Failed It: The 15 Most Epic Celebrity Meltdowns Of 2013

The pressure of celebrity has got to be pretty immense, and sometimes famous folks can crack under the pressure. Symptoms can range from a few ill-advised tweets, all the way on up to a full scale nuclear meltdown of career-crippling capacity! Regardless of the size, these blowups are always sure to land in the headlines. Whether funny, sad, or just plain crazy, we’ve had some doozys in this past year. Head down below for the 15 most epic celeb meltdowns of 2013!

15. Kanye West

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Of COURSE this list had to be blessed by Yeezy, the patron saint of meltdowns. Kanye West did NOT take kindly to Jimmy Kimmel spoofing his interview with the BBC in September, and took to Twitter to make sure the world knew it!

“JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS,” the epic all-caps rant began. “JIMMY KIMMEL, I DON’T TAKE IT AS A JOKE…. YOU DON’T HAVE SCUM BAGS HOPPING OVER FENCES TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR DAUGHTER.” Things just went downhill from there, with West claiming that Kimmel was a “manipulative media motherf—er,” didn’t get enough “good p—y,” and that ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman was way funnier. Low blows! Luckily, Kimmel was able to convince the rapper to appear on his show and bury the hatchet.


14. Bret Michaels

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The ’80s rocker and VH1 reality hero took an unexpected tumble when he became the first cast member Donald Trump booted from Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars back in March. Granted, Trump probably isn’t the most gentle and sensitive of souls, but insiders were reportedly shocked by the extent of Michaels’ bummer.
“Bret was crying and totally distraught after he was fired,” a source told RadarOnline. “He couldn’t stop crying and even the producers were trying to comfort him. No one expected him to have a meltdown like that.”


13. Lil Wayne

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The folks at DirecTV tapped Weezy to appear at their annual Celebrity Beach Bowl flag football match last February. That was their mistake. But then a clumsy cameraman made the error of accidentally bumping into the rapper during the post-game trophy presentation. This caused Lil Wayne to explode, and the camera catches him being held by back by two team mates while screaming “Look at me, motherf—-r. Look at me when you apologize.”

It got much worse when the same camera guy was responsible for taping Lil’s interview a short while later. Needless to say, he was not ready to talk football, and was prepared to storm off the field. “One of these camera dudes just pushed me just now,” he raged. “And I don’t like to be touched by people I don’t tell to touch me so… I’m gonna get out of the building because if I touch somebody, I go to jail because they’re not the color of me. They’re not the same color I am, so you know how that go. But, to them f–k you.”

12. Gucci Mane

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Mane is no stranger to controversy in court and on social media, but he outdid himself on September 9th when he unleashed a Twitter tirade of biblical proportions. No one is completely sure what sparked his 30-message rant, but we’re guessing it was trouble with showbiz backstabbing. “Every 1 n the industry has a hidden agenda every person let greed n pride conquer them its sad but I been in jail so much it humbled me,” it began, before descending into semi coherent disses against Drake, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, T.I., Frenchie, 808 Mafia, Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka, Atlantic Records and so many others. He also boasted of threesomes with Nicki Minaj, Tyga’s girlfriend Blac Chyna, and affairs with Ciara, Monica and Taraji P. Henson. Ooof.

By the next day he had released a song entitled “Stealing,” featuring more slams leveled at T.I., Young Jeezy, and Yo Gotti. We guess that got it all out of his system, because soon he claimed that his Twitter had been hacked by his former manager, and before long his entire account was deactivated. Whatever the actual reason, he apologized to fans and admitted that he was seeking treatment for an addiction to cough syrup.


11. Reese Witherspoon

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It was bad enough when Reese’s husband Jim Toth was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving outside Atlanta last April. But then the actress went all A-lister on the cop, harassing him, forcing herself into his cruiser, and screaming “Do you know who I am?” in his face! The outburst earned Reese an arrest of her own for disorderly conduct and obstruction, and both husband and wife were carted off to jail. We’re imaging she had knocked a few back herself, as this not-too-flattering mugshot reveals.  To Reese’s credit, she’s now able to laugh off the whole embarrassing incident.


10. Sinead  O’Connor

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It all started when the ’90s singer wanted to offer a little maternal advice to the up and coming pop-star. Seems sweet, right? Ehh, not so much. Sinead wrote an open letter to Miley on her official website, essentially urging her to put some dang clothes on. “Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent,” she wrote. While potentially well-meaning, the letter rubbed many of Miley’s Smilers the wrong way.A furious Miley herself responded with a brutal pair of tweets, the first a photo of Sinead’s infamous (and likely career-destroying) pope-tearing incident on SNL. Next came a screenshot (apparently) showing O’Connor’s own frantic tweets concerning her mental health issues, bearing the caption “Before Amanda Bynes, there was…” Ouch! Sinead was not about to take this lying down, and quickly fired off a second -and much angrier- open letter on her Facebook page. “Miley… Really?” it began. “Who the f–k is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f–kin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism.”Not to be outdone, Miley responded with a deliciously understated yet searing burn on Sinead’s career history. “Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week,” she tweeted. “So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)” Sure enough, a third open letter came hard and fast, comparing her fight with mental illness to that of Miley’s friend, Britney Spears. When Miley’s SNL spot failed to mention Sinead or the feud in any way, she wrote a fourth letter demanding an apology for her cruel words! Eventually the whole matter tapered off, with Sinead throwing in the towel and declaring it “over”.

9. Lance Armstrong

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The 315-time Tour De France champion (approx.) and beloved sports icon had his world crumble around him this last fall with revelations that he lied for years about taking performance enhancing drugs. He was stripped of all of his cycling honors, lost sponsorships, faced a host of lawsuits, and banned from the sport for life!While this was more of a long, slow decline rather than a “meltdown,” his downfall was crystalized during his infuriating two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he failed to rack up a scintilla of sympathy with his mechanical and unemotional confession. Admitting to the lies and mudslinging, he didn’t seem in any way contrite or sorry for his behavior, and instead tried to explain it away with the old “everybody’s doing it” defense. His chance at salvaging any piece of his legacy seemed to crash and burn in front of us.

8. Justin Bieber

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The Biebs has been having a difficult year, with an exhausting touring schedule, errant SNL microphone injury, a fainting spell, and brutal breakup with girlfriend Selena Gomez adding to the many pressures weighing on his teenage superstar shoulders.This might help explain why he pulled an Alec Baldwin (see #5) and snapped at a London photographer back in March. In a scuffle to get to his waiting SUV, the singer made some degree of (possibly aggressive) physical contact with the photog. Claiming that he had been assaulted, the camera man said something along the lines of “f–k off back to America…f–king little moron.” This made Bieber come out swinging, threatening to “f—ing beat the f–k” out of him. In the end, Bieber’s own body guard had to physically restrain him from laying the smackdown on the paparazzo. Making matters worse, the whole ugly incident was captured on video. He apologized to his fans via Twitter, but less than a month later he was in trouble yet again for spitting on a neighbor.


7. Lamar Odom

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The L.A. Clipper had been having a pretty rough year, with a lackluster playing season and his marriage to Khloe Kardashian seemingly on the rocks. Then in July he was confronted on a Hollywood street by photographer Stefan Saad asking about rumors of his infidelity. This pushed the usually easy-going baller over the edge. He sped over to the paparazzo’s car and began dumping his expensive camera equipment into the middle of the busy street. Then he began smashing another photographer’s car with a metal bar! Finally, he picked up the broken camera equipment from the road, tossed it in the back of his own car and drove off.Oh yeah, the whole thing was caught on video. Saad is suing Odom for $565,000 on the grounds of assault, theft, and trespass of property. No word on whether or not the court case played any role in Lamar’s DUI a few weeks later, but clearly the guy is going through a tough time.

6. Jason London

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Talk about Dazed and Confused! Something weird (read: boozy) must have gotten into the ’90s actor, because that’s the only way to explain why he apparently punched a bouncer, directed a homophobic slur at police officers responding to the brawl and pooped his pants in a cop car following his arrest. “Guess what f—–? I f—ing love this. I f—ing own you guys so hard. I’m rich and I’m a motherf—ing famous actor! F—ing look me up, bitch,” TMZ claims London told the police before soiling himself.

5. Alec Baldwin

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To be honest, we can’t even count the number of times Baldwin has lost it on the paparazzi. In the summer of 2012 he famously went nuts on a hapless photographer waiting outside the New York Marriage License Bureau,  accusing him of being ” a little girl” and “raped by a priest or something.” Harsh words, but it’s nothing compared to his recent outburst, in which he was videotaped screaming a homophobic epithet at a cameraman waiting outside his Manhattan apartment.It sure sounded like he called the man a “c–ksucking f—-t,” but Baldwin maintains that the second half of the phrase was “fathead.” In any event, despite his apologies for using the first part of the slur, MSNBC cancelled his show in the wake of the scandal.

4. Paula Deen

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Her recipes have often been called unhealthy and questionable, but this summer the TV chef was in hot water for more reasons than just her food. She was accused of discrimination by a former employee, and over the course of the court proceedings she admitted to using racial slurs. The fallout was massive, and Deen was dropped by The Food Network in June.After posting a series of truly bizarre “apology” videos on YouTube, things got weirder when she appeared on The Today Show on June 26th. She never said the words “I’m sorry” during her interview with Matt Lauer, but she did utter some otherworldly gems like “Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No,” “I is what I is,” and “There’s a couple of kinds of people that I don’t like, that I am prejudiced against, Matt — and that’s thieves and liars.”

3. Teresa and Joe Giudice

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These stars of Real Housewives of New Jersey made their state proud when they were indicted in July on a whopping 39 charges ranging from conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, to bank and bankruptcy fraud and making false statements on loan applications. We’re not totally set with the legal jargon, but we do know that it means these reality stars could face 50 years in jail and a $1 million fine!As if that’s not bad enough, a few weeks back the couple were hit with TWO MORE  fraud charges on their rap sheet, and Joe was cited for careless driving in a school zone. All in all, their lawyers are working overtime!

2. Amanda Bynes

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We hate to include it, but it feels weird leaving it out…The former Nickelodeon starlet made some serious headlines earlier in the year. The first major red flag came in the form of her puzzling tweets, in which she showed off her dramatic new style and started beefs with Rihanna, Drake, and pretty much everyone we can think of.From there it got much more serious. After a slew of traffic violations and driving-related offenses, the 27-year-old got into trouble with the law for allegedly dropping a bong (or “vase”) out the window of her Manhattan high-rise. There were some court appearances, but the final straw came when Bynes started a fire in the driveway of a random home in Thousand Oaks, CA. This event led to her arrest and she was and placed under a psychiatric hold, when a doctor diagnosed her as suffering from bipolarity and schizophrenia. Click here for her complete saga, but we’re just glad she’s getting the help that she needs.

1. Chris Brown

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We have our pick of Breezy blowups from this calendar year! In January he fought with Frank Ocean over a parking space outside of a L.A. recording studio. It was a he said/he said situation, with both sides claiming the other swung first, but we DO know that punches flew and the LASO was called to sort the matter out.Parking lots proved just as unlucky in March, when Brown reportedly exploded over a $10 valet fee. Apparently he was pissed because he had only been at the venue for 30 minutes and didn’t feel like he had to pay the full parking amount. A saner member of the entourage tried to smooth the situation over by saying “We got the money … don’t worry about it,” but Chris shot him down. ”We gonna turn this whole thing on out,” he was heard to shout.Most recently, Brown was arrested for felony assault outside Washington D.C.’s W Hotel in the early morning hours of October 27th. Apparently a man jumped into a photo Brown was taking with two women, and Brown (or his body guard, depending on the version) broke the man’s nose. Who threw the punch is up for debate, but Brown spent 36 hours in jail and was hurriedly dispatched to rehab for anger management soon after.

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