You’d think celebrities would have teams of people watching their every tweet and coaching them about what not to say in interviews, but offensive celebrity quotes still manage to get out there. And the effects can sink a star’s career. Sexist comments, racist comments, stars who fat-shame, or even the most innocuous soundbite can get a star blacklisted in Hollywood. Has anyone seen Michael Richards since he called people the "N-word" onstage? Hulk Hogan got booted from the WWE for his racist comments. The list goes on.
So who's the worst of the worst in the history of stardom? Check out this list for some things you can't believe these celebrities said.
During a 1965 interview on the set of Thunderball, the man who played the fairly sexist James Bond told Playboy, "I don't think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman - although I don't recommend doing it in the same way that you'd hit a man. An openhanded slap is justified - if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning."
Over the years, Connery reasserted this opinion to Barbara Walters and Vanity Fair. Keep in mind that his first wife, Diane Cilento, claimed he knocked her out while filming The Hill in 1965.
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In his book Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, famed music journalist Neil Strauss recalled a 1999 encounter with Paris Hilton before she was famous. After pointing out a guy she claimed to have made out with the previous night, she said, “We were making out, but we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can't stand black guys. I would never touch one. It's gross."
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Rappers are hardly strangers to controversy, but T.I. really stepped in it when he said the Loch Ness Monster had a better chance of becoming president than Hillary Clinton. In a Sirius XM interview in 2015 (now private), the rapper said, "Not to be sexist, but I can't vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But, the president? It's kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions — and then later, it's kind of like it didn't happen, or they didn't mean for it to happen."
He gave a canned Twitter apology shortly after.
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The L.A. Lakers center appeared on Fox Sports Net in 2002, and when the subject of rival center Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets came up, Shaq tried a joke that fell flatter than a deflated basketball. He said: "Tell Yao Ming, 'Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.”
Shaq apparently didn't realize the phrase "ching chong" is pretty offensive to the Asian community. His later half-hearted mea culpa passed the comment off as bad comedy.
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