15 scandals that rocked Hollywood in 2018

Not every story capturing headlines this year had to do with President Donald Trump. From #MeToo continuing to sweep through the entertainment industry to an alleged sex cult with Hollywood ties, here are 15 of the biggest stories to shake Hollywood in 2018 (in no particular order).

Megyn Kelly fired for blackface remarks

NBC axed Megyn Kelly Today after the talk show host controversially defended blackface while talking about Halloween costumes. Although she tearfully apologized, Kelly’s future at the network also came to an end. The former Fox News host is apparently nearing a $30 million settlement with NBC that will allow her to work for other outlets.

Kanye West calls slavery ‘a choice’

2018 was full of ups and downs for the singer, who has taken a lot of heat for his support of President Trump. But perhaps the most shocking moment came when West said that slavery “sounds like a choice” during a manic TMZ Live interview. Kim Kardashian’s husband apologized for his remark, but it didn’t stop people from debating his mental health. West revealed his bipolar diagnosis this year, and then he later claimed it was a misdiagnosis.

Demi Lovato suffers nearly fatal overdose

On July 24, the “Sober” singer was rushed to the hospital after reportedly overdosing on fentanyl-laced oxycodone. Following an extended hospital stay due to complications, Lovato immediately entered rehab, where she remained for three months. Lovato has vowed to “keep fighting” her addictions.

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Celebs react to Demi Lovato's overdose
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Sending lots of light and prayers to you baby girl @ddlovato ✨
This was exactly 10 yrs ago at S, Sweet 16. @ddlovato we love you. The world is a better place because of these infectious smiles. My heart hurts.
I love @DDLovato so much. It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am… https://t.co/fN8v58IAwm
Praying for you @ddlovato. You are loved. 🙏
Macklemore dedicated his song “Otherside” to Demi Lovato at his concert. #PrayForDemi https://t.co/f1rIEAtmrG
Like all of you I am reeling at the news about Demi. All of us love her and need to pray for her to get well. She is a fighter. #prayfordemi
Like all of you I am thinking of @DDLovato right now. She needs our prayers and support. We all know how strong you are Demi. #prayfordemi
My friend @ddlovato is one of the kindest, most talented people I’ve ever met. Praying for her right now, addiction… https://t.co/HEintp6ZNs
i love u @ddlovato
I love you @ddlovato and I’m praying for your strength and health.
sending huge recovery love to Demi. this is a very personal moment and respected delicately. all we can do is send… https://t.co/sm72VJmUgo
I don’t even know what to say except I’m thinking of you @ddlovato . 💜
Hang in there @ddlovato - sending good energy and love.
only love and support, save the rest 🌍. ❤️ @ddlovato
@ddlovato we love you 🙏🏻💗
praying for @ddlovato and her health. When I was 14, she was an idol to me in how she spoke so openly about mental… https://t.co/Atbd3lWDgB
My beautiful girl you are strong you always have been ❤️❤️
I’m praying for you with everything in me @ddlovato. You are so loved.
Dear @ddlovato you are a force to be reckoned with and stronger than you think. We’re all here for you ❤️
You’re a strong, talented, bright soul and you will overcome this. The world is on your side! Te abrazo a la distancia y se que te sobra fuerza y valentía para sobrepasar esta situación. Mis oraciones están contigo. Te quiero amiga🙏🏽
Charlie Puth gave his regards to Demi Lovato and dedicated his song “See You Again” at his concert tonight.… https://t.co/RlGsDawGWS
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Heather Locklear’s turbulent 2018

The Melrose Place star was arrested twice this year: first in February following a violent domestic dispute with her boyfriend, and again in June for battery against a police officer. She sought treatment after both incidents for substance abuse and mental health problems. Shortly after completing a three-month program, she was placed on a psychiatric hold in November. The actress has reportedly returned to rehab.

ABC cancelsRoseanne

Despite its monster ratings, the network swiftly pulled the plug on the hit show after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. The actress later claimed that she “didn’t know” Jarrett “was African-American.” It wasn’t enough to save the show; however, ABC greenlit the spinoff The Conners with the entire cast and crew — minus Barr.

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Stars react to 'Roseanne' show cancellation
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Here here!! Take stands against racism, hatred, and revolting displays of bigotry. No room for any of that shit her… https://t.co/wTQSFwddWU
Thank you Channing Dungey! https://t.co/VIlKTF9y7Z
Thank you, @ABCNetwork for doing the right thing and for showing people that bigotry and racism has consequences. N… https://t.co/9BWKIyKsmc
So proud of @ABCNetwork for having the ethical compunction to cancel #Rosanne despite the show’s huge numbers. We t… https://t.co/WLJD2AmM1I
Wow. https://t.co/JNJvcsFbST
I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret had that racist and bigoted "joke" made at her expense and I am sickened that any… https://t.co/UmeJ0a1sBB
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne… https://t.co/os90iHKQn9
I'm glad Roseanne is canceled. The backlash to its cancellation is going to be a deafening nightmare. Nothing go… https://t.co/CEFBBzkckm
Thank you @iamwandasykes . She is a fascist. What she said about @ValerieJarrett is unconscionable. https://t.co/B6ewu9AVGu
Has Fox picked up “Roseanne” yet?
As for Trump: Is Roseanne useful to him anymore? That, not pique, is likely to drive whether he hugs the issue. I s… https://t.co/Sx7hKoEnp5
Yes you did. #FireRoseanne https://t.co/YcxKUJxscA
Roseanne was making boatloads of $ for @DisneyABCTV. For them to cancel it because of Roseanne’s racist, xenophobic… https://t.co/qe72yl0puq
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Tristan Thompson caught cheating on Khloé Kardashian

Videos and photos were released of the Cleveland Cavaliers player getting close to various women who were not his pregnant girlfriend. The devastating scandal broke days before the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star gave birth to their first child, daughter True. Thompson and Kardashian are still together and working on their relationship.

Matt Lauer fired after allegations of workplace misconduct

The longtime Today host was let go after multiple sexual harassment allegations. Lauer apologized for what he called his “troubling flaws” but said that some of the accusations against him were “untrue or mischaracterized.” The morning host has retreated from the spotlight and is working through a divorce with his estranged wife, Annette Roque.

Old tweets torpedo gigs for Kevin Hart and James Gunn

Disney-ABC found itself in the middle of two sticky situations this year. The studio removed director Gunn from the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy after old jokes about pedophilia and rape were resurfaced by alt-right agitators on Twitter. It was a move denounced by many of the cast and crew, but Disney stood firm in its decision. As for Hart, he pulled out of hosting the 2019 Oscars after old homophobic tweets and jokes were unearthed. The comedian said ABC (a network owned by Disney) pressured him to apologize, something he felt he had already done over the years.

Nxivm sex cult tied to Smallville’s Allison Mack

The former CW darling was arrested and charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, conspiracy to commit forced labor, and racketeering conspiracy charges. Mack is accused of being a slave master in a women-branding secret sorority within the self-help group Nxivm. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and is out on bail awaiting trial.

Bill Cosby heads to prison

The once-beloved comedian was convicted in April on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. He was later sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand and deemed a “sexually violent predator.” In October, a judge rejected the former Cosby Show star’s bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, and he remains imprisoned.

Elder-abuse allegations engulf Stan Lee

Prior to the comic book legend’s passing, Lee was battling more than just health issues. Privately, those close to the godfather of Marvel Comics were accusing each other of elder abuse within his network of family and caretakers. Lee’s daughter was ultimately granted an elder-abuse restraining order against his former manager. The situation was serious enough that even the Los Angeles Police Department began investigating abuse claims concerning Lee.

Asia Argento accused of sexual assault

The Italian actress, one of the most prominent faces of the #MeToo movement, denied allegations that she had assaulted child actor Jimmy Bennett in 2013, when he was 17 and she was 37. Argento admitted to settling with Bennett, although she claimed it was her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who paid off Bennett. Bennett has not wavered on his accusation.

Ariana Grande calls off engagement to Pete Davidson

Less of a scandal and more of a pop-culture sensation, Grande and Davidson’s whirlwind courtship dominated headlines this year as he popped the question just weeks after they started dating. However, the “Thank U, Next” singer called off their engagement four months later. The sudden death of Mac Miller, whom Grande ended her two-year relationship with this past spring, devastated the Grammy-winning singer. She declared this “one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life.”

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson together
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande onstage at American Express and Ariana Grande present 'The Sweetener Sessions' at Ace Hotel on August 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for American Express)
i thought u into my life 💭 woah ! look at my mind 💡⚡️🙈
the chamber of secrets has been opened ...
feel the love
i am but a pete davidson update acc stay tuned for more (pete follows / comments sumtimes)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson seen out and about in Manhattan on June 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson out and about on June 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson on June 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
last night photos @kevinmazur
u know what you’d dream it be like ? it’s better than that
FOREVER LIT @PETEDAVIDSON ☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️
hello i’m crying
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande seen in Manhattan on June 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Pete Davidson (C) and Ariana Grande (R) attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande onstage at American Express and Ariana Grande present 'The Sweetener Sessions' at Ace Hotel on August 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for American Express)
Former US President Bill Clinton takes a picture with singer Ariana Grande and her fiancee Pete Davidson at Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Ariana Grande and her fiancee Pete Davidson attend Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s feud escalates at fashion week

The rappers got into an altercation at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party when Cardi B lunged at and threw a shoe at Minaj. The women have a complicated history, but Cardi B was particularly upset because she believed that Minaj was talking badly about her baby girl, Kulture. Minaj denied the accusations and called the incident “mortifying and humiliating.” They continued to feud but ended up calling a truce — for now.

Les Moonves exits CBS after sexual-misconduct allegations

The chairman of the board, president and CEO of CBS was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and misconduct in a Ronan Farrow investigation for the New Yorker. More women have come forward in the wake of the scandal. Moonves stepped down; however, his $120 million severance payout is in jeopardy after he purportedly destroyed evidence and misled investigators looking into the allegations.

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Celebrity Weddings in 2018
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Celebrity Weddings in 2018
10.18.2018 ❤️
Took me a minute to get it together, but at long last, for those who have requested, a little look inside the best day of our lives. Link in bio for more. #thefaltrows
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex begins her carriage procession with Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Happiest day of my life. @priyankachopra
And forever starts now... ❤️ @nickjonas
Happy ever forever 💏 🐶 wearing custom @reemacra in my dream cape and @jenniferbehr in my hair!.. 💫 @claudcraig 📷
Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!
Wow what a day I’m so in love!!
The Reception... #VirginiaIsForTerrence 7.21.18
Okay, so we went and did it. And damn are we happy. Bride: @eattravelrock Photographer: @NicoleGoddard
#oneweek (and they said it wouldn’t last) #happiestmanonearth #happiestplaceonearth @waltdisneyworld
It happened...my dream came true. I married the man of my dreams in the middle of an enchanting redwood grove with all our loved ones around, including my rescue, Kai as our ring bearer. 🙌🏽💫💞 8.18.18 #Philary Check out the link in my bio for more! 👆🏽 Thanks to the genius @aspictures for capturing the magic! 📸 And @voguemagazine, @vogueliving_us, @overthemoon for your beautiful story.
@robandlindsayweddings
11.24.18. Pimentel life moments! New levels and unforgettable memories shared with our closest friends and family. So much love and gratitude for everyone that made our special day truly unforgettable. We love you all. You can see more photos @voguemagazine put a link in my story !!
2.23.18
Mr. & Mrs Harington! ♥️
Yesterday was rehearsal dinner today wedding! Everything turned out amazing 📸 by @chardphoto #bigday #wedding
Robin Wright and Clement Giraudet
More pictures and details of Felicity Jones and Charles Guard wedding. Courtesy of Felicity Jones's sister and Hannah Teare. #felicityjones #eddieredmayne #thetheoryofeverything #fantasticbeastsandwheretofindthem #thedanishgirl #jupiterascending #rogueone #amonstercalls #inferno #stephenhawking #janehawking #hannahbagshawe #charlesguard
Trying to give the kids something to remember
Thank you to all of our friends and family who made their way to celebrate with us! We are eternally grateful. And to @lelarose and your incredible team for creating my dream dress... Thank you times a million 💕💕💕 📷 @charliedailey
Thanks to Joey, Andrew, Katherine, Jack and Elijah for sharing this special day with us!
5 years ago today I met my best friend and the love of my life! I can’t believe it has been 5 years. Time flies when you have the most amazing woman on earth by your side ❤️
With my love @emmaportner at #thecured premiere...in select theatres tomorrow! @ifcfilms @_samkeeley Hair @hairbyjohnd Makeup @tobyfleischman
🌴☀️🌴
Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather. Fabulous service conducted by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion. The accompanying gospel choir were amazing. Thank you so much to Bristol’s Teachers Rock Choir for your superb singing. Also @venetianorrington for the great photos. Most importantly a massive thanks to my 3 gorgeous girls for being so understanding and supportive, without their support this could never have happened! And finally the biggest thank you to James for being just perfect......#wedidit #wonderfulday #despitetherain
5 years ago today I met my best friend and the love of my life! I can’t believe it has been 5 years. Time flies when you have the most amazing woman on earth by your side ❤️
One month later and still in awe by all of the love and incredible energy this weekend... Happy one month my love 🐣💘 #TessaBarron2018
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