Ranting celebrities who walked the career tightrope

2011-03-08 11:12

Warner Bros Television yesterday fired actor Charlie Sheen from his job on the top-rated TV comedy Two and a Half Men following the actor’s rants about the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre.

Here are other celebrities in recent years whose outbursts have led to career trouble:

» John Galliano.
On March 1 2011, French fashion house Dior fired designer John Galliano after a video was taken of him in a Paris bar, obviously intoxicated, declaring “I love Hitler!’’ and making anti-Semitic statements.

» Mel Gibson.
In 2006, Gibson was arrested for drunken driving in California.

At the time, he told the arresting officer: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?’’ Gibson later apologised, but his career has not recovered.

In 2010, Gibson found himself in hot water again for apparently using a racial slur in a rant directed at his estranged girlfriend.

His talent agent dropped him and a movie he starred in, The Beaver, saw it’s release date delayed.

» Russell Brand.
In 2008, the British comedian resigned from BBC Radio 2 after making prank calls to then 78-year-old comic actor Andrew Sachs in which Brand claimed to have had sex with Sach’s granddaughter.

The scandal, dubbed Sachsgate in the media, caused massive complaints to the BBC.

Brand apologised and went on to major stardom in Hollywood.

» Michael Richards.
In 2006, the actor who portrayed the screwball character Kramer on hit TV sitcom Seinfeld verbally shouted at two African-American hecklers at a Los Angeles comedy club, The Laugh Factory, using the so-called N word.

Richards later apologised and said he had gone into an angry rage.

But his Hollywood star fell fast and far.

» Don Imus.
In 2007, the US radio host saw his programme Imus in the Morning cancelled after he called members of Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos”, which was both a racial slur and a comparison to prostitutes.

He expressed regret and eventually returned to the airwaves. 

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