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Celebs Who Destroyed Their Careers On Live TV

Success is a fickle thing that can disappear in a matter of minutes. These performers and professionals were really going places before one spare comment, brash action, or untimely revelation stopped their careers in their tracks. Some of these missteps, on their own, wouldn't be the worst thing in world, but add live TV to the mix, and you've got a recipe for disaster.

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    Celebs Who Destroyed Their Careers On Live TV - Nicki Swift

    Celebs Who Destroyed Their Careers On Live TV - Nicki Swift

    Success is a fickle thing that can disappear in a matter of minutes. These performers and professionals were really going places before one spare comment, brash action, or untimely revelation stopped their careers in their tracks. Some of these missteps, on their own, wouldn't be the worst thing in world, but add live TV to the mix, and you've got a recipe for disaster.

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    Celebrities who dare to brave live television — whether it's hosting a talk show or giving an interview — are big risk-takers. That's because you never know how a segment might go down, even if you're a seasoned industry vet. Although we won't name any names just yet, there's a certain news anchor who knows this sentiment all too well, having damaged their credibility after being caught in an on-air lie. Oops.

    Celebs Who Destroyed Their Careers In A Matter Of Seconds

    Celebs Who Destroyed Their Careers In A Matter Of Seconds

    These celebrities were beloved by fans and the entertainment industry until one false move totally kiboshed their careers. Some were involved in terrible accidents or crimes. Others delivered awful performances, or awful reviews of awful performances. Who thinks the Earth is flat (and told Twitter all about it?) Who wanted to become president but became a meme instead? And who threw a sucker punch in an elevator? Some stars voluntarily disappeared after their life-changing moments, others were forced out of the limelight, and a few actually attempted to mount comebacks. The results were the same — all that fame and fortune faded from view

    Famous People Who Destroyed Their Careers In A Matter Of Seconds - Nicki Swift

    Famous People Who Destroyed Their Careers In A Matter Of Seconds - Nicki Swift

    Falling from grace can certainly hurt if you've built a fortune in the spotlight. Unfortunately, famous people aren't immune to mistakes and quite honestly, they're held to a higher standard than most. While most people may be granted a second chance, these well-known people were axed or demoted after making awful comments or being caught behaving badly. In all, their careers were decimated by their actions. From Brian Williams embellishing war stories to Paula Deen confessing to using the N-word, to Giuliana Rancic making a single joke that literally fractured her long tenure at E! News, here are a group of stars whose careers went up in flames in a matter of seconds.

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    Hollywood stars don't get a lot of leeway when it comes to professional screwups. A few box office bombs, and an actor can find him or herself going from leading roles to bit parts in a hurry. Just ask Christian Slater. But sometimes, a fan- and critic-favorite has such a trainwreck of a professional life that either nobody wants to work with them, or when they're willing to risk it, they can't get insurance for the project should the volatile star go off the rails and tank the whole thing. Here's a list of celebrities whose dirty laundry pile got so big, it stank up the spotlight.

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