Cut! - Terrible Things Celebrities Have Said on Live TV

Updated on September 29, 2018
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I love the performing arts, and the people in the industry, so most of my articles are written about traditional and digital celebrities.

Celebrities are human, and they make mistakes just like everyone else does. However, unlike everyone else, celebrities need to be mindful of some of the things they say and do.

Live TV and social media are realities that can be both unrelenting and unforgiving. Smart celebrities like Jodie Foster, Sade and Cate Blanchett are notoriously private, they tend to shy away from the press, and they don't go around blurting out ridiculous statements when cameras and microphones are shoved in their faces - perhaps some other celebrities should take notes...

In the past, there has been cringe worthy statements made by celebrities that you know they wish they could take back, let's have a look at some of them right now...

Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford

Actor/comedian Martin Short wrote a memoir titled, I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend. In it, he wrote about the grief he experienced over the loss of his wife to ovarian cancer after sharing a life with her for nearly four decades.

Short said it was the most awful thing he's ever been through, and he admitted to regularly speaking to her after her death. Now don't get it twisted, Short isn't crazy, this is a normal occurrence...

Two years later, Kathie Lee Gifford interviewed Martin Short, and she actually complimented him on his long and happy marriage. She clearly had no idea that Short's wife had passed away nearly two years before the interview, because she went on and on about how the couple were still in love after all these years...

In retrospect, the interview is hard to watch, but Martin Short was graceful under fire, he never corrected Gifford, and he was pleasant afterwards, stating that "people make mistakes." Poor Kathie Lee was mortified, she apologized on social media, and I'm sure she'll never interview anyone else without doing her homework.

This wasn't actually a "terrible thing," but embarrassing for sure, this next one though, is truly terrible and very "telling" of the character of the person who made the statement...

Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne

This next one makes a case for how some people just need to remain quiet if they aren't necessarily proud of their racist inner thought processes...

In 2015, Kelly Osbourne made a guest appearance on The View. Understandably, Kelly wanted to have intelligent input about politics in order to keep up with the women on the show, because unlike most of the copy cat talk shows that feature an all-women panel, the ladies on the The View are actually intelligent women. Even though I don't necessarily agree with everything harp about, I'll give it to them that they are smart women. But, I digress..

In response to Donald Trump's immigration policy, Kelly Osbourne asked this question, "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?" Yesssss...she actually SAID JUST THAT!

Latina co-host, Rosie Perez immediately polled Kelly on her comment, and Kelly awkwardly tried to back pedal her way out of the statement, but it was too late. Afterwards, she blamed her "poor choice of words" and stated that her statement doesn't reflect her true opinion at all, and that she didn't want to be dragged into Donald Trumps political nightmare... Too late!

Raven Symone
Raven Symone

Raven Symone has said some pretty stupid stuff over the years, and I guess by now we should be somewhat used to it. However, this young lady never ceases to amaze me with the depth of her ridiculousness...

She stated that she doesn't identify with being an African-American, and she's argued that Harriett Tubman "doesn't deserve" to be on the $20 bill. Now, I will say about the $20 bill thing, she did state that Tubman should be replaced with Rosa Parks, but I'm not sure what difference it makes, since BOTH women made important contributions to black history and to American history overall.

However, her craziest statement to date was when she admitted on live TV that she actually supports workplace discrimination if someone's name sounds "too ethnic." She stated, "I'm not about to hire you, if your name is Watermelondrea, it's just not gonna happen!"

After the backlash over her obviously crazy statement ...because clearly, how does someone's name reflect their intellect and work ethic? She then released an apology on social media, and claimed that she had been the victim of workplace discrimination on many occasions... I don't know who hired this dizzy broad for her spot on The View, but she doesn't fit in, and I haven't checked yet, but its 2018, and I hope she's no longer part of the cast.

Kanye West
Kanye West

With Kanye West, it's not about what stupid thing he said, it's which stupid thing he has said.... From interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at an awards show and saying "Beyonce should have won" to his crazy, unwarranted, way off in the left lane attack on then President George Bush during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, where he stated "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

I mean look, to be fair, I think Beyonce probably should win just about any award over Taylor Swift, because Beyonce is a performance beast and Taylor sings bubblegum pop songs and can't dance worth a lick. George W. Bush is probably nobody's favorite U.S. President, and for all I know, he might not care about black people, although I doubt it very seriously. I recognize those two statements as my opinion, and If I were a celebrity with a modicum of influence I would never make those statements in public as though they were facts. And, I think most of us feel the same way.

Recently, Kanye West expresses his support and admiration for Donald Trump, and he has stated that 400 years of slavery was the choice of the African American people.

No one is exactly certain how he admires Donald Trump,who has been sued for discriminatory practices against blacks, multiple times, while he was still just a businessman. It's particularly puzzling after Kanye's totally unwarranted Bush statement.. He believed that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," but somehow he thinks Donald Trump does?

And, that hyper ridiculous statement about slavery being a choice by black people is the absolute limit. There really are no words...

Unlike Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Osbourne and Raven Symone, Kanye West has legions of young fans who look up to him, and take their cues from him, someone should mute his social media accounts and sensor his mouth. It's too bad his mother is gone, perhaps that's a clue to what's wrong with him.


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