NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Some actors get scripts for a reason.
It might have helped Hulk Hogan steer clear of his recent racist comments he uttered during a radio interview, which is now surfacing online, or his sex-tape that was released by Gawker. In both cases, the wrestler is now paying the price for his remarks and actions. The World Wrestling Entertainment has removed almost all mention of Hogan from its website, after the wrestler chose to resign from the organization.
"This is not who I am," Hogan told People magazine, in an interview. "I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise...I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.
Some stars get big boosts for being controversial, and, apparently, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has risen to the top of the polls following racist comments. But most of the time, it doesn't work out so well. Several entertainers had glowing careers all but disintegrate after an ill-timed remark or action that just couldn't be covered-up by even the best image handlers in New York and Hollywood.
Here are some of the biggest pop-culture stars that watched their careers sink into the sand, after doing something they may, or may not, have regretted.
Known for: Real Time with Bill Maher
The current host of the HBO talk show Real Time with Bill Maher is well known for his controversial views on a lot of issues. That's why an average of 4.1 million viewers tune in to hear him tell jokes and pontificate on each episode.
Maher's talk got a bit too controversial last year, when he compared the One Direction star Zayn Malik with the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The comments sparked a public outrage, culminating in students at the University of California at Berkeley campaigning against Maher, who was appearing as their commencement speaker. Ultimately, the talk-show host did speak at the school, but only after more than 6,000 students signed a petition against him.
Real Time with Bill Maher, however, still airs on HBO.
Known for: Braveheart, Mad Max
Mel Gibson may be known for his role as the leader of the First War of Scottish Independence in the movie Braveheart, but he is also known for his frequent rants against people different than him. The most notable came after Gibson was arrested for drunk driving in 2006. In a fit of rage, the actor yelled "the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" in the police station.
Gibson has a record for spewing controversy in fits of rage. He has also slammed race, religion, ethnicities in various recorded rants, often using threats that can't be repeated on the evening news covering his antics.
The actor continues to appear in movie theaters, co-starring last year in The Expendables 3 from Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF).
Known for: Seinfeld
Michael Richards played Jerry Seinfeld's neighbor Kramer in Seinfeld. The comedian was well received on the series and even had a comedic career following the conclusion of the show. But criticisms from one audience member sent Richards on a hateful tirade, which got him into trouble with the public. Richards' career has struggled since then.
The rant included various racial slurs aimed at black audience members, prompting a strong backlash from many people within and outside the comedy industry. The star talked about his mistake in a reunion with Seinfeld on the show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He called his comments a "selfish" move, when he should have been selfless. The comedian has had several minor roles since Seinfeld.