There’s nothing like live television. There’s no editing, no time to reshoot scenes and no time to recover from an embarrassing blunder. Some celebrities handle being in front of a live audience effortlessly, while other celebrities crash and burn. Maybe their nerves get the best of them, or they come unprepared, or maybe it’s because they had a little too much too drink beforehand. Either way, here are the ten biggest mistakes celebrities have ever made on live television.
10. Khloe Kardashian
In November 2012, Khloe Kardashian took on her first live hosting gig for the singing reality competition show, The X-factor. Although Khloe is a favorite on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, her reality TV persona did not translate well to live television. Khloe shouted into her microphone, despite the fact that it was a microphone (which, amplifies sound), had awkward conversations with the judges and contestants, and appeared to be extremely nervous. At one point during the show, co-host Mario Lopez teased a 13-year-old contestant about having a boyfriend, to which the girl replied, “No, we’re friends. My mom would kill me.” Khloe jumped in exclaiming, “Don’t let your mom kill you.” As if it couldn’t get any worse, Khloe wore a sheer top without a bra and it didn’t go well with the stage lighting. Simon commented, “May I say, Khloe, you’re looking very sexy tonight. I think the air conditioning’s on high tonight. It’s very distracting.” Khloe Kardashian was not asked to return for a second season.
9. Christina Aguilera
At Super Bowl XLV, Christina Aguilera started things off on the wrong foot by botching her performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ While performing the national anthem in front of a stadium packed with 100,000 people, and a TV audience of over 100 million, Christina mixed up the fourth line of the song. She missed the line, “O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming,” and instead repeated the second line, “What so proudly we watched as the twilight’s last gleaming.” In Christina’s defense, she sang it live (which, no one seems to do anymore) and she gave it her all in the last 4 lines. Hey, it’s all about how you finish.
8. Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina
At the 2011 Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade, American Idol season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery and runner-up, Lauren Alaina both messed up their performances. McCreery rode a float in the middle of the parade and as he was about to perform, he forgot to lift his microphone to his mouth. The song with vocals began without him, making it very clear that he was lip-syncing. Lauren Alaina sang the “National Anthem” at the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game. Unfortunately, she completely forgot the lyrics to the song. Now, that’s not very American, American Idol.
7. Caitlin Upton, South Carolina
At the 2007 Miss USA competition, Caitlin Upton, an 18-year-old contestant from South Carolina was asked, “Why do you think a fifth of Americans cannot locate their country on a map.” She responded, “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as, uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.” This is now considered the worst response in pageant history, and we won’t disagree with that.
6. Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake
We all remember Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 2004 Super Bowl half-time performance. We probably don’t remember who won the Super Bowl, or who even played in it, but we remember the ‘wardrobe malfunction.’ Janet started her performance by singing ‘Rhythm Nation’ and ‘All For You.’ It was going smoothly, until the grand finale when Timberlake was closing the show with ‘Rock Your Body.’ He sang the final line of the song, “Bet I’ll have you naked…,” then grabbed Jackson’s wardrobe, pulling on cue, and finished with, “…by the end of this song.” For 9/16ths of a second, millions of viewers saw Janet’s bare breast. Afterwards, Jackson was permanently banned from performing at the NFL and her music was blacklisted from all CBS and MTV affiliated programs. In Janet Jackson’s defense, we did get YouTube out of the whole thing. Thanks to software programmer, Jawed Karim, who was frustrated about being unable to find footage of the halftime show, he decided to fix this problem. His solution to the problem was the creation of YouTube. So, we all owe a lot to Janet Jackson’s breast.
5. Kendall Jenner
At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Kendall Jenner was set to introduce the next performer. Jenner got off to a good start, beginning her introduction with, “The band about to rock the Billboard Awards comes from Down Under, but the direction they’re heading is straight up. Recently they made their debut at two on the Billboard 200. Now, we welcome… One..” Jenner seemed to have a difficult time getting One Direction off of her mind. She paused and then apologized to the crowd, stating, “Guys I’m the worst reader.” A recorded intro segment started and the camera returned back to Jenner, so she could yell,”5 Seconds of Summer”- which was the correct name of the band about to perform. In Kendall’s defense, she’s a model and they don’t do much talking.
4. Ashlee Simpson
On October 23, 2004, Ashlee Simpson made an appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. She was scheduled to perform her songs, ‘Pieces of Me’ and ‘Autobiography. When she started singing ‘Autobiography,’ the vocals for ‘Pieces of Me’ were heard, before Simpson could put the mic up to her mouth. Ashlee handled the embarrassment by doing an impromptu jig for a few seconds and then leaving the stage. At the closing of the show, Simpson tried to explain herself saying, “I feel so bad. My band started playing the wrong song and I didn’t know what to do, so I thought I’d do a hoedown.” Two days later, Ashlee gave TRL a different excuse, stating that she had acid reflux and was advised not to sing by her doctor. We’d like to see a doctor’s note.
3. John Travolta
At the 2014 Oscars, John Travolta introduced the ‘Let It Go’ singer, welcoming ‘Adele Dazeem’ to the stage. Unfortunately, her name is not Adele Dazeem, but rather Idina Menzel. A Twitter account mocking Travolta went up immediately, called @adeladazeem and soon, it had over 16,000 followers. After being ridiculed by the world all night, Travolta issued a statement the next day, “I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought … what would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, let it go!’ Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!” That was a nice apology, Jorn Tromovolma.
2. Kanye West
At the 2009 MTV Music Awards, Kanye West did what he does best – he made it all about himself. After the award for, Best Female Video was presented to Taylor Swift, Kanye stormed the stage to share his own opinion. He cut the teen singer off, grabbed the microphone and protested in support of Beyonce, stating, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time.” One of the best videos of all time! The audience was speechless, Swift was mortified, and Beyonce was embarrassed. Kanye was kicked out of the VMA’s and he later apologized, saying he was just being real. That’s not an apology, Kanye. Even President Obama commented on Kanye’s action stating, “He’s a jacka–.”
1. Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotb
In 2012, Martin Short went on The Today Show to promote his film Madagascar 3. The interview was supposed to be short and sweet, but it ended up becoming the biggest mistake a celebrity has ever made on live television. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb chatted with Martin about his film for a few minutes. Then, Kathie asked, “And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?” Martin responded, “We … have … married … 36 years.” Kathie replied, “But you’re still like in love? Martin answered, “…Madly in love, madly in love. Kathie replied, “Why?” Martin answered, “…Cute. I’m cute.” Kathie asked, “And you make each other laugh?” Martin answered, “…yes.” The interview finally ended. What made this interview so cringe-worthy? Well, Martin Short’s wife, Nancy Dolman had died two years prior from ovarian cancer. Martin handled the uncomfortable situation with class, but Kathie Lee Gifford should really check her facts next time.