As the year comes to a close, 2017 will perhaps best be remembered as the year of scandal, since there have been a number of harassment cases that have finally surfaced and the people responsible have been punished in the eyes of the public. It has been a year that has seen a number of celebrities who were once looked up to fall far from grace as they were both fired from their long-term acting positions on TV series and found guilty in the court of public opinion.
While 2017 has been a rough year for a number of stars, it seems that there are many other stars who managed to avoid being fired this year, but could well face the same problems next year as the public continues to read about their exploits and then makes a point of demanding that they are removed from a position of power. It seems that some stars' careers are in much more danger than others.
Many stars have lost their job this year and their reputation has then followed suit. The following list looks at 8 stars who have been dismissed over the past 12 months and why they were given their marching orders, and 7 celebs who could lose their jobs if their exploits continue. Many of these stars have already seen the public talking about how they shouldn't still have a job that allows them to be close to the public.
15 Fired: Danny Masterson
Danny Masterson is perhaps best-known for his role as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, which was thought to have launched his career, but has most recently been seen as part of Netflix's exclusive show, The Ranch.
Masterson portrayed Jameson "Rooster" Bennett in the show until last week when it was reported that he has been fired from his position amid multiple allegations of assault. Writers and executives of the show made the decision to write him out and then begin planning the next season of the show without him. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that they had begun investigating the actor back in March after three women reported being abused by Masterson in the early 2000s. Masterson was said to have been "very disappointed" with the executive's decision since he has denied all of the allegations since day one.
14 Next: Charlie Heaton
Charlie Heaton made his acting debut back in 2015 but has recently become well-known for his portrayal of Jonathan Byers in Netflix's original show Stranger Things. Heaton has been one of the main stars of the past two seasons, but a recent incident at an airport could become a problem when it comes to reprising his role in season three.
Heaton was detained at a Los Angeles airport back in October after it was alleged that he was found in possession of drugs. It was then reported that because of this he was denied entry into the United States and put back on a plane to London but he was not arrested. It is unknown how long Heaton will be denied access to the United States following this incident or how it will affect his role in Stranger Things when season three begins filming, but it could have a much bigger impact than he first imagined.
13 Fired: Stacey Dash
Stacey Dash was a well-known actor following her role in 90s hit film Clueless alongside Alicia Silverstone before she decided to begin working for Fox News. Stacey had a number of controversial opinions throughout her time on the show, so much so that there were a number of viewers who were campaigning for her to be fired for most of her career.
The actress turned political pundit only lasted in her job for two years before for was fired by Fox News back in January, a move that was met by a huge amount of positive feedback on social media. She joined the show back in 2014 and throughout the past two years, she was suspended for swearing during a rant, and also expressed some of the most controversial views on Middle Eastern immigration and transgender rights, which could be why Fox News decided it was a good decision to let her go.
12 Next: Ali Michael
Ali Michael is a fashion model who is currently employed by Next Management. It seems that the 27-year-old made a huge mistake earlier this year when she made inappropriate comments about 14-year-old Finn Wolfhard on Instagram.
Finn has become one of the biggest breakout stars in 2017 after he made an impact in his roles as Mike on Stranger Things and Richie Tozier in the popular remake of IT. The model posted an Instagram update that read, "Not to be weird, but hit me up in 4 years," before tagging the child star in the message. She then faced a huge amount of abuse from critics who deemed her comments "disgusting and in poor taste," considering the current state of abuse in Hollywood. Many fans also pointed out how troubling it would be if the roles were reversed and it was a 27-year-old man making the comment to a 14-year-old girl. Michael was forced to come out and publicly apologize for the post before Finn himself claimed that it was "gross."
11 Fired: Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey has become a household name over the past few years, after starting out his acting career on stage back in the 1980s. While Spacey has been part of some big budget films over the past two decades, he has recently been seen as the main star of Netflix's political drama House of Cards.
Spacey was fired from his role on the show back in November when it was revealed that Spacey had been accused of making unwanted advances on 14-year-old Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp back in 1986. This was just the first of many claims that later came to light after Anthony came forward, one of which alleged that Spacey started a relationship with him when he was 14 years old and this then led to an attempted assault. As well as firing him from House of Cards, Netflix also confirmed that they were not moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was produced by and starred Spacey.
10 Next: Mayim Bialik
The news of the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein over the past year have taken over all of the headlines and while many celebrities have stepped forward to either accuse or support the star, it seems that Mayim Bialik may have made the wrong decision.
Mayim is best-known for portraying Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory and she often writes for the New York Times as well. She decided to write an essay about Weinstein entitled, "Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein's World," and it seems that it has received a huge amount of backlash. Mayim was accused of implying that only attractive women get s*xually harassed by many of her fans on social media, which forced her to step out and publicly apologize. Mayim is a popular star on the show but given the attention that this case has received in the media over the past few months, it would be wise for her to steer away from making any comments in the future.
9 Fired: Steve Whitmire
Steve Whitmire has been working for Disney for almost three decades as the actor behind Kermit The Frog. That all came to an end this year when it was revealed that the veteran had been dismissed from his position after "unacceptable business conduct."
Steve claimed that he was let go because he spoke up about the changes that were set to be made to his character and deemed that it wasn't what the creator Jim Henson would have wanted. Disney themselves countered this argument by stating that it was about how Whitmire conducted himself in the workplace. He was released by the company back in October after 27 years of being the voice of one of the most popular stars of The Muppets and is considered to be one of the most shocking dismissals of the past year, since he himself claimed that there were reports that he was set to be "honored for his contributions" to The Muppets over the years.
8 Next: Rich Swann
WWE superstar Rich Swann has made headlines over the past few days ever since it was reported that he was arrested for false imprisonment and battery. Swann was reported to have been in a car with his wife of nine months Su Yung at the time when an argument started between them. She got out of the car and walked away before he then followed her, put her in a headlock, and forced her back into the car.
WWE has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to domestic issues and Swann has already been "suspended indefinitely" from the company until the case is closed. The former Cruiserweight Champion won the chance to be part of the fatal four-way match to crown a new number one contender for the Championship on Raw a few weeks ago, but the company has since replaced him with Cedric Alexander, which means that the company has no reason to keep Swann moving forward.
7 Fired: Bruno Langley
Bruno Langley has portrayed the character of Todd Grimshaw on popular UK soap Coronation Street for the best part of almost two decades. In his early career, he was seen as a s*x symbol by many fans of the drama but it seems that this all came to an end earlier this year when Coronation Street bosses axed the star when reports came to light that he had assaulted a woman at a nightclub.
While the star openly denied all of the claims that had been made, ITV were left with little choice given the current attention that many scandals are receiving. Bruno had been at the club with a number of other stars when the incident was said to have occurred, but it seems that he was the only person who was named by the woman. The soap has been struggling to adapt to his departure since he was part of one of their main storylines, but they have since opted to write him out in a scene in which his friend claimed that he had left the country.
6 Next: Shemar Moore
Shemar Moore rose to fame following his role in The Young and The Restless as Malcolm Winters throughout the 1990s but has most recently been seen in Criminal Minds and S.W.A.T. It seems that Moore has a problem when it comes to always having to share his opinions online, something that got him into trouble after he stated that it was "karma" that his Criminal Minds co-star Thomas Gibson was fired back in 2016.
It would be fine if most of the headlines containing Moore's name were because of his acting resume, but it seems that the actor has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons and considering his role on S.W.A.T is still relatively new and only began earlier this year, he should probably think about keeping some of his opinions to himself moving forward if he doesn't want to be the next celebrity on the chopping block.
5 Fired: Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer became a well-known face on NBC News ever since he arrived back in the early 1990s. Over the past few years, he has been seen as one of the main faces of the show and reportedly signed a new contract back in 2016 that would have seen him remain with the company until 2018 with his reported salary around $20 million.
This didn't end up being the case since it was reported back in November that Lauer had been relieved of his duties at NBC News after an unidentified female employee had alleged that Lauer had harassed her throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. It was also claimed that this harassment had continued after they returned to the United States. When the news was revealed to the public as many as eight more women came forward with the same allegations about the former star, claiming that they had reported it to executives but their complaints had been ignored, which NBC News has since denied.
4 Next: Ed Westwick
Ed Westwick became a heartthrob to many teenage girls following his role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. Since the series came to an end a few years ago, Westwick has been working on a number of other projects, including his upcoming mini-series entitled Ordeal By Innocence.
Ed became the latest star in to be embroiled in assault claims after a fellow actress came forward and accused the Gossip Girl star of r*pe back in November. Westwick denied the claims but this first accusation then led to two more women stating that they had been assaulted by the star as well. Rachel Eck, Kristina Cohen and Aurélie Wynn all accused the star of misconduct, something that Ed has openly denied online. The investigation is still on-going but it could see Ed join a long line of actors who have lost their jobs over the past few months because of claims of this nature.
3 Fired: Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein is a well-known film producer who has been working in Hollywood with some of the biggest stars ever since the 1980s. Weinstein had something of a reputation before he was involved in one of the biggest scandals in the history of Hollywood.
More than 50 women have come forward and made allegations that Weinstein acted inappropriately towards them when they were working with him a number of years ago. It seems that the number of victims of the well-known star continues to grow, with many household names included in the list of women who have already accused him of these crimes. The likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd have all come forward to tell their stories about their encounters with Weinstein which could all be considered harassment, while a number of other women have accused the star of assault and r*pe. Following these accusations, Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company back in October.
2 Next: Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is one of the biggest stars that Hollywood has ever created. From his humble beginnings as Edward Scissorhands, to the star he has become all over the world as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean, it seems that Depp now has a huge fanbase backing him.
Given the stories floating around Hollywood right now and the fact that Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard recently accused the star of verbal and physical abuse throughout their relationship, Johnny could be the next actor to see his career suffer because of scandal. This has led many fans to campaign against Depp's involvement in Fantastic Beasts 2 because it's promoting the wrong message by having someone with those accusations hanging over them involved in a film that is aimed towards children. J.K. Rowling has backed her decision to allow Depp to reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the film, something that resulted in many fans sending her angry messages online.
1 Fired: Andy Dick
Andy Dick has been part of the entertainment business for almost three decades and has become well-known for his outlandish behaviour in the name of comedy. Despite this, it seems that he became another celebrity who was dismissed from his position earlier this year amid claims of s*xual harassment.
Dick was dropped from his role in Independent feature film Raising Buchanan when the reports of harassment and misconduct on set came to light. The actor himself denies the claims that he inappropriately touched anyone, but he has admitted that he may have kissed someone on the cheek and then licked them as he said goodbye, claiming "that's my thing." The 51-year-old also confirmed that he did make other advances when it comes to other people on set too. It is unknown where his career goes from here, but it is believed that his role in the film will be recast.