A year can make all the difference.
Some people were picked out of the darkness in 2016 and became household names by the end of the year, and the other stars saw their careers crumble this year. Here are some of the celebrities that fell the furthest in 2016:
Billy Bush had just been selected to be a co-host for the third hour of NBC’s “Today” show when his career crashed. Bush attracted the attention of the media when was the first an interview with Ryan Lochte following his now-debunked claims that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Olympic games. After Lochte’s lies became apparent, Bush’s credibility was questioned when he was in a heated debate about the swimmer with co-host Already Smoking in the air.
But Bush is the real demise came in October, when a year-old tape was leaked of Bush and Donald Trump are having a horny chat with women. As a result of Bush, was fired from NBC.
Media website Gawker lost everything in 2016. Gawker.com was shut down after Gawker Media declared bankruptcy in the aftermath of a $ 140 million judgment against it in the Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy case. Hogan sued the company for publishing excerpts from a private sex tape he claims that he was recorded without his consent. Gawker founder Nick Denton, a former Financial Times journalist, also filed for personal bankruptcy in time.
The media company was purchased by Univsion, but Denton could not convince the buyer to take on the very controversial site Gawker.com so with the publication of her latest article in August and shut down completely.
Dustin Diamond, better known as Screech from “Saved by the Bell,” has never been on Hollywood’s A-list, but he fell further down the food chain in 2016.
The 39-year-old went to jail in June after being arrested on a probation hold. The actor was sentenced to four months in prison after the stabbing of a man during an altercation in a bar. He came a month too early, but then violated his probation by failing a routine drug test, and he was returned to prison.
Kim Kardashian’s bodyguards
Though not technically celebrities in their own rights, Kim Kardashians old guards were known to her loyal fan base, and they had a pretty awful 2016. Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October. It turned out that the Kardashian’s most trusted bodyguard Pascal Duvier with Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner at the time. The reality-star is a high-paid security team suffered the consequences and was fired in the aftermath of the robbery.
When the news of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death saddened the world in 2015, her family quickly pointed the finger at her boyfriend Nick Gordon. In November, a judge in Atlanta ordered Gordon to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case. Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. Gordon and a friend were present at the time. In September, Gordon was deemed to be civilly liable for her death.
“American Pie” singer Don McLean has led a relatively clean life until 2016, when he is faced with domestic violence, the costs caused by his estranged wife, Patrisha, in July. The songwriter, 71, pleaded guilty to the offence of the counts of domestic violence, elder abuse, domestic violence, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, and criminal restraint of a January incident. The two divorced after 30 years of marriage. The singer admitted to E! News that in 2016 difficult for him and he knows it can be cloudy his future in the entertainment industry. “In the past year, and especially now, its hard emotional time for my wife, my children and me. What occurs is the very painful breakdown of a nearly 30 year relationship… There are no winners or losers, but I’m not a villain. I may never recover from this, but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have done.”
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