14 Celebrities who’ve had a Sudden Fall from Grace

Paula Deen

Paula Deen was a wildly successful TV chef known for her jolly demeanor and love of butter. Well, that was until her past remarks caught up with her. In 2013, a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleged that Deen had used slurs and told racist jokes in front of her employees and spoken about wanting to throw a “real” Southern plantation wedding complete with a “slave” staff. The suit was dismissed, but not before Deen admitted to the allegations and to having used the “N-word” in the past.  Deen was dropped by most of her sponsors and her show was cancelled soon after.

Anthony Weiner

Most people would have stopped pushing their luck after their first sexting scandal, but not Anthony Weiner.  In 2011, the now former New York Congressman accidently posted a salacious photo of himself from his own Twitter account, which forced him to admit he’d been sexting women and cheating on his wife. In 2013, Weiner joined the NYC mayoral race and was gaining traction until news broke that he was again sexting women using the fake name “Carlos Danger.” This time the scandal stuck and Weiner was cooked.

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Tonya Harding

This sweetheart of the skating world was at the top of her game in the 1980s and 90s, but her bitter rivalry with fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan eventually led to Tonya Harding’s downfall. Just before both women were scheduled to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics, Harding’s ex-husband and her bodyguard hired a man to attack Kerrigan with a metal pipe as she was leaving practice. Luckily Kerrigan was only bruised and went on to win a silver medal at the Olympics while Harding finished in 8th place. Harding wasn’t charged directly with the crime, but she was convicted of hindering the investigation and was slapped with a lifetime ban from figure skating.

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