized so maybe he can recover from this, but only time will tell.
3. Ezra Miller
Source: Warner BrosThe face behind DC’s superhero doesn’t seem to be a good guy in real life. Ezra Miller has been accused of criminal charges including disorderly conduct, harassment, and felony burglary. Not only that, but he has also been accused of having an abusive relationship with activist Tokata Iron Eyes that began when she was underage.
“Ezra uses violence, intimidation, the threat of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions, and drugs to hold sway over a young adolescent Tokota,” Iron Eyes’ parents said. The Standing Rock Sioux tribal court granted a temporary order of protection against Miller on behalf of the North Dakota native. His name has been canceled from the DC series, as well as other series he was involved in.
4. Armie Hammer
Source: PinterestThe lead role in Call Me By Your Name has recently made a shocking headline. Armie Hammer’s career is on the edge of a terrible crash. Aside from the toe-curling controversy surrounding his family’s involvement in cannibalism, he also has to deal with the heat from being accused of committing sexual acts of violence. Additionally, there were charges of drug and alcohol addiction about him which have led to him being investigated by the LAPD. The star has denied all allegations, but his reputation has already in tatters.
5. Lindsay Lohan
Source: Getty IMAGESLindsay Lohan’s career started from an early age, but not until the remake of Parent Trap her name became household. After the success of the remake, she went on and played the lead roles in some of the greatest chick flicks including Mean Girls and Freaky Friday.
However, her fame didn’t last long. Her drug and alcohol abuse got out of control in the late 2000s. She was put into rehab, only to fall back to her addiction one day after. Her reputation only got worse when she was accused of drunk driving several times, along with causing a hit-and-run. Nowadays we rarely see her on TV anymore.
6. Mel Gibson
Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert via YouTubeMel Gibson would have gone down as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood history, if not for his scandals. He starred in 43 blockbusters and would have been featured in more. However, his true colors came to light when multiple videos were leaked, showing him drunkenly spouting out offensive and racist remarks.
It came as a shock to many people, as the guy was so likable and charismatic on screen. He really fooled us all, and to that, we have to admit the guy is an incredible actor.
7. Bill Cosby
Source: NBCAmerica's beloved grandpa turned out not so wholesome in real life. Bill Cosby became a household name thanks to his time on The Cosby Show. Many people adored him, but hiding behind his kind demeanor was something dark and sinister. He was accused of sexual assault and rape, and now his name will forever be remembered with these accusations. His reputation is impossible to recover.
8. Aaron Hernandez
Source: Getty IMAGESEverything was going so well for Hernandez. He had just signed his $41 million contract with the New England Patriots when the news about him committing a murder made the headlines. He was sentenced to life in prison after trying to dispose of the evidence. After that, his career was completely destroyed. He took his own life in his prison cell in 2017.
9. Mason Greenwood
Source: BBCAnother athlete who ruined their career with violence is Mason Greenwood. Greenwood was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault following allegations made against him on social media. The Red Devils quickly turned their back on him, saying that they "did not condone violence of any kind" and wouldn't allow Greenwood to participate in any matches or training sessions until the "facts have been established," per BBC News. Nike also announced that they had suspended their sponsorship of the athlete indefinitely
10. Kevin Spacey
Source: AP Photo/Frank AugsteinKevin Spacey had been a big name on the silver screen for decades. He played in big hits such as American Beauty, Horrible Bosses, and House of Cards. However, he was revealed to be a predator, being accused of sexually assaulting a minor. The actor reacted by using his sexuality as an excuse, which is disgusting. In the end, he disappeared from the TV screens, never to reach the peak of fame ever again.
11. Charlie Sheen
Source: REUTERSCharlie Sheen's career is one hell of a drama show. His accusations range from prostitution scandals and collecting disturbing pornography, to being abusive and racist, even child sexual assault. To top it off, Sheen was called out by his former co-star Corey Haim. The actor's reputation is tainted forever.
12. Lea Michele
Source: JARED SISKIN/GETTYMaybe not as dramatic as all the people above, but Lea Michele’s career path doesn’t seem so bright. She was notorious for being mean and difficult to work with. Her character in the show Glee isn’t exactly a fan favorite either, as many see her as annoying or obnoxious. For a while, it seemed like no one wants to work with her. It’s a shame that her attitude has cost her the chance of getting further, as she is a talented girl.
13. Faye Dunaway
Source: PinterestAnother star who fell from grace because of their attitude is Faye Dunaway. She would have become Hollywood royalty thanks to her roles in Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, and Network. However, everything soon came to an end when she got branded with the cursed 'difficult' label by the late '70s due to her on-set behavior. Her career as a lead actress was over when Bette Davis. From then on she only appeared on TV as a guest appearance. Oh, how the mighty has fallen!
14. Paula Deen
Source: Aaron Davidson/Getty ImagesBefore her racism scandal, Paula Deen has been one of Food Network’s darling hosts for years. People quickly boycotted her when they found out she made racist statements toward African Americans and used the “N-word” though. She confirmed the accusations, saying that “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks … I can’t determine what offends another person.” Bad decision indeed.
Nowadays, she has completely disappeared from the TV. Networks canceled her TV programs far and wide and stores stopped selling her products. Nobody knows what she is doing with her life, but we hope that she regrets her choices.
15. Mark Salling
Source: FOXAnother Glee star who got in trouble is Mark Salling. Shockingly, the actor was charged with child pornography. Words about his scandals blew up overnight and the whole Internet went wild. Salling pleaded guilty to his crimes, and he committed suicide just weeks before he was scheduled to be sentenced for his charge. His career path can never continue.