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23 Celebrities Who Totally Sold Out

Updated June 14, 2019 12.6k votes 2.1k voters 159.4k views24 items

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Everybody has their price, including some of the biggest and best entertainers in the world, leading to their renown as celebrity sellouts. Musicians, actors, athletes, writers — very few are above abandoning their principles or philosophies just to make a buck or two. This is what we call a sellout. And in Hollywood, celebrities who sold out are a dime a dozen.

But there's often a fine line between being a sellout and being a businessperson. Just because someone capitalizes on their fame to get either more fame or more money doesn't make them a sellout necessarily. It's when someone goes completely against everything they stood for, rebelled against, or became famous for, instead becoming addicted to making money hand over fist, no matter what the project or endorsement.

So who is the biggest sellout of all time?  Is it Eddie Murphy going from edgy comic to family movie man? Is it Katy Perry going against her Christian roots to become a popstar? Is it Howard Stern trading his shock value to be a judge on America's Got Talent? It's all a matter of opinion, but this is a list of those famous sellouts and what got them to throw away their convictions.

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    Gene Simmons is really proud of his brand. Maybe that's why he likes to slap it on every product imaginable. In KISS' history as a group, they have authorized that their name be used for over 5,000 items, including condoms, credit cards, comic books, and pinball machines. 





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    This is one of the hardest to say, but for the foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed, anti-establishment radio shock jock to build his entire career on "edge," and then become a judge on America's Got Talent?

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    If becoming a judge on American Idol for $17.5 million dollars isn't a sellout, then is? Lopez likely buckled under the pressures of wanting fame, relevance, and money by becoming a judge on the franchise. But even before that, she literally sold out for money through her deal with Fiat. She performed at the 2011 AMAs promoting the car and produced a music video for her song "Papi" that doubled as a commercial for the car. What happened to Jenny from the Block?   


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    This one hits fans really hard. Many people believe George Lucas sold out himself and the Star Wars legacy when he made the prequel trilogy to the movies back in the late '90s, accusing him of caring more about selling action-figures than quality of the franchise. Lucas proved them right when he gave up and sold the rights to Disney for billions of dollars. 


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