Failed celebrity businesses are shockingly common. Despite the media painting them as bastions of perfection, celebrities are as likely to fail at a new business venture as any of us. While plenty are successful, such as George Foreman's line of grills, many celebrity businesses go nowhere fast.
Below are 15 of the biggest failed celebrity businesses ever, the kind whose failure will haunt the celebrity forever. At least until they count the money they made from being successful at their day job. Big bank accounts tend to dull the pain, though we can still laugh at their failures. The fun never ends!
Pastamania (Hulk Hogan)
In 1995, famous professional wrestler Hulk Hogan decided to branch out into the Italian food business, founding Hulk Hogan's Pastamania. The restaurant didn't even last a year, as sub-par food and the fact that only the most die-hard Hogan fan would even bother making the trip to Minnesota to sample the stuff, sealed its fate.
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Vince McMahon, owner of the World Wrestling Federation, felt that football was getting too soft. Therefore, he started up the Xtreme Football League, a rough-and-tumble version of the game that promoted no rules and no mercy. Unfortunately, there was also no talent, as the players simply were not very good at football. Add in the head-scratchingly lewd atmosphere of the sport, and it's little wonder that the league only lasted one season, in 2001.
In 2006, longtime video game fan (and occasional World Series winner) Curt Schilling launched 38 Studios, his very own game company. They released exactly one game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, before folding in 2012, due to their inability to pay back the $75 million loan they received from the state of Rhode Island. As it turns out, running a game company is really, really expensive.
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Dollhouse Collection (Paris Hilton)
Paris Hilton joined a long line of celebrity clothing businesses, with 2008's Dollhouse Collection. However, she was one of the few to so blatantly make herself the star, with several shirts featuring her face plastered all over the fabric. That bit of vanity, combined with cheap material, sealed the line's fate as unremarkable kitsch .