Some celebrities and famous people think they live in a world of their own; a place where societal norms don’t apply. They earn fame from TV and build promising careers as actors, singers, news anchors, comedians, and even politicians.
Spoiled with popularity and the thoughts of being infallible, many of them developed a terrible taste of humor or were involved in scandals that badly hurt their image in the eyes of audience all over the world.
Being on a TV show can give anybody an instant boost of recognizability, but at the same time it comes with a risk of constant scrutiny from the media and the public.
Everything celebrities say and do on live TV are on public record and have major implications to their careers.
People cannot easily forget their blunders or poor choices of “entertaining acts” and will punish them for the mistakes.
Here are some previously famous figures who managed to destroy their own reputations on live TV.
10 Milli Vanilli
You may remember a German R&B group called “Milli Vanilli” who came to an almost instant prominence during the late 1980s.
Both dancers Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus met in Los Angeles, then decided to form a musical duo.
Their debut album All or Nothing was a reasonable hit in Europe, yet it became a catapult that launched the group to fame.
Unfortunately the popularity was short-lived following a technical issues during live performance on MTV.
When one recording of the song began to skip, they didn’t seem to know what to do, revealing that the duo had been lip-syncing.
To make things worse, it was then revealed that the vocals had been performed by someone else.
9 Ashlee Simpson
During her early path to what was supposed to be a great singing career, Ashlee Simpson managed to land a massive opportunity to skyrocket her reputation by performing on Saturday Night Live.
The excitement went sideways because Simpson had actually prepared to perform “Autobiography” but it was her vocals of “Pieces of Me” that started playing in the background.
The infamous incident made it obvious that Simpson had also been lip-syncing during her previous performances. She just stood there on stage looking confused, danced a bit, then simply gave up.
8 Sinead O’Connor
Here is the thing about Sinead O’Connor. She still firmly believes that her proudest moment as an artist happened in 1992 when she decided to tear up a picture of the pope to pieces in front the United States during a performance on SNL.
O’Connor didn’t even bother telling the producers of the show that she had planned to do it.
You can almost say that her life and career came apart afterward; she still is in one piece today, and now she just wants to make music.
7 Charles Rocket
It does seem that SNL has been on air forever, giving audience all sorts of jokes from the mildly entertaining ones to the utterly disturbing performances.
Pope photo-tearing incidents and lip-syncing by guests were only a tiny portion of all the flubs revealed on the show.
Many performers had to learn the hard way that even one mistake on live TV came with a hefty price.
Take Charles Rocket as example; in 1981, Rocket said the f-word during a sketch in which he portrayed J.R. Ewing. Rocket was fired mid-season.