Celebrities can achieve overnight success, as well as ruin their own career in a matter of minutes. Take a look at these 20 celebrities who destroyed their prospects and have no one else to blame but themselves!
1. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey's credibility was called into question when she lip-synched on the 2016 New Year's Rockin' Eve show in Times Square. Mariah Carey didn't deny her lip-synch by saying: "It happens." That attitude enraged her fans, who believed that it was deceptive and irresponsible.
2. Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis was undoubtedly the pioneer of rock and roll, but his private life was like a timebomb for his career. When his secret marriage with his first cousin once removed was revealed, his popularity plummeted, and his income dropped from $10,000 a night to a mere $250.
3. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan, one of the biggest names in wrestling, got himself into many troubles, but none of them was as severe as his attitude towards different ethnicities. Hogan's inappropriate remarks about the man his daughter was dating enraged the public and caused him to be removed from all WWE events since 2015.
4. Michael Jackson
When Michael Jackson was first accused of sexual harassment in December 2003, he fell from the pedestal. Since then, both his reputation and his career have suffered. Had he lived, he could have faced up to 20 years in prison on the charges that he faced.
5. Charlie Sheen
What brought down Charlie Sheen was his admission in 2015 that he was HIV positive. He was then accused of failing to tell more than 200 female sexual partners the truth. Although he claimed otherwise, there was no way for people to believe his word.
6. Jennifer Grey
The biggest mistake Jennifer Grey has ever made was getting a nose job done. The Dirty Dancing actress later claimed that she regretted doing her nose job because she was unrecognizable, and it was difficult for her to land a role in new films.
7. R. Kelly
Once the king of R&B and Pop-Soul, R Kelly lost all his endorsements because of his crimes. In 2002, Kelly was indicted on numerous child pornography and sexual abuse charges. Although he denied all the charges, he was sent to prison in 2021, when the evidence proved conclusive.
8. Janet Jackson
It was more an accident than a destructive event for Janet Jackson, but it did cast a shadow over her career. During the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004, Justin Timberlake ripped off the top portion of Jackson's bustier. Nowadays people call it "Nipplegate."
9. Paula Deen
Home cooking mogul Paula Deen met her downfall when she uttered outspoken racial slurs in 2013. She showed not even the slightest compunction for her behavior, but was shocked that people felt offended by her words.
10. Chris Brown
Chris Brown was once one of the world's best-selling music artists until things went down in 2009. Brown was taken in by the police for hurting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, and soon his music and himself were withdrawn from radio stations and public appearances.
11. Amanda Bynes
Child actress Amanda Bynes was twice arrested with a DUI, one for hitting a police officer and the other for illegal smoking. She was later well known for struggling with mental health issues, and her acting career almost stopped entirely.
12. Mary J. Blige
No one can question Mary Blige's professional competence, but things turned sour when it comes to her Burger King commercial. The sight of a black woman espousing the virtues of fried chicken made fans feel that she was reinforcing the racial stereotypes that African Americans love fried chicken.
13. Boy George
Among all singer Boy George's legal troubles, people well remembered his case in 2008. He was convicted for handcuffing and whipping a male escort in his hotel in London. George was sentenced 15 months in jail and showed no regrets.
14. Robin Thicke
Well-known singer Robin Thicke received negative reactions after cooperating with Miley Cyrus to perform Blurred Lines at the MTV Music Video Awards. Thicke tried to put all the blame on Cyrus, but he can hardly absolve himself from it.
15. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is highly respected as a rapper, and his ability is beyond question. However, in "Karate Split", a lyric about Emmett Till caused a lot of controversy. The public claimed that he should not have made a joke about the death of the black teen. He has removed the song from the airwaves and lost his Pepsi sponsor.
16. Michael Richards
Once a "Seinfeld" star, Michael Richards ruined his career on a stand-up show by harassing a black man and spreading racist slurs. Though he said he broke down after the performance and was ashamed of himself, there's no second chance for him.
17. Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez, tight end for the New England Patriots, never had an easy life. The murder of Odin Lloyd sent him straight to hell in 2013. After 4 years in prison, Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell.
18. Anthony Fantano
Anthony Fantano, a pioneering music critic on YouTube, could have sustained his success with his The Needle Drop channel. However, after his 4chan style content angered feminists and Fantano deleted his channel losing 400,000 subs in the process.
19. Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar is best known for the reality shows 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. However, he was accused of sexually harassing five girls in 2015, and since then, the show has been canceled, and Duggar has become a former reality star.
20. Logan Paul
Logan Paul could have continued to be a famous YouTuber, but his career ended when he posted his videos from Japan's "Suicide Forest." His disrespect and racism towards the dead in the video brought him a storm of abuse and led to the suspension of all advertising revenue.