A celebrity’s career is extremely fragile. One wrong move or bad movie can send a once successful career up in flames. If the celebrity’s offence is minor, the public may find it in their hearts to forgive and forget the offence. We all know that Hollywood can be quite forgetful, if you don’t believe me than just look at Woody Allen. The world-renowned director has been accused of molesting his daughter, yet, he continues to direct popular films and he even received a Lifetime Achievement Award this year. However, some celebrities can’t seem to get away from their bad reputations. These celebrities have fallen from the public’s grace and ruined their careers in the process. Below is a list of ten celebrities who have either been accused of a heinous crime or made one bad move that led to the downfall of their career. These celebrities started out on top of the world, however, their less than sterling reputations led to their swift downfall.
10. Paul Reubens
Paul Reubens is better known as his famous character Pee-wee Herman. In 1982, Reubens’ wildly successful show, The Pee-wee Herman Show ran for five sold out months and was produced by HBO. In 1985, Reubens’ beloved character took to the big screen in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. However, in 1991, Reubens’ success came to a screeching halt. Reubens was arrested for masturbating in public and the public’s view of the star changed instantly. Reubens stayed out of the public eye for several years but in 2001, Reubens finally started his comeback with the movie, Blow. But Reubens didn’t stay out of trouble for long. In 2002, he was arrested once again, with charges related to child p****graphy. Since his arrest, Reubens has tried to make a comeback but hasn’t had much luck.
9. Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey’s story isn’t one that’s concerned with a bad reputation. Grey’s once promising career came to a halt because of one bad decision. Grey made audiences everywhere fall in love with her when she played “Baby” in the movie Dirty Dancing. After Grey garnered success from Dirty Dancing, she decided that a nose job would fast track her career. Unfortunately, after Grey went under the knife, most of Hollywood couldn’t recognize her anymore. Since then, Grey’s acting career has been less than stellar. She has been steadily appearing in things since her time on Dirty Dancing but her once bright star power has long ago faded.
8. Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins is best known for playing Eric Camden on the popular show, 7th Heaven. Although Collins’ resume hasn’t been A-list quality after 7th Heaven ended, Collins’ career came to a complete standstill after allegations that he sexually abused a minor came out. Collins even confessed to his heinous crime in an audio that was posted to TMZ. Since then, Collins’ career has come crashing down. He was fired from movies and television shows such as, Ted 2, Scandal and ABC Family even pulled re-runs of the popular show, 7th Heaven.
7. Paula Deen
Over a year ago, Paula Deen was completely shunned by the public when Deen was sued for racial and sexual discrimination. Since then, Deen has been feeling the steep fallout. Deen’s sponsors abandoned her, the Food Network cancelled her show, and her publisher refused to publish her latest book. Today, Deen is desperately trying to make a comeback. The cooking star has launched the Paula Deen Network and hopes to have the support of her fans online.
6. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was once the highest paid actor on television, however, Sheen’s star power became a little dimmer after he showed the media part of his crazy side. Reports of alcohol, drug abuse and domestic violence made its way into the media and soon, Sheen’s personal life became even more enthralling than his professional one. After being fired from Two and a Half Men, Sheen went on very public rants about “tiger blood,” and “winning.” Eventually, Sheen went on to star in the show Anger Management, however the show’s ratings have been dismal in comparison to the Two and a Half Men ratings.
5. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s career had some of the biggest ups and downs in history. In 1991, Jackson was on top of the world after signing a huge recording contract with Sony Music. However, just two years later, Jackson’s downfall began. In 1993, Jackson was accused of sexually abusing Jordan Chandler, he then admitted that he was addicted to painkillers and cancelled his tours, his next album flopped, and allegations of sexual abuse continued to haunt the singer. In 2009, Jackson was ready to make his comeback. Unfortunately, Jackson died just months after he announced his comeback tour.
4. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes garnered fame after starring on her own show, The Amanda Show. However, years later, Bynes’ public antics would gain more attention than her professional life. It all started when Bynes said she was retiring from acting and then changed her mind just one month later. After, things started to get really weird. Bynes was charged with two hit and run accidents, arrested for possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment, and then she was hospitalized after setting a fire in someone’s driveway. After her hospitalization, it seemed like Bynes was getting a hold on her life. She enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and she was staying out of the public eye. However in October 2014, Bynes was hospitalized once again, after claiming that her father sexually abused her. Later she claimed that her accusations were false and that she made them because of the microchip in her brain. Bynes was expelled from the Fashion Institute in 2014.
3. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was one of the most popular and well-respected musicians in history. That is all until her marriage to Bobby Brown. The pair’s marriage and missteps along the way became a constant presence in the tabloids. In the late 1990s, reports of erratic behavior and heavy drug use began to take a toll on Houston’s image. In the 2000s, Houston’s record sales dropped and her voice began to show some signs of wears and tear. In 2012, Houston’s body was found by her bodyguard, the singer was only 48.
2. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson was once an A list actor, but his bright star power became tarnished after a slur of racist comments and a particularly violent voice message made headlines. It all started when Gibson was pulled over for drunk driving and said, “f***ing Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Then there was the voice message to his baby mamma, Oksana Grigorieva where he said things like, “if you get r**ed by a pack of n—-rs, it will be your fault.” Today, Gibson is better known for his erratic behavior than his acting chops.
1. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was once a beloved actor, however multiple r**e allegations against the once popular celebrity has made his career go into a downward spiral. In 2004 and 2005, Tamara Green and Andrea Constand accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them. However, the public quickly forgot these horrendous allegations until 2014. On October 16, 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress’ stand-up went viral after he called Cosby a r**ist. Later, multiple women came forward, claiming that Cosby had sexually assaulted him. This time the public wasn’t so forgiving. TV Land pulled The Cosby Show from the air, Netflix postponed an upcoming comedy special featuring Cosby, and NBC cancelled Cosby’s upcoming sitcom. Meanwhile, allegations of sexual assault continue to bombard the comedian and stun the public.