Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Kathy Griffin

Controversy has helped make Kathy Griffin famous. But then she went too far, with a stunt that, depending who you ask, was either a poorly presented joke or a violent threat to the life of a sitting president.

In May 2017, Griffin posted a picture of herself holding a blood-soaked Donald Trump mannequin head. According to her, she was mocking Trump’s remarks that reporter Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.” Unfortunately for her, few saw it that way, least of all her employers. CNN quickly canned her from its New Year’s Eve broadcasts, and Squatty Potty (yes, Squatty Potty) flushed their contract with her down the toilet. The FBI even investigated her over the picture. Griffin apologized, saying the joke went too far, lamenting, “I don’t think I’m going to have a career after this. I’m going to be honest, [Trump] broke me.”

Months later, she seemed less broken. In August 2017, she retracted her apology, saying the backlash had gone too far. According to her, not only did she lose her CNN gig, but her entire standup tour was canceled because most of the theaters got death threats. She says her “little picture” cost her jobs, money, and close friendships, and she’s done apologizing for something everyone blew way out of proportion. This may or may not resurrect her career, but she should be fine if it doesn’t. She’s used to the D-List anyway.