From Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer: Where These Disgraced Celebrity Men Are Now
In 2017, dozens of celebrity men fell from grace after being accused of sexual misconduct. But not all of them have completely disappeared from the headlines.
In fact, some of these men have recently begun to reemerge, with reports surfacing that they are planning a comeback. Others haven’t exactly returned to the spotlight quite yet, but there have been some updates about their current status and legal troubles.
Let’s take a quick look at where some of the most disgraced celebrity men are now, including Matt Lauer (No. 9) and Harvey Weinstein (No. 11).
1. Louis C.K.
Five women in November 2017 accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, and he subsequently admitted that their stories were true. C.K. said at the time that he would “step back and take a long time to listen.” In the aftermath of the allegations, all of his projects that were in the works fell apart.
Since then, many comics, including Sarah Silverman, have expressed openness to C.K. making a comeback. And in April 2018, The Villager reported that he has recently been spotted several times at New York’s famous Comedy Cellar, although he has yet to perform again. Comedian Keanu Thompson says that C.K. hangs out with his friend Dave Attell at the club a lot.
The owner of the Comedy Cellar, Noam Dworman, told The Hollywood Reporter that he believes C.K. will make a comeback within a year.
Next: This actor lost his job on a hit TV show.
2. Jeffrey Tambor
Amazon fired Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent after three women accused him of sexual harassment: his former assistant, a Transparent actress, and a make-up artist. He denied the allegations. By this point, the fifth season of Arrested Development was already in the can.
Surprisingly, Netflix kept Tambor on the promotional tour for Arrested Development‘s fifth season in May 2018. This led to disaster when several of Tambor’s co-stars seemed to defend his behavior in an interview with The New York Times, all while Jessica Walter broke down in tears recalling Tambor treating her terribly; she says he verbally harassed her.
In a May 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tambor again denied the allegations while admitting that he has had anger issues on set. It remains unclear what his acting career will look like going forward. But Jason Bateman has said he won’t do more Arrested Development without Tambor.
Next: This comedian fell from grace in January 2018.
3. Aziz Ansari
In January 2018, a woman accused comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct, although her account of Ansari failing to read her signals during a date sparked some online debate about whether this constituted sexual misconduct.
Either way, Ansari has been laying low since then. But in April 2018, he made a public appearance for the first time in months, attending a basketball game with Chris Rock. Then, in May, he was spotted out on a date in New York City.
Netflix never officially dropped Ansari, though it remains unclear whether there will be a third season of his show Master of None.
Next: This celebrity chef is being investigated by the NYPD.
4. Mario Batali
In December 2017, eight women accused celebrity chef and TV personality Mario Batali of sexual misconduct. Shortly after, ABC fired him from The Chew.
In April 2018, The New York Times reported that Batali was exploring how he could bounce back from his scandal. He seemed interested in continuing his career but taking more of a backseat role; The Times reported that one option he was discussing involved creating a new company but having it be led by a woman.
Next: This disgraced news anchor is reportedly planning his comeback.
5. Charlie Rose
In November 2017, CBS fired Charlie Rose when eight women accused him of sexual harassment. Immediately after the scandal, Rose retreated to his Long Island home and mostly remained in isolation for a while, spending his days reading the newspaper and playing tennis, although he has occasionally been spotted in Manhattan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Then, in April 2018, Page Six reported that Rose was eyeing a comeback and pitching a TV show in which he would interview fellow men accused of sexual misconduct. This idea did not receive a great response online, to say the least.
Next: This former TV host is currently suing the network that fired him.
6. Tavis Smiley
In December 2017, PBS suspended Tavis Smiley, with Variety reporting that he was accused of engaging in sexual relationships with subordinates who felt their employment status was connected with their relationship with him.
But instead of issuing a contrite statement and stepping out of the spotlight, Smiley publicly criticized PBS, saying their investigation was biased and sloppy. Since then, Smiley has traveled across the country in order to defend himself against the allegations, and he is in the midst of suing PBS.
Next: This disgraced celebrity remains fairly active online.
7. Bill O’Reilly
Fox News star Bill O’Reilly’s fall from grace came before the start of the #MeToo movement; The New York Times reported in April 2017 that at Fox, women had been making sexual harassment complaints against O’Reilly for years and at least five women have received payouts from the network. After a short leave of absence, Fox fired O’Reilly.
Since his firing, O’Reilly has never returned to Fox News. But he has not stepped out of the spotlight, either. O’Reilly continues to provide political commentary on his website, where he hosts a show that can only be accessed with a membership that costs $5.95 per month. He also remains active on Twitter.
In addition, in May 2018, Page Six reported that O’Reilly was in talks with Newsmax TV for a cable comeback; he would be returning to his old 8:00 p.m. timeslot.
Next: This celebrity recently released a statement showing support for the #MeToo movement.
8. Russell Simmons
Seven women have accused Russell Simmons of sexual harassment. An additional six have accused him of rape or attempted rape. As a result, last fall, Simmons stepped down from his businesses, and HBO removed his name from his stand-up specials.
Since then, Simmons has denied the allegations, and he has remained active on Twitter and Instagram. A particular Instagram post of his in May 2018 raised attention, as it was all about his support for the #MeToo movement.
In late April 2018, a sexual assault lawsuit against Simmons was dismissed, but he still faces another $10 million lawsuit, according to Rolling Stone.
Next: This TV star is also reportedly planning his comeback.
9. Matt Lauer
NBC fired Matt Lauer from Today in November 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment or assault. Afterward, he retreated to his home in the Hamptons.
However, in April 2018, Lauer was spotted in New York City for the first time in months, and Page Six reported, “Lauer is said to be testing the waters for a public comeback by coming out of hiding from his Hamptons home. With his marriage to Annette Roque now over, he’s ready to restart his life, pals say.”
Next: This celebrity has not been heard from publicly in almost a year.
10. Kevin Spacey
Of all of the men accused of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement, Kevin Spacey is the one we’ve heard the least from since. After releasing his initial apology, Spacey completely disappeared, and Christopher Plummer famously replaced him in the movie All the Money in the World.
Next: This celebrity has now been charged with rape.
11. Harvey Weinstein
The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein were what kicked off the #MeToo movement. To date, over 80 women have leveled accusations against the producer.
In May 2018, Weinstein was charged with “rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women,” according to CNN. He turned himself into authorities and is currently awaiting trial. Until then, he must wear a GPS monitoring system and not travel outside of New York or Connecticut.
Next: This director is in the middle of a lawsuit.
12. Brett Ratner
In fall 2018, multiple women accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment, and one accused him of rape. Afterward, Ratner announced that he would be taking a step back from his work with Warner Bros. The studio later officially severed ties with him, although they were reaching the end of a financing agreement anyway.
However, Ratner appears to be planning his comeback already. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he is currently positioning himself to be the director of Rush Hour 4, although Warner Bros. sources insist he will not helm the movie.
Next: This director is also in the middle of a lawsuit.
13. Bryan Singer
Although Bryan Singer had previously been accused of sexual assault, a new allegation against him came out amid the #MeToo movement, with Cesar Sanchez-Guzman suing Singer and saying the X-Men director sexually assaulted him, according to The New York Times.
According to The Daily Mail, Singer has been denied a request to have the case dismissed. The director has still remained somewhat active on Instagram since then, promoting the upcoming film Bohemian Rhapsody, which he was fired from in December 2017.
Next: This former CCO may return to the company that placed him on a leave of absence.
14. John Lasseter
In November 2017, Pixar CCO John Lasseter announced he would be taking a leave of absence, referencing vague “missteps.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lasseter became known at work for inappropriate touching and making unwanted comments about female colleagues’ physical appearances.
In May 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Disney was considering bringing Lasseter back in a reduced role; this was met with major backlash on social media, with many using the hashtag #LoseLasseter to encourage Disney to keep him away from the company for good.
Next: This celebrity’s attorney says he wants to return.
15. Garrison Keillor
MPR fired author and radio host Garrison Keillor in November 2017. The company says they had examples of dozens of incidents of him sexually harassing a writer for the show.
Since then, Keillor has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer says that he is hoping to return to public life.
“What Garrison wants to accomplish is opening the doors and windows to his future — as a writer, as an essayist, as a novelist, as a speaker,” Keillor’s attorney told the Star Tribune. “That is his goal. As you can appreciate, his life has been upended by what has transpired here. The mission is to get his train back on track. And I am confident we can do that.”
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