Monday, July 1, 2013

Celebrities & Their Scandals

Life After Scandal: What Happens Next?
From Paula Deen's recipe for disaster to Charlie Sheen's not-so-winning rants
                                       PAULA DEEN
The Scandal:
Admitted to using a racial slur
The celeb chef found herself in hot water after admitting in a May 17 deposition for a 2012 lawsuit that she has used the N-word in the past. In June, the Food Network announced that it will drop Deen when her contract expires at the end of the month, and both Smithfield ham and Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which operates Paula Deen's Kitchen restaurants in four of its casinos, also parted ways with the Southern star. Diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk ended its partnership with Deen, Random House shelved her upcoming cookbook and their five-book contract, and Wal=Mart, Target, Kmart, JCPenney, Sears and Home Depot will stop distributing her products. Meanwhile, OVC, which sells her cookware, put their relationship "on pause."

                                     CHARLIE SHEEN
The Scandal:
Sounded off in a series of bizarre rants that cost him his job
The former Two and a Half Men star wasn't winning when his 2011 ramblings about Alcoholics Anonymous, founding father Thomas Jefferson, his so-called goddesses and show creator Chuck Lorre cost him his starring role on the hit sitcom. Though Sheen was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, he has nothing to be angry about these days: He's back on TV in the FX comedy Anger Management, which premiered in 2012.
                                     ANGUS T. JONES
The Scandal:
Criticized his TV series in a Sheen-like rant
In a November 2012 video, the junior Two and a Half Men star unexpectedly spoke out against the CBS sitcom while discussing his Christian faith. "Please stop filling your head with filth," he said, adding, "You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can't." Although he later apologized , he soon departed as a regular cast member after the show's 10th season.
                                       JOHN GALLIANO
The Scandal:
Verbally attacked a couple with racial and religious slurs
The House of Dior designer was suspended in February 2011 for making racial and anti-Semitic remarks toward a couple at a Paris café. When a bombshell video surfaced showing the designer declaring "I love Hitler," he was promptly fired from Dior and, six months later,found guilty of making anti-Semitic comments. The fine: 6,000 euros ($8,500) and Natalie Portman's disproval – as well as the public's. The announcement of a 2013 Galliano-led workshop at New York's Parsons The New School for Design ignited outrage and was ultimately canceled. Galliano continues to apologize, pleading in a June interview with Charlie Rose, "I hope through my atonement, I will be given a second chance."
                                  ISAIAH WASHINGTON
The Scandal:
Aimed a homophobic slur at his costar
The Grey's Anatomy actor came under fire in October 2006 for using a gay slur aimed at cast mate T.R. Knight during an argument with Patrick Dempsey. Knight eventually came out as a result of the speculation surrounding his sexuality, while Washington apologized for his actions and filmrd a PSA against using hate speech. He was fired from the show the following year, and subsequently denied aiming the term at Knight. Since his exit, he has appeared in several independent movies, but has yet to land a project as high-profile as Grey's.
                                 MICHAEL RICHARDS
The Scandal:
Addressed audience members with racial slurs during a stand-up routine
In November 2006, the Seinfeld star was caught on camera yelling racial slurs at four members of the audience during a stand-up appearance at West Hollywood club The Laugh Factory. After being interrupted, Richards shouted, "Shut up! Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f–––––– fork up your a––," before also using the N-word. Immediately after the footage hit the web, the actor appeared on the late show with David Letterman and apologized, saying, "I'm deeply, deeply sorry. I'm not a racist, that's what's so insane about this," and attributed the outburst to his temper. As a result, Richards has mostly been away from the spotlight, save for reuniting with his Seinfeld costars on the 2009 season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
                                    TIGER WOODS
The Scandal:
Cheated on his wife with multiple women
Everything fell apart for the acclaimed golfer in November 2009, when a car accident outside his Florida home led to the revelation that he had repeatedly cheated on wife Elin Nordegren with a number of women. Woods held a press conference three months later, apologizing for his behavior and admitting he was seeking therapy. But the damage was done: He and Nordegren would divorce in August 2010, and he was dropped as spokeman by Gatorade, AT&T and Accenture. While Nike stood by the star, his coach and caddie parted ways with Woods as he made his return to the game, where he failed to win a tournment until December 2011. More than a year later, with his career returning to form, he also moved on romantically, dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
                                        MEL GIBSON
The Scandal: Charges of anti-Semitism and domestic violence
A leaked police report from his 2006 DUI arrest revealed that Gibson had made anti-Semitic remarks to his Jewish arresting officer, saying, "F––– Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He apologized and checked into an alcohol treatment program, but Hollywood was quick to shun the once-praised actor, despite stars like Jodie Foster coming to his defense. Four years later, Gibson made headlines again when his split from girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva turned nasty, as tapes revealing his violent comments toward her became public and he was convicted of domestic violence. His ongoing troubles led to his cameo in 2011's The Hangover 2 being canceled – reportedly after protests from star Zach Galifianakis – and Gibson has largely remained away from the big screen since, tellng Deadline Hollywood, "I could easily not act again. It's not a problem."

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