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Top 10 Once Loved Celebs Who Are Now Hated

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp

These celebrities people hate weren’t always so despised! Some of the most disliked celebrities today were once adored by the public. From Amy Schumer to Lance Armstrong to Adam Sandler, we’re looking at the some of the most hated celebrities who fell out of favor with audiences in recent years. Join WatchMojo as we count down the once loved celebrities who are now despised. Do you think these stars deserve the hate they get? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 10 Once Popular Celebs Who Are Now Hated


Well, so much for the respect. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Once Popular Celebs Who Are Now Hated.


For this list, we’ll be looking at ten celebrities who were once respected and admired by the general public but who are now generally hated for whatever reason.







#10: Jennifer Lawrence



Jennifer Lawrence’s career started strong. She earned critical acclaim for her roles in “Winter’s Bone” and “Silver Linings Playbook” while also reaching mass appeal with “X-Men” and “The Hunger Games.” It seemed like she could do it all, and her down-to-earth personality converted a lot of fence-sitters. But then it started to get annoying, even to the point where “SNL” began ragging on her “annoyingly relatable” charm. Fans also started to believe that she was just another Hollywood diva hiding behind a cute persona. And THEN she started appearing in divisive movies like “Passengers,” “Mother!,” and “Red Sparrow,” which further splintered an already-divided fanbase. Whatever the reason, Lawrence doesn’t seem to be the Hollywood darling she once was.







#9: Katy Perry



Poor Katy Perry. She absolutely dominated the early half of the 2010s with numerous monster singles off “Teenage Dream” and “Prism.” But then the “Witness” era started and everyone just kind of recoiled in horror. Perry cut her hair and dyed it blonde and released a string of embarrassing singles like “Bon Appétit” and the especially horrid “Swish Swish.” She also began acting… weird and made an especially odd appearance on “Ellen” that even had the high-spirited host wishing it was over. While she was essentially a living meme, Perry recently admitted to suffering from depression, which likely played a major role in her dramatic transformation. We hope she gets the help she needs.





#8: Lena Dunham



Lena Dunham broke onto the scene with her hugely popular and critically acclaimed HBO series, “Girls.” Her status quickly rose, and she was named one of TIME’s most influential people of 2013. But then things started to change. Her use of social media, which included numerous racist tweets, was fiercely condemned. She also came under attack for her memoir, which included creepy stories like the time she masturbated in bed next to her younger sister. She also recently got into trouble for defending “Girls” writer Murray Miller from rape allegations and lying about having “insider knowledge” that allegedly cleared his name. She has since apologized to the victim (add it to the list), but no one seems to care anymore.





#7: Amy Schumer



If you wish to open a can of worms, proudly declare your love of the hilarious Amy Schumer. After that you can grab your popcorn, put your feet up, and watch the fireworks. Schumer first rose to prominence on “Last Comic Standing” before starting her own Comedy Central sketch show called “Inside Amy Schumer.” However, many people quickly grew tired of her one-note shtick, which included endless jokes about the female genitalia. Then accusations of joke stealing started flooding in, and Amy defended herself by inflating her ego and relating her critics to the alt-right. That didn’t help matters much at all.







#6: Lance Armstrong



For a few years there, Lance was the biggest name in cycling (well, let’s be honest, he was the only name in cycling). Not only was he crushing titles and making big bucks, but he overcame fatal testicular cancer, too! He was a bonafide American hero. But then the United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed that he was heavily involved in a massive doping scandal, and that was that. His reputation was permanently tarnished, he was slapped with a lawsuit from the Department of Justice, and his numerous achievements were stripped. And that’s what happens to cheaters, kids.



#5: Adam Sandler



Oh Adam, what happened to you? Sure, your movies were never masterpieces, but at least there was a modicum of effort involved. Not only was he funny in movies like “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore,” but he also proved his dramatic acting chops in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Reign Over Me.” The man is clearly talented, which makes it hurt when we see utter dumpster fires like “Jack and Jill” on the theater marquees. Sandler is clearly in it for the money, as he makes millions while simultaneously farting around with his friends and going to exotic locations. He’s clearly living the life (and good for him), but we miss laughing with Adam, not at him.





#4: Kanye West



We know this is going to be a little touchy for some people, but there’s no denying that Ye’s reputation suffered a wee bit of a hit in 2018. Kanye was once one of the greatest and most revolutionary musical artists on the planet, gifting us mere mortals with all-time classics like “Late Registration” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” And while he was always a little strange and contentious, he’s ramped up the weirdness in recent years. Now he’s getting all political, saying weird stuff about slavery, and releasing meme music like “Lift Yourself” and “I Love It” (“Kids See Ghosts” was still straight fire, though). Tortured artist or indefinable genius? You be the judge.







#3: Roseanne Barr



While Gen Z’ers know Roseanne Barr as little more than a racist, fake news-spouting conspiracy theorist who buried her own career, those who were around for the 90s remember her as the star of “Roseanne.” This was an incredibly popular sitcom that realistically portrayed a working-class family and later earned infamy for its dreadful series finale. The show was brought back in 2018 and made surprisingly big numbers, but was swiftly cancelled after Roseanne made a tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape. You could say it was a teensy bit offensive. ABC certainly thought so, as they threw her butt out and made “The Conners” without her.





#2: Kevin Spacey



Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Spacey always played the weirdo creep (even in his comedies), which is ironic considering the real-life allegation that’ve recently surfaced against him. In 2017, actor Anthony Rapp came forward claiming that a drunk 26-year-old Spacey tried to seduce him when he was just 14. After that, people came out of the woodwork with stories about Spacey being a freaky perv, and in 2018 he was charged with indecent assault, with alleged video proof to boot. The same day he was charged, Spacey released a disturbing video where he kind of insinuated that it was okay to molest people, and that just made everything so, so much worse.







Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions.



Johnny Depp




Gwyneth Paltrow






Matt Lauer





#1: Bill Cosby




If Kevin Spacey’s career collapsed like a house of cards, then Bill Cosby’s was like the fall of the Roman Empire. This guy essentially ruled the known world with “The Cosby Show,” his stand-up comedy, his adorable sweaters, and the weird noises he was constantly making that charmed the world for some unknown reason. Straight-up nothing could stop this man. That is, until he was accused of drugging and raping women for years. While the statute of limitations kept him relatively punishment-free, he was still sentenced to 3-10 years in prison on three counts of indecent assault. We never thought we’d say this, but Bill Cosby may die in prison.
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