10 Most Embarrassing Celebrity Product Endorsements
Once you get a taste of the high life, it’s hard to even think about going back. Fame is fickle and money doesn’t last, which is why some celebrities are forced to turn to endorsement deals to keep the cash coming in. Here are 14 of the most embarrassing celebrity product endorsements for your cringing pleasure.
Lisa Rinna – Depends
Incontinence is a common problem for older women, a fact of life and nothing to be ashamed of… however, that doesn’t mean that we would want our face being used to sell adult diapers. In 2010, Days of Our Lives and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills star Lisa Rinna partnered with Depends to sell their ‘Silhouette for Women’ briefs in a cringeworthy commercial spot that featured Rinna and her famous husband Harry Hamlin extolling the virtues of the disposable underwear.
We have to give Rinna credit though; not only did she earn a whopping $2 million for the spot, but it also did it to promote Dress for Success, an organization which provides career clothes to underprivileged women, to which Rinna also donated a portion of her earnings. She may have given up her dignity, but at least she did it for a good cause!
Shannen Doherty – educationconnection.com
Once known for playing the sweetheart turned bad-girl Brenda Walsh on 90210 and Super Witch Prue Halliwell on Charmed, the notoriously self-important and difficult to work with Shannen Doherty is back on your TV screen — but her comeback is probably not what she’d imagined.
In recent years, Doherty has starred in a series of commercials for educationconnection.com, a website designed to help mature students choose the right online college program. In this spot, she appears in typical Doherty fashion, somehow managing to sound incredibly full of herself even while humbly claiming to be earning an online Liberal Arts degree, rattling off her long list of roles and “achievements” and pretending she still gets invited to film sets.
Do any schools offer an online degree in humility? Maybe that would help her acting career get back on track.
Bob Dole – Viagra
Losing the Vice Presidential spot in 1976, the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and 1988 AND the Presidential election in 1996 would have been more than enough public humiliation for most people — but not Bob Dole! The long-time Kansas politician made headlines in 1999 when he started shilling Viagra, citing his prostate cancer diagnosis and the possible post-operative side effects including erectile dysfunction (which he admits is “embarrassing” to talk about) as his motivation.
Despite the serious nature of the ad, Dole took an awful lot of flak in the press for it and today, it’s difficult to find on Youtube or anywhere else on the internet. Luckily Rachel Maddow has us covered – she managed to dig it up along with Dole’s parody Pepsi commercial (where Dole praises his “little blue friend”), which came out a few years after.