It’s easy to admire people in the public eye. Whether it’s our favorite musician, a top athlete, or a movie star, there’s lots to like when it comes to super-talented people. However, when these people fall from grace, it can be extra disappointing. Recently, Redditors discussed the celebrities they admired but no longer do. From scandals and rumors to actual crimes, some information really changes how you view a person. Check out the celebrities that people no longer admire!
For years, actress Lea Michele was seen as the precocious kid from Glee. Her famous fictional character, Rachel Berry, seemed to be pretty close to the real-life actress. The acting, singing, dancing star got her start on Broadway.
For a while, there were rumors about Lea Michele being demanding and difficult to work with. However, the truth came out in 2020 when her former co-star Samantha Ware accused her of racism on set. Other cast members agreed, and the actress lost sponsorship deals.
If we’re talking about celebrity falls from grace, the case of Oscar Pistorius is a huge one. The South African double-amputee was an Olympic and Paralympic star and the first to win a non-disabled track medal.
However, one year after the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The world’s media went wild, and the court case was all over the media. Eventually, the former athlete was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Similarly, Armie Hammer was a much-admired actor that starred in films like The Social Network and Call Me by Your Name. Part of an American dynasty, the star enjoyed a successful career over many years. However, in 2021, the star lost a wealth of fans and work due to allegations of cannibalism.
That’s right — several women stepped forward to allege various types of abuse at the hands of Armie Hammer. As a result, he was dropped by his agent and publicist, and he lost several upcoming projects.
She was the internet’s darling, so perhaps it was inevitable it would all come to a crashing halt. TV personality and model Chrissy Teigen was one of Twitter’s foremost voices, with a huge following. However, in 2021, TV personality Courtney Stodden accused the star of cyberbullying.
Indeed, Stodden had the receipts and exposed Teigen as a vicious bully. After that, more reality TV personalities stepped forward with their own evidence. Since then, Chrissy has apologized, and spoken about being supposedly “canceled.”
It’s hard to overstate just how celebrated Kanye West was when he released his first album. The rapper had a unique voice, and mixed gospel music with lyrics about race and alienation. There’s a reason many people claim the guy is an artist, and someone who’s made a huge contribution to music.
However, Kanye West also says absurd and offensive things, leading to many fans no longer admiring him. Famously, during an episode at TMZ, the rapper claimed that slavery was a choice. Recently, he’s also made several antisemitic remarks which have people questioning if they should still listen to his music.
This list is chock full of celebrities with extremely shocking personal lives. Up next is Alison Mack, known for playing Chloe on Smallville. The actress attended a women’s group in 2006 that led her to join organization NXIVM, which was later revealed to be a cult.
Along with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, Mack recruited participants and oversaw abusive practices. Ultimately, Alison Mack was sentenced to three years in prison and charged with trafficking, racketeering, and forced labor.
As big fans of Desperate Housewives, we always saw actress Felicity Huffman as similar to her fictional character, Lynette Scavo. We could imagine her as a mom and wife, and as someone ambitious and independent. Plus, Huffman was an award winner! She was worthy of admiration.
Alas, in 2019 Felicity Huffman was implicated in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. In other words, she paid to get her kids into good colleges by cheating SATs. She was sentenced to two weeks in prison.
For decades, comedian and actor Bill Cosby was described as “America’s Dad.” He had groundbreaking roles, won numerous awards, and was a loving father of five. His sitcom, The Cosby Show, was the highest-rated show in the USA. It also led to multiple much-loved spin-offs.
In 2014, numerous allegations of assault poured in against the star. When the #Me Too movement hit in 2018, people started paying attention. Despite Cosby eventually being released from prison on a technicality, many have lost all admiration for him.
As a child star, actor Shia LaBeouf also spent many years cultivating his fans. We watched him on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens, then watched as he graduated to grown-up roles in the Transformers franchise. Heck, we even liked his weird performance art.
Shia LaBeouf does have a history of substance abuse, and several run-ins with the police because of this. In 2020, his ex-girlfriend — singer FKA Twigs — sued him for assault and battery. He has since taken a break to receive treatment.
Who could have predicted that Tom Cruise’s life would have turned out this way? The guy is a top-action star who does his own amazing stunts. He’s been in countless iconic movies, and starred alongside a host of amazing performers. He has so much going for him! And yet…
As most people know, Tom Cruise is massively into The Church of Scientology. As a result, TC has spouted some controversial views. People also lost admiration for the star because of his treatment of his ex-wives. Team Katie!
There’s no doubt that Lostprophets fans had a hard time dealing with the actions of lead singer Ian Watkins. Or rather, they all immediately stopped admiring him in any way because of his terrible crimes. The Welsh musician was charged in 2013 with a series of horrific offenses relating to young children.
Ian Watkins pleaded guilty, though later described his crimes as “mega lolz.” He was sentenced to 29 years in prison, and considered an extremely dangerous offender.
For a while, there’s been a bit of online murmuring about Jared Leto. On the one hand, he has plenty of fans from his time with 30 Seconds to Mars, or from his many movie roles. On the other, he’s a method actor that often goes too far and seems rather pretentious.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, the star seemed to find out about it much later than the rest of us. Why? Because he was at a silent meditation in the desert of course.
Unfortunately, many men on this list have committed horrible crimes against women. It’s disappointing that this behavior is so common, and that it can go unchecked in the entertainment industry for so long.
TV host Charlie Rose was on our screens for decades. Just like Bill Cosby, it was later revealed that he was continually harassing and assaulting women. Multiple women that worked for Rose came forward about their experiences. The journalist was suspended, and his show’s distribution canceled.
Likewise, once admired celebrity chef Mario Batali was faced with the consequences of his actions in 2019. The American chef owned multiple restaurants across the country and was a staple on the Food Network. But behind the scenes, he too was harassing women.
Again, multiple women came forward to speak about their experiences. In response, Mario Batali closed all of his restaurants or surrendered ownership. Then, in 2019, he was charged with assault and battery. Not much to be admired there.
For many years, Sharon Osbourne was seen as a savvy manager and businesswoman. The England-born TV personality first appeared on her family’s reality series, then appeared as a judge on several talent shows. Landing her own talk show along the way, Sharon eventually ended up on CBS talk show The Talk.
But, it seems that Sharon Osbourne was actually hiding some pretty nasty views. In 2021, she was fired from The Talk for disrespectful behavior and making racist comments.
For many years, people viewed Kevin Spacey as an extremely talented actor. He had starred in many acclaimed movies, and was fronting a new series on Netflix. However, in 2017, someone revealed that the actor had assaulted them when they were just 14 years old.
Kevin Spacey made things much worse for himself in his response to these allegations. He used the opportunity to come out as gay, which caused even more outrage. He also commented that he didn’t remember the incident.
We are still seething over Louis C.K. and we doubt we’ll ever stop. The comedian and actor was much admired for and framed himself as a feminist. His routines would refer to how difficult it was to be a woman, especially in our society.
It was eventually revealed that the comic was a predator himself. Multiple women came forward with details about his actions, and he was revealed for what he really is. Though he has attempted a comeback, Louis C.K. gets no admiration from us.
And of course, the same stands for R. Kelly. Despite the musician being accused of terrible crimes early in his career, somehow he managed to get out ahead of them. For years, people have sung along to “Remix” or “I Believe I Can Fly” without totally acknowledging who wrote and recorded them.
Now, finally, R. Kelly is behind bars. He’s been overseeing a cult targeting young black women for decades now, using his power and celebrity to commit horrific crimes.
It’s pretty alarming that so many celebrity men have been involved in crimes against women. We know this is too common in general, but perhaps adding fame and money makes people all the more likely to abuse their power. Actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson was once admired as Hyde in That ‘70s Show.
Now, he’s been revealed as a predatory criminal. In 2020, the actor was charged with four allegations of assault against women. On his way to one of the hearings, the star insensitively posted a selfie online (pictured).
For the life of us, we can’t understand how Chris Brown still has a career. It’s widely known that he beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, and has been accused of the same since. The star was arrested in 2013 for assault and is barred from entering the UK, Australia, or New Zealand.
Incredibly, people, Chris Brown is still admired by some. Just recently, singer Lizzo faced backlash when a video of her was released telling Brown he was her ‘favorite person.” Wow.
Some people automatically view billionaires as worthy of admiration. After all, they’ve amassed so much wealth that they must have done something worthwhile, right? In reality, the opposite is often true. Elon Musk has repeatedly violated labor laws and exploited his workers.
The Tesla founder was also ridiculously unhelpful during the Tham Luang cave rescue mission, and has voiced all sorts of outlandish views. He spread misinformation during global lockdowns, violated laws, and donated the wrong equipment to hospitals.
Speaking of misinformation, actress Gwyneth Paltrow is also guilty of spreading it. The Oscar-winning actress founding lifestyle brand Goop back in 2008 and has faced backlash for promoting pseudoscience. Over the years, Goop has encouraged their customers to insert jade eggs, get body parts steamed, and wear stickers to “rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies.”
Shamefully, the company landed a Netflix series in 2020, which also spread misinformation. Since then, a company has filed a complaint against them for deceptive marketing.
With huge fame comes huge amounts of power and attention. Sadly, what some celebrities choose to do with that power is shameful. YouTuber James Charles became the first-ever male face of CoverGirl and branched out into creating his own cosmetics.
In 2021, it was revealed that the star had been grooming two underage boys. As a result, he was dropped by Morphe and temporarily demonetized on YouTube. On top of that, he’s been accused of overworking and underpaying his employees.
Since we’re talking about mistreating employees, how could we neglect to mention Ellen DeGeneres? The actress, comedian, and talk show host spent years building a brand all about being kind. Literally, her show’s slogan was, “Be kind to one another.” Apparently, it wasn’t so kind behind the scenes.
In 2020, multiple former employees came forward accusing the show of being a toxic work environment. Ellen and senior producers were also accused of racism and harassment. Unsurprisingly, she isn’t admired by many anymore.
Here’s another billionaire that turned out to be pretty rotten. Elizabeth Holmes was admired as the youngest and richest self-made female billionaire ever. But, just one year later, she was revealed to be a fraud. The businesswoman claimed her company had developed revolutionary blood-testing technology. In reality, she had misled investors and the US government.
Elizabeth Holmes’ case started in August 2021 and she faces up to 20 years in prison. Her then-boyfriend and COO of the company, Ramesh Balwani, also faces charges.
Philip McGraw, better known as TV’s Dr. Phil, became famous on The Oprah Winfrey Show before landing his own show in 2002. On the face of it, it looks like the formerly licensed clinical psychologist wants to help people on his show, but does he really?
Dr. Phil has faced lots of scandals over the years, including when he visited Britney Spears in hospital and released information. There have also been serious abuse allegations about the ranch he sends patients to.
He was a true hero for many — one of the greatest golfers of all time, and one of the most famous athletes ever. At his peak, Tiger Woods didn’t even seem human. It goes without saying that he was admired by millions.
But then, in 2009, the golfer was forced to admit to multiple infidelities. Ultimately, over a dozen women came forward saying they were in affairs with the star. As a result, he lost a huge amount of partnerships, worth billions of dollars.
She was the wacky wig-wearing singer of “Chandelier,” but now Sia is the creator of an extremely offensive movie. For a while, people admired the singer’s attempts to stay out of the spotlight. Covering her face to check out of celebrity culture? We can get behind that.
Unfortunately, the singer’s movie Music cast the neurotypical actress Maddie Ziegler rather than an autistic person. It also shows dangerous practices, clichés about autism, and a racially stereotyped character. Big thumbs down.
Now, here’s a minefield. Across the globe, the King of Pop was celebrated and emulated. He was the height of cool and at the forefront of fashion, music, and dance. He was MJ for goodness sake!
The star found himself in court in the noughties over accusations of child abuse. Though he was acquitted of the charges, many more have cropped up over the years. Now, Michael Jackson isn’t an admirable figure. Many now see him as the predator he was.
He was once referred to as JoePa and celebrated as the most victorious coach in NCAA football history. However, Joe Paterno lost his sheen in 2011 when Penn State fired him from his post as head coach.
It turned out that Joe Paterno’s longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, had been abusing children for decades. An FBI report claimed that the once-admired coach concealed information about his colleague’s actions and didn’t report an incident to the police. He passed away shortly after being fired.
We’ll never get tired of talking about Hilaria Baldwin and her quest to be seen as Spanish. The Boston-born yoga instructor married Alec Baldwin in 2012, and accumulated lots of fans. Often speaking in a “Spanish” accent, Hilaria’s agent listed her birthplace as Mallorca, and she was on the cover of ¡Hola! magazine.
Alas Hilaria — or Hillary, her birth name — isn’t Spanish at all. Former classmates claim she darkens her skin and hair in order to look Latina. She says she’s culturally “fluid.”
A real staple in the ‘80s and ‘90s, actress and comedian Roseanne Barr was on televisions across the country. She’s won an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and made many of us laugh. But, when Barr’s show was rebooted in 2018, it was quickly canceled when she posted a racist tweet.
The actress and comedian has also tweeted various conspiracy theories, particularly in relation to high-profile gun crime cases. Ultimately, ABC rebooted her show without her.
Many people admired Joss Whedon, especially for his female-centered shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He also wrote hit movies, including Toy Story and The Avengers movies. What a shame then that he’s actually horrible.
Lots of Buffy stars came forward with accusations of a toxic workplace. Actors Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa also called the director “gross, abusive” and “unprofessional.” Joss Whedon threatened Gal Gadot’s career and bragged about making writers cry. His ex-wife confirmed he was a cheating jerk.
Speaking of jerks, we’ve got another! We once thought that actor Mel Gibson was a true Hollywood star. He was in hit movies, he made megabucks, you know…the usual story. Unfortunately the usual story in Hollywood is that rich, powerful men are egotistical and dangerous.
The Academy Award-winning actor and director has actually been making bigoted comments for years. He’s been caught making anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist, and misogynist statements. His former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, accused him of domestic violence.
Actor Scott Baio has been in loads of high-profile roles. He was Chachi on Happy Days, the lead character in Charles in Charge, and Bugsy Malone himself! Despite being lots of people’s favorite characters growing up, Scott Baio is no longer admired by anyone.
In 2018, the actor’s former costar Nicole Eggert accused him of inappropriate behavior when she was underage. Later, another former colleague, Alexander Polinsky, accused him of abuse and assault. He has also spread offensive conspiracy theories.
We’ve mentioned actress Felicity Huffman but she wasn’t the only famous face involved in Operation Varsity Blues. Actress Lori Loughlin was also implicated for using bribes to get her daughters into college. Worse still, she pretended her kids were athletic rowers when they had never even trained in the sport.
Her daughters, including YouTuber Olivia Jade, were allowed to stay enrolled at the University of Southern California. The star was sentenced to two months behind bars in 2020. She was released in 2021.
At one stage, many of us have worn a brightly colored Livestrong bracelet. They were all the rage back when we all admired Lance Armstrong as a record-breaking cyclist. The athlete won the Tour de France a massive seven times, and started his own charity.
It turned out Lance Armstrong hadn’t fairly won any of his medals, so he was stripped of them all. In a huge doping investigation, it was discovered that he was the ringleader of a sophisticated operation.
Here’s the second Glee cast member on our list. At one point, fans admired actor Mark Salling for playing the singing bad boy on the musical show. In real life, he dated co-star Naya Rivera and was an enthusiastic bird watcher (yes really).
Unfortunately, it was later discovered that Mark Salling was abusive and in possession of tens of thousands of troubling images. He was removed from an upcoming movie project and eventually pleaded guilty. He died by suicide in 2018.
She was one of the Food Network’s biggest stars. Paula Deen was a Southern cooking queen for many years, appearing on TV, writing books, and running restaurants. It all came crumbling down when employees accused her of racist discrimination.
It turned out the famous chef used racial slurs and considered a “plantation-style” wedding with black servers. In 2015, images of the star and her son dressed in brownface emerged, causing more controversy. Thankfully, Deen lost a host of sponsorship deals.
Much like Ellen DeGeneres, there have been rumors for years about James Corden. Again like Ellen, voices from within the industry have called the English host rude, arrogant, and unpleasant to work with. Indeed, in one clip with Jimmy Kimmel, he couldn’t name two of his own camera operators.
The actor also played a gay character in musical The Prom and was criticized for using stereotypes. Hospitality workers have also confirmed that the star is rude and entitled with staff.
Irish-born MMA fighter Conor McGregor has been a household name since 2008. In fact, he’s the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history! Despite his popularity over the years, though, Conor has begun to make headlines for matters other than his career.
From sucker-punching an old man at a pub to mocking his rival’s recently deceased father, we’re honestly not at all surprised that people are beginning to lose admiration for the 33-year-old fighter. We’d call him a champion, but that’s not really champion-like behavior.
Andy Dick is an American comedian that’s known for holding very little back and for his outlandish behavior, of course. Although he has built up a pretty loyal fanbase over the years, people seem to be having trouble supporting the 55-year-old’s actions.
Who can blame them? After learning that Andy has been charged and arrested on multiple occasions for misconduct and harassment, it’s hard to stand in the guy’s corner. Not so admirable, if you ask us.
We’re not going to lie — it hurts us to even include this one on the list. After all, we’ve loved J.Lo ever since we could remember. Still, sometimes there’s more than what meets the eye. According to one Reddit user, their friend waited on Jenny at a restaurant way back when.
Not only did she demand that someone run to the store to get the kind of bottled water that she liked, but she also complained left and right. The worst part? She didn’t tip the waiter a single cent after camping out at the restaurant for three hours.
Listen, as much as we loved the original Saved by the Bell as kids, we can’t say the same about AC Slater’s Mario Lopez. Aside from the fact that he’s cheated on more than one of his partners, he also severely injured one Reddit user whilst they were practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at their local gym.
Rather than coming to the guy’s aid or even apologizing, Mario allegedly walked away with no remorse. As the Reddit user said, “It takes a special kind of human to lack that much empathy…”
Born and raised in Illinois, Jenny McCarthy is an actress and model that first rose to prominence after her first Playboy photoshoot. Unfortunately, the blonde bombshell now makes headlines for different reasons…
Over the years, McCarthy has written several books about parenting. In the process, the 48-year-old has promoted the disproven idea that vaccines cause autism. Furthermore, she believes that chelation therapy, a home remedy for autism, helped cure her son of autism. Naturally, these outspoken views have been met with much criticism and controversy.
This isn’t the first YouTuber to have made the list. YouTube star Craig Thompson began making videos as a 10-year-old. His Mini Ladd channel had 5.74 million subscribers, while another 1.13 million followed his updates as Craig Thompson.
And although life seemed to be smooth-sailing for the Irish-English streamer, allegations were made against him during summer 2020. Two women stated that the internet star had used his popularity to solicit inappropriate pictures from underage fans. Gross!
Born Brian Hugh Warner, Marilyn Manson has been known for his controversial stage personality and image since he first entered the industry in 1989. It turns out, though, that he’s actually a lot more controversial than his music.
During September 2020, several of Manson’s former acquaintances began communicating with each other. Then, on February 1st, former fiancée Evan Rachel Wood accused him of abuse. Following those allegations, multiple other women came forward via Instagram. It wasn’t long before he was dropped by his record label, talent agency, and long-time manager.
After appearing on a series of kids’ shows, Demi Lovato rose to prominence for their portrayal as Mitchie Torres in Camp Rock and its sequel. Over the years, there’s no doubt that Lovato has become an advocate for many issues, using their voice and platform to raise awareness.
And although people seemed to appreciate their passion, Lovato ended up facing serious backlash when they posted a story calling out a frozen yogurt shop for promoting ‘diet culture’. They later apologized but it seems as though some people feel that it’s too little too late.
Roman Polanski is a Polish-French director — and a talented one at that! He also happens to be a fugitive from the US criminal justice system, having fled the country back in the late ’70s. There’s no doubt that Polanski’s films have made an impact on the entertainment industry.
Still, we’d be lying if we said that his success wasn’t outshined by his arrest and charge for narcotizing and assaulting a 13-year-old girl. After learning that the judge planned to reject his plea deal and impose a prison term, Polanski fled to Paris where he has remained ever since.
Apple chairman and co-founder Steve Jobs was a pioneer in the computer industry and so, it comes as no surprise that his name is known by all. But, even the highest-looked-upon people have a dark side.
For some time now, we’ve all known that Jobs initially denied paternity to his eldest daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs. He didn’t start paying child support until a court ordered him to start payments. According to Lisa’s memoir, he rarely saw her as a young child and emotionally tormented her as a teen when she moved in with him.
Bill Murray first rose to prominence in the ’70s as one of the leading cast members on Saturday Night Live. From then on, Murray’s career continued to soar to new heights as he landed starring roles in tons of films including Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day among several other box-office hits.
So, it goes without saying that the star is beloved by many — or rather, was. When the truth came out that he allegedly beat his ex-wife during their marriage, and that he tormented Luci Liu on the set of Charlie’s Angels, Murray’s fanbase undeniably declined.
For years now, Beyoncé has dominated the entertainment industry. As one of the world’s best-selling recording artists, it’s evident that Queen B has had an impact on people across the globe — in both positive and negative ways.
Many look up to her as a role model and empowered feminist, meanwhile, the superstar’s Ivy Park clothing company only pays 64 cents an hour to the female workers that make the clothes in Sri Lankan sweatshops. According to reports, these women deal with tragic living and working conditions. We’re disappointed, Bey.
Oh, Tyra Banks… where do we even start? If you’ve watched even one season of America’s Next Top Model, then there’s a good chance you lost respect for the model a long time ago. She may have taken the modeling and entertainment industry by storm — becoming a progressive “girl boss” in her own right — but so has her temper and condescending attitude.
Over the years, the TV personality has faced serious backlash for her treatment of aspiring models and some tactics employed by the show. Some former fans have even gone as far as calling her a bully.
Canadian-born Drake first gained recognition as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation. From there, Drake subsequently pursued a career in music, which was obviously a good move considering that he basically became an overnight rap sensation.
Still, even he has skeletons in his closet. When it was initially revealed that he and actress Millie Bobbie Brown are pals, fans found it endearing. However, after they realized that the two frequently text, their tune changed a tad. In fact, some find it extremely bizarre being that he’s 35 years old, while she’s only 17.
Dubbed the “Queen of Peak TV” by Vulture, Elisabeth Moss is a critically-acclaimed actress who first gained recognition in the ’90s political drama The West Wing. She then reached a wider audience as Peggy Olson in AMC’s Mad Men.
Today, she’s the starring character of The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian series in which a totalitarian society subjects fertile women to child-bearing slavery. It’s a riveting show, really. Even so, fans find it hard to believe or even understand how Moss could play the leading role in a series such as this when she herself is a Scientologist.
We’re not going to lie; it’s slightly concerning that director Woody Allen isn’t more frowned upon as a person. There’s no denying that his career has been fruitful, considering that he has directed several Academy Award-winning films.
Still, we can’t help but feel like that’s all overshadowed by the fact that he cheated on girlfriend Mia Farrow with adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn — whom he then married! During Allen’s separation from Farrow, he was also publicly accused of assaulting his daughter, Dylan. Although this allegation gained considerable media attention, Allen was never charged or prosecuted.
Throughout her career, retired journalist Barbara Walters was known for her hard-hitting questions. But, where’s the line? In 2013, former child actor Corey Feldman appeared on The View, where he opened up about the powerful person in Hollywood that harmed both him and a fellow actor.
Despite how grave a subject this was, Walter scolded Corey, saying, “You’re damaging an entire industry!” So, when this interview was first released, it was naturally met with much backlash. Years later, after the video began to circulate once again, Corey’s fans demanded that Barbara apologize.
Here we have yet another celebrity who was accused of inappropriate and exploitative behavior back in 2018, and yet, is still able to walk around as if there have never been any allegations made against him. Actor and filmmaker James Franco is extremely talented — we’ll give him that.
But, when he constantly makes headlines for matters other than his career and projects, it’s hard to turn a blind eye. Remember back in 2014 when text messages surfaced between the actor and a 17-year-old teen girl from Scotland? Major red flag, people!
Jackie Chan is a name known by all — he’s one of the most recognizable and influential film personalities in the world, after all! Born Datuk Fang Shilong, Chan has been acting since the ’60s, performing in over 150 films during his career!
Despite his success, though, he’s lost quite a few fans over the years. Not only is he noted for his hardline politics and conformity with the Chinese government’s policies, but he also allegedly isn’t a very good father.
Red Hot Chili Peppers leading man Anthony Kiedis has certainly been an influential musical figure since he entered the industry in 1982. Unfortunately, some of that influence happens to be negative. Now almost 60 years old, Kiedis is no longer respected or admired the way he once was.
In his 2005 autobiography, Scar Tissue, Kiedis recounts his intimate relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl. Kiedis was 23 years old at the time, and even after discovering her age, he didn’t break off their relationship. It’s hard to even look at him now after learning this.
As the founder, co-songwriter, and co-lead vocalist of the Beatles, John Lennon quickly rose to prominence. Aside from his talent, he was also adored for essentially becoming the face of peace.
What fans may have not known, though, is the fact that Lennon often flew into uncontrollable fits of rage that he directed to the various women in his life. He also neglected his eldest son for years — to the point that Julian himself has stated Paul McCartney was far more of a father to him than John ever was. Ugh, this hurts our hearts.
We can’t speak about Steve Jobs without discussing Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Although he’s changed the way we view technology, his relationship with the late Jeffrey Epstein has changed the way we see him. When fans heard that Gates was somehow connected to the convicted offender, the internet went wild.
Of course, we can’t say that we’re totally surprised considering that Epstein managed to lure an astonishing array of rich and powerful men into his world. According to Gates, it was a “huge mistake to spend time with him…”
Despite that Ansel Elgort’s time in Hollywood has been somewhat brief, he has certainly made himself known in that short time with roles in films including The Fault in Our Stars, The Divergent series, and Baby Driver. In the last year, though, his name has been making headlines for different reasons.
In 2020, a tweet from a now-deleted Twitter account shared a detailed story of an encounter with Ansel, in which he reportedly assaulted a 17-year-old woman. Although he denies these allegations, he did apologize for his behavior during their so-called “breakup.”
Born and raised in Scotland, the late Sean Connery was beloved by all — every woman wanted him and every man wanted to be him. The first actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond on film, there’s no denying that Connery left his mark on the entertainment industry.
Still, just because someone is talented doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re a good person. According to multiple sources, Connery believed it was acceptable to hit women if they didn’t behave “properly”. While he was from a different generation, that’s just never an excuse.
Amber Heard first gained mainstream recognition for her performances in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. As you might have guessed, however, the actress began making headlines for other reasons — like her marriage to Johnny Depp.
Their split drew significant media attention as she accused Depp of being abusive throughout their relationship. Depp then sued Heard for defamation in 2019, which a Virginia judge refused to dismiss after Heard asked for it to be thrown out. Although it looks Depp’s luck has turned since recordings of Heard were released, his career took a major hit.
If you grew up during the ’90s or early 2000s, there’s no doubt that you recognize the name, Drake Bell. Now 35 years old, Bell’s career was at an all-time high during his stints on The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh.
That’s why it was such a bummer to find out that the actor was charged with the attempted endangerment of a child. As a result, Bell was sentenced to two years’ probation and 200 hours of community service. He’s also now a registered offender as he began contact with this fan when she was 12.
Known for playing Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on ABC’s Home Improvement, actor Tim Allen has been in the entertainment industry for quite some time now. Throughout the years, Allen has kept extremely busy with various films and television series.
Recently, though, it seems that the actor might have been canceled… again. Not only has been slammed for his ultra-conservative views but he was also called out for a transphobic joke he made five seconds into the Golden Globes’ preshow last year.
Eric Clapton is referred to as one of the most influential guitarists of all time — and rightfully so! Since his start in the music industry, Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times! In recent months, though, the 76-year-old has been in the tabloids for allegedly spreading fake news.
Not only that, but he recently embarked on a US tour booked in red states despite the continuous increase in numbers and death rates. As a result of his now-conservative views, the musician has lost quite a few fans.
From one rocker to another, Jimmy Page is next. Like Clapton, Page is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. Unfortunately, his level of talent doesn’t make up for the fact that he’s a creep. In 1972, Led Zeppelin was in LA for their North American tour.
It was then that Page, who was 28 years old at the time, began dating 14-year-old Lori Mattix. What’s more, Lori had avoided Page’s advances several times, even revealing that she was scared of him. Finally, the band’s manager “kidnapped” her and brought her to Jimmy’s hotel room.
Kat Von D
Known as Kat Von D, Katherine Von Drachenberg is a Mexican-American tattoo artist and makeup mogul who’s best known for her work on TLC’s LA Ink. Over the years, Kat has garnered a lot of fans as well as critics — not only for her past comments but also because of the people she chose to accept in her life.
Many have accused the 39-year-old of being anti-Semitic as well as an anti-vaxxer. Although Kat has addressed these issues, claiming that because she’s Latina, she can’t possibly be anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, not everyone is buying it.
YouTuber Jeffree Star had tons of fans thanks to his makeup skills, celebrity pals, and no haters attitude. However, once someone has that many public feuds, you have to wonder if they’re actually the problem. Among others, Jeffree Star has argued with Kat Von D, Kylie Jenner, and Tati Westbrook.
Plus, there are multiple cases where the YouTuber has used racial slurs. In 2020, one of his former websites was uncovered, complete with racist symbols. Most recently, he has been accused of multiple cases of assault.
We are very much not over discovering that Liam Neeson is racist. For our whole lives, he’s been a celebrated Northern Irish actor. He was Schindler! He did all those Taken movies! He was in Love Actually! But alas, Liam revealed himself in 2019.
During an interview, Liam Neeson confessed that he once went looking for a black person to attack when his friend was assaulted. He also called the #Me Too movement a “witch hunt” on Irish TV.
An admirable clean-cut news anchor — that’s what many thought Matt Lauer was. He was a regular host on NBC and co-hosted several Olympics opening ceremonies. However, in 2017, a female staffer from the 2014 Sochi Olympics claimed that the TV personality had harassed her.
Since then, a wave of further allegations has poured in. It seems that Matt Lauer regularly harassed, coerced, and sent inappropriate messages to women. It seems that NBC was aware of this behavior and quashed stories about Harvey Weinstein.
As a child star, Jussie Smollett had tons of fans. Then, he landed the groundbreaking role of Jamal Lyon in Empire. However, on more than one occasion, the star has been caught lying to the police. Back in 2007, he gave the wrong name when pulled over. In 2019, he was caught staging a hate crime.
The actor claimed he was beaten by two men in ski masks. However, he was later charged for filing a false report. The star’s trial starts towards the end of 2021.
Lastly, we turn to former teen mom Jenelle Evans. The reality star first appeared on our screens in 2011 and had limited visitation to see her son, Jace. The young mom found fame on the show, with some admiring her ability to keep going through continual difficult relationships.
However, in 2019, MTV said they wouldn’t film any future shows with Jenelle. The star’s boyfriend Davis Eason beat and shot their family dog when she nipped at their daughter, Ensley.