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Publicity Stunts That Destroyed Celebrities’ Careers

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It’s no secret that some celebrities seek longevity through publicity stunts, crafting memorable moments just to create a buzz. Whether it’s a “secret” make-out sesh on a beach or a button-pushing tweet, many stars know how to work an audience in both obvious and subtle ways. However, despite the well-worn saying, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” we think some stars would beg to differ. The following publicity stunts only ended up hurting these celebrities’ careers…

Kathy Griffin | 0:28
Morton Downey Jr. | 1:26
Justin and Janet | 2:17
Ashanti | 3:23
Dustin Diamond | 4:10

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  1. Cahidi Joyo Raharjo

    April 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    The stupidities of the celebrities.

  2. Svein Grimstad

    April 19, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    That Trump photo was way over the line, too grows, I pity him and from this point I consider to be just positive about him. He ain't that bad, right? This was just too much! It just gain sympathy for him, it does not work the way she may have intended.

  3. nadine87k

    April 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Anyone else find the thumbnail disturbing?

  4. timegirl55

    April 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Why should Janet be punished for what Justin did

  5. Nicki Swift

    April 19, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Which of these celebs do you think should get another chance?

  6. Heather Brown

    April 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm


  7. MrsPoodle78

    April 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Kathy Griffin may have taken it too far, but the hypocrisy of the right on that issue is hilarious. I remember seeing right-wingers hang (and burn) Obama in effigy in mock lynchings, call him the "ni**er in the white house" and called his wife an "ape in heels".

  8. Blakk Diamondz

    April 19, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    What happened to Janet just goes to show how the world views/treats women. I know everyone isn't the same.

  9. Star Cherry

    April 19, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Kathy Griffin should’ve just owned it, the public would’ve went easier on her

  10. ferociousgumby

    April 20, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Kathy Griffin's face is pulled back so far she lives in another state now

  11. Calvin Candie

    April 20, 2018 at 11:13 am

    American’s are scared to death to see a boob!

  12. Arathor82

    April 20, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Kathy Griffin had a career ? No ,really she did ?

  13. Jake Bryant

    April 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Look I think Trump is a bastard but what Kathy did was…. disturbing almost psychotic especially with that look on her face as she's holding the head. That doesn't look like a joke.

  14. Chris Fox

    April 20, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I love all the dumb broads in the comments section that don't understand Janet Jackson was the one behind the tit coming out.

  15. DaMaj Payne

    April 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Kathy Griffin is a true patriot.

  16. ninety9

    April 21, 2018 at 3:11 am

    also joaquin phoenix…remember that cringey late show with david letterman appearance he did? im still confused as to what actually the fuck that was all about!?

  17. Sideshownicful

    April 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Kathy Griffin had a career in 2017?

  18. HrglassHealer

    April 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I stand w/Kathy griffin! Everyone wants The orangutans head! Janet got railroaded! Justin is a wannabe wigga! Who cares about the rest of the list…..!

  19. Joesph Bird

    April 21, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Anyone else think the thumbnail was Huey Lewis?

  20. emani chantel

    April 22, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Justin and Janet wasn’t for publicity. Especially since Janet got the unequal treatment

  21. Blank Space Provided

    April 22, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Why is it when men aren’t being accused of only wanting to see women’s breasts they are being accused of doing everything they can to keep them covered up?

  22. Lil Sunshine

    April 22, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I with Kathy Griffin and carrot top would drive off a cliff together. #publicitystunt

  23. Tobi Worley

    April 22, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Kathy has bounced back!!.Her career is better than ever!!

  24. Sammy Ytube

    April 22, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Janet should join the #metoo movement.  Just got to accidently violate and humiliate her in public and she deals mostly with the suffering.  Talk about blatant inequality b/c she is black and a woman.

  25. license2breal

    April 22, 2018 at 5:45 am

    I never heard about the ashanti one…smh

  26. Julie Porter

    April 22, 2018 at 6:38 am

    So Justin does the deed and Janet gets punished for it. That is perfectly fair (End Sarcasm)

  27. john.doe

    April 23, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Let's be honest about Janet Jackson….. her career by that time was already on the ropes. Her career was already down on one knee Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake's career was going pretty strong at the time. Unlike other Nicki Swift uploads, this one wasn't bad, but like almost all Nicki Swift uploads there is some degree of misinformation within the content.

  28. Ivanna Siller

    April 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Wtf JT

  29. Merle Seidel

    April 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Engine jacket arrest suspect elect unexpected host father comedy running.

  30. P J

    April 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    What the hell happened to Ashanti lol I don't get it.

  31. phoenix rises

    April 23, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Justin should have been blacklisted. Ugh he's a douche

  32. Joan

    April 23, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Y’all forgot Tom Hiddleston when he “dated” Taylor Swift. Lost his chance at being the next bond

  33. 702book

    April 23, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I knew that wasn't Screech's peepee in that video. The camera was always framing his POV but never a full frontal view of him.

  34. Sokobansolver

    April 23, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    The moral of Kathy's story: Threats of violence are not okay when they're against the president but they're okay when they're against anyone else, and it only counts as hypocrisy if said by a liberal.

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