It’s difficult to determine what would make someone “deserve” the hard earned money that they make. Sure, famous people make names for themselves as leading characters in film and television, but just because a person gets a huge chunk of change for putting in work doesn’t mean they necessarily deserve to be rich. The people on this list have one thing in common: they have been or still are sitting in the lap of luxury. Some got their start in major roles that were respectable and others… well, let’s just say there’s a reality show catfight or a sex tape scene with their name on it.
It doesn’t take much nowadays for people to make a pretty penny. The Real Housewives series dishes out over $100,000 per episode while Teen Mom 2 ladies make about that per season. That means that a nobody can become a somebody in just one season of a show and they have a bank account filled with money that they don’t know what to do with. This causes these “stars” to think too much of themselves and think that they deserve to be paid more than they’re worth. Soon the novelty for viewers wears off and the public finds more entertainment watching them spiral out of control than in their shows. Unfortunately, when that happens they are still able to earn more money in an hour than most of us do in three months. How does that balance out in the universe? Unfairly. However, it’s just the way things work out, so we’ve put together a list of these washed up celebs who don’t deserve the stacks of cash they’re sitting on and whose careers are rounding expiration dates.
15. Brooke Hogan
Daughter of the legendary Hulk Hogan, Brooke has tried her hardest over the years to both take advantage of her father’s fame and step out of his shadow. She was featured on the reality show Hogan Knows Best along with her family, and while she was able to get her name and face out to the public, it didn’t do much to launch her career. Brooke tried dabbling in the music industry but that really didn’t stick either. However, she was able to try out anything and everything since she came from a famous family that was more than willing to provide her with the good life. Now that daddy Hulk won a $31 million settlement against Gawker for releasing portions of his sex tape, Brooke can do almost anything she wants. Brooke lost some favor with fans after an audio tape of Hulk using racist language surfaced and she defended his behavior, and since then she’s pretty much not been mentioned in the headlines. We don’t really know what she’s working on these days but at 28 she’s too young to have a career that’s already down the drain.
14. Kim Kardashian
Now, say what you want about Kim Kardashian but she has made a name for herself as a businesswoman to be reckoned with. That’s unarguable and you won’t find many people who will disagree with the fact that she’s a leading name in fashion, beauty, and overall branding…now. However, there are many who believe that Mrs. West is washed up and doesn’t deserve her riches because of how she gained her fame. We first knew her as Robert Kardashian’s daughter and then Paris Hilton’s sidekick, only to see her kick those two titles to the curb when she became Ray J’s bedroom buddy in the infamous sex tape that catapulted her career. Her “Momager” Kris Jenner has exploited that time in her daughter’s life ever since and the Kardashian-Jenner sisters have been become multi-millionaires. Kim isn’t without opportunity, but people do question what real skills she has besides being a pretty girl with a big butt who has a great manager- making some believe that she’s just a washed up chick with good representation.
13. Courtney Stodden
We were all first introduced to Courtney Stodden when she was just a 16-year-old girl married to her 50-year-old husband, Green Mile actor Doug Hutchison. Their relationship was a tabloid’s dream and while the two faced a mountain of scrutiny, the pair were able to capitalize off of the scandal. Courtney was even able to develop a modeling career out of it. The rich and famous Hollywood couple have had their bumps in the road since they burst onto the scene with news of their nuptials, and now six years later are said to be separated. We can’t say we didn’t see that one coming. The relationship seems to have kept Doug from getting hired in Hollywood-land and Courtney never really had any other novelty than being his wife, so it’ll be interesting to see how these two hold up if they do end up divorcing.
12. Kevin Federline
One of Hollywood’s infamous baby daddies, K. Fed, has made a professional career out of getting together with women and having them push out his kids. Back in the day he was just a struggling dancer in the industry who happened to date Moesha actress Shar Jackson for years. Then, while she was pregnant with their second child, he left Shar for Britney Spears– whom he was touring with. Those two ended up getting married and having a couple of sons of their own, but alas, even their pop star love couldn’t weather the storm. Their divorce settlement stated that Kevin would get $40,000 a month from Brit, making his life a pretty good come up from a struggling artist. Since splitting with the pop princess he’s moved on to new wife Victoria Prince, who he married back in 2013 and recently had two children with.
11. Dustin Diamond
He was the nerdy, awkward, and lovable Screech on Saved By The Bell, but somehow when Dustin Diamond grew out of the shadow of his beloved character, he became…well…a jerk. Remember when he was on Celebrity Fit Club and decided that being the ultimate reality show villain was something to aspire to? He pushed everyone’s buttons and faced off with the host for no reason, but it was obvious he was looking to rekindle the flame that had flickered out long ago.
Add onto that the sex tape and wanna-be adult film career in the early 2000s and it’s easy to say that he didn’t deserve the money he was getting from all of these projects. In 2009 he sold out his fellow Saved By The Bell castmates by releasing a tell-all book Behind The Bell where he accused them of being sex crazed drug addicts — an accusation he would later apologize for. In 2014 he found himself on the wrong side of the law when he stabbed a person in a bar in Wisconsin and was locked up behind bars. We haven’t heard from him in a few years so hopefully he will continue to fly under the radar.
10. Farrah Abraham
She’s the Teen Mom cast member who just doesn’t seem to know how to fade into the background. Farrah Abraham has made quite the profit off of her continued stint on the infamous MTV reality show, and the money train doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. She’s constantly in the headlines being criticized for how she’s raising her daughter, but she uses all of the negative publicity to her benefit. She cashed in on a slightly failed pop album and autobiography about her short-lived life, both before releasing her infamous Vivid Entertainment “adult” tape. According to Farrah she was paid $1.5 million to get naked and naughty; however other sources claim she bumped uglies for only $10,000. That’s a huge difference, but at 25 years old, this single mom doesn’t really have many more options to climb the fame ladder and is already considered a washed up celebrity.
9. The Human Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova
She might not have a household name, but the “Human Barbie” is certainly a celebrity. Ukranian model Valeria Lukyanova has spent much of her life dedicated to being the flesh-and-blood-version of the popular Mattel doll. It wasn’t long before her photos began to circulate online and people wanted to know more about the human doll with the skinny frame and fake breasts. She gained popularity worldwide, traveled the globe, was featured in a number of modeling shows, gained movie roles, and even had her own Vice documentary. As much as she’s been at the center of controversy over her teeny tiny shape, Valeria insists that the only plastic surgery she’s ever had is breast augmentation. Everything else about her, she says, is the product of hard work. And obviously a limited diet.
8. Amanda Bynes
As she’s probably considered one of Hollywood’s favorite trainwrecks, this list wouldn’t be complete without Amanda Bynes. She was so adorable on All That back in the 1990s and everyone just knew she had a career as a comedian laid out for her for the rest of her life. Then somewhere around 2012 the demise of Bynes began to rear its ugly head and accusations of drug abuse ran rampant. Others claimed she was suffering from mental health issues that contributed to her breakdown. For a few years her behavior suggested that there was something seriously wrong as she sported crazy wigs, bad makeup, strange fashion, and would send out messages on social media that showed she was having a public meltdown. She was arrested for a DUI, tried throwing a bong out of an apartment window, and started a fire that caused her to be placed on a psychiatric hold. We haven’t heard much of her lately, but to say her talent (and fortune) went to waste is an understatement.
7. Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson
We’re not here to make fun of children, but little pageant queen Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s career is almost over and she’s not even a teenager. The world fell in love with the outrageous beauty queen when she was featured on the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras and her family showed themselves to be the ideal source of entertainment so they were then awarded their own show. For years Honey Boo Boo and her kin were the center of all of our reality television dreams, but off camera drama became too much as people shifted from being fans to being concerned about this little girl’s welfare. Accusations that her mother, Mama June, was dating a child molester floated through headlines and fans turned into foes. Now 11, who knows how Honey Boo Boo’s career will unfold. Or if she will even have a career anymore in the entertainment business.
6. Andy Dick
Let’s ask ourselves an honest question: when was the last time we’ve heard Andy Dick’s name? That may actually be a good thing considering there was a certain point in time when we couldn’t stop seeing his indiscretions plastered all over the papers. He struggled with addiction for quite some time which, of course, caused him to act out in the worst of ways. He was arrested for sexual abuse, DUIs, disorderly conduct and he also faced a number of other accusations including theft. Meanwhile, he continued to book shows and do interviews as people hoped that his bad behavior would sell tickets and get views. Thankfully, over the years Andy has been able to get clean and sober which is why he’s probably not made as many headlines as he did during his wild days.
5. Brandi Glanville
Before we get started on this one, we have to admit that Brandi Glanville is the reality television star that we love to hate. It’s difficult not to feel sympathy for the woman when she found out that her husband Eddie Cibrian was having an affair at the same time that the rest of the world did- that being when photos of he and LeAnn Rimes were released. To add insult to injury, he then left her and their children after nine years in order to marry LeAnn, who also left her husband for Eddie. However, Brandi has made a living off of being a reality TV villain who likes to get drunk and stir the pot, sometimes shooting out insults and negativity. She got paid those big bucks from Bravo TV on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (some places reporting a whopping $200,000 for her last episode!) and continues to succeed with her Brandi Glanville Unfiltered podcast. Maybe having all that money makes Brandi a mean girl, or maybe a mean girl just makes her the big bucks.
4. Tila Tequila
Will she just retire from life already?! People are still wondering how and why the character of Tila Tequila ever became famous, but if we want to take a walk down memory lane, you’d have to blame both MySpace and MTV. Model Tila Nguyen got her start on the old social media site and soon became an internet sensation. It didn’t take long for her to capitalize off of her fame with not just one, but two dating reality shows with her Shot at Love With Tila Tequila series. After that it looked as if the money and popularity got the best of her because she engaged in a number of strange behaviors that kept the police visiting her front door. Sex tapes were released by Vivid Entertainment and she continued with her faltering music career, but lately she’s angered the public now that she’s become a white supremacist/Nazi sympathizer and has made anti-Semitic remarks and photos that she shares on social media. All that money that she made could’ve been used better as toilet paper.
3. Kim Zolciak
She may have started off on The Real Housewives of Atlanta but that doesn’t mean that Kim Zolciak was married. She was introduced to the world as being the side piece to a mystery man named “Big Papa” who was rumored to have had a wife and kids at the time. After years of ridicule for being a mistress while appearing on a show about housewives, Kim has found a family unit of her own that makes her happy. She may be living a pampered mama lifestyle now, but it’s hard for people to shake those images of her bragging and boasting about getting all the finer things in life from a man that was basically her sugar daddy. Now she’s a football wife and married to Kroy Biermann who spoils not only Kim, but their brood of six kids as well.
2. Spencer Pratt And Heidi Montag
The Montags were the most hated couple on The Hills and for very good reasons. Spencer was a bratty, entitled guy who was downright insulting…and that’s putting things nicely. Some scenes were just hard to watch and people couldn’t believe that Heidi was going to stand by her borderline emotionally abusive man. The two went on to get married and Heidi reshaped herself into a different person with nearly two dozen plastic surgeries. After The Hills was canceled in 2010 the Montags did what they could to keep up the fame and make sure their “Speidi” image wasn’t forgotten. It has been, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t cash in from time to time and say that they do at least one reality show every year. It’s a hard knock life, especially considering they live rent free in a family member’s rental property.
1. Lindsay Lohan
The number one spot could only go to Lindsay Lohan! She went from being that sweet smiling ginger in The Parent Trap to the shy girl in the cult classic Mean Girls, and then… adulthood happened and she lost her mind. She pulled a Marilyn Monroe and lived in the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip for a while (before she was kicked out) and had stints in rehab, one after another. Then came the DUI arrests and charges of cocaine possession. Somehow the job offers kept coming in and the actress still had a fat bank account that allowed her to act out almost daily. She spent 14 days in jail for violating her probation and missing a court date. She would later be assigned 480 hours of community service for violating her probation stemming from her 2007 DUI. She even hit a guy with her car outside of a club in 2012 — and that was just the tip of the iceberg. The spiral has just continued and if there’s anyone who doesn’t deserve their fortune at this point, no one tops L.L.
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