(Reuters) - Warner Bros. Television on Monday fired actor Charlie Sheen from his job on top-rated TV comedy “Two and a Half Men” following the actor’s rants about show producer Chuck Lorre.
Following are other celebrities in recent years whose outbursts have led to career trouble:
* John Galliano. On March 1, 2011. French fashion house Dior fired designer John Galliano after a video was taken of him in a Paris bar, obviously intoxicated, declaring “I love Hitler” and making anti-Semitic statements about Jews being killed in Nazi death camps during World War Two.
* Mel Gibson. In 2006, Gibson was arrested for drunken driving in California. At the time he told the arresting officer: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?” Gibson later apologized, but his career has not returned to its former heights.
* In 2010, Gibson found himself in hot water again for apparently using a racial slur in a rant at his estranged girlfriend. His talent agent dropped him, and a movie he starred in, “The Beaver,” saw its release date delayed.
* Russell Brand. In 2008, the British comedian resigned from BBC Radio 2 after making prank calls to then 78-year-old comic actor Andrew Sachs in which Brand claimed to have had sex with Sach’s granddaughter. The scandal, dubbed “Sachsgate” in the media, caused massive complaints to the BBC. Brand apologized and went on to major stardom in Hollywood.
* Michael Richards. In 2006, the actor who portrayed the screwball character Kramer on hit TV sitcom “Seinfeld,” verbally shouted at two African American hecklers at a Los Angeles comedy club, The Laugh Factory, using the so-called “n-word.” Richards later apologized and said he had gone into an angry rage. But his Hollywood star fell fast and far.
* Don Imus. In 2007, the U.S. radio host saw his program “Imus in the Morning” canceled when he called members of Rutgers University women’s basketball team, “nappy-headed hos,” which was both a racial slur and a comparison to prostitutes. He expressed regret and eventually returned to airwaves.
Editing by Paul Simao