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This is a list of celebrities who have been caught being racist. The following famous people landed in hot water after making a racial or anti-Semitic slur, posted a stereotypical photo, or Tweeted negative comments about a race other than their own.

The gallery below doesn't necessarily include racist celebs or notorious bigots, but mostly well-known stars of film, TV, and sports who have caused controversy because they didn't use a filter to prevent themselves from offending other people. Whether they were joking or not at the time, there is nothing funny about the hurtful words, offensive pictures, or tasteless Twitter posts that almost cost these celebs their careers. For some, like former leading man and acclaimed filmmaker Mel Gibson or culinary legend Paula Deen, making racist remarks have truly ruined their reputation.

Racism is a huge problem all over the world and in the U.S. – race relations, discrimination, and racial stereotypes are constantly hot topics of conversation. Hate crimes are increasing, and just because words can't physically hurt another human being, the pain inflicted on someone with a hateful racist remark and slurs can often be worse. 

Most of the celebs in the quotes gallery below are stars who were caught being racist have either said something racist on stage like comedian Michael Richards, made a crude racial remark on an interview like singer and songwriter John Mayer, caught on tape in an angry voicemail like Charlie Sheen, or posted an offensive photo on Twitter, like pop stars Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. Almost everyone of these celebrities, actors, and athletes, like football player Riley Cooper and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., have issued some sort of apology for what they said, but the public doesn't easily forget.

While they aren't necessarily racists, Hollywood people, celebrity athletes, and famous musicians on this list have all been caught saying offensive statements. 

Who are the most shocking celebs caught being racist? Check out the gallery below and be sure to also visit Ranker's lists of celebrities who have declared bankruptcy and people Amanda Bynes has called ugly


Kelly Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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In response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's outrageously racist positions on immigration, The View co-host Kelly Osbourne had her own not-so-PC things to say. Osbourne was probably trying to refute the politician when she said, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”

Unfortunately, her words also came across as racist and inconsiderate. The comment sparked outrage on Twitter, prompting an apology from Osbourne. She wrote on her Facebook page, "I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted fucked up today. I don’t want to bullshit anyone with lame excuses."

Source: Time

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Television producer, Author Radio personality, + more

Credits: Fashion Police, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Osbournes, E! Live from the Red Carpet

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Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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Hulk Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) lost his super star status in the WWE after court documents showed that he had made severely racist statements. The transcripts were submitted to a Florida court as part of Hogan's lawsuit against the website Gawker.com. They come from a sex tape Hogan made with the wife of Tampa shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, and include candid moments where Hogan discusses his daughter's relationship with a "black billionaire." In the tapes, Hogan says:

“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son. I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n*gger.”

Hogan later apologized for his rant, but it was too late for his relationship with the WWE. He was scrubbed from their site and erased from the WWE Hall of Fame. 

Source: Gawker, Radar

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Wrestler, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Rocky III, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain, Suburban Commando, Hogan Knows Best

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Giuliana Rancic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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E! Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic publicly apologized for her "accidental" racist comments about singer/actress Zendaya during an Oscars red carpet recap. Rancic made an insensitive comment about Zendaya's dreadlocks, saying that she thought Zendaya probably smelled like patchouli oil. Fellow host Kelly Osbourne added, "or weed."

Zendaya was offended by the comments,
saying that she chose to wear her hair in locs to the award ceremony in order to "showcase them in a positive light, and remind people of color that our hair is good enough."

Rancic apologized on E! News, saying: "I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry.”

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Actor, TV Personality

Credits: E! News, Fashion Police, Giuliana & Bill, Paparazzi

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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Originally filmed for Bieber's 2011 documentary Never Say Never, Bieber is sitting in a room in Los Angeles with a group of friends. Bieber sets the joke up when his friend can be heard in the background, advising him not to finish the joke, before Bieber smirks and delivers the punchline. 

Bieber received a lot of backlash from his fans, Beliebers, on Twitter. One fan said, "Bieber is actually disgusting. Man's gone too far this time." Another one posted: "Bieber – no excuse, no acceptable reason for racism. The use of the N-word [is] disgraceful and racism far too serious to ever be funny."

Since then, Bieber's clean-cut appearance has gone bad boy, getting himself into trouble with the police and disappointing fans all over the world.

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Age: 23

Birthplace: London, Canada

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: Justine Bieber: Never Say never, Justine Bieber's Believe, The Karate Kid, Step Up revolution

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Donald Sterling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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In 2014, LA Clippers owner, business magnate, and real estate developer, Donald Sterling was caught making racist remarks to his mistress, V. Stiviano. Stiviano, who is of African-American and Mexican descent, made a recording, released by TMZ on April 26, in which Sterling tells her not to associate publicly with “black people,” especially at Clippers games.

NBA investigators and a forensic expert determined that the voice heard on the audio tape was Sterling's and was not altered. The NBA banned him for life, fined him $2.5 million, and raised the possibility of a forced sale of the team, which could be worth up to $500 million.  

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Age: 81

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Lawyer

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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No one can forget Mel Gibson telling a policeman during his 2006 DUI arrest that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." In 2010, several voicemails were released of the hot-headed actor and filmmaker going postal on his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva. In one of his rants, Gibson wished that his ex got raped by a pack of the "n" word and in another, he referred to Mexicans as "wetbacks."

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Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, New York, Peekskill

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon, The Patriot

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Paula Deen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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The butter-loving queen of Southern cooking practically lost her business empire and was fired by the Food Network after she was caught in the middle of a racially charged controversy in 2013. Deen admitted to using the "n" word and was accused by a former employee of racial harassment.

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Age: 68

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Cook, TV chef, Restaurateur, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Paula's Best Dishes, Paula's Home Cooking, Paula Goes to Hollywood, Paula's Party

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Michael Richards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist
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During a 2006 performance at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, the former "Seinfeld" actor shouted racial slurs to black hecklers in the audience, used the "n" word several times, and even referred to lynching.

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Seinfeld, Bee Movie, UHF, Trial and Error

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