10 Celebrities Who Destroyed Their Careers In Spectacular Ways

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Often, actors are different from the characters they play on the screen. So discovering that your favorite actors are very disappointing humans in real life can be disappointing. But sometimes, it’s not always the case. These actors may not be terribly evil. However, they are in the mainstream, and one small mistake can equal them setting themselves on fire. Take these ten actors, for instance.

1. Charlie Sheen

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Remember him from Two and a Half Men? He played Charlie Harper, the playboy hedonist. The TV series was a massive part of my childhood; the actor always made me smile. According to someone, “he was making up to two million dollars per episode on Two and a Half Men. Then he went off the rails by insulting the creator and talking about “winning” and “Tiger Blood.” He was fired from the show in 2011 for his actions, which included making anti-Semitic insults. Still, the show was not the same without him.

2. Ezra Miller

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Ezra Miller, famous for his role in the DCEU as The Flash, has been in the spotlight recently. A series of allegations lined up against him, including drug possession and harassment and controversies concerning multiple arrests and mental health. Fans love the TV show, but most aren’t thrilled with the rumors that he may still be in it.

3. Rudy Giuliani

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A person’s political beliefs and views may earn them a lot of hate from the public eye. This was the case with Rudy Giuliani. Someone opines, “Rudy Giuliani could have been financially successful for the rest of his life if he just emerged from his den in NY to make speeches or sell memoirs about 9/11, occasionally raising money for charity or showing up to whatever PR events. He had one of the best hustles out of any politician and would have died fondly remembered by pretty much everyone.”

4. R. Kelly

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Everyone knows the tragic story of the R&B crooner R. Kelly. Before the allegations and his trial, R. Kelly was a leading name in R&B music and a staple of black, sensual music. Unfortunately, many skeletons were in his closet, and time proved that no one was above the law. He is now serving time in prison for his crimes, which include sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and racketeering.

5. Jussie Smollett

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The Empire star was in the public eye — and not for a good reason — when he staged a homophobic and racist attack against himself. As a result, he was sentenced to about five months for lying to the police.”Smollett had a promising career ahead that he destroyed with pure insanity,” a TV lover thinks.

6. Katherine Heigl

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Here’s another actor who ruined their career by speaking wrongly in public. The story is that she did an interview where she called a show she starred in a sellout. She said that one movie she starred in, Knocked Up, gave her a “bad role that was contributing to sexism in the United States.” She added that Grey’s Anatomy, which she also starred in, didn’t give her “the material to win another Emmy,” so she publicly withdrew her name from the Emmy awards that year. Someone concludes how this went for the actor: “Basically, every writer in Hollywood decided working with her would lead to being called a hack on TV, and it completely destroyed her career.”

7. Kevin Spacey

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Spacey’s acting career went downhill after the allegations about him rose. The first was Anthony Rapp, who alleges the actor made advances at him as a minor. Around the same time, he came out to the public. Fans think he “shot himself in the foot,” and he just added fuel to the fire.

8. Gary Glitter

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Gary Glitter is an English former glam rock singer, famous in the 1970s and 1980s. His story? A music fanatic describes his downfall. They say, “The thing was, at the time when his peers were having a resurgence, he would have been successful again. Until he took his laptop into repair, and the shop reported to the police all the child smut on it.”

9. Armie Hammer

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The allegations against Hammer are so outrageous that fans have concluded that the actor must have lost his mind. He was accused of sexual and psychological abuse, rape, and cannibalism. There was the case of his Instagram messages detailing his wild sexual fantasies going viral, supporting the allegations of cannibalism.

10. Kanye West

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Kanye West, who now goes simply as Ye, is the new age king of controversies, especially for his anti-Semite remarks. However, many fans argue that his career is not over, and he could easily pull huge figures if he releases a new album, even though everyone now calls him a Nazi. 

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  1. R Kelly TRAGIC? WTF? Tragic implies sad for him. Hell no. Sad for his victims. Loss of his career and prison time for him is not tragic. It is perfect karma. Hope he gets that eye for an eye treatment while incarcerated!!!

  2. Some of these suggest that it was the action of getting caught what landed them in hot water, not their actions of doing the wrong thing in the first place. These were some heinous offenses by a lot of these people. And most of them were not “alleged”. They were convicted or found guilty by a trial. That being, Armie Hammer, Kevin Spacey, and the rest. They’re not allegations, if they’re true.

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