Welcome to the worst celebrities, 2018 edition. Unfortunately, these days there is no shortage of disappointing famous people. Whether they espouse hateful political stances, drop offensive remarks, engage in abhorrent behind-the-scenes behavior, or get arrested, this famous falls from grace 2018 list is bound to leave you questioning whether every celebrity you admire is secretly a terrible person. These disappointing celebrities make you wonder whether you can ever truly enjoy their work again.
While some celebrities who screwed up in 2018 may make a comeback, some will likely never walk the red carpet again. Some celebrity scandals of 2018 can be undone with an apology and some PR work, but many 2018 falls from grace are the result of truly unforgivable behavior.
If you're prepared to question everything you know about the celebrities you love, read up on the biggest scandals of the year. Wondering how this year's scandals compare to the last? Check out this list of 2017 celebrity falls from grace. You can also make your predictions for celebrity scandals in 2019 and then see who is disappointing us in 2019.
Check out the 2019 Celebrity Comeback Pool and see if any of these celebrities made the list.
In January 2018, YouTube star Logan Paul uploaded a controversial video titled "We Found A Body in Suicide Forest." In the video, Paul and his companions attempted to go camping in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, where many individuals have committed suicide. Paul and his friends ended up discovering the body of a hanging victim, and filmed the corpse.
While Paul claimed he was trying to raise awareness with the video, viewers were skeptical of the claim, as Paul laughed and made jokes throughout. Criticism came almost immediately from fans as well as other YouTube stars. In response, YouTube removed Paul's channel from their premium advertising service.
On May 29, 2018, Roseanne Barr went on a Twitter tirade. Her tweet-storm included a racist remark against Valerie Jarrett, a Black woman who served as a senior adviser in the Obama administration. Using Jarret's initials, Barr said if "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
Barr was quick to apologize, but it was too late. Within hours of sending (and deleting) the tweet, Wanda Sykes resigned from her position as a consulting producer on Roseanne; ABC canceled their Roseanne revival; and ICM Partners dropped Barr as a client.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC's entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in an official statement.
"We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning," ICM Partners said in a statement. "What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client."
In March 2018, a report broke the news that the conservative political data firm, Cambridge Analytics, mined the data of multiple Facebook users. The purpose was to determine user personalities and then use target ads accordingly to influence their opinions during the 2016 elections. This resulted in massive backlash from Facebook users and the public at large, leaving Mark Zuckerberg struggling to defend his social media platform. The Facebook founder even had to testify before Congress due to the reports.
In February 2018, Tarantino was slammed with a number of allegations related to on set conduct. In a New York Times article published by Maureen Dowd, actress Uma Thurmon alleged Tarantino forced her to perform a stunt involving a car crash, despite the fact she repeatedly expressed hesitance. Thurman ended up getting into an accident while performing the stunt, leaving her with permanent knee injuries.
Shortly thereafter, footage of an old Howard Stern interview surfaced in which Tarantino dismissed the rape allegations against Roman Polanski. Polanski was charged with assaulting a 13 year old girl in 1977 and fled to France to avoid facing the legal consequences. In a 2003 Howard Stern interview, Tarantino said the act was consensual and dismissed Stern and his co-host's protests otherwise.
In March 2018, Tony Robbins made a remark at a California arena accusing women in the MeToo movement of seeking attention via accusations of sexual abuse and harassment. The comment did not garner much attention at the time, but resurfaced in April when a video of the incident surfaced and went viral. In addition to the disparaging comments, Robbins actually got physical with a female guest who challenged him. He placed his hand on her hand and pushed her backward, and went on to suggest women should empower themselves against assault by pushing back more. He also said MeToo was hurting men, and he personally knew many powerful men who hesitated to hire attractive women because it was too big of a risk.
In May 2018, multiple female writers shared their experiences with Junot Diaz on Twitter. It started when author Zinzi Clemmons claimed Diaz tried to kiss her against her will during her time as a graduate student. From there, other accusations flowed in regarding Diaz's caustic, inappropriate behavior at readings, panels, and other events, especially hostile behavior towards female writers and students.
In February 2018, Ryan Seacrest's former assistant told Variety magazine that Seacrest had sexually harassed her for over seven years. Suzie Hardy, who was fired as Seacrest's assistant in 2013, claimed Seacrest would routinely stand behind her wearing only his underwear and proceed to grind against her and grope her. She also claimed he once slapped her buttocks so hard she ended up with a welt.
Hardy's story was reported on in November 2017, but she remained anonymous at the time. E! reportedly conducted an investigation, but found insufficient evidence that harassment took place. However, Hardy claims the investigator hired by E! was clearly on Seacrest's side and was deliberately looking for reasons to dismiss the claim. Seacrest has denied all allegations.
Shortly after the 2018 Golden Globes, where actor James Franco took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, several women came forward on Twitter and insinuated Franco was guilty of sexual misconduct. A Los Angeles Times report followed that detailed five women's negative experiences with Franco.
Women who had worked with Franco accused the actor of inappropriate contact while filming, and also claimed to have felt coerced or pressure into performing while nude. One ex-girlfriend claimed Franco pressured her into an unwanted sex act during their relationship.
In July 2018, Walt Disney studios dropped James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after the discovery of a series of old tweets. The tweets, posted before Gunn began work on the franchise, made jokes about controversial subjects such as sexual abuse, pedophilia, AIDS, and the Holocaust. Gunn later issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for his actions. He claimed the tweets were an aspect of his previously provocative sense of humor and that, having evolved as a person since the tweets, he would not make such jokes in the present.
In January 2018, the website babe.net publicly accused comedian and actor Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct. The website published the story of a woman identified as "Grace" who went on a date with Ansari in New York City after meeting him at a 2017 Emmys after party. According to the account, Ansari took Grace home after the date and coerced her into various sex acts throughout the night, leaving Grace feeling violated and uncomfortable.
Reactions to the story were somewhat mixed. Some defended Ansari, saying the encounter did not qualify as sexual misconduct, while others said Ansari was guilty of ignoring verbal and non-verbal cues given off by Grace.