A leading American channel fired Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen on Monday from his job following the actor’s rants about the show’s producer.
And he’s not alone when it comes to letting one’s tongue loose. Some celebs are subtle, some are shocking, but they all sweep instant online attention with the outcome of their blessed mouths. Love them, hate them — here’s a look at other such unhinged celebrity screamers in recent years whose outbursts have stoked their careers big time in showbiz.
Charlie Sheen: Everyone in Hollywood is asking the same thing, what is he thinking? And Charlie Sheen doesn’t care, he takes to the airwaves and web and speaks his mind, outpouring his wrath over critics, colleagues and producers left-right and centre.John Galliano: On March 1, 2011 French fashion house Dior fired designer John Galliano after a video of him in a Paris bar, declaring "I love Hitler" and making anti-Semitic statements about Jews being killed in Nazi death camps during World War Two.
Mel Gibson: In 2006, Gibson was arrested for drunken driving in California. At the time he told the arresting officer: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?” Gibson later apologised. In 2010, he used a racial slur at his then-girlfriend, which plummeted his career to new lows.
Russell Brand: In 2008, the British comedian resigned from BBC Radio 2 after making prank calls to comic actor Andrew Sachs in which Brand claimed to have had sex with Sach’s granddaughter. The scandal, dubbed ‘Sachsgate’ in the media, caused massive complaints to the BBC. Brand later apologised.
Michael Richards: In 2006, the actor who worked in hit TV sitcom Seinfeld, shouted at two African American hecklers at a Los Angeles comedy club, The Laugh Factory, using the so-called ‘n-word.’ Richards later apologised and said he had gone into an angry rage. But his fame fell fast and far.