From Charlie Sheen to Speidi, gobble up these celebrities who have acted like major turkeys with major egos during the 2000s. These 10 stars have exhibited consistently embarrassing, questionable or offensive behavior, and have generally just made fools of themselves. Here, we reflect on the train wreck "turkeys" who've made it easy to roll our eyes, but hard to look away.
Remember how charming Alec Baldwin was in the 1992 rom-com "Prelude to a Kiss," with Meg Ryan? If not, we understand, because throughout much of the 2000s, other less positive adjectives have tended to come to mind when thinking about the Amityville native. There are his Twitter rants (celebs do realize their accounts aren't private, right?), including the homophobic ooze he spewed at a Daily Mail reporter who had noted that wife Hilaria Baldwin's Twitter handle was active during James Gandolfini's 2013 funeral. ("I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna (expletive)…you…up," Alec Baldwin tweeted.) The actor has had numerous run-ins with paparazzi, and in 2007 he famously let loose on daughter Ireland in a voicemail that included calling her a "rude, thoughtless, little pig."
The Kardashian women
It's the empire a sex tape built. The year 2007 brought us Kim Kardashian's recorded romp with singer Ray J as well as the debut of "Keeping up with the Kardashians." The women have used that bare-all approach henceforth. From momager Kris Jenner capitalizing on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter North by debuting her granddaughter's first public photo on her short-lived talk show in 2013 to Kim's four-hour televised wedding special surrounding her nuptials to bachelor No. 2 Kris Humphries in 2011, these California girls seemingly haven't met a life moment they can't monetize.
There are egos, and then there's Kanye West, who makes Gene Simmons look modest by comparison. If you doubt his genius, that's OK, he'll tell you about it, likely on national television. His freakouts at awards shows are almost cliche at this point and include a 2004 stunt when he stormed out of the American Music Awards after not winning Best New Artist to Gretchen Wilson. (He later told The Associated Press, "I was definitely robbed.") In 2006, he crashed the stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards as duo Justice vs. Simian accepted the Best Video trophy because he thought he should have won, naturally. The list goes on from the man who posed like Jesus, crown of thorns and all, on a 2006 Rolling Stone cover.
If you're going to be known for a catchphrase, it should at least be clever, right? Paris Hilton disagrees, and will forever be known as the woman behind "That's hot." Her celebrity currency heated up around the time her sex tape, "1 Night in Paris," hit the circuit in 2003, and from there she became a red carpet staple just so she could show us that pose. Not one to be boxed in as a mere socialite known for publicly feuding with frenemies (Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie), she's given forth such high art as her 2006 eponymous album and 2011 Oxygen reality show "The World According to Paris." And she'll always have that Razzie Award for 2005's "House of Wax."
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" table-flipper Teresa Giudice shamelessly flaunted her wealth across five seasons of the Bravo reality show, before a 39-count tax fraud indictment came down on her and her husband Joe in July 2013. Giudice spent more than 11 months behind bars on a fraud conviction at the Federal Correctional Institution-Danbury in Connecticut.
If only Twitter could tell Donald Trump, "You're fired!" Political biases aside, the president's history of rants on the social-media platform began long before the celebrity business mogul entered the presidential race. Case in point: When Obama won re-election in 2012, he took to Twitter calling for a march on Washington. In 2014, he tweeted that Russell Brand is a "major loser" and admonished Katy Perry for once marrying him. He also deemed the Ebola cases in New York City "Obama's fault."
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
To be fair, Nicole Polizzi seems to have matured a bit since becoming a mom. But try as she might to shake the "Snooki" nickname (and matching personality) she flaunted on "Jersey Shore," her sloppy drunk, hard-partying, "Snookin' for love" antics on the 2009-2012 MTV reality show will forever be her legacy.
It seemed perfect in the most postmodern of ways: hard-partying, lady-loving Charlie Sheen playing a character whose main ingredients were libido and alcohol. But in 2011 "Two and a Half Men" character Charlie Harper and the real Sheen collided. A belligerent Sheen, the highest-paid actor in TV history, called series creator Chuck Lorre some bad names (it's never good to call your boss a clown or stupid), and Sheen was fired. From there, he blessed us all with repeated talk of "winning" and "tiger's blood" and took his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" show on the road.
Spencer Pratt & Heidi Montag
Spencer Pratt & Heidi Montag, aka "Speidi," rose to D-list fame on "The Hills," the 2006-2010 reality show that was one of the first to unabashedly blur real-life scenarios with staged drama. They married on the show in 2009, went on to act spoiled on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" and blew almost all their money along the way. In 2014, they told E! "The Hills" was mostly scripted.
The smiling mugshot screams "turkey," does it not? Justin Bieber, so sweet when Usher helped catapult him to pop music stardom back in 2007, has racked up more legal cases than Billboard hits in recent years. From allegedly egging his neighbor's house to getting arrested on suspicion of DUI and drag racing, and lashing out at both fans and paparazzi, Bieber has devolved into quite the bad boy -- and not in a good way.