Seconds seem to be an exaggeration here, maybe minutes or hours, but the point is a lot of famous people who had built their professional careers throughout the years were at times dragged into controversies (of their own making) that put their hard-earned reputations to risk of oblivion.
It could be a small mistake like a slip of the tongue, but in other cases the problem rooted much deeper in their behavioral tendencies.
Famous people including celebrities and politicians are not invulnerable to mistakes, but then again they are held to a higher standard than the vast majority.
The unwritten rule is that they must be role models or at least willing to set examples because everything they do and say easily become the focus of public attention.
In a world where social media has turned into an unofficial yet preferable news bureau, popular figures cannot afford to lose control over their behaviors.
Every insults and dishonesty that came out of their mouths could end their careers; although some were lucky enough to be given a second chance, many others just had to go.
You probably remember the controversies surrounding these people and how it turned out for them.
10 Brian Williams
Until today, Brian Williams remains one of the most recognizable faces on TV, especially in the United States.
He spent many years delivering news stories to viewers all around the country, carving his persona into a friendly honest figure anybody could trust.
It all ended in 2015 when Williams was caught lying about his own stories reporting the Iraq War.
Basically he made up some events to make himself look much more heroic than he really was in the battlefield more than decade earlier.
He was suspended for six months and later on demoted to breaking news anchor for MSNBC, a free fall from NCB Nightly News.
9 Anthony Weiner
First came out to prominence in the 1990s as he ran for Congress from New York’s 9th district, Anthony Weiner had built his political career on the liberal side, probably too much liberalism on his own part that he had to resign in 2011.
One thing that brought him down from the political stage was none other than his own horniness.
Weiner was caught is a s*xting scandal after an image of his genital made its way to Twitter; it did not really matter whether it happened inadvertently.
He actually had a second chance, but in an attempt for a political comeback, another s*xting scandal surfaced.
Now Anthony Weiner is known as a former politician and a convicted s*x offender.
8 Giuliana Rancic
A single comment about someone else’s appearance does not usually lead to a much larger controversy, but not in the case of Giuliana Rancic.
Mostly known as the co-anchor of E! News, Rancic is no stranger in red-carpet events including Academy Award and Golden Globes attended by A-list celebrities.
In 2015 while filming an episode of Fashion Police in which Rancic also is a co-host, she made a derogatory comment about actor and singer Zendaya Coleman.
She said Coleman’s dreadlocked hair style smelled of patchouli oil and weed, a comment of which many people regarded as having racist undertones.
Following the incident she stepped down from E! News but then returned as anchor in September 2018.
7 Eliot Spitzer
In a March 2008 report by The New York Times, the former governor of New York State and Attorney General of New York was involved in a pr*stitution ring.
A federal wiretap revealed Spitzer discussing about a meeting with a $1,000-an-hour call girl in Washington, D.C.
The report also revealed he did show up at the said meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in February.
He held a press conference immediately after the story surfaced, apologizing to the public.
Spitzer was forced to resign, and his political career practically ended.