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The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017 

Jacob Shelton
Updated February 8, 2019 28.4k votes 3.7k voters 54.2k views 28 items

List Rules Celebrities who we used to like until they really screwed up in 2017. Vote up the biggest falls of them all.

Ah, 2017: another year, another crop of celebrities who screwed up and ruined what was left of their reputations. For some reason, 2017 has truly been the year of disappointing celebrities showing their true, unflattering colors. Has Mercury been in retrograde for an entire year? While it’s possible that that the stars aligned to create these falls from grace, it’s more likely that these disappointing famous people have always been awful and the world is just now finding out about it. Some of these stories kind of feel like a sucker punch to the gut by someone you used to admire.

2017 has also seen a slew of corporate social media fails proving how great the divide is between regular people and huge companies (but also how powerful social media can be) as well as a huge sex scandal surrounding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Other famous falls from grace of 2017 include celebrities who broke custody agreements, celebrities who let down their fans, and celebrities who are straight-up creeps.  It's a long list, so if you need a self-care break just look at some cute photos of baby animals or giant anteaters just to remind you of how wonderful life can be. One creep, though, won’t be included on this list. Even though he’s the absolute worst, Donald Trump's fall from grace began long before trash year 2017. Keep reading and prepare to lose your faith in the concept of celebrity. Then, if you still seek more disappointment, see which celebrities messed up in 2019.

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Harvey Weinstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 66

In October, more than 60 women began to tell their stories about Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting them while claiming that he could help their careers. The stories range from harassment to rape and include big names such as Cara Delevingne, Rose McGowen, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lupita Nyong’o, Weinstein was immediately kicked off the board of the Weinstein Company and has been banned from the Producers Guild for life. Meanwhile, victims' stories just keep coming.

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 59

Actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him in 1986 when Rapp was only 14-years-old. Spacey responded by saying that he didn't remember doing that, then  used the opportunity to come out as gay. 

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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 61

Today show anchor Matt Lauer was fired on November 29, 2017 following a sexual harassment complaint. The anonymous female staffer said Lauer assaulted her during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 59

In November, Morrissey defended Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey against claims of their repeated sexual abuses. He said their alleged victims "played along" and changed their stories later.

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 51

On November 9, the New York Times published an article in which five women went on the record saying Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them. Rumors about the comedian's behavior had circulated for years, with C.K. always denying them. Following the Times piece, however, he publicly acknowledged the truth of all the women's stories.

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James Toback is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 74

In October, at least 310 Women alleged that writer/director James Toback (The Pick Up Artist, Bugsy) had sexually harassed them. He claimed that this was "biologically impossible." 

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Jeordie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 47

Marilyn Manson and A Perfect Circle bassist Twiggy Ramirez (aka Jeordie White) was accused by his ex-girlfriend Jessicka Addams of raping and assaulting her. Manson fired Ramirez from his touring band shortly after the news broke. 

 

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PewDiePie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 29

In 2017, famous YouTuber PewDiePie, Felix Kjellberg, lost a deal with Disney's Maker Studios when he placed antisemitic comments throughout his videos. A few months later Kjellberg let loose with an awful racial slur while livestreaming a Firewatch session. The game developer behind Firewatch filmed a DMCA take-down notice against Kjellberg.

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Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 58

After posting a picture of herself pretending to cut off Donald Trump's head in the summer of 2017, Kathy Griffin hired and fired a lawyer, then went on a tirade where she posted Harvey Levin from TMZ's phone number. Griffin earned a retaliatory tweet from the POTUS himself, and CNN has replaced her as Anderson Cooper's New Year's Eve cohost this year.

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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 37

No list of complete 2017 celebrity fails would be complete without at least one Trump. Daughter of Donald and CEO of eponymous clothing and shoe line, Ivanka Trump faced a social media backlash against her conflict of interest in running a business while assuming unofficial political duties at the White House. Department stores Nordstrom's and Neiman Marcus went so far as to pull her clothing and shoe lines in February, reportedly because of poor sales. She's also faced criticism in 2017 for insensitive comments as well as her book, Women Who Work, which Slate described as "exploiting" feminism. 

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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 39

Kevin Hart faced a PR nightmare he was caught in an extortion scandal after cheating on his pregnant wife. Then he apologized to his family via social media because 2017.

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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 46

After Ben Afleck denounced Harvey Weinstein for his sexual assault, a video surfaced of the actor groping actress Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL. He made a swift apology and then thanked the person who brought it up on Twitter.

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Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 55

Tarantino was a longtime collaborator of Harvey Weinstein's, having worked with the producer for more than two decades. After news of Weinstein's pervasive sexual assault was made public, Tarantino denied having knowledge of the whole thing. Days later, he admitted that he knew about it the whole time. He told news sources, "I knew enough to do more than I did." Fellow celebs are now speaking out against him.

 

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Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 40

The singer was accused by three people of having giving them herpes, including a pregnant woman who claimed that she contracted the STD after she'd hooked up with the singer in a spa. She filed a $20 million lawsuit against him but then dropped the suit in October after she was dropped by her lawyer. 

 

 

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George Takei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 81

In November, former model Scott Brunton told the Hollywood Reporter that George Takei undressed and groped him in 1981. Brunton was 23 at the time; Takei was in his 40s. Takei denied the claim, though he had joked about grabbing men's crotches with Howard Stern in October.

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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 62

Steve Harvey began 2017 by making an awful joke about Asian men, essentially questioning why anyone would find them attractive. Then the ratings for his talk show which premiered in September went down the drain after he openly met with Donald Trump. He claimed, "'Meeting with Donald Trump was the worst mistake of my life. I should have never gone up there." But he did.
 

 

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Tyrese Gibson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 40

Tyrese has spent most of 2017 starting a feud with his Fate of the Furious castmate Dwayne Johnson. When he wasn't arguing with The Rock via Instagram he was breaking custody agreements by having messages to his daughter flown over her school

 

 

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 24

Bieber spent most of his summer explaining to his fans that he wouldn't be singing "Desapacito" because he didn't know the words. “I don’t know the words so I say, ‘Dorito,’” or “burrito” or “blah blah blah.” Then he had a very strange feud with Marilyn Manson that ended via text message. 

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Shia LaBeouf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 29

While filming The Peanut Butter Falcon with Dakota Johnson in 2017, LaBeouf was arrested for public intoxication. This came a few weeks after LaBeouf's anti-Trump live stream was shut down

 

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 48

Even though he's been friends with Gwyneth Paltrow since the 90s, Matt Damon claimed that he knew about her sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein yet continued to work with the producer. Damon released a statement where he said that he thought Paltrow and Weinstein "had come to whatever agreement or understanding." 

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Kendall Jenner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 23

In April, Kendall Jenner filmed a Pepsi commercial where she appeared to help the corporation appropriate and trivialize the Black Lives Matter movement. To make things worse, the commercial ends with her handing an ice-cold Pepsi to a police officer. 

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 94

In October, multiple women accused former president George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops. He released a statement where he apologized for patting women on their "rears." 

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David Cross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 51

Comedian David Cross was called out by fellow comic Charlyne Yi for being awful and racist to her the first time they met. Yi wrote on Twitter: 

“I think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me ‘what’s a matter? You don’t speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong.’”

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Ethan Kath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
age 36

Former Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass wrote that for her entire time in the band she was mentally and sexually abused by her bandmate Ethan Kath. Kath claimed the whole thing was made up, but some venues took her seriously and cancelled their upcoming CC shows.

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Matt Mondanile is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Falls From Grace Of 2017
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Multiple women exposed the former guitarist for Real Estate and current Duck Tales frontman's history with sexual misconduct. He had multiple tour dates canceled due to the news, and his label, Domino, dropped him.