Bill Cosby, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Hollywood’s Other Most Despised Celebrities

Fans adore some celebrities for their charisma and talent. Other celebrities face a world of hate because they’ve done or said terrible things. Some of these celebrities are on our favorite guilty pleasure TV shows, while others have nearly ruined their careers with their bad behavior. These are 28 of the most hated people in Hollywood.

1. Woody Allen

Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein

Woody Allen (L) and Harvey Weinstein at the premiere of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” in 2008. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He destroyed his family through sexual abuse allegations and marrying his adopted stepdaughter.

Hollywood itself has no problem with the actor and director. Many beloved stars work with him and his work still receives Academy Award nominations. But the public doesn’t necessarily feel the same about Woody Allen.

Many actors who work with Allen have been asked how they are OK with the allegations of sexual abuse by Dylan Farrow. The director himself avoids doing press now and pretty much avoids addressing the allegations.

Next: The “material girl” should wear more material.

2. Madonna

Madonna at a gala in New York City

Madonna poses for cameras at a gala in NYC. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com

Why people hate her: She tries too hard to be relevant.

According to multiple surveys, people cannot stand Madonna. They think the 59-year-old should scale back on the scandalous clothing and age more gracefully. Viewers and fans expressed disgust when she kissed Drake on-stage — seemingly against his will — and made it look like she was trying way too hard to make headlines.

The cherry on top for Madonna’s haters: The Malawi government accused Madonna of demanding red-carpet treatment during her visits to the country to do charity work. Malawi’s Minister of Education Eunice Kazembe also said, “There is a misrepresentation of facts out there that Madonna has built 10 schools in Malawi. That is not true because what she is building are school blocks within existing government schools.”

Next: This actor’s iconic character takes things too far.

3. Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry looks shocked as Madea in Boo A Madea Halloween

Tyler Perry in Boo! A Madea Halloween | Lionsgate Films

Why people hate him: He’s depicted black people in a stereotypical light — and produced some distasteful work.

The writer, director, and actor has built an empire based on his famous elderly character, Madea. He has also found a dedicated fan base. However, he’s also found his fair share of critics. Tyler Perry has been criticized for depicting stereotypes of black people, colorism, and sexism in his movies.

Next: This director ruined a legendary franchise.

4. Zack Snyder

 Director Zack Snyder

Director Zack Snyder | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He ruined two superheroes by casting and directing their films terribly.

With a title promising an epic superhero showdown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice became one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. However, the overly serious portrayal of the two iconic superheroes disappointed critics and fans. While we feel that BvS did some things right, there’s no question the movie had serious flaws.

Not surprisingly, most of the blame for the film’s problems fell on its director, Zack Snyder. Some fans even started a Change.org petition to remove him from Justice League.

Next: This Oscar winner isn’t quite sure why she annoys people so much.

5. Anne Hathaway

Matt Lauer interviews Anne Hathaway on NBC's Today.

Matt Lauer interviews Anne Hathaway on NBC’s Today. | NBC

Why people hate her: She seems insincere, trying too hard to be funny and likable.

The public started turning on the actress when she won an Oscar. The reason? Many say she reminds them of an “annoying theater kid.” It didn’t help that when she hosted the Academy Awards with James Franco many thought they did a horrible job.

When asked about the public’s backlash, she said, “People treated me a certain way but I’ve grown from it. This whole thing has made me a way more compassionate and loving person. And I don’t feel sorry for myself.”

Next: This actor’s weird antics hurt his career.

6. Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf responds to media question.

Shia LaBeouf responds to media question. | Getty Images

Why people hate him: He let fame get to his head.

The action star had a promising career, including his lead role in the Transformers franchise. However, his career derailed when he got arrested for public intoxication. Shia LeBeouf then participated in weird public antics like attending a premiere with a paper bag over his head with the words “I Am Not Famous Anymore” written on it. He also watched all of his movies for 10 hours as some type of experiment.

LeBeouf still gets some work, but he’s not nearly as popular as he could have been without his odd personal choices.

Next: He went from most loved to despised…

7. Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer on Today

Matt Lauer on Today | NBC

Why people hate him: He betrayed his fans after he sexually harassed multiple women.

After a fairly squeaky clean 20-year career as NBC’s co-anchor of Today, Matt Lauer was abruptly fired for sexual harassment. Three women filed complaints the network verified. As Lauer’s former coworkers announced his departure live on November 29, 2017, his fans experienced a feeling of betrayal as the once-wholesome TV personality fell off his pedestal.

Next: This actress was completely “clueless” about her inflammatory remarks.

8. Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash is on stage at the Academy Award in a white dress with her arms out.

Stacey Dash | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Why people hate her: She’s make racially incorrect and insensitive remarks.

The Clueless actress shocked fans as she began getting political. For example, she called BET a form of segregation.

Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other way around we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard. Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know, we’re Americans, period. That’s it.

The actress became a Fox News commentator and said several inflammatory statements before getting fired. When Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards she was brought on stage to be the butt of a “Happy Black History Month” joke that rubbed most people the wrong way.

Next: This singer was cuter when he was a little kid.

9. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber takes a selfie with a group of fans while he stands on the red carpet before the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber takes selfies with his fans. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He annoyed everyone as his misbehavior constantly appeared in tabloids for years.

Justin Bieber came on the scene as a cute kid singing love songs. But his cuteness wore off when he began acting like a dumb teenager. Bieber made headlines for pranks like egging his neighbor’s house. A video of him also surfaced peeing into a mop bucket at a restaurant. He was also barred from the Mayan ruins for getting on top of them and mooning everyone.

Next: This TV dad horrified all his fans.

10. Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby wearing a tan collared shirt, with his hands out and speaking in an interview

Actor ad comedian Bill Cosby | ABC

Why people hate him: He’s sexually assault many women and lived a double-life.

The actor was once one of the most beloved actors and comedians in Hollywood. Many fans grew up watching him as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. However, Bill Cosby lived a double life and has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women. Many of them tell the same story of Cosby drugging them before he attacked them.

Although he claims he’s innocent, he admitted in court to getting a prescription for Quaaludes to use on women for sex. Since the accusations, The Cosby Show reruns have been pulled off the air.

Next: This pretentious actress is completely out of touch.

11. Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow signs copies of her book in Seattle.

Gwyneth Paltrow signs copies of her book in Seattle. | Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Nordstrom

Why people hate her: She’s out of touch with reality.

Many people have turned on the Oscar winner since she switched to lifestyle guru. Gwyneth Paltrow’s publication, Goop, is the butt of many jokes, partially because her expensive recommendations make her seem so unrelatable to the average person. Examples: $950 toilet paper, $125,00 18K gold dumbbells, and a $244 toothpaste squeezer.

The feelings are so strong that she was voted the “Most Hated Celebrity” in the world according to a 2013 poll.

Next: This actor’s fans did not tolerate his racist, sexist remarks.

12. Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson threatened his girlfriend and their disputes led to legal actions.

Mel Gibson threatened his girlfriend and their disputes led to legal actions. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He threatened his ex-girlfriend, making sexist and racist remarks.

The actor was generally loved with a successful career, but then his true self came to light. Turns out Mel Gibson is really sexist and racist. He was recorded ranting at his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, using the N-word and saying he hoped she would be “raped by a pack of n*ggers.”

Gibson was later arrested for a DUI and reportedly told a police officer that Jewish people were responsible for all the wars in the world. He turned to the female police officer and called her “sugar tits.”

Next: The producer who inspired a movement against sexual harassment.

13. Harvey Weinstein

Producer Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman

Harvey Weinstein poses with wife Georgina Chapman, who recently filed for divorce. | Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He used his position of power to harass many women who simply wanted an acting role.

The former Hollywood mogul is having a bad year — and for good reason. More than 50 women have reported sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning producer, and the number continues to grow. The list of women include actresses and producers who Weinstein worked with throughout his career, including notable names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Lena Headey, Heather Graham, and Kate Beckinsale.

The Weinstein Company fired him from his position as chairman, and he stepped down from the board amidst additional pressure. However, Weinstein still owns 22% of The Weinstein Compan’s stock.

Next: This child star needs help in the public relations department.

14. Raven-Symoné

Raven-Symone is smiling at someone one Empire

Raven-Symoné on Empire | Fox

Why people hate her: She made racially insensitive remarks.

The child actress continued her career for some time. But when she started speaking about politics and race she got flak. For example, when she hosted The View she said she wouldn’t hire someone with a “black” sounding name. Eventually, more than 90,000 people signed a petition for ABC to fire her from the show, but they refused.

Next: This singer is talented but so obnoxious.

15. Kanye West

Kanye West is talking on stage at the MTV VMAs and he has one hand up.

Kanye West | MTV

Why people hate him: His narcissistic attitude has gotten him in trouble for years.

The rapper has had a great career and most people agree that he’s talented. However, his reputation took a turn at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. When Taylor Swift won Best Female Video over Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” West interrupted Swift to say Beyoncé had the best video of all time. This move shocked everyone, instantly making him unlikable.

Since then, the rapper has received flack for being cocky, outspoken, and picking fights. It probably didn’t help that he married Kim Kardashian, another one of the most hated celebrities.

Next: We’ve seen the same style of comedy from this guy for years.

16. Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler is in a uniform in Pixels

Adam Sandler in Pixels | Sony Pictures

Why people hate him: He’s not funny anymore.

At some point, Adam Sandler’s career took a turn. Critics tore apart his movies The Cobbler, Pixels, and The Ridiculous 6. Many have Rotten Tomatoes scores under 20%. Although fans haven’t loved Adam Sandler’s movies for awhile, the comedian has a Netflix movie deal, so he’ll make more. Variety says it best: He’s aged out of his material, lacks edge, and needs new friends.

Next: The backlash directed at this actor was so bad he quit the business.

17. Hayden Christensen

Actor Hayden Christensen looking glum as Anakin

Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith | 20th Century Fox

Why people hate him: He tainted the Star Wars franchise.

The actor played young Darth Vader, also known as Anakin Skywalker, in the prequels. Much of the fandom hates the movies, and a big reason is the actor’s performance. Hayden Christensen came across as stoic and petulant. He was so hated that he quit acting for several years afterward.

Next: Bad acting will not win you any fans.

18. Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser is pointing a gun in The Mummy.

Brendan Fraser | Universal Studios

Why people hate him: He’s a terrible actor.

The actor most notably starred in The Mummy franchise. But he has been out of the public eye for a while due to the mediocre success of his later movies. Although fans didn’t turn out in hordes to see the actor’s more recent work, some still root for his comeback.

Next: Sadly, it seems like film-making and sexual assault go hand-in-hand.

19. James Toback

Director James Toback attends the photocall of the movie "The Private Life of a Modern Woman"

James Toback walks the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival. | Tiziana Fabi/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He’s used his position of power to sexually harass women throughout his entire career.

Don’t these celebrities know their actions will catch up with them? Hollywood filmmaker James Toback faces allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct from more than 200 women, including Julianne Moore, Selma Blair, and Rachel McAdams. The Oscar winner adamantly denies it, saying these women are ganging up on him, even though many share similar stories of Toback rubbing up against them and masturbating in front of them.

Is he lying? We think Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said it best on his Facebook.

Next: This actress needs to get her roles straight.

20. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson with her hair in a ponytail smiling.

Scarlett Johansson | Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Why people hate her: She starred in many racially insensitive films.

The actress is a big action star due to her roles in The Avengers, Lucy, and Ghost in the Shell. But she’s received flack for racial issues with her projects. Lucy portrayed Asian men as predators, and Scarlett Johansson was criticized for playing what was originally an Asian character in Ghost in the Shell years later.

American audiences decided not to support the latter film; The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast beat it at the box office in 2017.

Next: The public watched this actor’s life spiral out of control.

21. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen is wearing a baseball uniform and wearing a mitt.

Charlie Sheen | Brad White/Getty Images

Why people hate him: Substance abuse caused him to hurt many people in his personal and professional lives.

The Two and a Half Men star was doing well until his substance abuse issues got in the way of his work. The long-running show fired him in 2011. According to Entertainment Weekly, the dismissal letter cited the reason being his declining condition. The actor received another chance with the show, Anger Management. However, it’s no longer on air, so it’s tough to say whether his breakdown ended his career for good.

Next: Fans mix up this actress with her intense on-screen role.

22. Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn smiles in a black dress on the red carpet.

Anna Gunn | Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Why people hate her: She convincingly portrayed a vindictive, hateful wife on a hit show.

Being part of a TV show with a rabid fanbase can backfire. The Breaking Bad actress played Skyler White for five seasons. But many fans hated her character, which spilled over to hating Gunn herself. The backlash got so bad the actress wrote about it for The New York Times.

But I was unprepared for the vitriolic response she inspired. Thousands of people have “liked” the Facebook page “I Hate Skyler White.” Tens of thousands have “liked” a similar Facebook page with a name that cannot be printed here. When people started telling me about the “hate boards” for Skyler on the Web site for AMC, the network that broadcasts the show, I knew it was probably best not to look, but I wanted to understand what was happening.

Next: This actor was rewarded with an Oscar despite sexual assault allegations.

23. Casey Affleck ignored allegations

Casey Affleck is holding up his Oscar in a tux.

Casey Affleck | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He sexually harassed two female coworkers and then paid them off.

The Manchester by the Sea star wasn’t a big celebrity — more known as Ben Affleck’s little brother. But during the 2017 Oscar race, many unflattering things came out about Casey Affleck.

Two women previously filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him. He avoided doing a lot of press during his Oscar run, but the news covered it and many people in Hollywood openly disapproved of his Oscar nomination. When he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, presenter Brie Larson notably refused to clap for him as a show of solidarity with the many who were against him.

Next: This child actor’s weird tweets receive a lot of publicity and hate.

24. Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith and Will Smith look at each other as their strapped into seats in After Earth.

Jaden Smith and Will Smith in After Earth | Columbia Pictures

Why people hate him: He grew up in a privileged, celebrity home and his actions show it.

The young actor and real-life son of Will Smith did well in The Pursuit of Happyness, but things went downhill from there. His biggest bomb, After Earth, was also with his father. People tore apart his performance and poked fun at the young man in real life for randomly wearing superhero costumes in public and tweeting weird things.

Next: This Grey’s Anatomy actress should think before she speaks.

25. Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is looking over her shoulder on the red carpet.

Katherine Heigl | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Why people hate her: She trash-talked her own projects.

The actress received an Emmy for her work on Grey’s Anatomy. But things changed in 2008 when Katherine Heigl pulled her name from the Emmy race and said in a statement, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”

Heigl bad-mouthed her employer through this statement, so it was no surprise that production wrote her off the show. This wasn’t the last time she’d insult her employers. While doing press for Knocked Up, she said the film was “a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. … I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy?”

The actress had some fair points, but the criticism certainly hurt her career. People are much more hesitant to hire her and a lot of her Grey’s Anatomy fans turned on her for dissing their beloved show.

Next: Hollywood blacklisted this TV dad after some shocking news.

26. Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins is in a blue shirt and looking at the camera.

Stephen Collins in 7th Heaven | ABC Family

Why people hate him: He molested children and hid it for years.

This actor played 7th Heaven‘s lovable dad for years. And like Cosby, Stephen Collins made headlines years after the show ended for some despicable things. TMZ released a recording of him reportedly admitting to child molestation. He later released a statement about his actions. He told People Magazine:

Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since. On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago. The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.

Next: This comedian has (mostly) recovered his career.

27. Andy Dick

Andy Dick is sitting on a couch and giving a thumbs up.

Andy Dick at a wrap party for The Head Thieves | Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He constantly gets in trouble for inappropriate remarks and actions.

The comedian appeared in wacky comedies like The Cable Guy and Road Trip, but no one really hears from him anymore. The big reason: a long list of legal problems, including an arrest for public nudity and a charge for sexual abuse. The actor got sober and became a spokesperson, but the public doesn’t seem to want his comedy.

Next: There is no good reason to support this singer’s career.

28. Chris Brown

Chris Brown is in a suit and looking down.

Chris Brown | Kris Connor/Getty Images

Why people hate him: He abused his girlfriend and shows little respect for others.

The singer flushed his promising career down the toilet after beating ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. Chris Brown walked away with a five-year probation and community service. However, he continued to spiral out of control. He broke a window after a tantrum on Good Morning America and got in a violent fight with Drake, reportedly over Rihanna.

Brown still somehow has a career due to some devoted fans. But no company will endorse him anymore and most people recognize that he is an awful person. In 2016 he made fun of singer Kehlani for her suicide attempt.

Next: Everyone is sick and tired of this overexposed family.

29. The Kardashians

The cast of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians are posing together in a red room.

The Kardashian family | E!

Why people hate them: People are sick of seeing their shows, companies, and faces everywhere.

The Kardashian phenomenon took years to make but seems like an overnight success. It started with Robert Kardashian’s involvement in the O.J. Simpson case years ago. But the ladies returned to the limelight when Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with Ray J released. Since then, the ladies have created many businesses and reality shows.

The hatred this family receives is mostly due to their overexposure. They garner headlines every week, and the public seems tired of it, yet they love it at the same time. This is the family America loves to hate.

Additional reporting by Nathanael Arnold.

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