Stars who got fired or left big projects.

Nothing in Hollywood is set in stone. Struggling actors can suddenly rise to stardom, and even the most popular celebrities can find themselves on the D list overnight. Some of the following stars lost lucrative contracts for legal, personal or business reasons, while others chose to take their careers in another direction.

Johnny Depp
Following a high-profile divorce from his ex-wife Amber Heard and allegations of domestic violence, Depp was dropped from several projects including the Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises. The actor has stayed away from the limelight in recent years while dealing with his legal troubles.

Jussie Smollett and “Empire”
In 2019, Smollett, the black and gay Jussie Smollett, ignited a media firestorm when he claimed to be the victim of a hate crime. He alleged that two men in Chicago assaulted him and chanted racist and homophobic insults. The police later accused him of hatching an entire conspiracy, which turned his supporters against him. The incident cost him his career, as he was fired from the show Empire. In March 2022, he was also fined 150 days in prison and US$145,000.

Jordyn Woods and Kylie Cosmetics
Once upon a time, Jordyn Woods and famed reality star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner were joined at the hip. They were often seen together on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and attending media events. Until Woods admitted to kissing Tristan Thompson, none other than Jenner’s half-sister Khloe Kardashian was the father of the kids at a party in 2019. The Kardashian-Jenner clan immediately broke up with Woods. All traces of her influence were wiped out by family businesses, including Jenner’s cosmetics brand Kylie Cosmetics, which had a product named after Woods, and Good America, the jeans brand co-founded by Khloe Kardashian, for which Woods worked.

Lori Loughlin and “Fuller House”
Loughlin was at the center of the Operation Varsity Blues scandal in 2019, in which Felicity Huffman and her own husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were among other stars. his crime? Paying US$500,000 to get his daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella admitted to the University of Southern California (USC), in addition to lying on their applications. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, fined US$150,000, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. In addition, the actress was fired from the Full House spinoff Fuller House and lost all her contracts with the Hallmark Television Network.

Shane Gillis and “Saturday Night Live”
Shane Gillis was set to join the cast of Saturday Night Live until his racist, homophobic and sexist statements surfaced. The comedian was quickly fired from the show, not even appearing in a single sketch.

Taylor Momsen and “Gossip Girl”
If you’ve watched Gossip Girl from start to finish, you may have noticed that Jenny Humphrey, the character played by Taylor Momsen, appears less frequently in the fourth season. The short screentime was due to the erratic on-set behavior of the actress. Momsen procured a standing as a diva, with Tim Gunn venturing to such an extreme as to portray her as “disgraceful”. The actress says she left the show to focus on her band Pretty Reckless.

Jake Paul and “Bizzardvark”
The young YouTuber and actor was fired from the Disney show Bizzardvark after his neighbors in Los Angeles were sued over alleged noise pollution. The truth is, Disney has hit the last nail in the coffin on its online antics.

Kate Moss and many luxury brands
Kate Moss revolutionized the modeling world in the 1990s with her fat figure and her bad girl image. Unfortunately, it was more than just an image, as Moss actually lived a life of excess.As a result of a scandal related to his cocaine use in 2005, several luxury brands including Chanel, Burberry and H&M canceled their contracts with Moss, which greatly affected his career.

Romeo Elvis and Lacoste
The Belgian rapper was fired by clothing brand Lacoste, for which he was a brand ambassador, in 2020 following allegations of assault. The artist publicly apologized for touching anyone inappropriately, but the brand stood by its decision and said it had zero tolerance.

Britney Spears and Pepsi
In 2002, Britney Spears was at the height of her career, and almost every brand wanted her to star in their advertising campaigns, including Pepsi. Spears collaborated on three commercials with the soda brand. But things turned sour when he was seen drinking Coca-Cola, smoking and drinking in public.

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