These celebrities got caught up in scandal at the height of their fame
These celebrities got caught up in scandal at the height of their fame

Fallen stars: Celebrity scandals that ended TV careers

With its supposed promise of glamour, fame and fortune, many people are attracted to a life spent in the spotlight.

But what happens when the spotlight turns its back on you?

Chef Pete Evans is the most recent celebrity who has discovered that fame doesn't guarantee popularity.

Evans, along with his brother Dave, started out as regulars on the Sydney social scene thanks to their swanky celebrity Kings Cross hangout Hugos.

Evans turned this prominence into national fame and it landed him a spot as host on My Kitchen Rules, which was for years the No.1 TV show in the country.

Celebrity chef Pete Evans’ spruiking of the BioCharger as a treatment for coronavirus has only further alienated him from mainstream audiences.
Celebrity chef Pete Evans’ spruiking of the BioCharger as a treatment for coronavirus has only further alienated him from mainstream audiences.

But when Evans rebranded himself as 'Paleo Pete', things started to go pear-shaped.

First there were the activated almonds comments and strict no-sugar diet, which confused viewers of a cooking show.

However the more Evans started to position himself as a new age guru, offering nutrition and health advice that was contradictory to science and health professionals (like how sunscreen is poisonous or offering bone broth to babies), then his light started to dim.

 

Pete Evans (right) with Manu Feildel as hosts of the Channel 7 show My Kitchen Rules.
Pete Evans (right) with Manu Feildel as hosts of the Channel 7 show My Kitchen Rules.

 

The final straw for the Channel 7 came after Evans started selling a $15,000 BioCharger, which he claimed could help treat the coronavirus.

He was subsequently fined more than $25,000 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Channel 7 ended their $800,000 contract with the chef, who will most probably step away from mainstream media.

He's not the only celebrity to exit stage left from the spotlight for contentious reasons.

 

AJAY ROCHESTER

As host of The Biggest Loser for four seasons, Rochester was the poster child for empowerment.

However the TV host promptly ran away to America after she plead guilty to welfare fraud in 2009.

TV personality Ajay Rochester as host of The Biggest Loser before
TV personality Ajay Rochester as host of The Biggest Loser before

 

At the time, Rochester was on the single-parent pension and has said she "hadn't noticed" the extra money was still coming in from the government.

She plead guilty to 23 counts of fraud and paid back $14,000.

But running away to the US to escape the controversy also ended Rochester's time in the spotlight.

She's tried to resuscitate her career with stints on I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Outta Here, but nothing has quite stuck.

 

VINCE COLOSIMO

The Underbelly star is one of Australia's finest actors, having won an AFI Award and shared the screen with greats like Leonardo DiCaprio.

However Colosimo has failed to keep the drama in his life strictly onscreen and he's been plagued with a string of personal controversies that have hindered his personal popularity.

Colosimo has made headlines for his messy divorce and custody battle with Jane Hall, to bankruptcy proceedings.

Actor Vince Colosimo played gangster Alphonse Gangitano in TV’s Underbelly.
Actor Vince Colosimo played gangster Alphonse Gangitano in TV’s Underbelly.

However, his run-ins with the law have been most damaging.

In 2014, he was banned from driving and fined $1000 after he was caught behind the wheel with a suspended licence.

Then in 2017, he escaped conviction but was fined $1000 after he was caught with a small amount of the drug ice.

Later that year, he was caught driving with a suspended licence and under the influence of drugs.

Added to this are allegations of infidelity in his personal life.

All of this has put a dampener on the talented Colosimo's acting career.

 

DAVINA RANKIN

The reality television star provided Married At First Sight with its original affair storyline - after she kissed fellow contestant Dean Wells while being married to Ryan Gallagher in 2018.

The dramatic plot seemed to be THE water cooler topic across the country and one of the reasons the show was a ratings success.

Davina Rankin from Married At First Sight tells her side of the story on Channel 9's A Current Affair.
Davina Rankin from Married At First Sight tells her side of the story on Channel 9's A Current Affair.

While Rankin insists the affair was actually a set-up by producers, with Gallagher knowing what was going on the whole time, it didn't stop the public from turning against her.

Rankin refused to speak to journalists when the show aired.

Then, rather than cash in on her time in the spotlight, Rankin has retreated and said she's now focused on her life with daughter Mila-Mae, which she shares with partner Jaxon Manuel.

 

GEORGE CALOMBARIS

Unlike his fellow former MasterChef hosts Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, Calombaris' time in the spotlight was anything but al dente.

Most recently, Calombaris was caught in the middle of a $7.8 million underpayment saga, in which he admitted to short-changing 515 current and former employees of his hospitality empire, leading to the collapse of his network of restaurants.

George Calombaris (right) with MasterChef Australia co-hosts (from left) Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston before his spectacular fall from grace.
George Calombaris (right) with MasterChef Australia co-hosts (from left) Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston before his spectacular fall from grace.

This followed an overturned conviction for assaulting a teenager at an A-League match.

The Greek chef has been fairly quiet since stepping away from being a judge on the reality show, which has broken ratings records this season.

 

KELLY RAMSAY

Ramsay, along with her friend Chloe James, became one of the most hated teams in My Kitchen Rules history when they competed on the show in 2014.

While their seemingly harsh critiques made look like bullies, their cooking made them contenders and they made it all the way to the grand final.

Kelly Ramsay (right) and Chloe James made a splash in My Kitchen Rules with their scathing criticisms and brilliant culinary skills.
Kelly Ramsay (right) and Chloe James made a splash in My Kitchen Rules with their scathing criticisms and brilliant culinary skills.

However even the backlash didn't cause them to retreat from the spotlight immediately.

The two started a catering business and wrote restaurant reviews in their home of Perth. Although after one restaurateur complained the girls fabricated a review of his establishment, the two were fired and have stayed away from the spotlight ever since.

 

BLAKE GARVEY

How did Blake Garvey become one of the most hated men in Australia?

He simply proposed to Sam Frost in the final episode of The Bachelor in 2014, only to break it off the night after the finale was aired and hook up with third-placed contestant Louise Pillidge.

Since that controversial moment Garvey, a real estate agent from Perth, hasn't been able to shake his reality television villain tag and has stepped away from the spotlight.

Bachelor Blake Garvey went from every woman’s dream catch to the ultimate love rat.
Bachelor Blake Garvey went from every woman’s dream catch to the ultimate love rat.

 

 

Originally published as Fallen stars: Celebrity scandals that ended TV careers

Pete Evans has also weighed in on the medical cannabis debate despite no expertise.
Pete Evans has also weighed in on the medical cannabis debate despite no expertise.
He later experienced several real-life run-ins with the law.
He later experienced several real-life run-ins with the law.

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