Celebrities boast good looks, cheeky wit, brilliant bling, or a fiery combo of them all. Often hot stars sparkle for being outspoken, while a candid vibe nurtures fame but may lead to trouble. Celebrities aren't the only people who put their foot in their mouth, but we love watching them wriggle away from shame after they misspeak on the public stage.
From her wacky war of words trading jabs with Donald Trump, to on-air feuds with co-host of ABC's The View Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie's foot goes in her mouth so often, even she can't keep track. Blustery Rosie shot to fame as a stand-up comic, often appearing on VH1. In 1996, she ruled the TV airwaves with The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Rosie sports one of the longer lists of verbal gaffes. One of her most infamous foot-in-mouth incidents was on The View. When talking about actor Danny Devito's drunken silliness, Rosie thought feigning a Chinese accent would be funny, but many people didn't get the joke. Recently, on her radio show Rosie O'Donnell & Friends, Rosie said Helen Thomas was right - commenting on the veteran journalist's controversial remarks over Israel and Palestinians. Rosie also urged the U.S. to seize BP's assets over the oil spill. Rosie wants back on TV, but courting controversy may not be a wise move to land another TV show.
Long before the shock comic shtick of Borat, a radio shock jock rose to prominence by lobbing verbal bombs at all within range. Gaining fame as a NYC disc jockey on WNBC radio, Stern made his bones and a controversial rep by hitting on topical issues, and of course lesbians, on 92 KROCK-WXRK radio station. Stern expanded his trademark vulgarity to TV with a show on cable's E!. Leaving terrestrial radio in 2006 for Sirius Satellite, it has been said that he's not as relevant a pop culture icon, yet Stern still snags trouble with his magnificent mouth. In 1995, Howard Stern mocked the death of Latino pop star Selena, by playing gunshots over her music. Her Texas fan base wasn't amused, launching a severe backlash against him. Recently on his Sirius show, Stern mocked Gabourey Sidibe - Oscar nominee for Precious - calling her 'enormous' and that she'd never work again. The controversy incurred actor Jamie Foxx's wrath, who despised Stern's diss of Sidibe's thespian gifts. A feud between the radio jocks has boiled since.
Comedian Bill Maher delights in a wicked wit, but he's gone too far with his words, and it has cost him. Maher did stand-up comedy and TV, acting in sitcoms like AliceandNewhart. In 1993, his Comedy Central TV show Politically Incorrect made him a household name. The show moved over to ABC, reveling in controversial chat. However in 2002, after making an on-air remark saying 9/11 terrorists weren't cowards, the repercussions made ABC cancel PI. Now Maher hosts Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO, but his verbal fire hasn't diminished. Maher said recently he "wants a real black President," in regards to how President Obama dealt with BP executives over the oil spill. Needless to say, it may be one of Maher's biggest foot-in-mouth moments ever
Paris Hilton is a fashionista, and Perez Hilton's BFF, but she's also well known for verbal gaffes. Hilton's family is synonymous with lavish hotels, yet Paris became wildly popular in The Simple Life co-starring former BFF Nicole Ritchie. Hilton's not shy about expressing herself, but she's gone a wee bit too far. While in Johannesburg, South Africa, Hilton was asked what she thought about South Africa, "I love Africa in general, South Africa and West Africa, they are both great countries." Her lack of geographical acumen pales in comparison to real mouthy blunders. At a party, she was filmed making crude racist and homophobic jokes. Hilton wasn't overly apologetic after the flap, and though the fuss died down, videos never fade from the web.
The View breeds controversial commentators. Elizabeth Hasselbeck matches Rosie O'Donnell word for wild word. Reality show Survivor launched Hasselbeck into the fame game, and then Barbara Walters hired the perky blond for her chat fest The View. Hasselbeck never shies from her conservative leanings, so when Indian pop culture fixture Deepak Chopra said something she didn't like, she told him to "go light a bowl of incense." Hasselbeck's most emotional foot-in-mouth fiasco came when she criticized ESPN anchor Erin Andrews on her sexy costume attire while performing on Dancing With The Stars. Andrews was the victim of a creepy stalking encounter, and her public trials over that were well documented. The day after the incident, Hasselbeck cracked clumsily and she tearfully apologized to Andrews, and anyone else offended by her remarks.
Does America's Vice President need to be more careful about his mouth? Joe Biden doesn't seem at all stressed. As Delaware Senator from 1973, he's had a respected political career, but when Barack Obama picked him as a running mate, the two achieved a huge victory. Biden had a reputation as a joker. Evidently his gig as VP didn't bring change. Biden's gaffes are many, but the two most famous involve health issues. During the swine flu scare, Biden said he'd advise family not to travel on planes or trains. The White House vehemently disagreed with the number two man. When President Obama passed his landmark health care reform, Biden introduced him before the signing, summing up the moment by using a descriptor heard in R-rated films. Big freakin deal, right Joe?
Mel Gibson headlined as a Hollywood leading man for years and was known for action films Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon movies with Danny Glover. He transitioned into being a hit director, with the edgy The Passion of the Christ. After getting obscenely drunk, he promptly staggered into personal controversy. In 2006, Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was so bombed he barely focused on the arresting officer, and called a female cop "sugar tits". To another cop he shouted brainless jibes about the Jewish people causing all the wars of the world. Gibson continues to churn out films like the recent Edge of Darkness, but maintains a low profile with his public behavior.
Christian Bale grew from a precocious kid actor under the direction of Stephen Spielberg in Empire Of The Sun to a thrilling performer as a funny nut in American Psycho, and most recently has slipped on cape and cowl for Batman. Bale's bile bubbles out when he's acting. On the Terminator Salvation set, Bale launched a verbal tirade against a crew member. The thing took on such a life of its own, it inspired dance songs and comedy skits. When Bale apologized to the public, and the victim of his awesome anger, many forgave the actor. Bale mashed up his motor mouth in other ways. He also was arrested after he flew into a public rant over a family incident, where Bale was accused of verbally abusing his mother and sister. Batman isn't proud, Bale!
Alec Baldwin began acting on TV like in night time soap Knots Landing, then onto movies like The Hunt For Red October, Married To The Mob and The Shadow. He now wins Emmy Awards for NBC's hit comedy 30 Rock. Baldwin's tempestuous marriage to Kim Basinger ended in 2002, but a sad public scrape involved their child. In 2007, a voicemail leaked with Baldwin in an expletive flamed rant, railing against his daughter, even calling her a pig. The actor chalked it up to a feud with ex-wife Basinger. In 2009 on Late Show with David Letterman, Baldwin joked he'd get a mail order Filipino bride, so he could have more kids. Senator Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr. of the Philippines wasn't pleased and called Baldwin arrogant. He suggested the gabby actor would suffer a beating if he ever visited his country. Alec, the Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men!
Kanye West's early work with rapper Jay-Z carved out industry respect and billboard fame, as did producing for musical artists like Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. If only West could keep his audio expression within the studio. In 2005, while speaking at a Hurricane Katrina relief concert West said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." It was one of those live TV moments that simply couldn't have been predicted, nor prevented. This boldly defined West as a real foot-in-the-mouth maverick, but then came Taylor Swift. As Swift accepted her VMA trophy, West bounded onto the stage to tell the world that Beyonce was most deserving of VMA accolades.18 West later apologized. He summed up his outburst to being a real dude, not a rude dude. Whatever, Kanye, most agreed it simply made you look like a weird dude.
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