14 Celebrities who’ve had a Sudden Fall from Grace

Howard Dean

Who would have thought that a career could be destroyed by a single scream? Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean was a Democratic presidential hopeful in 2004 when he gave an enthusiastic speech at the Iowa caucus in which he let out an excited “yaaaah!” that echoed around the world. Later dubbed “The Dean Scream,” this gaffe was played over and over by the news media, and was also remixed and reposted all over the Internet. Dean’s standing quickly tanked and he eventually endorsed his rival John Kerry for president.

Oscar Pistorius

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius became known around the world as “the Blade Runner” after he became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games in 2012. Then in February of 2013, Pistorius’ girlfriend Reena Steenkamp was found shot dead in the couples’ home. Pistorius claimed he’d shot her thinking she was an intruder, but a jury found him guilty of culpable homicide and he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Pistorius was released in 2015, but found himself back in prison after the prosecution appealed to have the charges upgraded to murder.

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Ashlee Simpson

The younger sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson finally set herself apart from her older sibling and also effectively ended her career with a single disastrous appearance on Saturday Night Live. The wrong backing track began to play when Simpson and her band took the stage, revealing to the audience that Simpson wasn’t so “live” after all. Simpson attempted to cover the blunder with an awkward hoe-down which only made matters worse. The press panned Simpson and her singing career never recovered.

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