14 Celebrities who’ve had a Sudden Fall from Grace

Michael Richards

Many people were disappointed when they saw the video of the sweet and funny Cosmo Kraemer (a.k.a. Michael Richards) angrily hurling racial epithets in his now infamous freak out video. The former Seinfeld star was doing a set at the Laugh Factory in 2006 when he got into a fight with members of the audience. Richards repeatedly used the “N-word,” and made references to lynching and the Jim Crow era. Despite being “deeply, deeply sorry,” Richards’ career (and the way we feel about Seinfeld reruns) hasn’t been the same since.

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Bill Cosby

Jell-O spokesman, comedian, and former sitcom star Bill Cosby saw his legacy come crashing down around him in 2014 when fellow standup comedian Hannibal Buress started calling Cosby out in his routine. Allegations of sexual assault had swirled around Cosby for years, but had been virtually ignored by the press and the public. In the months following Buress’ comments more than 50 women came forward alleging that they had been drugged and assaulted by Cosby over the course of his career. Cosby has maintained his innocence, but the court of public opinion had already decided and he has since retreated from the spotlight.

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OJ Simpson

Before he was infamous, NFL running back OJ Simpson, also known as “The Juice,” was just straight up famous. He’d enjoyed a long career playing for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, and won numerous trophies and titles. But in 1994, the bodies of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman were found in Nicole’s home and evidence lead to OJ. After a divisive and very public trial, Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his career never quite recovered as much of the public felt he’d gotten away with murder. Simpson is currently serving time for a number of unrelated felonies.

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