Celebrities say the dumbest things

One comment can ruin a career... 

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    Paula Deen

    The queen of country-style cooking found herself thrown out of the frying pan and into the fire last week after admitting that she used the N-word in the past. The Food Network released a statement, saying that her contract at the network will not be renewed.  (AP)
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    Jamie Foxx

    Being psyched about your latest role is nice and all, but Jamie Foxx took things too far when discussing "Django Unchained" on "Saturday Night Live" in 2012. “I play a slave. How black is that? I have to wear chains. How whack is that? But don’t worry. I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?” he said. Umm... great? (Reuters)
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    Ashton Kutcher

    When it comes to controversial topics, it's always best to Google before you Tweet. Ashton Kutcher learned that the hard way in 2011 when he was late to catch on that coach Joe Paterno was fired because Jerry Sandusky's horrific sexual molestation scandal had finally come to light. “How do you fire Jo Pa? as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste #insult and #noclass," Ashton tweeted to 8 million outraged followers, making it look as though he supported the disgraced program. Kutcher realized his mistake soon after and apologized, but he had to hand off his Twitter account to his PR people for major damage control. (Reuters)
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    Howard Cosell

    Far from a touchdown, this ABC sportscaster made what many saw as a racist comment in 1983 while describing Washington Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett. Cosell tried to excuse his remarks, saying he didn't mean them to be racist, but his career was done regardless.  (Reuters)
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    Gilbert Gottfried

    Aflaccc! Gottfried had a good gig as the signature quack behind the Aflac duck in the insurance commercials, but after the Japanese tsunami in 2011, the comedian sent out multiple offensive Tweets about the victims of tragedy. The duck was cooked and the comedian was fired.   (Reuters)
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    John Galliano

    Mon dieu! A designer for famed French fashion house, Galliano was fired after it was revealed that he had made had been recorded praising Hitler. In 2011, he was first came under investigation for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks, but he was fired after he was recorded drunkenly saying, “I love Hitler” to a café patron. (Reuters)
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    Mel Gibson

    Already known for his anti-Semitic remarks a few years earlier, the Hollywood star would soon be heading for trouble. In 2010, he and ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, were engaged in a bitter custody battle. A racially-charged, sexually-laced tirade that had been previously recorded and then released reportedly showed his allegedly abusive side. (Reuters)
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    Michael Richards

    Aren’t stand-up comedians supposed to be able to handle hecklers? The star known for playing Jerry Seinfeld’s neighbor in the hit television show, "Seinfeld," went on a rampage in 2006 at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Richards, was reportedly heckled by two African American attendees and grew enraged and proceeded to call them the N-word. He then reportedly said racial profanities and made an off-color remark about the civil rights movement. (Reuters)
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    Tom Cruise

    Talk about jumping for joy! In 2005, while interviewing with the leading man on her talk show, Oprah Winfrey asked about his relationship with then-girlfriend, Katie Holmes. In a passionate-- and wacky-- reply, he began jumping on her couch to proclaim his love. (Reuters)
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    Fuzzy Zoeller

    Pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller was far from a hole-in-one. In 1997, Zoller made some discriminating remarks about fellow golfer Tiger Woods and reportedly continued to make some racist comments to another golfer. Shortly afterward, the golfer found himself in a hole when endorsement deals were pulled from him, including Kmart. (Reuters)
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    This NFL analyst for CBS knowingly fumbled the ball in 1988. In a widely-criticized television interview in 1988, Snyder made racist remarks against African American athletes. After reportedly saying that African Americans were “bred” to be better athletes than others, CBS fired him. (AP)
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