What would Hollywood be without its fair share of scandals? Celebrities are constantly under the public eye, so if they slip up even in the slightest, everyone will be talking about it.
However, some stars got involved in scandals so big that they’ve actually ruined their careers. These are the biggest celebrity scandals of the decade, leading up to the No. 1 biggest controversy in Hollywood of the last 10 years.
15. Kanye West’s VMA interruption
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards set the stage for one of the most quotable celebrity scandals ever. We’ll never forget when Taylor Swift was awarded for Best Female Video, but Kanye West obviously didn’t agree with that decision.
He made history by storming the stage and declaring, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
Next: She made their feud that much bigger.
14. Kim Kardashian keeping her receipts
When Kim Kardashian got involved in the feud between Swift and West, the scandal spiraled into something much bigger. The waters seemed calm between the celebrities for a short period of time, but once West debuted his song, “Famous,” in 2016, tensions became even higher than before.
West claimed he received approval from Swift to include the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b*tch famous.” Swift, however, insisted that she never gave him the OK to claim he made her famous.
Cue Kardashian, who just so happened to be recording the phone call during which Swift actually seems to give her stamp of approval. Kardashian posted the video to Snapchat, proving just how important it is to keep your receipts.
Next: Some fans turned on her after this.
13. Ariana Grande licking that doughnut
Pop star Ariana Grande angered some fans in July 2015 when she was caught on-camera grabbing — and then licking — an unpurchased doughnut from the counter.
She really made fans mad when she claimed in the video, “I hate America.” Grande issued a formal apology after the scandal, writing, “Food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole.”
Next: He pretty much lost everything after this.
12. Tiger Woods’ cheating scandal
As probably the most well-known and beloved professional U.S. golfer, it seemed like Tiger Woods could do no wrong. However, once it was revealed that Woods had been cheating on his wife, Elin Nordegren, with a number of women, his life was totally derailed. Not only did his career suffer, but Woods and his wife divorced in 2010.
Next: She had no idea what was coming for her by starring in this commercial.
11. Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial
Kendall Jenner had no idea what was coming for her when she signed on for the most infamous Pepsi ad ever. In 2017, she starred in a commercial for the soda company, in which she uses Pepsi to bring police and protesters together.
Elle described it as “a particularly tone-deaf way of addressing current issues of police brutality and political unrest.” Pepsi has since issued an apology, but Jenner has been living with the embarrassment of being associated with the ad since.
Next: He got himself wrapped up in this lie.
10. Ryan Lochte’s fake robbery
During the 2016 Olympic Games, swimmer Ryan Lochte was all over the news. He claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, along with two of his teammates, which stunned fans across the world.
However, it turned out the whole thing was fabricated. What actually went down was Lochte drunkenly vandalized a gas station and became the center of public humiliation. He issued an apology, but many fans turned their backs after the incident.
Next: We’ll never know what really went down.
9. JAY-Z and Solange Knowles’ mysterious elevator fight
We’ll likely never know exactly what happened between JAY-Z and Solange Knowles during their mysterious elevator fight of 2014.
TMZ released footage of Solange attacking her brother-in-law in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City after a Met Gala party. The family never explained what started the fight, but they did release a statement, which noted, “They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”
Next: The timing of this made it that much worse.
8. Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloé Kardashian
Khloé Kardashian finally found love again after her high-profile divorce from Lamar Odom. She seemed happy-as-can-be with her beau, Tristan Thompson — especially because he helped her biggest dream come to life: becoming a mother.
However, just two days before Kardashian gave birth to their baby girl, True, Thompson was caught in a cheating scandal. According to Us Weekly, “Daily Mail published photos and videos on April 10 of the Cleveland Cavaliers player appearing to kiss another woman at a New York City club.”
The couple stayed together through the scandal, but it wasn’t an easy decision for Kardashian. An insider told Us Weekly, “If there wasn’t a child involved, Khloé would have kicked Tristan to the curb.”
Next: She was labeled as racist after this.
7. Giuliana Rancic’s offensive comments
E!’s Giuliana Rancic tarnished her own name in 2015 when she made comments that came across as racist toward pop star Zendaya. When the singer wore dreadlocks to the Oscars that year, Rancic criticized that she looked like she “smelled like patchouli oil or weed” on The Fashion Police.
Zendaya took serious offense to the comments, and posted a statement to Twitter. “To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive,” she wrote. “I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
Rancic formally apologized and Zendaya forgave her, but we definitely haven’t seen as much of Rancic on TV since then.
Next: Numerous celebrities fell victims of this scandal.
6. The celebrity photo hack
Numerous celebrities suffered a blow as a result of the nude photo hack of 2014. Jennifer Lawrence was one of more than 100 stars whose data was stolen and had their nude photos leaked to the world.
While many of the celebrities involved claimed the photos were inauthentic, Lawrence owned up to them. She told Vanity Fair, “It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting.” She added, “I can’t believe we live in that kind of world.”
Next: Most fans have abandoned him.
5. Chris Brown assaulting Rihanna
Chris Brown and Rihanna were an iconic Hollywood couple, but as of Feb. 8, 2009, all of that changed. The night before the Grammys, the couple got into a verbal argument, which resulted in Brown physically assaulting Rihanna. According to Cosmopolitan, Rihanna suffered “‘major contusions,’ a split lip, and a bloody nose,” which left her hospitalized.
Brown was charged with a felony assault and five years of probation, but no amount of time served could forgive his actions. Although he still pops up in Hollywood every once in a while, most of the fans he once had have abandoned him.
Next: You’d think this would have kept him from becoming president.
4. Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape
Plenty of moments throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign left us thinking, “This is the moment that will keep him from being elected.” However, once the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape from 2005 was released in 2016, we were sure that would be the final blow to his political career.
In the video, Trump brags to Billy Bush that “when you’re a star,” you can “grab [women] by the p***y.” Even though democrats and republicans alike condemned Trump for his comments, it clearly wasn’t enough to keep him from being elected president. Meanwhile, Bush was fired from Today for his involvement.
Next: He tarnished the family name.
3. Josh Duggar’s molestation accusations
The Duggar family may boast an ultra-conservative lifestyle, but they have some seriously dark secrets. The family’s most disturbing scandal revolves around the oldest Duggar sibling: Josh.
He was exposed for having molested five underage girls when he was a teenager. Two of those girls included younger sisters Jill and Jessa. Josh issued an apology for his actions, claiming, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.” He added. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.”
On top of his molestation scandal, he was caught having an Ashley Madison account to search for extramarital affairs online, catfishing women, and assaulting a porn star.
Next: These accusations came as a shock to many.
2. Accusations against Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer has been a prominent face of the Today show for years. So when a woman accused him of sexual harassment in November 2017, it came as a shock. However, a source told Vanity Fair, NBC employees weren’t as surprised. “This has been going on for months and months and everybody knew it and it was just going to be which girl came forward, and who reported it first,” they claimed.
Since then, more women came forward accusing Lauer of sexual harassment against them in the workplace. He was swiftly fired from the network and his Today role was filled by Hoda Kotb.
Next: This is the No. 1 biggest celebrity scandal of the last 10 years.
1. The Harvey Weinstein scandal
2017 was the year of reckoning for sexual harassment in Hollywood — though there is still much more work to do. It’s something that’s gone under the radar for years, as victims have avoided speaking up for fear of not being believed or hurting their careers.
However, once Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed for having sexually harassed a number of young celebrities, more victims gained the strength and support to feel safe coming forward.
Weinstein has since been accused of assault by more than 80 women and has been shunned from Hollywood. More and more men in the entertainment industry have been accused of sexual harassment since, revealing the dark truth of what so many women battle on a daily basis — in Hollywood and in the real world.
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