Celebrities sell themselves for a living, and that means being charming, likeable and pleasant. You have to have a reason for people to watch you, or you’re just not worth it, which is why we only get to know celebrities as their characters more often than not. Because the truth is, just like the rest of us, some celebrities are nice, interesting, funny people, while others are nothing at all like the people they portray.
The biggest douchebags in Hollywood are the people we love to hate and wish we could remove from our happy, cozy world. These people are famous, but often not for being talented, like top Hollywood actors or Grammy-winning musicians, but rather for being entitled, arrogant, self-obsessed, and rude. For many of these people, any press is considered good press which only feeds into their attention-seeking, annoying ways.
An awful trend among many of these biggest Hollywood douchebags is that many are only famous for being famous. Either they came from a reality show, like Spencer Pratt from “The Hills,” or Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi from “Jersey Shore.” Even Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton fall into that category with little on their early resumes besides being born into high-profile families and releasing celebrity sex tapes.
Others are simply awful people. Rapper Kanye West is no stranger to awkward unscripted moments on live television. Chris Brown will always be marred by his domestic violence against former girlfriend Rihanna. Donald Trump might be rich and successful, but no one will forget his birther nonsense against President Obama. Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck spew hate on a daily basis during their political talk shows. In a perfect world, none of this awful behavior would exist but here, it makes for quite the list of douchebags.
So for whichever reason these people earned top status of Hollywood douchebaggery, be it from their anti-Semitic rants like Mel Gibson or from their womanizing ways like John Mayer and Jesse James, all of these celebs have a very special spot in a very hot place waiting for them. Which celebs grind your gears? Vote up those you think are the most douchbaggy, add any not listed or re-rank this list your way below!
For a period of time from the late-’80s to mid-’90s, Danny Tanner was the coolest dad since Ward Cleaver. Along with Uncle Jesse and non-uncle Joey, the Full House crew seemed like a great family to be a part of. Of course, then we all grew out of puberty and realized Full House was one of the smarmiest, smug, and saccharine-sweet shows ever on television. And Danny Tanner was the weakest, lamest dad ever. The man had all the fire of a jar of mayonnaise. Or so it seemed.
Since the end of Full House and his stint on America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget has returned to the world of stand-up comedy—and it’s a world that Danny Tanner had never dreamed of. Saget is still good natured and friendly, but his comedy is the vilest sort of filth meant to shock and surprise audiences. No subject is taboo for Saget, who will say anything to make you laugh, or at the very least make you terribly uncomfortable. We couldn’t even really reprint many of his jokes here without an NSFW tag. So the least we can do is tell you to Google Saget’s version of “The Aristocrats.” You’ll never hear a raunchier joke in your life. You’ve been warned.
Who couldn’t like Will Smith? From West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where he spent most of his days, etc and so forth. The star who made his mark on Fresh Prince of Bel Air is one of the most charming and bankable stars in Hollywood to this day. And sure, in recent years he seems to maybe be a little weird given that his kids don’t act like humans when they’re out in public, but you just have to remember every time Will gave Carlton the gears for being a dork to get you back into loving Smith’s work.
Sadly, not everyone is a Smith fan. You may recall over the course of his show that Aunt Viv magically changed from one actress to another and the story behind it isn’t entirely secret. Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv for three seasons, says Smith was disrespectful and egomaniacal on the set while she was trying to be professional. He’d do things like tell “yo momma so black” jokes on set and, as a dark-skinned woman, she felt offended and wouldn’t partake in what he thought was funny. The result was her getting limited to 10 episodes a season with no option to work elsewhere until her contract expired. As the days led up to a 2011 reunion of cast members at a charity event, Hubert told TMZ “There will never be a reunion…as I will never do anything with an a****** like Will Smith.” So her opinion was pretty clear. Let us not forget the rumor Will is a big time swinger. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. If you know what I mean.
Television’s most famous bigot has got to be Archie Bunker. No single character has ever more believably sold the role of ignorant, foolish old blowhard better than Carroll O’Connor, which never ceased to amaze those who knew him, since O’Connor was considered a gentle intellectual by those who knew him personally. Rob Reiner, who played O’Connor’s son-in-law Michael “Meathead” Stivic on All in the Family and became good friends with him in real life, believed it was the vulnerability O’Connor brought to the role that made it so believable. Yes he was a bigot and a fool, but O’Connor gave him depth. He wasn’t one-dimensional, he was a real man struggling with outdated and plain wrongheaded ideas.
Showrunner Norman Lear wrote in his memories of how O’Connor would come to every table reading miserable. The reason? O’Connor didn’t think that the episodes would work. And of course he was always wrong. But the actor’s good nature struggled with the character he was supposed to play—the total opposite of the real man—that led him to struggle so hard. And that’s the secret of what brought him to life so brilliantly and believably.
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was America’s dad for years. The Cosby Show was a groundbreaking show presenting a modern African-American family that was successful and well-adjusted dealing with all the normal issues any American family would go through. It was relatable and funny and something we all wanted to be a part of each and every week. A lot of us grew up with the Cosby kids and learned a lot of life lessons about smoking, stealing, and hoagies from Dr. and Mrs. Huxtable.
Most of us were unaware of the rumors that surrounded Cosby for years in Hollywood—or if we read them in a tabloid we quickly forgot them. That all changed in October 2014, when comedian Hannibal Buress made an offhand joke about Cosby’s sexual assault accusations, then followed it up by telling the audience it wasn’t a joke and to Google it. And he was right—Cosby had been accused back in 2005 by Andrea Constand of drugging and raping her. Since then, over 50 women have come forward with similar accusations and Cosby himself has admitted to providing drugs to women during the height of his fame, though he has not admitted to wrongdoing. But as the accusations pile up it’s becoming more and more clear we never really knew Bill Cosby as well as we thought we did.
The star of Home Improvement seemed like a good-natured, dopey man-child during his stint on the show. Allen, who rose to fame as a stand-up, brought his manly shtick to the successful sitcom and lasted for a number of years as he pretended to be an expert in all things masculine and tool-related.
In real life, Allen was arrested on drug trafficking charges back in 1978 when he was caught at an airport with nearly a pound and a half of cocaine. He was arrested again in 1997 on a DUI charge. While he’s kept himself away from law troubles since then, numerous stories have circulated about Allen being less than the friendly dad we came to know on TV when he’s out in public. Stories include him not tipping on huge restaurant bills, to defending Paula Deen’s and his own use of the “N-word” simply because he wants to use it in casual conversation. Talk about “Tool Time.”
Ellen DeGeneres seems like she might be the nicest damn person in Hollywood when you watch her daytime talk show, so maybe that’s why it’s hard to believe there’s any chance she has a dark side. Still, rumors do crop up every now and again, such as one cited in a Star Magazine article from 2014 about how sensitive to temperature Ellen is. According to sources who are never named, Ellen will throw a complete fit if you give her tea or water that isn’t the perfect temperature, likewise if the studio itself is too hot or too cold. And apparently any clutter sends her off the deep end as well. Things must be spotless, or else.
Tabloids have routinely questioned Ellen’s marriage to Portia de Rossi, insisting the two are on the rocks and the cause is Ellen’s bad attitude off camera, which includes random tantrums and drunken fights. Of course, we can’t say for sure that’s true, but someone sure says it is.
For six years, Robert Reed played the level-headed patriarch of the Brady family on The Brady Bunch. Behind the scenes, however, Reed was anything but. According to many reports, throughout the filming of the series, Reed battled his own ego and secrets that at times made life for the cast and crew of The Brady Bunch difficult. For starters, the Shakespearian-trained actor hated the fact that he had to act on television. “Television, in general was beneath him,” Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz explained to ABC News. “And situation comedy was beneath television, in his opinion … He wound up on a show that he didn’t want to do in the first place, and it became more and more difficult for him.” At the same time, Reed had been boxed in by network executives who refused to let him reveal publicly that he was gay. “Here he was, the perfect father of this wonderful little family, a perfect husband,” his former co-star and TV wife, Florence Henderson said. “He was an unhappy person … I think had Bob not been forced to live this double life, I think it would have dissipated a lot of that anger and frustration.” Reed kept his sexual identity hidden from the public until his death in 1992. After the fact, his death certificate revealed that he was HIV-positive. Reed won critical acclaim and a Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Pat Caddison, a doctor who wants to undergo a sex change operation, in a two-part grand breaking episode of Medical Center in 1975.. It was the first for the trans community in Television.
As it turns out, in real life, very few members of The Brady Bunch cast were exactly how they appeared on TV. In 2001, Florence Henderson, who famously played the family’s squeaky-clean mom, Carol, revealed in her memoir, Life Is Not a Stage, that she had engaged in a disastrous one-night stand with John Lindsay, the then-Mayor of New York City, in the 1960s while she was married. “I was lonely,” Henderson said of her Beverly Hills Hotel tryst (via Reuters). “I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it.” But who hasn’t wanted a bit of strange now and again. It seems Flo wanted it again and again. Oh oh Marsha!
In the 1980s, millions of Americans fell in love with Meredith Baxter-Birney thanks to her starring role as hippie-turned-matriarch Elyse Keaton on Family Ties. But while her life on the small screen was all roses and smiles, in real life, Baxter-Birney says she was caught in the midst of a physical and emotionally abusive relationship with her now ex-husband and former Bridget Loves Birney co-star, David Birney. “Nobody knew. It was a secret life,” Baxter-Birney, now Baxter, told Oprah Winfrey in 2013 (via ABC News). “Nobody knew on the show at all because it was important for me to maintain some separation.” Things eventually got so bad that Baxter turned to alcohol to numb the pain. “I was so caught up on my own hurt, and I deserved this because everything else is so horrible,” Baxter said of her “reckless” behavior. “I don’t know what I was saying to myself but I was so angry.” Baxter and Birney divorced in 1989. Incidentally, Baxter revealed decades later that she is a lesbian. She married her longtime girlfriend, Nancy Locke, in 2013.
At age 15, The Partridge Family’s Danny Bonaduce says he began to use drugs and alcohol, mostly as a way to cope with a tumultuous family life at home. By the time the show ended after four seasons, he claims he was broke, strung out and living out of his car in Hollywood. “I’d wake up, kind of wipe my eyes, and I’d go right through the little arch and I’d be in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where everybody’s footprints are,” Bonaduce revealed on an episode of Oprah’s Where Are They Now? in 2013. “I was still famous and people had no idea I lived behind the dumpster. I’d be taking pictures with people and signing autographs … It was totally embarrassing to be famous and homeless.” Bonaduce’s battle with drugs and alcohol continued for much of his life, most famously when he was arrested for robbing and beating a transvestite prostitute in 1991. According to his interview on Where Are They Now?, Bonaduce said he is finally sober.
Gary Coleman, who played the adorable Arnold Jackson and coined the catchphrase, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?,” didn’t have much of a career once Diff’rent Strokes was canceled in 1986. In the decades that followed, Coleman seemed to only make headlines for his personal struggles, many of which were nasty and downright bizarre. Among the craziest: in 1998, Coleman was arrested and charged with assault after punching a female fan who had initially asked Coleman for his autograph. At the time, Coleman was reportedly buying a bulletproof vest because he had a gig working security at a local mall. Coleman, who subsequently filed for bankruptcy, got arrested for domestic assault, and even ran for Governor of California at one point, also battled health issues throughout his life, including a kidney condition that stunted his growth. He died in 2010 at the age of 42 after what police eventually ruled to be natural causes from an accidental fall.
There are few people on this earth with a bigger ego than Yeezy. Kanye West is almost painful to watch. He literally has to be the most self involved, selfish, egotistical, arrogant douche of this modern age—and believe me, with the likes of Bono around there are a LOT to choose from. Dispite his good looks his vanity really does know no bounds. At the 2005 Live 8 concert tour was intended to raise awareness of AIDS, but Kanye decided to raise ‘Kanye Awareness’ instead. Kanye announced that AIDS is a, “man-made disease” that was “placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers.” He was completely misguided about the origin of AIDS and was certainly of no help to anyone when it came to avoiding the infection. Kanye stopped in the middle of a song and declared he wouldn’t continue until everyone in the arena was on their feet. “I can’t do this song, I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,’ he said, saying fans were only exempt if ‘you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit.’When the musician saw a concertgoer waving a prosthetic limb to explain why they weren’t dancing, he acknowledged them, saying: ‘Okay, you fine!’ But when another fan remained seated, he said ‘this is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable,’ before sending bodyguard Pascal to check whether the person was in fact in a wheelchair—which they were.
If there’s one thing we can say about Jonah Hill, it’s that at least he doesn’t take himself so seriously that he wouldn’t mock his own big ego on SNL. After he seemed standoffish in a Rolling Stone interview, and thanks to a few quotes attributed to him, this comedic actor is coming off a bit too serious and egotistical for some fans’ liking. Some say it’s just him growing up and transitioning, trying to move on from doing stupid comedies to more serious films. Others just think he’s just a douchebag.
Katherine Heigl is a classic example of an actress who got too big for her britches. The former Grey’s Anatomy star owed a lot to the show that made her, yet she didn’t feel bad about publicly bashing the writers who gave life to her character and helped her make a name for herself. She’s notoriously difficult to work with and is known for making ridiculous demands that aren’t really fitting for a star of her less than A-List caliber. Maybe she thinks she’s worth it, and if so, good for her for sticking to her guns…? Even if it means her career suffers because of it.
While some of the stars on this list are famous enough to justify their huge egos, Shia Labeouf isn’t quite there yet. Not even his role in the blockbuster Transformers franchise was able to catapult him to the level of superstardom he obviously believes he exists in. To put it simply, most of his fame has come about because of utterly ridiculous stunts, accusations of plagiarism, and generally seeking attention any way he knows how. The emotional vampire either thought he was too big of a name to get caught, or maybe it was to put his name back in the news, but Shia assumed that he, of all people, could get away with plagiarizing and could pass it off as some meta experiment in performance art. That takes guts, we have to admit. For a minute there, people were talking about an actor best known for acting in kids’ TV and alongside giant robots that weren’t really there – though most of the commentary was on how big of a jerk he was, so it wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Then again, they do have a saying in Hollywood about there being no such thing as bad publicity… The actor is accused of stealing lyrics from a rap crew when he performed “freestyle”. A video of LaBeouf , in which the Transformers star is seen shirtless and spitting while energetically rapping, went viral. LaBeouf also declared himself to be the “best to do this” RAP since TuPac. LaBeouf is banned from LA restaurant The Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks – for urinating on a wall.“LaBeouf attends the premiere of Nymphomaniac at the Berlin Film Festival. He wears a paper bag on his head, complete with eye-holes and the words “I am not famous anymore” on the front of the bag. Occasionally, LeBeouf removes the bag from his head and silently cries.
Charlie Sheen is a classic egomaniac whose career seemed to be on the downward spiral while he was in the midst of throwing a hissy fit the size of California. Sheen learned the hard way that he wasn’t irreplaceable even on a show that seemed made for him, Two and a Half Men, when he was fired for bad-mouthing the show’s creator. However, it didn’t seem to hurt him too much. He’s got plenty of money, booze and goddesses to last him a lifetime. Even if you could chalk it all up to a publicity stunt – the ‘winning’ rant, the very public and bizarre breakdown – we must admit, it got people talking about Charlie Sheen. So what did it take for Charlie Sheen, a man who has openly admitted to needing to stand by furniture to stay upright on set, and who has been arrested for beating a woman, to finally get shut down? The world watched in awe — the drugs have finally gotten to him! Sheen has lost his mind! The only thing missing from Sheen’s rant was some Mel Gibson-style antisemitism. Then he came back with some Mel Gibson-style antisemitism. Charlie went out on a national comedy tour where every night you walked out on stage and told the audience you were a warlock from Mars. Maybe you are, but I’ll tell you what you’re not: a comedian from Earth. “When I did Ferris Bueller, my first line in the movie was “Drugs?” I thought they were asking me how I wanted to be paid.” – Charlie Sheen
Michael Bay likes things big – big explosions, big car chases, big robots, and of course, big boobs. And given the fact that his films, cumulatively speaking, have raked in billions upon billions of dollars, it’s difficult to say that his formula doesn’t work. And of course, with the seemingly unending stream of success – financially speaking, most definitely not critically – Transformers director Bay’s ego has swelled to the size of Optimus Prime. The notoriously temperamental director has famously clashed with his cast members, and has often made their time on set a living hell – though, we can’t imagine having to share a set with Shia Labeouf was exactly paradise in any case. Bay’s ego is so famous, GQ did an entire article on it titled, “Blow-Up: An Oral History of the Most Explosive Director of All Time,” And given some of the crazy directors that have populated Hollywood (Hitchcock, Kubrick…) being labeled the “most explosive director of all time,” takes a special kind of psycho. If Obama is forced to apologize for Hiroshima, Michael Bay should apologize for Pearl Harbor. Michael is basically the Adam Sandler of action films. Overall he just makes the film equivalent of a day old McDonald’s burger. You have no choice other than to sit down for one mindless bit of nourishment, but next to a meal that’s been cooked by a real chef it looks plastic and laughable.