30. Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen is considered a controversial comic due to his unique style of comedy that often pushes boundaries and challenges societal norms. He is known for creating and portraying outlandish characters, such as Borat and Ali G, who use satire to expose and ridicule cultural, political, and social issues.
Cohen’s brand of humor often involves pushing people out of their comfort zones and exposing their biases and prejudices. This has led to some of his stunts being labeled as offensive — and has even caused legal controversies. However, many fans of his work appreciate his ability to use comedy as a tool to shed light on important issues and challenge the status quo.
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29. Sarah Silverman
Silverman constantly uses edgy and provocative humor that often challenges societal norms and taboo topics. She is known for tackling controversial issues, such as race, gender, and religion, with a mix of irreverent and self-deprecating humor. Silverman’s comedy can be seen as both provocative and thought-provoking, often making audiences question their own beliefs and prejudices. However, her style of humor has also been criticized for being offensive and crossing the line of good taste.
Some of her jokes have caused outrage, particularly those that touch on sensitive topics such as terrorism. Despite the controversy surrounding her comedy, Silverman is admired by many for her wit, intelligence, and ability to push boundaries in a male-dominated industry.
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28. Daniel Tosh
The former talk show host has a style of humor that often involves edgy and offensive jokes. He is known for pushing the limits of what is socially acceptable, often targeting sensitive topics such as race and sexuality. Tosh’s comedy often involves shocking his audiences with his blunt and unapologetic delivery. He has been accused of making fun of marginalized groups and trivializing serious issues, which has led to criticism and backlash from some audience members and critics.
Tosh has also been involved in several controversies throughout his career, including an incident where he made a controversial joke about rape during a stand-up performance.
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27. Michael Richards
Richards (pictured left) is most known the wacky and unique next door neighbor Kramer in arguably the most prolific comedy of all-time in Seinfeld. Years later when doing a stand-up set in Los Angeles, things got very dark, very quickly. During the show in 2006, Richards responded to a heckler with a series of racially charged insults. The incident was caught on video and quickly went viral, causing a media firestorm and public backlash. Richards issued several apologies, but the incident had already tarnished his reputation and career.
The incident highlighted the issue of racism in comedy and the responsibility of comedians to be mindful of their language and the impact it can have on their audience.
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26. Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin once had it all. We’re talking about her own reality show, constant appearances on talk shows, and even acting roles. However, all of that came crashing down very quickly.
Her provocative style of humor often pushes the limits of what is socially acceptable. She is known for her sharp-tongued commentary on celebrities, politicians, and current events. Griffin’s comedy often involves political satire and commentary on controversial issues such as sexuality, religion, and race. She has been involved in several controversies throughout her career, including a 2017 incident where she posted a photo of herself holding a fake severed head that resembled Donald Trump, which caused a massive public backlash and damaged her career.
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25. Jeff Dunham
Dunham is a controversial comic due to his use of racially charged humor and the portrayal of ethnic stereotypes through his puppets. He is known for his popular characters, such as Achmed the Dead Terrorist, which have been accused of perpetuating negative stereotypes of Middle Eastern people. Additionally, some of Dunham’s jokes have been criticized for being offensive and insensitive towards various groups, including women, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.
Dunham has defended his comedy, stating that he is an equal opportunity offender and that he intends to entertain, not offend. However, his style of humor has led to criticism and backlash from some audience members and critics.
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24. Chelsea Handler
Handler is no stranger to controversy. She is known for her commentary on politics, gender, sexuality, and social issues. Handler’s humor often involves pushing boundaries and challenging societal norms, which has led to criticism from some audience members and critics. She has been accused of making insensitive and offensive comments, particularly towards marginalized groups such as people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.
Additionally, Handler’s use of alcohol and drug consumption in her comedy has been seen as problematic by some, leading to concerns over the normalization of substance abuse. Despite the controversy surrounding her comedy, Handler has a large following of supporters who appreciate her frank and fearless approach to humor and her willingness to speak her mind on important issues.
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23. Russell Brand
Brand is rooted in both the worlds of acting and comedy. However most recently, he’s been sitting the realm of activism — with more of a political slant. He’s known for his unconventional style of humor and outspoken activism on political and social issues. Brand has used satire to critique capitalism, consumerism, and other societal norms. Brand’s comedy often involves pushing boundaries and challenging mainstream ideas, which has led to criticism and controversy from some audience members and critics. He has been accused of being too self-indulgent and narcissistic, and his jokes have been criticized for being offensive and insensitive towards various groups, including women, the LGBTQ+ community, and religious groups.
Additionally, Brand’s outspoken activism has drawn criticism and praise, as he is known for his work on issues such as drug addiction, poverty, and political corruption. Despite the controversy surrounding his comedy, Brand has a large following of fans who appreciate his unique brand of humor.
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22. Kevin Hart
Hart is a highly popular figure. He’s one of the hardest working people in Hollywood, and often puts a smile on people’s faces. However, there has been a bit of controversial past with him as it pertains to comedy.
Hart’s jokes have been criticized for perpetuating negative stereotypes and contributing to the marginalization of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, Hart was set to host the Oscars, but old tweets containing homophobic slurs resurfaced, leading to public outcry and Hart stepping down from the hosting gig. Hart has since apologized for his past comments and actions, but the controversy surrounding his comedy and views on the LGBTQ+ community has continued to follow him.
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21. Margaret Cho
San Francisco native Margaret Cho is a controversial comic due to her use of humor to address sensitive and taboo subjects such as race, gender, sexuality, and politics. Cho’s comedy often involves pushing boundaries and challenging societal norms, which has led to criticism and backlash from some audience members and critics.
She has been accused of being too vulgar and offensive, particularly towards Asian Americans and other marginalized groups. However on the other side of the proverbial coin, Cho’s activism and outspokenness on political issues such as LGBTQ+ rights and the fight against racism have drawn praise.
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20. Sam Kinison
The late larger-than-life personality was a controversial comic due to his outrageous and often offensive style of humor. He was known for his intense delivery and use of yelling and screaming to emphasize his jokes. Kinison’s comedy often involved tackling taboo subjects such as sex, religion, and drug use. He was also accused of making insensitive and offensive comments towards various groups — including women, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Additionally, Kinison’s personal life, including his struggles with substance abuse and relationships, were often woven into his sets. Despite the controversy surrounding his comedy, Kinison had a dedicated fanbase who appreciated his unique brand of humor and his willingness to take risks on stage.
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19. Anthony Jeselnik
Jeselnik become a public figure about creatively railing on celebrities during those famed Comedy Central roasts. He’s known for using dark humor and taboo subjects such as death, suicide, and tragedy. His comedy often involves intentionally offensive and provocative jokes that push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in mainstream comedy. Jeselnik’s humor has been criticized for being insensitive and offensive towards various groups, including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, some have accused him of being too self-indulgent and lacking empathy for the victims of the tragedies he jokes about.
Despite the controversy surrounding his comedy, Jeselnik has a loyal set of supporters. He has defended his comedy by stating that he is simply trying to make people laugh and that he believes humor can be a powerful tool to confront difficult and painful subjects.
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18. Greg Giraldo
We all knew Giraldo from the Comedy Central roast days. Quick and immensely bright, the energy he offered popped off the screen. Along with that, Giraldo was a controversial comic due to his use of dark humor and provocative language to address sensitive subjects such as addiction, mental illness, and religion. Giraldo’s comedic style often led to criticism and backlash from some audience members and critics. He was known for his sharp wit and ability to deliver cutting insults, which earned him a reputation as a master of roasts. However, Giraldo’s humor has also been criticized for being insensitive and offensive towards various groups, including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Additionally, Giraldo’s struggles with addiction and mental health issues were often incorporated into his comedy. Sadly, Giraldo passed away in 2010 due to a drug overdose, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most respected and controversial comedians of his time.
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17. Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was not a comedian or comic, but rather a legendary actress who starred in numerous classic Hollywood films. Crawford’s career spanned several decades, and she was known for her powerful on-screen presence and ability to portray strong and complex female characters. However, Crawford’s personal life was often shrouded in controversy and scandal, which earned her a reputation as a difficult and often temperamental star.
She had a notorious feud with fellow actress Bette Davis, which was famously documented in the film Feud: Bette and Joan. Additionally, Crawford’s relationship with her adopted children, particularly her daughter Christina, was the subject of much scrutiny and criticism, leading to the publication of the controversial memoir Mommie Dearest. While Crawford was not a comic or comedian, her legacy in Hollywood is still remembered and debated to this day.
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16. Bill Burr
Burr has exploded into the public eye. Aside from being a very talented comedian, the Boston native an also act — as evidenced in roles in The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad, Reservation Dogs, and The King of Staten Island.
However, he also has an unapologetic and often politically incorrect style of humor. He is known for tackling sensitive topics such as race, gender, and religion with a no-holds-barred approach that can be divisive among audiences. Burr has been accused of being insensitive and offensive towards various groups, including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. His jokes often rely on stereotypes and generalizations, which some feel perpetuate harmful attitudes and beliefs. Additionally, Burr’s personal views on controversial issues such as cancel culture and feminism have also drawn criticism and backlash from some. He has defended his comedy by stating that he is not trying to offend anyone but rather using humor to explore complex issues and start conversations.
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15. Roseanne Barr
Talk about a polarizing personality. Barr was a groundbreaking female comic who crafted the hit show Roseanne. Within the show’s content, it actually was very transcendent and progressive in a number of ways using various storylines and subplots. However, things unraveled for Barr in future years.
Barr’s humor often tackled sensitive subjects such as race, politics, and gender with a confrontational and unapologetic approach. Barr’s outspoken personality and willingness to push boundaries often led to criticism and backlash from various groups, including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, Barr’s personal views and behavior — including her support of conspiracy theories and controversial political figures — have also drawn criticism and controversy. In 2018, Barr’s eponymous television show was canceled by ABC after she posted a racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
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14. Doug Stanhope
Generally speaking, Stanhope is known for his dark, politically incorrect humor that pushes the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in mainstream comedy. He often tackles controversial topics such as drug use, religion, suicide, and mental illness with a brazen and unapologetic approach that can be polarizing for audiences. Stanhope has been criticized for making light of sensitive issues and using offensive language, and his jokes have sparked outrage and backlash from some people.
At the same time, he has a devoted fan base who appreciate his fearlessness and sharp wit, and view him as a champion of free speech and a voice for those who feel marginalized in society. Overall, Stanhope’s comedy is not for everyone, and he continues to be a divisive figure in the world of stand-up comedy.
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13. Gilbert Gottfried
You’ve seen him on television, act in movies, and even voice famous cartoon characters. The late Gilbert Gottfried was most known for his rather unique voice — something no one can really replicate. In terms of controversy as a comic, some did follow Gottfried within his prolific career.
He is considered controversial for his tendency to push the boundaries of good taste, frequently making jokes about taboo subjects such as 9/11, the Holocaust, and other sensitive topics. Gottfried’s humor is not for the faint of heart, and he has been criticized for being insensitive and offensive by some critics. In 2011, he was fired from his role as the voice of the Aflac duck after making jokes about the Japanese tsunami on social media. Gottfried sadly passed away in 2022 at the age of 67.
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12. Jim Norton
Norton doesn’t pull any punches with much of his content matter.
He is known for his often vulgar and sexually explicit humor, as well as his willingness to tackle taboo subjects. Norton’s brand of comedy has often been criticized for being offensive and insensitive, with some critics accusing him of perpetuating harmful stereotypes and making light of serious issues.
Additionally, Norton has faced backlash for his frequent use of racial slurs and other offensive language. Overall, Jim Norton’s comedy is not for everyone, but his willingness to confront uncomfortable truths and challenge social norms has made him one of the most polarizing and controversial comedians of his generation.
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11. Richard Pryor
Pryor is considered by many to be one of the most prolific comedians of all-time. His energy on stage — coupled with a penchant for toeing the line on either side — truly made him special.
Pryor was known for pushing the boundaries of political correctness and challenging societal norms. His use of racially charged language and stereotypes, while often used to highlight the absurdity of racism, was seen as divisive and insensitive by some critics.
Despite the controversy surrounding his comedy, Richard Pryor’s influence on stand-up comedy and popular culture cannot be denied. His raw honesty and willingness to tackle uncomfortable topics paved the way for future generations of comedians to speak their minds and challenge the status quo.
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10. Lenny Bruce
Another titan in the industry, Bruce’s comedy often tackled issues of race, religion, politics, and sex — which were considered off-limits during the conservative social climate of the 1950’s and ’60’s.
Bruce’s use of profanity and sexually explicit language was considered offensive and vulgar by many members of society, leading to bans on his performances in several states. Despite the controversy, Bruce continued to challenge the status quo and remained committed to his belief that comedy should be a tool for social commentary and political change.
Lenny Bruce’s legacy as a controversial comic continues to inspire generations of comedians to push the limits of free speech and use humor as a means of addressing taboo topics and social issues. His unwavering commitment to challenging authority and speaking truth to power has made him a pioneer of modern stand-up comedy.
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9. Eddie Murphy
Murphy exploded onto the scene during his time on Saturday Night Live. From there, movie roles flooded in. Throughout his career, he has been known for his raunchy and irreverent humor — frequently employing profanity and sexually explicit content in his routines.
Murphy’s early stand-up routines were often criticized for being homophobic and misogynistic, with some of his jokes drawing accusations of perpetuating harmful stereotypes. He has also been criticized for his use of racial humor, with some accusing him of reinforcing negative stereotypes of African Americans.
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8. Amy Schumer
Schumer has been praised for her feminist approach to humor, using her platform to address issues like body positivity, sexual assault, and gender inequality. However, she has also faced criticism for the way she addresses these topics.
Schumer has been accused of appropriating other cultures in her comedy, including jokes about Hispanic and Asian stereotypes. Additionally, some have accused her of making light of serious issues, such as rape and domestic violence.
Another source of controversy for Schumer is her perceived lack of originality. Some have accused her of plagiarizing jokes from other comedians, and there have been instances of her being called out for jokes that closely resemble those of other performers.
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7. Bill Maher
Comedian-turned-actor-turned-political commentary figure, Bill Maher has had an interesting trajectory in show business. Maher is known for his acerbic wit and incisive commentary on current events, but his views have drawn criticism from both the left and the right.
One of the most significant sources of controversy surrounding Maher is his perceived Islamophobia. Maher has been criticized for his comments about the Islamic faith, including statements that some have interpreted as promoting negative stereotypes of Muslims. He has also faced criticism for his use of racial and homophobic slurs in his comedy.
His willingness to address controversial topics and push boundaries has made him a lightning rod for criticism and praise alike.
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6. Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay could very well find himself on the ‘Mount Rushmore’ of comics if someone ever decided to construct such a grandiose model. The 1980’s was Dice’s playground — where he experimented with a bunch of different styles in front of routinely jam-packed sold-out venues.
He rose to prominence in the ’80’s with his misogynistic and profanity-laced routines, which drew criticism from feminists and other groups for perpetuating negative stereotypes of women.
Clay has also been accused of using homophobic and racist slurs in his comedy, and has faced backlash for his perceived insensitivity towards marginalized communities.
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5. Joan Rivers
The late Joan Rivers was not afraid when it came to pushing the proverbial boundary with her content.
She was known for her provocative material, including jokes about sensitive subjects such as abortion, suicide, and AIDS. Rivers was also known for her controversial fashion commentary, particularly her “worst dressed” lists and red carpet critiques. Some accused her of being excessively harsh towards female celebrities — perpetuating negative stereotypes about women’s appearances.
Despite the controversy surrounding her, Rivers remains a revered figure in the world of comedy, and is remembered for her pioneering work in breaking down barriers for women in the industry. Her impact on the world of entertainment is undeniable, even as her legacy continues to be debated and scrutinized.
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4. George Carlin
Carlin’s material was often provocative and divisive, with some accusing him of promoting anti-establishment and anti-religious views. He was also known for his use of racial and ethnic humor, which drew criticism from some groups.
In addition to his comedy, Carlin was also an outspoken advocate for free speech and civil liberties, and his views on these topics often drew controversy and backlash from those who disagreed with him.
Despite the controversy surrounding him, Carlin is widely regarded as one of the greatest comedians of all-time, and his impact on the world of comedy and social commentary is undeniable. His legacy continues to be debated and celebrated by fans and critics alike.
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3. Bill Cosby
Cosby’s content matter as a comedian isn’t all that controversial. In fact, he portrayed the wholesome squeaky-clean family man for a vast majority of it. It’s the allegations off-stage which left people speechless.
More than 60 women have accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them, allegations that he has denied. He was cleared recently and freed from prison — with a sexual conviction charge overturned in 2021.
With that said, the allegations against him have led many to view him in a very different light, and his reputation has been irreparably damaged.
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2. Dave Chappelle
Chappelle is a comedic genius — there’s no doubt about it. In fact, he might end up perhaps among the most prolific comics of all-time when it’s all said and done. He is known for his biting commentary on social and political issues.
Chappelle has faced criticism for his use of racial and homophobic slurs in his comedy, and has been accused of perpetuating negative stereotypes about marginalized communities. He has also been accused of being insensitive towards transgender individuals in his recent comedy specials, with some accusing him of promoting transphobia.
Despite the controversy surrounding him, Chappelle remains a highly influential and respected figure in the world of comedy, and his impact on the genre cannot be denied.
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1. Louis C.K.
And then…we get to Louis C.K. There was a time where he rivaled Chappelle as perhaps the top comic mind in the world. He had his own television show, and also hoards of fans chomping at the bit to see his performances.
All of that came to a screeching halt. In 2017, multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against C.K. — including accusations that he had exposed himself to them without their consent.
The allegations against C.K. led to widespread condemnation of his behavior, and had a significant impact on his career. He has since apologized for his actions, but has faced continued criticism for the harm he caused to his victims.
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The Cutting Edge of Fame: Celebrity Transformations Through Plastic Surgery
Chrissy Teigen is a wearer of many hats. Initially a model, she’s also become a fixture within pop culture. She’s hosted a plethora of different shows, has written various cookbooks, is a very proud mom, and is a hilarious follow on social media. All in all, she’s built quite the cult following.
Teigen has been steadfast in speaking about various procedures she’s had done. She initially had breast implants — though reportedly has also had liposuction in various spots on her body. Additionally, various reports indicate that Teigen has had work done on her face — and also her eyebrows.
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Raised in LA, Doja Cat (real name Amala Diamini) came out of nowhere to become a massive musical hit. It started with an EP — and soon followed with a debut album. Doja then began chopping it up with other heavyweights in the industry — featuring on some massive tracks. She’s even dabbled a bit in acting, shown as a possible love interest for Lil Dicky in the hit FX show Dave.
The popular singer has publicly spilled the beans on a few procedures. According to her Twitter account, the LA native did get a breast reduction. She also spoke about getting liposuction done on her thighs.
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Cardi B (real name Belcalis Almanzar) is a generational talent. Following in the footsteps of other New York female rappers, Cardi B built a following on social media before exploding into the realm of pop culture. No. 1 hits followed by a Grammy Award soon followed. At only 30 years of age, she’s just scratching the surface on what should be a lengthy career.
Reportedly wanting to have a curvier build, Cardi B decided to get butt injections. However, these were not done at a hospital or clinic. According to an interview she did with GQ, Cardi B got the injections done in a basement in her native Queens. The discomfort, according to Cardi B, was “the craziest pain ever. I felt like I was gonna pass out.”
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Ariel Winter has long been a successful child actor. Following in the footsteps of her brother (who was Pugsley in The Addams Family films during the ’90’s), Winter first started as a voice-over actress before getting her big break. Modern Family turned out to be one of the most successful sitcoms over the last 25 years. Winter played the brainy middle child, Alex.
Sadly, Winter reportedly suffered from bullying and actual pain due to the size of her breasts. As she told People, she ended up getting a breast reduction as a result of both factors.
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One-third of the famed Jonas Brothers group, Joe Jonas has more than cultivated a very loyal fanbase along the way. After participating in the brother-based band, he has splintered off periodically to create his own music (for which he’s become quite famous). In addition to his music exploits, Jonas also has acted in a number of Disney Channel-based films.
Joe Jonas has had work done?! In a word, yes. According to the pop culture icon, Jonas has reportedly had multiple injections to clear up some cosmetic issues on his face. One of the injections includes Xeomin. It’s said to be an alternative to Botox. This was used — in Jonas’s case — to smooth over frown lines and a scar he had near his eyebrows.
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Ben Savage has long been a fixture within the world of entertainment. Starting out as a child actor, he got his big break as the lead in the cult sitcom Boy Meets World. While his acting career has somewhat slowed in recent years, Savage is still in the spotlight. In 2023, he formally filed paperwork to run for Congress in California’s 30th Congressional District.
Before his political career got launched, he did reprise his role as Cory Matthews in the spin-off Girl Meets World. In 2014, outlet Daily Mail cobbled together a few ‘before-and-after’ pictures of Savage — insinuating that he may have gone under the knife (when speaking about his upcoming role on that show).
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Iggy Azalea (real name Amethyst Kelly) really did achieve the American dream in a way few could imagine. She broke into the music industry as an unknown rapper — leaving her native Australia and ultimately making a name for herself in the United States. She quickly rose up charts, crafted a number of hit singles, and simultaneously become a pop culture icon in the process.
Clearly, Iggy’s appearance has changed over the years. She’s been very open about the procedures she’s had. Even her plastic surgeon — Dr. Ashkan Ghavami — gave an interview with People speaking about the procedures she had. Those include a surgery on her nose, and on her breasts.
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Wayne Newton truly should be considered Las Vegas royalty. The iconic singer has been performing for over 60 years. Now at age 81, he’s still performing to this day in Vegas for his loyal fans. It’s quite a testament to both Newton’s work ethic and unbelievable talent. “Danke Shoen” is among his biggest hits, and you’ve surely seen it performed countless times in various films and television shows.
While Newton hasn’t publicly commented on his ever-changing appearance, pictures throughout the years seem to indicate that potential work may have been done (though there’s no clear confirmation on that educated guess).
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Sharon Osbourne has long been the matriarch of the famous family. While husband Ozzy was starring on stage as a true rock legend, Sharon was busy helping to raise their two children, Jack and Kelly. When the family dipped its toes into the reality television pond, they became a transcendent unit — where reality TV took off and exploded into a highly popular entity.
Throughout the years, Sharon’s look has certainly changed. She has not been shy about going into some of the procedures she’s had done. In an interview with U.K. news outlet Sunday Times, she talked about getting a facelift which took over five hours to complete. At first, she reportedly was unhappy with the procedure. However, Sharon grew to love it.
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Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner)
Earlier in life, Bruce Jenner was an Olympic hero. The New York native won the Gold medal in the men’s decathlon event at the 1976 Olympics. From there, Jenner became a motivational speaker and a highly successful entrepreneur. However, his fame exploded further as the supportive parent within the ‘Kardashian’ universe.
Ultimately, Jenner would transition — and eventually became known as Caitlyn. A memoir was written in which Jenner reportedly spoke about undergoing a gender reassignment procedure. She’s reportedly said over the years that she’s also had work done on her jawline, breasts, and forehead.
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A native of India, Chopra eventually entered the world of acting after being a pageant participant for years (which included winning the title of Miss World 2000 at the age of 18). First acting in her native country, Chopra eventually made her way stateside — starring in projects such as Quantico, Baywatch, and The Matrix Resurrections. In 2018, she married fellow star Nick Jonas.
Chopra speaks openly about a tough procedure involving her nose. Something that was supposed to be quite simple ended up becoming a nightmare. She had a nose procedure to clear up constant symptoms of head colds (by shaving down polyps). Instead — as she wrote about in her memoir — something bad happened. The doctor reportedly made a mistake by accidentally shaving the bridge of her nose, and it ultimately collapsed:
“My original nose was gone. My face looked completely different. I wasn’t me anymore. Every time I looked in the mirror, a stranger looked back at me, and I didn’t think my sense of self or my self-esteem would ever recover from the blow.”
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The daughter of famed actor Henry Fonda, Jane carved out quite a career for herself independent of her family’s background. Of course, she was a stunning model for quite sometime. However, Fonda’s true talents came on screen as an actress. She’s received Tony and Emmy Award nominations over the years. However, arguably Jane’s best accomplishment came when winning multiple Oscar Awards for Best Actress (Coming Home, Klute).
In an interview with Vogue, Fonda spoke about the intricacies in getting a facelift:
“We all know a lot of women who are wealthy who’ve had all kinds of facelifts and things like that and they look terrible. I had a facelift and I stopped because I don’t want to look distorted. I’m not proud of the fact that I had [one].”
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The Tennessee legend has earned 11 Grammy Awards over her illustrious career. The genre of country music really wouldn’t be the same without her presence. To this day, Parton is lauded as a serious role model within the genre — as well as being a highly successful actress, entrepreneur, and all-around good person.
Parton has been very transparent about the work she’s had done. In multiple interviews done over the years, she’s spoken about the various procedures done to her body. Among them, Parton is reportedly said to have undergone a brow lift, breast implants, and eyelid surgery.
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Hadid comes from a very well-to-do family. Her mother Yolanda was a very successful model from the Netherlands. Her father Mohamed is a highly successful real estate developer/entrepreneur with roots in Palestine (though he grew up in Greece, Tunisia, Syria, and the United States). As is the case with many on this list, Bella’s modeling career indirectly stemmed from the family’s appearance on reality television.
In a Vogue article, Bella Hadid did admit to getting her nose done when she was 14 years old. In her later years, she reportedly seemed to regret the decision. Other than that, Hadid insists she hasn’t gotten anything else done. Even when people comment on the shape of her eyes, she was quoted as saying “Whoever thinks I’ve gotten my eyes lifted or whatever, it’s called face tape! The oldest trick in the book.”
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Talk about a talent. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has the immense talent in both the worlds of acting and music. Whether as a part of the iconic Sonny & Cher duo — or as a solo artist — Cher has established herself as a global icon. From an acting standpoint, she evolved from a comedic performer to one who excels in dramatic roles (as we saw in Mask, Moonstruck, The Witches of Eastwick, and Silkwood). When then throwing in her experience on Broadway, few can match Cher’s illustrious career.
In terms of actual procedures, Cher has admitted to getting her breasts done. Other than that, she prides herself on aging gracefully without the presence of fillers and other things.
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You all know the story. He’s the Northern California kid who went to Michigan, had a decent college career, and was picked late in the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. From there, Brady developed into the best player in the history of professional football. He’s the consummate winner, champion, leader of men, and role model for those looking to rise up from an underdog status and emerge as a star.
Over the years, Brady has actually slimmed down from his original frame when first entering the league. It’s a bit of a reversal from most, who seem to gain weight as they get older. We cannot confirm any potential procedures Brady has had done. However, there’s clearly a big difference in appearance.
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The tough guy out of Miami (via New York) has long been associated with those action-packed films where Rourke can show both his physicality and charm. A true leading man, there’s a real sense of charisma emanating from his performances. After a long hiatus from acting, Rourke garnered an Oscar nomination for his role in The Wrestler. Since then, he’s been involved in a number of big-budget films.
When Rourke went on hiatus from acting, he reverted back to his past as a boxer. The constant pounding and physical punishment took a toll to his face. As such, Rourke speaks openly about how the surgeries were done to help fix the damage left on his face left from boxing (which included his nose being broken multiple times, among other things).
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You all know Cox from her role as Monica on Friends. It was Cox’s big break — and easily the character she’s most well-known for. Among her other noteworthy performances, Cox also appeared in Cougar Town, Scream, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The Alabama native was also involved in relationships with fellow actors Michael Keaton and David Arquette.
Cox is another actress who is quite candid about her past work, and why she’s opted to dissolve the fillers she once had put into her face. She spoke about it with NY Post:
“There was a time when you go, ‘Oh, I’m changing. I’m looking older.’ And I tried to chase that [youthfulness] for years. And I didn’t realize that, oh s–t, I’m actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now.”
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A socialite, model, businesswoman, entrepreneur and mother, Khloe Kardashian literally does it all. She went from being simply ‘Kim’s younger sister’ to breaking out and really coming into her own as an iconic figure. Khloe especially is invested in the world of fashion — where she co-founded the clothing brand GOOD AMERICAN.
Khloe is not one to pull punches. Despite the constant speculation over her appearance, she reportedly told Bravo’s Andy Cohen about one specific procedure:
“Everyone says, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s had her third face transplant.’ I’ve had one nose job. Everyone gets so upset, like, why don’t I talk about it? No one’s ever asked me. [Andy Cohen was] the first person that’s ever asked me in an interview about my nose.”
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The matriarch of the Kardashian family, Kris Jenner is without a doubt one of the most successful people on the planet. She’s a master at marketing her family, and extracting every bit of financial wealth from the value this collective unit brings. While a brilliant business mind, she’s also a loving mother and grandmother — as seen on the family’s reality show.
Jenner has admitted to getting work done as she approaches her 70th birthday. Reportedly, Jenner has spoken openly about getting botox, laser treatments, and fillers. Duly, she’s also mentioned having breast implants and a neck lift.
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Mark McGrath was a massive heartthrob throughout the late ’90’s and into the 2000’s. As the frontman of the band Sugar Ray, he helped in engineering some massive hits — including “Fly”, “Someday”, and “When It’s Over”. In addition to being a singer, McGrath has been a big media personality — reporting on pop culture and spending time on various reality shows.
In terms of his personal looks, there have been many rumors McGrath has gone under the knife for some facial improvements. However, according to a Twitter post in 2018, he adamantly denies any plastic surgery:
“Silly I have to respond to ridiculous plastic surgery rumors, but here goes…I have NEVER had any plastic surgery done, I’m just naturally beautiful,” he wrote on Twitter alongside a pair of laughing emoji. “Funny to hear these so called experts insist I have…back to the real world.”
What do you think?
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It’s safe to say that Kim Kardashian is probably the most well-known person on the planet at this point (just check her social media accounts). Kim and her family exploded within the scene of reality television. From there, the Kardashian/Jenner families delved into the worlds of makeup, fashion, modeling, and other entrepreneurial avenues. All the while, Kim appears to be the unofficial ringleader of the group.
Kim has been a bit coy as to the work she’s had done. In one interview, she talked about getting a bit of Botox. However, other than that, the only other noteworthy procedure Kim has talked about involved getting butt injections in 2016 (though reportedly it was for the treatment of psoriasis).
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At one point, Kylie was one of the little sisters sort of floating in the background during the height of the Kardashian fame. She’d hang with sister Kendall while the older siblings shared the limelight. Well, as it turned out, Kylie had her own plans — and that included becoming one of the most successful people on Earth (at a very young age) with a massively global makeup empire.
Aside from her natural maturing into being a young adult, Kylie insists that she’s gotten minimal work done. During an episode of the family’s reality show, it was reported that Kylie received some lip fillers at the age of 15. As she told Paper in 2019, “People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false. I’m terrified! I would never.”
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As she approaches her mid-’60’s, Madonna is still going strong as a performer. Her career has been truly transcendent. She could’ve been an award-winning actress had she focused all of her time on that artistic medium. Instead, she became one of the biggest pop artists to ever grace the stage.
Madonna may have left some breadcrumbs for those thinking she may have gone under the proverbial knife. On Feb. 20, 2023, she made a Twitter post addressing rumors over her appearance. Posting a picture of herself, she offered this caption:
“Look how cute i am now that swelling from surgery has gone down. Lol.”
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NeNe Leakes has truly enjoyed a very successful career. Piggybacking off her spot on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Leakes — a fan favorite — turned to the world of acting. She made 13 appearances on the hit show Glee. She was also a series regular on The New Normal — and even acted on Broadway. Suffice it to say, but Leakes is a very talented performer.
Leakes is certainly someone to wear her emotions on her sleeves. As such, she’s totally comfortable with speaking about the procedures she’s had. According to various reports, Leakes has spoken about getting a mini Brazilian butt lift, liposuction, a nose job, and breast augmentation.
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Banks ultimately turned into one of the most famous supermodels on the planet. She appeared in every beauty magazine you could think of, and that ultimately led to Banks becoming an actress. From there, she’s hosted a number of different shows (as she still continues to do).
The beauty out of Los Angeles has admitted over the years that she did get slight alterations on her already gorgeous appearance. When speaking to People, Banks admitted that she had her nose done early on in her career. She also spoke about opting to get the insertion of fake hair (eyebrows).
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Julie Chen Moonves
You may know Julie Chen as the famed host of Big Brother. Other than that, Chen has carved out a very successful career as a reporter, media personality, and interviewer. She grew up in New York, and attended college in Los Angeles. Now the mother of one, she balances her responsibilities wonderfully as a mother and entrepreneur.
Chen’s journey with plastic surgery is rather sad. When working as a reporter early in her career, she had a double eyelid procedure done on her eyes. As Chen spoke about in an interview, there was a pressure from a news director to get the surgery as a way for the audience to ‘relate’ to her better. She then spoke about it further on The Talk:
“All I could see was my eyes [after that]. And [I wondered] does [the news director] have a point? Since I first revealed my surgery on The Talk, the reaction from the Asian community — specifically from Asian women — has been tremendous. Many told me they finally felt free from feeling shamed. Others told me they wanted to get it done, but it felt like it was a dirty little secret people in the Asian community didn’t discuss, especially with non-Asians, and even with their own family.
I had one sister and one aunt who thought it was denying my heritage. It was considered shameful. A disappointment. Then there were women in non-Asian communities who were flabbergasted that this was such a thing. It was very, no pun intended, eye-opening.”
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MTV was once known for music, and music only. Then…the adaptation of reality shows focused around privileged teens came into view. The Hills was a massive hit — and one of the main stars of the show was Heidi Montag. Along with future husband Spencer Pratt, Montag cultivated quite the following from the show. In recent years, she’s been known for her ever-changing appearance.
In her early 20’s, Montag reportedly gave an interview where she spoke about getting a host of procedures done. However, the harrowing aspect is that she spoke about getting 10 of these procedures done in a single day. Montag said the scariest part involved the recovery — which she wasn’t expecting (as she told People):
“Spencer thought he lost me. I died for a minute. With that much surgery, I had to have 24-hour nurse care and Spencer didn’t want to leave my side. … My security guards called Spencer and told him, ‘Heidi’s heart stopped. She’s not going to make it.’ And I easily could’ve. Cutting yourself up isn’t something I’d recommend.”
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American Idol once took the world by storm. There wasn’t one week where an episode of the voice competition show didn’t captivate audiences across the globe. Clay Aiken was involved in the earlier installment of the show. Hailing from North Carolina, Aiken finished second in the second season of the show (with the winner being Ruben Studdard). Though he didn’t win the show, Aiken’s career as a media personality exploded.
Aiken has admitted that he did undergo some minor procedures to his face when appearing on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Aiken got an operation on his jaw for a joint disorder which controls jaw movement. Simultaneous to that, Aiken said he had fat vacuumed out of his chin.
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Melanie Griffith is quite emblematic of the Hollywood scene. She’s the daughter of Tippi Hedren, and had high-profile marriages to fellow actors in Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas. Along the way, she exploded as a very talented actress. Among her more impressive performances, Griffith starred in Buffalo Girls, RKO 281, Crazy in Alabama, Cecil B. Demented, and Milk Money.
There have long been rumors about Griffith’s changing appearance. She hasn’t shied away from speaking about the various procedures she’s had done. According to a Vanity Fair interview, people would come up to her asking about her appearance. It never really dawned on her that things were ‘off’. As such, Griffith reportedly went to a different doctor and “started dissolving all of the sh*t this other woman doctor had put in.”
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