As you’re going to learn, there are a lot of ways to ruin your career and these 15 celebrities are going to prove that sometimes you can do it in less time than it’s going to take to finish our list.
Whether it’s being fired over a sex scandal, appearing in television or movies that are surely going to hinder their career or thinking that Pepsi commercial was a smart idea, you better believe these celebrities are wishing they could have done things differently this year.
But don’t expect their mistakes to be forgotten anytime soon, even if the decisions on this list means that their time in the spotlight may be all but over. And even for those on our list who may be able to pull it together, you still can’t re-write the past and there is no denying that everyone on this list would rather their situation not have gone down.
So if you’re sitting at home and you’re jealous of the lives these stars may lead, don’t worry at least your poor decisions probably aren’t going to end up costing you millions of dollars. These are 15 celebrities who might not be so lucky.
15. Katherine Heigl Bombs Again With Unforgettable
If you want something that is unforgettable, how about the terrible impression that Katherine Heigl seems to leave in Hollywood?
While it may not be fair to say she started ruining her career this year, as she’s been notoriously on a downward spiral for several years; her most recent movie Unforgettable was a bomb at the box office and with critics which should hopefully help Hollywood realize she isn’t a strong leading lady anymore.
Heigl opened up in a recent interview on how following the backlash she received for her alleged poor attitude on-set that she almost retired,
“Maybe everybody in their career feels that way, especially when you’ve been at it for a really long time. You have these ups and downs and these ebbs and flows. This thing you were once so passionate about and was your heart and soul has now turned on you and it’s your mortal enemy instead of your best friend.”
14. Bill O’Reilly Gets Fired For Scandal
If there is one thing that Bill O’Reilly is not hurting for, it’s money. The political commentator was paid $25 million when his contract was ended by Fox news earlier this year, but getting fired is never great. Especially when O’Reilly was fired after 7 women came out and accused him of sexual harassment; 5 of which settled out of court for upwards of $13 million.
This includes former Fox host Juliet Huddy who alleged that O’Reilly attempted to engage in a relationship with her, as well as attempting to get her fired after she turned him down.
Prior to being fired, O’Reilly had lost over half of their advertisers which understandably influenced the decision to remove him from his post.
13. Kendall Jenner Decided That Pepsi Commercial Was A Good Idea
Kendall Jenner was looking to continue her career growth in a big way in 2017 after a successful 2016 paid her roughly $10 million, so naturally why not say yes to a commercial when Pepsi comes calling?
Unfortunately for Jenner, we’re sure we don’t even have to go into the amount of controversy that came from the ad that invoked comparisons to black lives matter and made light of injustices that people of color experience (but it’s cool bro, because Pepsi!)
“Clearly, we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue,” said Pepsi after pulling the ad.
Jenner was also devastated, with a source close to her being reported as saying
“She has been very upset. She feels terrible. She loves being a model. To get a Pepsi gig was a big deal. She was very excited. She never expected it to receive such backlash. She hopes people understand that she wasn’t involved in the creative process.”
12. Mel B. Caught In Scandal With Nanny Amidst Divorce
Mel B. may be known as Scary Spice, but her nickname perhaps should have been seductive spice after the tabloid stories that have been written about her this year.
Undergoing a messy divorce with her husband Stephen Belafonte, Mel B. has also had her former nanny come out and say that Mel seduced her when she was only 18 years old and engaged in a seven-year affair that also included some situations in which Mel would invite Belafonte in the bedroom to film or join in.
It’s definitely far from the cleanest divorce, as Belafonte also threatened to release sexually explicit photos and videos but Mel took was able to have the courts issue a restraining order.
11. Paige Accidentally Shows Off Her Wild Side On Camera
The WWE clearly believed in Paige when she came into the WWE as she won the Divas championship at the young age of 21. Unfortunately, Paige’s career has been far from the cleanest, including being suspended in the past for violations of the wellness policy.
Her career in 2017, however, took on a much dirtier controversy when leaked photos and videos of Paige getting involved in some seriously adult activities; including a championship belt being present.
Paige spoke out on the matter, saying,
“Personal and private photos of mine were stolen and unfortunately they were shared publicly without my consent.”
There’s definitely no way that the WWE won’t heavily consider this scandal when deciding just how much faith to put in this superstar.
10. CEO Of United Airlines Oscar Munoz Loses Promotion
You should never know the name of the CEO of an airplane company, and if you do know it, it’s probably not going to be for a great reason.
United Airlines was at the forefront of controversy after their employees elected to forcefully remove a passenger from an allegedly overbooked flight.
The video which quickly went viral, saw Dr. David Dao bleeding as he was physically dragged away. Following the controversy, the company not only lost potential millions but have also announced that Munoz will no longer become chairman of United’s board, something that was going to happen in 2018.
Talk about a serious hit to his career.
9. Vanessa Hudgens Has Show Cancelled After Less Than 1 Season
Vanessa Hudgens may have made a name for herself with High School Musical but her acting career outside of that features few hits that are worth mentioning about. Which is perhaps why she attempted to take a crack at the smaller screen with the television series Powerless.
Yet she’s clearly in need of a new agent because Powerless has officially been canceled, including the last two episodes that have been filmed not even airing.
Hudgens has admitted in the past that she’s definitely not going to shy away from potential musicals in the near future and after the success of La La Land, perhaps her show getting canceled will be a blessing in disguise.
8. Kim’s Un-Photoshopped Booty Loses Her 100,000 Followers
Now when you consider all the potential problems there are in the world, it’s hard to consider this to be a “big one” but for Kim Kardashian losing her power on social media is definitely a big deal.
Earlier this year, however, photos emerged of her on a trip to Mexico with a booty that was looking a lot less photoshopped and more full of cellulite than people have come to expect.
Kardashian faced backlash online from commenters and reporters for the photos, including losing 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Something tells us Kardashian will be okay though, as she has since tweeted out
“Oh and as for me you ask? …I’m just sitting here on the beach with my flawless body.”
Way to make the haters jealous Kim!
7. Ja Rule And The Fyre Festival Fiasco
When you put on a music festival there are definitely a lot of things that need to go right to make for a successful event. Unfortunately for Ja Rule who was a major force behind the Frye Festival, they missed on several marks; including having Blink-182 pull out citing poor building conditions.
Festival goers were left with terrible living conditions, little food and water and plenty of hatred to go around.
Ja Rule spoke out on the matter saying,
“I’m heartbroken at this moment my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting….I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT…but I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this.”
Let’s hope he learned from his mistakes!
6. Emma Watson Misses Huge With The Circle
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to straight up ignore the fact that Emma Watson had herself a massive hit with Beauty and the Beast, but if you want to look at Watson as an actress outside of these big blockbuster type movies, you’re going to see some serious misses.
The most significant one that may really hurt her is her most recent The Circle which missed at the box office, hurting her cache there and the 16% score on RottenTomatoes shows that it’s definitely not worth seeing on DVD much less at the theater!
Watson also missed in 2016 with Colonia (26%) and Regression (15%) which should make you all the more apprehensive the next time you see Watson in a casting list.
5. Donald Trump Didn’t Realize Being President Was Hard
Take a moment out of your day and think about if you would really want to be the president of the United States. It’s definitely not the most relaxed job in the world and many people may realize it’s far from what they’d want.
You just would hope the actual president of the United States would have realized what he was getting himself in for.
When talking about being President, Trump admitted missing his former life,
“I love my previous life. I had so many things going….This is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier, I thought it was more of a…I’m a details-oriented person…I think you would say that, but I do miss my old life. This – I like to work so that’s not a problem but this is actually more work.”
With Trump’s approval continuing to decline, there isn’t a “celebrity” out there actively hurting his own stock on a regular basis more than himself.
4. PewDiePew Decides To Support Anti-Semitism
If you’re a YouTube star like Felix Kjellberg, perhaps better known as “PewDiePew”, it’s probably a pretty important thing to make sure you don’t piss off Google.
Sadly PewDiePew’s decision to include videos that have anti-Semitic imagery was shockingly not a great idea, leading Maker Studios (which also work with Kjellberg) to issue the statement,
“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate,” as well as a spokesperson for YouTube who issued the following statement,
“We’ve decided to cancel the release of Scare PewDiePie Season 2 and we’re removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred.”
It was reported that anti-Semitic imagery was found in at least 9 videos.
3. Phaedra Parks Gets Fired From Real Housewives Of Atlanta
Phaedra Parks‘ is one of the many personalities that helped make The Real Housewives of Atlanta a successful television show, but we hope you weren’t too attached to checking her out on a regular basis because she was recently fired from the show.
Understandably that idea did not go over well, with an insider speaking out on the matter saying
“They were so disgusted with her. The entire cast and Andy agreed Phaedra would not be coming back next season. She dug her own grave. She’s considered a liability and will not be returning. Andy is upset.”
Who knew rape wasn’t a joke? Except you know, everybody.
2. Vincent D’Onofrio Misses On The Big-Screen And TV Screen
We’ve got a 1-2 punch for Vincent D’Onofrio. Unfortunately, he thought it was a smart idea to attach his name to the movie CHiPs but as you’re going to learn, it definitely was not and will definitely hurt his film career potential.
Which is too bad because he was also one of the lead roles on the television series Emerald City and as you can guess by how this blurb is going, the series was canceled recently after only one season.
Vincent will be teaming up with Bruce Willis for the 2017 movie Death Wish, but Willis also hasn’t had a positively reviewed movie in years (2014 to be exact), so perhaps don’t have the highest hopes there.
1. Dax Shepard Wrote, Directed, And Starred In CHiPs (Oops)
There is no doubt that a well made action buddy cop movie can be a great hit in Hollywood, in fact, the television series CHiPs was great. The 2017 movie, however, was far from it, scoring 16% on RottenTomatoes, barely making back its budget at the box office and perhaps putting the final nail in the coffin for Dax Shepard.
His past movie success has been suspect at best, but he also wrote and directed CHiPs which may make it all the harder to ignore. The big benefit of the movie is that at least Shepard cast his beautiful wife Kristen Bell in a role, but that clearly wasn’t enough to save it.
If you don’t see Dax in 2 years’ time, you’ll know why.