Let's face it, everyone makes mistakes - but when you're a celebrity those mistakes, no matter how minor or major they are, can completely destroy your career. Since celebs are constantly in the public eye, even mistakes that are made in their personal lives can have detrimental effects on their professional lives. This is why it's imperative that celebs have entire teams of agents, managers, assistants, publicists, lawyers, etc.. to ensure that mistakes are kept to a minimum. After all, one poor decision has the ability to turn an A-list star into a Z-list has-been (very quickly). Here are the 12 most monumental career mistakes celebs have ever made.
12 Chris Brown – Felony Assault
With two multi-platinum selling albums, several number one singles, and R&B princess Rihanna as his girlfriend, Chris Brown was at the height of his career in 2009. An argument that escalated into a physical altercation on the night of February 8, 2009 between Chris and Rihanna changed everything for the young star. He was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats. Following his arrest, Brown’s music was withdrawn from multiple radio stations and advertisements. Since then, Chris has had a slew of legal troubles and his albums Graffiti (2009), F.A.M.E. (2011) and Fortune (2012) never reached platinum status.
11 Kanye West - Interrupting Taylor Swift
At the 2009 VMA's, Kanye West created one of the most infamous moments in award show history when he stormed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video. He grabbed the mic from her and declared, "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." Afterwards, Kanye was criticized for his actions by fans, celebrities, and even President Obama who called him a 'jackass'' and his tour with Lady Gaga was cancelled. Fast forward six years later, he was booed from the crowd throughout his own performance at the 2015 VMAs. Although, he is an extremely talented artist to this day his career has been defined by that moment.
10 Chris O'Donnell - A Titanic Mistake
Titanic is a classic, critically-acclaimed film and one of the most beloved love stories of all time. It's responsible for launching the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, turning both of them into household names and cementing them as A-list stars. It's hard to picture anyone else playing the role of Jack, but Chris O'Donnell was originally offered the role. Chris turned down the role, opting for the role of Robin in the 1997 box office flop Batman & Robin. Although, Chris has had a somewhat steady career in the industry, his stardom in no way compares to Leo's.
9 John Mayer - TMI
In the early 2000's, John Mayer was well-known for his acoustic rock music that was both critically-acclaimed and commercially successful. With hits like 'Your Body is a Wonderland', 'Waiting on the World to Change', and 'Daughter's', Mayer seemed like a sensitive musician. However, that image was destroyed when he did an interview with Playboy Magazine in 2010 and revealed TMI about his sexual preferences and past relationships with Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston. He revealed that sex with Simpson was "like sexual napalm" and when asked if black girls throw themselves at him, Mayer responded, "My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist." His remarks were widely described as tactless and tasteless. Since the interview was released, the world hasn't heard much of John Mayer.
8 Jennifer Grey - Plastic Surgery
7 Mel Gibson - Racist, Drunken Rant
6 Sarah Michelle Gellar - Clueless
5 Josh Hartnett Turned Down Superman
In the early 2000's, Josh Hartnett was Hollywood's "it" boy, starring in films like Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor and 30 Days of Night. However, these days his career isn't what it used to be and perhaps that had to do with a few decisions he made. After several box office hits, the offers were pouring in. Hartnett was offered the role of Spiderman, Batman and Superman, but he turned all of them down because he thought those types of roles would define his career. Then he decided to take 18 months off from Hollywood and go home and spend time with friends and family. When he returned, the offers weren't coming in anymore and he had become old news. Since his return to Hollywood, he's appeared in some indie films and he stars in the Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful - but his star power and film career isn't what it used to be.
4 OJ Simpson - Trial
Despite the fact that O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of ex-wife, Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman, his career was destroyed in the process and has never recovered. The courts may have found him innocent, but in the public's eye he was guilty. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for crimes he committed in 2007 which included armed robbery and kidnapping - so it doesn't look like he'll be having a career comeback anytime soon.
3 Bill Cosby - Sexual Assault Allegations
2 Justin Bieber - Acting Like a D-Bag
1 Jamie Lynn Spears - Teen Pregnancy
From 2005 t0 2008, Jamie Lynn Spears starred on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom, Zoey 101. Jamie, sister of pop princess, Britney Spears had the whole world at her feet and a promising career ahead of her. Following in her sister's footsteps, she even sang the show's theme song 'Follow Me.' However, in 2007, at the age of sixteen, Jamie announced that she was pregnant and Zoey 101 was cancelled shortly after. In 2013, she attempted to relaunch her career as a country music artist, but her album barely cracked the Billboard 200 list.