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Role-Ending Misdemeanor

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A form of Real Life Writes the Plot.

The Role-Ending Misdemeanor occurs when, due to objectionable behavior or even outright criminal misconduct in the personal life of a performer or creator (and despite the trope name, some of these role enders are straight-up felonies), they are fired in order to protect a project's reputation, or in the case of an independent performer or creator, forced to leave the public scene because of the damage to their image. This could be an isolated incident and the result of bad luck, or the latest string of being difficult because the rest of the cast and crew simply would not put up with them any longer. If this person is a cast member on a long-running TV show, the character will probably be McLeaned. If they are too integral to the show's foundation, it could end the project altogether.


In some cases this is done as a desperate gambit to force the rejected star into getting help for a booze or drugs problem. It rarely works. But if they get their act together, it's not unheard of for a person like them to make a return appearance somewhere down the line.

In other cases, they may actually be innocent of any wrong-doings and their name has unfortunately become associated with bad press; they're Convicted by Public Opinion. Or that perceived behind-the-scenes trouble is the excuse used and they are actually The Scapegoat for a more complicated problem.

See also Undermined by Reality, Actor Existence Limbo, Contractual Purity, Overshadowed by Controversy and Creator Killer. Contrast No Such Thing as Bad Publicity, Controversy-Proof Image, and The Tyson Zone.


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  • Jared Fogle had a successful career as the spokesman for Subway, boasting that he lost 245 pounds by eating their sandwiches in their TV and print ads over a fifteen year period. That ended in 2015, when Jared was arrested for possessing child pornography on his computer. Then it was revealed that he had previously paid for sex with a 16-year-old and sexually abused other minors. In the ensuing court case, he pled guilty and was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Adding to the humiliation, his charity foundation was also found to be a scam, and the director was found to be a sex offender as well. This led Subway to scrub their website of any association with him.
  • Any Canadians out there remember those Alexander Keith's beer commercials from the mid-2000s, starring an angry Scotsman who berated patrons for spilling the beer? Well, those ads were quickly yanked from the airwaves when the angry Scotsman's actor, Robert Norman Smith, was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography.
  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried lost his job as the voice of the Aflac Duck mascot after he posted very insensitive jokes about the massive 2011 earthquake in Japan on Twitter. Aflac does a lot of business in Japan and was not amused by his jokes about dead Japanese floating by. Interestingly, Gottfried didn't get fired for making a similarly offensive remark nearly one decade earlier about the Empire State Building, if only because he made a remarkable comeback joke in the form of The Aristocrats immediately after.
  • In a similar vein, voice actor D.C. Douglas was canned by Geico after he left a voicemail message for a Tea Party group, specifically one called Freedom Works, suggesting that its members were mentally retarded (he has gone on record to say that he was asking, genuinely, if they employed/allowed membership for people legally deemed mentally retarded; that he left his real contact info on the message seems to support this, since that'd be a very stupid thing to do if he were trolling). Ironically, though, this ended up backfiring for the group immensely, as it actually put Douglas in the public eye once again, getting him a good amount of work, including two Star Making Roles as Wesker and Legion in short succession, and giving him a lot of political ammunition (long story short, the group had exaggerated numerous details such as claiming he drunkenly called them with deliberate intent to offend, neither of which was true, and also appeared rather petty by going after him instead of focusing on genuine issues). This post two years later sums it all up.
    • This might fall into the Acceptable Targets trope. Freedom Works is influential in conservative and libertarian circles in the United States, but has attracted its fair share of negative publicity due to high-profile in-fighting among its leadership, legal cases where former leaders were accused of using the organization's resources and employees for personal profit, some very questionable content in their ad campaigns (one video supposed to criticize Hillary Rodham Clinton, ended up with a depiction of Hillary having sex with a panda bear), consistent allegations that the organization serves as a mouthpiece for the oil industry (where much of their funding seems to come from), and lending political support to controversial legislative efforts (such as abolishing Net Neutrality). The organization has made many enemies since its foundation in 2004. A comedian targeting them may attract a sizable share of supporters.
  • The Kevin Butler ads for Sony's various consoles ended after it was noted that the actor also appeared in an ad for Bridgestone tires, playing Mario Kart Wii. They even sued Jerry Lambert, said actor, for appearing in said Bridgestone commercial (though that was later settled out of court).
  • Alice, a brand of German ISP Hansenet, had been personified since its launch in 2004 by Italian model Vanessa Hessler. In 2011, she revealed she had been in a relationship with a son of Muammar Gaddafi and expressed support for the family. The company immediately fired her and retired the brand soon after.
  • Actor Ben Curtis was known playing "Steve" in Dell Computer's "Dude, You're Getting a Dell!" ad campaign that ran from 2000 to 2003, playing a perky, stoner-like character encouraging people to buy a Dell computer. The campaign was canceled after Curtis was busted trying to buy marijuana in New York, suggesting his performance wasn't all acting...
  • The original iteration of the long-running Sonic Drive-in commercials with a duo eating in a car and having Seinfeldian Conversations featured a male-female couple played by actors Brian Huskey and Molly Erdman. Then a viewer saw Huskey in an Onion News Network video featuring a Black Comedy story about making Iraq more accessible to handicapped soldiers, which the viewer deemed Dude, Not Funny!. He angrily contacted Sonic. Even though Huskey already had a long career doing sometimes-edgy comedy even before the Sonic spots, Sonic decided they didn't want any controversy whatsoever and dropped both Huskey and Erdman. Luckily for Huskey, he would find success soon after as a writer and actor on Childrens Hospital. Erdman has gained notice as the creator of the humor website Catalog Living.
  • Clara Peller, the elderly lady who provided the iconic "Where's the beef?" slogan in commercials for fast-food chain Wendy's in The '80s, was dropped by the chain after only a year. This was due to her appearing in a commercial for Prego spaghetti sauce that parodied the slogan, and ended with her claiming she "finally found" the beef in said sauce. Wendy's saw this as a violation of her Screen Actors' Guild contract, which stipulated that she could only appear in commercials for products that did not compete with theirs, and gave her the boot because they felt that the Prego commercial indicated that she had found the beef somewhere other than Wendy's.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Supposedly, the character of Yuuichi Tate in Mai-HiME was not recycled into Mai-Otome because his voice actor, Tomokazu Seki, spoiled the ending of the former series. In Japan, keeping spoilers of such caliber under wraps is extreme Serious Business: some people have gotten in huge legal trouble for breaking that law.
  • According to rumors, demands of a higher salary from Judai Yuki's voice actor, KENN, halfway through the production of season 4 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX forced him to be axed and the entire season being cut in half. It's less surprising when you figure that Judai was becoming way too over-focused in the anime, enough so that a raise demand wasn't out of the question.
  • During the production of the second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Carly's season one voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was discovered to be a member of a real-life dangerous cult that was at the time under investigation by Japanese authorities. This led to her being fired (and replaced by Aki Kanada), and the production staff panicking to cover up anything that might make the series seem pro-occult, like Aki's powers—though, contrary to popular opinion, the show's Genre Shift from sci-fi/fantasy to sci-fi outright was already underway before the discoveries were brought to light.
  • Aya Hirano was booted from Lantis (her music agency) in August 2011 after they caught wind of her affairs with her (male) co-workers. She fell on her sword later that month, resigning from Space Craft (her voice acting agency) to join her new agencies, Grick and Universal Sigma.
  • After one of its members made disparaging remarks about Yui Horie, Jinkaku Radio disassociated themselves from the animated adaptation of Daily Lives of High School Boys, which means the song "Hikizan", which was intended as the show's closing theme, will now probably never be released.
  • Norio Imamura originally played the voice of Emporio Ivankov on One Piece, the person his character design was based on. But Imamura was arrested for showing off body art on the internet which in Japan is considered indecent exposure. The role wound up being recast as a result, and Mitsuo Iwata took over, both in later episodes and in DVD releases.
  • The Pikachu and Pichu short for Pokémon became a Missing Episode in Japan due to its narrator, the singer and actress Noriko Sakai, being convicted for drug possession in April 2009 and shortly thereafter, placed on probation until 2012. It doesn't help that they could've easily had a new narrator overdub Sakai's narration. What's worse is that this may have even contributed to OLM/Imagica withholding the international licenses for the other early Pikachu shorts as well, resulting in none of them getting an overseas Blu-ray release until a special edition of the first three movies was released on Blu-ray in Australia in 2017. Incidentally, Pikachu and Pichu made its HD debut on that special edition set on account of the scandal, taking a whopping eight years to return to circulation anywhere compared to everything else Sakai had done prior to the scandal. It's also probably no coincidence that Warner Bros. lost the rights for good shortly after Sakai's conviction, being relegated to distributing the properties on behalf of other companies in fewer territories years later—the last release they ever did themselves was a short-lived DVD set run in 2009, just after the drug conviction.
  • A 13-disk box set of Hayao Miyazaki's works was recalled to remove the music video "On Your Mark" after Shigeaki Miyazaki (Aska of the musical group Chage and Aska and not related to Hayao himself) was arrested for drug possession. Even more, the group's former record label, Universal Music Japan (which also includes Miyazaki's regular collaborator Joe Hisaishi on their roster), is removing everything involving the group they had contracts towards.
  • After Illich Guardiola's arrest on charges of inappropriate sexual relations with a minor, he didn't receive many more voice-acting roles, and his other career as an acting teacher was dead as well. That didn't stop him from marrying the 16-year-old girl in question, however.
  • Kenji Yamamoto, the composer for Dragon Ball Kai and many Dragon Ball Z video games (such as the popular Budokai series), was fired by Toei in 2011 after it was revealed he'd been plagiarising tracks going as far back as 1991. This resulted in Yamamoto's score for Kai being replaced by the original Shunsuke Kikuchi score from DBZ, both in later episodes and in DVD releases, as well as the Budokai HD Collection.
  • Blake Lewis confirmed on Twitter that he was reprising his role of Kasuka Heiwajima for season 2 of Durarara!! before the English dub was even confirmed. When the cast was announced, Vic Mignogna was instead listed as the character's voice. Many thought it was a mistake at first, but once the episodes began coming out, it was indeed Vic's voice heard as Kasuka. Some speculate the character was quietly recast because Lewis had broken NDA.
    • The same thing was originally believed to have happened to Christopher Corey Smith as Prince Demande in Sailor Moon R. He announced that he was voicing the character on Twitter before the cast was announced, but he quickly deleted it. When the final cast was officially announced a few weeks later, Matthew Mercer was instead listed as the character's voice. Fans assumed Smith was fired for the same reason before he confirmed that he was given clearance to announce the role, but was told that he was replaced after making the announcement, possibly for creative reasons.
  • Scott Freeman was arrested and convicted for possession of child pornography in 2015. For this reason, he lost all of his roles, especially his most famous ones as Issei Hyoudou from High School DXD (who was then recast as Josh Grelle), Ian Dietrich from Attack on Titan (who was then recast as Garret Storms in Attack on Titan: Junior High) and England from Axis Powers Hetalia (played by Taliesin Jaffe in the World Twinkle dub). Even though Freeman was eventually paroled in December 2016, Justin Cook has commented that he will likely never be invited to voice act ever again.
  • In November 2014, animator Yumi Kuroiwa was dropped by Production I.G for posting explicit artwork on Haikyuu!! characters and complaining about her working atmosphere at the studio. Her Twitter account was also deleted as a result.
  • Anime Punch, a convention organization based in Columbus, Ohio, was shut down in September 2017 after its organizer, Michael Beuerlein, was convicted of sexual battery and registered as a sex offender.
    "The unacceptable behavior from the top of the organization has lead [sic] to this decision from the staff. There is no excusing what has happened."
  • Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of Rurouni Kenshin, was charged for possession of child pornography after the police discovered DVDs with nude footage of young girls in their early teens in his office in Tokyo back in October 2017. As a result, the publisher Shueisha put the then-ongoing Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc on a hiatus. After Watsuki posted bail in April 2018 and expressed regret for his actions, Shueisha allowed him to continue working on the manga. However, his fandom remains divided whether they'll continue to support his work or not, and Viz has ceased publication of his manga in the English version of Shonen Jump.
  • Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, director of Recovery of an MMO Junkie, was dropped by producer Signal.MD following a series of antisemitic and Holocaust-denying tweets.
  • In an inversion of this trope, Go Nagai cut ties with Toei Animation for a long time after they failed to give him any credit for Gaiking, which was his original idea and not that of the three that were credited.
  • Minor seiyuu Ai Takabe was arrested on October 2015 on charges of cocaine possession. In response, she was terminated from her agency, had any references to her on the website for Kill Me Baby erased from existence and her character Agiri was recast in a later production.
  • MINE, the author of the web novel [New Life+] Young Again in Another World, got in very hot water when it was discovered that he had a long history of racist tweets towards both the Chinese and South Korean, a controversy further exasperated by the protagonist of his novel being a soldier who unapologetically murdered thousands of Chinese troops during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In response to the backlash, MINE issued an apology and deleted his twitter, and the majority of the staff for the anime adaptation resigned, resulting in the production committee deciding not to move forward with the adaptation. Additionally, shipments of the print version of the novel were halted effective immediately, with English distributor J-Novel doing the same just a week later.
  • Infamously, anime director Yutaka "Yamakan" Yamamoto left the anime adaptation of Lucky Star after only four episodes. While no official statement was made as to why, most evidence suggests that Kyoto Animation fired him due to Yamakan's infamously harsh personality causing him to act abusive towards staff.
  • Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's original Weekly Shonen Jump manga Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! was cut after five years due to his conviction of soliciting an underage prostitute. However, his sentence was suspended, and two years later, he was working in the manga industry again. Shimabukuro later went on to create Toriko.
  • TBS producer Yo-Kyo lost his job on ethics grounds over a kidnapping scandal.
  • In perhaps the most infamous example in the history of the medium, Kemono Friends director (and widely agreed true father of the franchise) TATSUKI was fired by Kadokawa over a special episode he made for fans without Kadokawa's permission, despite using his own money for the production and having permission of character designer Yoshizaki Mine. The massively unfair case of Disproportionate Retribution towards TATSUKI combined with Kadokawa's perceived cowardly moves in response to the incident (including getting the voice actors to apologize for "hindering" Kadakawa) lead to a furious Internet Backlash, with the hashtag NoTatsukiNoTanoshi trending on Japanese twitter for days, and has likely lead to the eventual death of the franchise itself, making this a Franchise Ending Misdemeanor.
  • Zigzagged with voice actor and voice director Tom Wayland. After being accused of rape, he lost his role as the voice director for Pokémon. However, Wayland would later go on to voice Mu La Flaga on NYAV Post's red of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

    Beauty Pageants and Modeling 
  • One of the earliest examples of this trope from the pageant world is Marjorie Wallace, the first American to be crowned Miss World, who lost her crown about three months into her reign when, while spending time in the UK, she dated, at approximately the same time, Tom Jones, Northern Ireland football star George Best, and American racing driver Peter Revson. She was engaged to Revson, and had her crown stripped after being caught kissing Jones on the beach in Bermuda; a mere two weeks later, Revson died in a fiery crash.
  • The most famous example of this trope from the Pageant world is Vanessa L. Williams, who became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America in 1984, but later relinquished the crown after Penthouse magazine published several nude photos of her that had been taken a few years prior to her entering the competition. Despite the controversy, Williams eventually became one of the most successful Miss Americas of all time after launching recording and acting careers (her song "Save the Best for Last" was a worldwide hit in 1992). Meanwhile, karma hit the offending photos when it was revealed that Traci Lords, the centerfold for the issue of Penthouse that they were published in, was underage.
  • Katie Rees was stripped of her Miss Nevada USA crown in December of 2006 after racy photos surfaced of her partying topless and making out with some lady friends in a Florida nightclub.
  • Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean invited controversy by using her Q&A session during the 2009 Miss USA pageant to declare that she believed marriage should only be between a man and a woman. She then found herself in the middle of another controversy several months later when modeling photos of her posing topless in panties (but not showing anything) began making the rounds of the Internet. Despite the controversy she was allowed to keep her title, only to have it stripped for good shortly afterward for an unspecified "breach of contract" unrelated to either of those incidents.
  • Miss Brazil 2002 winner Joseane Oliveira was stripped of the crown after it was discovered that she was secretly married and then decided to strip herself of everything else for Playboy.
  • A very famous case is former Mexican Miss Sinaloa, Laura Zúñiga, who was arrested in 2008 alongside her boyfriend (a member of a drug cartel) in possession of $53,000 USD and an arsenal of long weapons. She was stripped of her crown but later made a quiet comeback in modeling; her story served as inspiration for the film Miss Bala.
  • Supermodel Kate Moss was dropped from several advertising campaigns that she was the face of after a video surfaced of her using cocaine. However, other cosmetics companies and fashion houses took up the slack and offered her deals.
  • 2015 Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Velez, was suspended indefinitely from her role by the Miss Puerto Rico organization after she tweeted Islamophobic messages.
    • 2016 Miss Puerto Rico, Kristhielee Caride, didn't fare any better as she was stripped from her crown after she declared that "she didn't like cameras", allegedly this was the last straw in a series of problems she was having with the organization.
  • Munroe Bergdorf, L'Oreal's first transgender model, was fired from her deal shortly after signing it after she made a controversial post on Facebook dealing with the race relations of white people.
    • Amena Khan, known for being L'Oreal's first Hijab-wearing model, voluntarily pulled out from the company's campaign and issued an apology over tweets sent in 2014 in which she expressed anti-Israel views.
  • Miss Turkey 2017, Itir Esen, lost her crown a few hours after winning it when it came to light that on June 15 of that year she had made a tweet expressing support for the people behind the failed Turkish coup d'etat of 2016.
  • Former Miss Earth Philippines 2016, Imelda Schweighart, made scathing remarks about the winner, Miss Ecuador Katherine Espin, after failing to reach the Top 16 and compared Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler. Her overall behavior caused a huge backlash on social media, with many of her supporters turning against her. As a result, she had to give up her crown.
  • Zara Holland lost her title of Miss Great Britain 2016 for having sex on the set of Love Island. She later admitted to Newsbeat that her experience on the show left her feeling so anxious and depressed that it necessitated a prescription and a psychologist's referral.
  • The Miss America Organization was rocked by controversy in late 2017, in which years' worth of emails were uncovered and found to be vulgar and disparaging to a number of contestants. The fallout prompted several resignations—including those of executive director Sam Haskell and president Josh Randle—and caused their main sponsor, Dick Clark Productions, to sever ties with the pageant.
  • An attempt at this happened in 2007 with Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo. Pictures from her Facebook account were mailed into the Miss America pageant from The Committee to Save Miss America." However the pictures were so non-controversial that people accused her of pulling a publicity stunt.

  • Many companies in the U.S. practice "at-will" employment, meaning that they can fire anybody for any reason without having to show cause. Making a major mistake at work is a common way to get the boot.
  • Heinz's partnership with McDonald's (which is only in certain markets; most McDonald's use their own brand of ketchup) was terminated when Heinz hired a guy who used to be a CEO for McDonalds rival Burger King.
  • In 2005, Cool Planemaker Boeing lost its CEO Harry Stonecipher. Stonecipher had an affair with Boeing executive Debra Peabody right when they were caught spying on rival Airbus and an Air Force official was sent to prison due to a bad deal with Boeing. While nothing illegal came of Stonecipher's relationship, the board of directors decided that there would be "zero tolerance on breaches of ethics" and accepted his resignation.
  • In The '70s, Lockheed inverted this trope: According to Lockheed engineer Ben Rich in his autobiography Skunk Works, Chief Engineer Kelly Johnson was so disgusted by the Lockheed bribery scandals that he almost left the company. Instead, several board members and executives resigned rather than have a company ending scandal due to their chief talent quitting.
  • NBCUniversal ended its ties with Donald Trump following comments he made in his 2016 United States presidential campaign announcement, stating that Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime, rapists, and drugs" to the United States. The Hispanic-run American network Univision was the first to end ties with him following the comments, and it didn't take long for NBC to follow their footsteps.
  • American Apparel's CEO, Dov Charney, was fired from his position in 2014, after several allegations of sexual misconduct and harassing of female employees; Charney was also found to have used the company's resources to keep the victims quiet, which also made it lose money.
  • Universal Orlando Resort ended its leasing agreement with the National Basketball Association's NBA City restaurant, effectively closing the restaurant, after NBA agreed to let Disney open their own NBA attraction at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney-owned ABC owning the terrestrial broadcast rights to NBA games couldn't have helped. The area where NBA City occupied became the site of a chocolate-themed restaurant called the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, while its Spiritual Successor was an NBC Sports-themed bar and grill (NBC being Universal's sister company), which was actually in development long before NBA City closed its doors (it took the space occupied by the former NASCAR Sports Grille).
  • Amid reports that he had been criticizing the NFL over the then-recent spate of anthem protests and rumors that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (who also owned over 100 Papa John's restaurants in Texas, and donated to Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential Campaign) had egged him on, John Schnatter stepped down as CEO of pizza maker and NFL sponsor Papa John's International. Not helping his case is that white supremacists had praised him for said criticisms, forcing the company to issue an apology for his remarks. On February 2018, Papa John's Pizza ended their sponsorship with the NFL, who would sign a new sponsorship deal with Pizza Hut a day later.
    • Things got worse for Schnatter and the company a few months later in July 2018, after Schnatter used the N-word during a conference call with a public relations company that was intended to prevent the kind of PR gaffes like the NFL incident. The company distanced itself from Schnatter and pulled him from their advertising after the incident. He also resigned as chairman of the company and from the University of Louisville's board of directors. The incident was a huge PR disaster for Papa John's - ironically, the same kind of incident that the fated conference was trying to avoid. Major League Baseball pulled their food and promotions from its stadiums and the University of Louisville removed the company's name from its football stadium. He also destroyed any goodwill he had in the state of Kentucky when it was revealed that his N-word outburst was about KFC founder Harlan Sanders, who he had accused of using such language and getting away with it; To say Sanders' family was outraged at Schnatter is an understatement. And if all that wasn't bad enough, within days of the disastrous PR incident, sexual misconduct accusations against Schnatter from 1999 and 2009 were rediscovered.
  • Downplayed with Tesla after their chief executive and company chairman, Elon Musk, tweeted in August 2018 that he was considering taking Tesla off the stock market and into private ownership. This brought the Securities and Exchange Commission into the furor, who said that Musk had never discussed or even confirmed any sort of deal with a potential source of funding for such a move, despite Musk's claim to the contrary. The SEC sued as a result, and late in September an agreement was reached where Musk would be fined $20 million and ordered to vacate his post as Tesla chairman, while still remaining the company's CEO.
    • Musk had already stirred up controversy earlier that month after he'd appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience smoking marijuana. Though he ultimately wasn't punishednote , Tesla's stock dropped a whole nine percent immediately afterward.
  • Carlos Ghosn was widely regarded as one of the most influential people in the automotive industry; at one point, the conglomerate of Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi that he created was making one of every nine cars in the world. But Ghosn's forty-year career came crashing down around him in a mere four days after he under-reported his compensation in violation of securities law, and a subsequent investigation revealed he'd been using company assets for personal use. It didn't take very long for Nissan to oust him as their chairman, and Renault to name an acting chief executive; time will tell for Mitsubishi. The revelations also sparked an international incident involving France and Japan.

    Comic Books 
  • Roc Upchurch was fired from the position of artist on Rat Queens after being arrested for assaulting his wife. It would have been bad enough anyway, but the fact that the comic had a largely female cast and a large feminist fanbase sealed it.
  • DC Comics dropped artist Justiniano when he was arrested over possession of child pornography. Wonder Woman: Hand of the Gods, an original Graphic Novel he was illustrating at the time, was put on hold indefinitely due to the incident.
  • The original writer for the Brazilian Mega Man comic was fired because the higher-ups of Capcom found out he was going to usurp the story from Mega Man with an original character called Princess.
  • Capcom yanked the Street Fighter license from Malibu Comics because their comic completely disregarded the plot of the game (which really shows how much they cared) and killed Ken Masters by scalping in the second issue.
  • The career of Indonesian Marvel comics artist Ardian Syaf stopped abruptly in April 2017 after he decided to sneak sectarian Islamist messages into the first issue of X-Men: Gold, expressing his support for anti-Christian protests against a real-world Christian Indonesian politician and making what were interpreted as Antisemitic insinuations against the in-universe-Jewish Kitty Pryde.
  • A Double Subversion with Eddie Berganza, a group editor for DC Comics. He was known in the industry for sexually assaulting women for over a decade, which was even reported to the HR department at DC, but little action was taken other than demoting him from executive editor to group editor in 2012. The resulting bad PR from a November 2017 article about Berganza that Buzzfeed published (during the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, no less) is what finally got DC to drop him for good.
  • In 2004, Jim Starlin was fired from Thanos and dropped by Marvel for nearly a decade for unwittingly violating an injunction against the use of Ultraverse characters by including a brief appearance by Rune, an Ultraverse character who at the time had been the last person to use the Soul Gem. This has fueled some conspiracy theories among Starlin's fans, who believe that Tom Breevort, then the editor of Thanos and more recently the Editor-In-Chief at Marvel, fired Starlin in order to cover up his own negligence as an editor.
  • Comic book writer Gerard Jones saw his career end when he got arrested for child pornography possession.
  • Writer Chuck Wendig was fired from Marvel during the production of the Star Wars comic series Shadow of Vader (which was subsequently cancelled after the first two issues), and from a yet-untitled Star Wars book; after a series tweets which were deemed uncivil and unprofessional that he made in the wake of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Comic Strips 
  • It's safe to say that Tulsa cartoonist David Simpson will never work again after he was caught plagiarizing other cartoonists (mostly Jeff MacNelly) for over 30 years.
  • Ted Rall was fired from the Los Angeles Times in 2015 after allegations surfaced of him lying about an encounter with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2001.
  • Guy Gilchrist's run on Nancy stopped abruptly in early 2018 after allegations of sexually assaulting his former assistant came to light. The strip went into reruns for few months before a new cartoonist was hired to replace him.

  • Boris Pasternak, the author of Doctor Zhivago, was (as mentioned on Banned in China) forced to refuse his Nobel Prize for Literature under pressure from the Soviet Union simply because the book violated Soviet laws of the time.
  • Science fiction writer Sunil Patel was dropped by his publisher after he was revealed to have sexually harassed numerous women for years; they reportedly all met at a convention and started complaining about it, and gradually realized they were all talking about the same guy.

    Puppet Shows 
  • There are a couple conflicting accounts explaining why Steve Whitmire, the successor to the late Jim Henson as the performer of Kermit the Frog, was fired from The Muppets after nearly 40 years with the troupe. In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitmire claimed he was terminated over Creative Differences: Disney (the current owner of The Muppets) wanted to radically alter the behavior of Kermit for the short-lived ABC series, but Whitmire felt the changes were short-sighted and an insult to Henson's legacynote . However, in their own statement for the Reporter, Disney claimed that Whitmire was fired over years of backstage egotism, claiming that his behavior on-set caused production delays and was becoming difficult to work with. Brian Henson, Jim's son, supports this theory, adding that Whitmire was making "outrageous demands" while also admitting that creative differences did play some role.note  Regardless, this applies to both scenarios since the termination wasn't voluntary.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Double Subverted with Kevin Clash, the puppeteer for Elmo, who went on a leave of absence after allegations arose that he had sex with a 16-year-old. The allegations were soon disproven, though just as it looked like he'd recover from that incident a new allegation of the same kind from another party led him to quit the series. Clash would eventually be cleared of all sex abuse charges in 2014 and still has a steady puppeteering career at the Jim Henson Company to this day.
    • Actor Northern Calloway, who played David, began to have a decline not only in physical health, but mental health in the 1980's. He had a nervous breakdown leading to him getting jailed for a rampage in Nashville in 1980. However, he still returned to playing David and promised to take his prescribed lithium. However, the producers were skeptical of how long he would last and gradually ended David's relationship with Maria (Sonia Manzano) and eventually had him take over Mr. Hooper's store when Mr. Hooper died. His behavior would remain erratic, and after biting music coordinator Danny Epstein in a scuffle and intruding to the high school of Allison Bartlett, who plays Gina, and proposing to her, Calloway was fired/forced to resign and hospitalized and David was written out. Calloway died in a facility in Ossining in 1990 of a heart attack caused by exhaustive psychosis/excited delirium syndrome, literally a fatal nervous breakdown. Unlike Mr. Hooper, they did not make David die offscreen or pay tribute to Calloway in any way, with David simply disappearing from the series altogether.

  • After Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross left offensive messages on the answer phone of Andrew "Manuel" Sachs as part of a show on BBC Radio 2, the BBC faced so much pressure to sack them that Brand resigned from the show on his own. Ross later terminated his contract with the BBC amid speculation that he was about to have it ended for him, due to the Sachs incident and other controversies including complaints about a homophobic joke on his radio show.
    • Brand's guest-host episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks was also pushed back because of the scandal.
    • As far as Brand is concerned though, all public outcries about his behaviour have totally backfired. The complaints from the incident made up almost all the material for his next stand-up tour (which was eventually released on DVD too) and he now had enough to work with to write a second autobiography. He also became a household name in the US principally because of his controversial behaviour hosting the MTV Music Awards Ceremony (where he made fun of The Jonas Brothers' purity rings and called then-president George W. Bush a "retarded cowboy fella" among other things). Brand thrives on controversy like some sort of celebrity vampire.
    • Ross was also pulled from his British Comedy Awards hosting gig for that year (although he has returned since then). In a mild case of irony, his replacement was Angus Deayton.
  • From 1941-1948 C. E. M. Joad was a popular contributor to The BBC Radio show The Brains Trust, until he was arrested for fare evasion on the railway. The scandal ruined his career and may have been a contributory factor in his death five years later.
  • Australian Radio host Kyle Sandilands lost his job as a judge on Australian Idol after a lie detector stunt on his radio show revealed that a teenage girl got raped, and he responded by asking her if she had any other sexual experience. This revelation was not dumped, and hence was broadcast to Sydney listeners. Media Watch (ABC) Transcript
  • talkSPORT sacked its talk show host, Jon Gaunt, after an interview with a councillor. Gaunt wasn't keen on plans to exclude smokers from being foster parents and described the councillor as a 'Nazi' and an 'ignorant pig'. The interview was live.
  • St. Louis talk radio host Dave Lenihan made a slip of the tongue when discussing the rumor that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was interested in the position of NFL commissioner. Meaning to say that she would be a "huge boon" to the League, he slipped and instead called her a "huge coon." He immediately apologized profusely for the racial epithet, but when his show returned from commercial, it was the station's general manager speaking, revealing that Lenihan had been fired during the break.
  • The hosts of Australia's Hot 30 on 2Day FM, Mel Grieg and Mike Christian thought it was funny to imitate the Queen and Prince Charles and try to prank the London hospital where Kate Middleton was staying to recover from vicious morning sickness after her pregnancy was announced. When the nurse who unknowingly transferred the call to allow the prank to go forward received unwanted attention, she committed suicide and after a tone-deaf reaction where the station continued to promote the prank even after the nurse's death, public reaction and the anger of advertisers who immediately pulled their advertising from the station forced their hand. Both hosts were suspended, the station went automated and hostless for a couple weeks, and after a couple months, Mel had not returned, while Mike had gone from being on one of the most high-profile shows in Australia to going back to his old job in Melbourne. Security procedures involving phone calls to hospitals went up, and radio show prank calls in Australia were made verboten.
  • Steve Shapiro, Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino were the hosts of a morning show on WQXI in Atlanta, GA. After former NFL star Steve Gleason wrote an article on living with ALS, they decided a skit making fun of Gleason and "joking" about his life expectancy would be perfect for their show (Atlanta's Falcons are bitter division rivals with the New Orleans Saints, the team Gleason played with). They were fired by the end of the day, and quickly lost their weekly television show on the local CBS affiliate.
  • Don Imus was fired from his sports radio show in 2007 after referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos".
  • Opie & Anthony did this twice. They were fired from a Boston radio station after announcing the mayor had been killed in a car accident as an April Fool's Day Prank. Four years later they were fired from their nationally syndicated show when, during a contest called "Sex For Sam", a contest where contestants had sex in public places, a couple decided to have sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral and were arrested.
    • In 2014 Anthony was fired from Sirius XM for a series of racially charged tweets involving an altercation with a black woman. The show continued with Opie and regular second banana Jim Norton.
  • Michael Savage had his own show on MSNBC for almost four months before he was dismissed from NBC News after controversial remarks regarding people with AIDS in response to a crank caller making fun of Savage's teeth.
  • Jian Ghomeshi, host of the popular Canadian radio show Q, was fired from CBC Radio after he was accused of beating and raping several women. Ghomeshi initially claimed the acts were consensual BDSM and that he was being fired due to kink-phobia, then tried to sue the CBC, then quietly settled when it became clear that few people believed him. He then turned himself in to Toronto Police and was criminally prosecuted. As Q had just gotten a weekly TV show syndicated throughout the United States a couple weeks before with past Ghomeshi interviews, it likely became a Show Ending Misdemeanor as the syndicator quickly ended the 'this guy does great interviews, let's show the video' format with his interviews for a much less-watched 'week in review' version with the current staff that makes it just another late-night syndicated music show to those unfamiliar with Q. Even though Ghomeshi would be cleared of the charges two years later with overwhelming evidence that most of the key witnesses testimony was significantly inaccurate and/or intentionally dishonest, the publicity fallout from the scandal, combined with massive uproar of his acquittal, mean it's safe to say he won't be coming back to the public square anytime soon.
  • On January 17, 2005, just weeks after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, radio personality Miss Jones of WQHT-FM (Hot 97) New York introduced, and producer Rick Del Gado sung, on air, a parody of "We Are the World," titled "USA for Indonesia," as an attempted Take That! to former Hot 97 hosts Star & Buc Wild leaving for rival station WWPR-FM to boost ratings. The song was sung in a deliberately tasteless fashion, riddled with ethnic slurs derogatory toward Asian-Americans, mocked the victims of the devastating tsunami and generally made Howard Stern look like a gentleman. The public outrage was almost immediate, resulting in Del Gado getting fired from the station, while Miss Jones and several other DJs were suspended. Several sponsors also pulled their advertising from WQHT.
    • It probably didn't help that another DJ on the station, Miss Info, had objected to playing the song when Jones began to introduce it, and she walked out of the station in protest whilst being insulted by her fellow DJs (Miss Info is Asian-American herself, and the insults directed at her included further Asian slurs on-air). Todd Lynn, one of those DJs, took it to a whole new level by bragging about "shooting Asians." Lynn was fired for that remark along with Del Gado. Miss Info was also removed from the air after walking out of the show, and some reports suggested she was fired too, but intense public support of her and criticism of the station for her absence resulted in her return four months later.
  • Radio DJ Danny Baker similarly lost a job as a sports pundit on BBC Radio 5 for an ill-judged emotional outburst on air after his drinking buddy Paul Gascoigne was dropped from the England side for a crucial set of fixtures. Baker's abusive rant against the manager and selectors was not appreciated by the BBC, who did to him what the England manager had done to Gascoigne - dropped an unpredictible, heavy-drinking, and unreliable talent as a liability.
  • Playboy model Dani Mathers formerly had a segment on the radio show Heidi and Frank called Put Your Man Where Your Mouth Is before it was ended in the middle of July 2016 after Mathers, on her Snapchat account, body shamed a random woman in an LA Fitness shower room without the woman's knowledge. She is also banned for life from all LA Fitness facilities as a result.
  • Katie Hopkins is one of the most controversial and hated right-wing columnists and broadcasters in the UK (similar to Rush Limbaugh), but her career as a host on LBC had, for the most part, gone unaffected by all the bad publicity. That all changed in late May of 2017, when Hopkins sparked anger over her use of the phrase "final solution" while tweeting about the terrorist attacks in Manchester that had occurred earlier that week; due to the phrase's association with The Holocaust it was implied that she was calling for an ethnic cleansing of the UK's Muslim population. She later altered the tweet to read "true solution", but by then her remarks had been referred to the authorities on grounds of inciting hatred, and she was asked to leave by the network a few days later.
  • In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, NPR senior vice president of news and editorial director Michael Oreskes resigned on November 1, 2017, at the behest of chief executive Jarl Mohn after reports of sexual harassment against Oreskes were published.
  • Garrison Keillor, the original host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion, was dismissed by Minnesota Public Radio on November 29, 2017, after allegations of sexual harassment towards a co-worker were reported to the station. While Keillor had already left the show, reruns of A Prairie Home Companion were also pulled and the show was renamed to Live From Here.
  • Bob Wall was one of Chicago's top morning radio personality in the 1980's, his ratings on urban powerhouse WGCI-FM second to only WGN's iconic Wally Phillips. However, his radio career in the Windy City came to a crashing halt after he and his wife were convicted of molesting their underage babysitter in 1987. Wall would go in and out of smaller broadcast markets before committing suicide in 2002.
  • Former The Brady Bunch actress Susan Olsen was fired from hosting the Two Chicks Talkin' Politics radio show on internet station LA Talk Radio in December 2016 after she went on a homophobic rant about one of the show's guests.
  • Tom Ashbrook was removed from hosting the NPR news show On Point in December 2017 after it was alleged he had verbally abused female colleagues and had created a toxic work environment. He was ultimately fired from the show a few months later.

    Video Games 
  • This is possibly the reason that Billy Zane was replaced as Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness (including in the flashback scenes from the previous games) by Richard Epcar in the Kingdom Hearts series — Disney didn't want him on the project anymore due to the fact that, between the games, he'd taken on a major role in the Turkish action film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq. Said film drew heaps of criticism for portraying American soldiers in Iraq as monsters, and was called "anti-American propaganda" by many critics. Zane and the other American actors involved faced heavy backlash for appearing in that movie. This is quite a shame because Epcar just can't match his legendarily hammy performance.
  • The computer game Paranautical Activity was pulled from Steam on October 20, 2014 when its creator Mike Maulbeck saw the announcement of its completed release still had the "Early Access" banner, and responded by venting about Steam on his Twitter account—which culminated in threatening to kill Valve Software CEO Gabe Newell. Maulbeck soon apologized for this and resigned from his studio, Code Avarice, in an attempt to restore goodwill between it and Valve, although he has since been rehired.
  • As a result of suing fans for libel over bad reviews on Steam (see Frivolous Lawsuit for more), Valve had Digital Homicide's titles removed completely from the service and refuses to allow other titles by the developers on their platform. While the publisher has attempted to rebrand itself under a number of pseudonyms (namely, LootToot Games), they have still been stuck peddling DRM-free copies of their games on smaller distribution platforms, with nowhere near the reach they once had.
  • The voice-overs Jon Jafari (aka JonTron) recorded for Yooka-Laylee were removed from the final game after numerous Twitter users demanded Playtonic to remove him from the game after Jon expressed controversial political and racial views on Twitter, followed up by a particularly disastrous stream in 2016 where he tried to debate his political opinions in response to the tweets. His voice cameo in A Hat in Time, however, remained intact for unknown reasons.
  • In late January 2018, Todd Rogers, legendary for his 1982 5.51-second speedrun on the Atari 2600's Dragster, at the time the oldest still-standing video game record recorded by the agency Twin Galaxies, was banned from ever submitting scores again to their leaderboards. All of his records have been wiped after his Dragster record was proven with computer analysis to be physically impossible, and after Twin Galaxies learned he used a referee who was a personal friend of his to enter other impossible records onto the leaderboards for over 30 years.
    • In the aftermath of this disaster, Billy Mitchell of The King of Kong fame was given the same treatment as Rogers when it was determined that many of his records were achieved with modified hardware or using the MAME emulator,note  including the Donkey Kong record shown in the film. The entire documentary was rendered an Unintentional Period Piece with his challenger, Steve Wiebe, officially recognized as the first player to score over a million points. Mitchell was also punished by the Guinness World Records, who stripped him of his entry for achieving the first-ever perfect score in Pac-Man in 1999.
  • In July 2018, Guild Wars 2 writer Jessica Price was fired by ArenaNet after responding to a fan of both the gamenote , and her writing, who had politely responded to a tweet she had made discussing her thoughts on narratives in MMO's compared to single player games, by turning the issue into an issue over gender, and unleashing a storm of vitriolic comments towards the user. When people began calling her out on her poor behavior, she doubled-down and was quick to insult fans of the game for "telling developers what to do". Due to this, and her past history of aggressive comments, ArenaNet fired her, citing that she had poorly handled the situation, and had not represented the company well. Another writer at ArenaNet named Peter Fries, who had stood up for Jessica, was fired as well for similar reasons, though many weren't sure if he deserved to be fired compared to what Jessica had said.
  • The song "Subhuman", intended to be Dante's battle theme in Devil May Cry 5, was removed after reports were given of the lead singer having engaged in a emotionally manipulative and sexually inappropriate relationship with an underage fan.
  • Filip Miucin was a small but upcoming games journalist who got a solid deal by being hired by IGN. He posted his first review, a review of Dead Cells, and it was discovered by a youtuber named Boomstick Gaming that Filip's review was a near word for word copy of his own review. When people pointed this out, Filip was fired for this, but what truly is a role ender was that Filip refused to hone up to it, and claimed people were lying, and even suggested people go and search his older older reviews for proof if they were inclined to. Being the internet, people did so, and were quick to find every review he had ever made was a copy of someone else's review, even written reviews. As a result, Filip's career ended, and nobody is willing to hire him now that it is factually proven he is a liar.

    Western Animation 
  • Skyler Page, the creator and former voice of Clarence, was fired from Cartoon Network after a number of incidents related to his increasing mental instability, the last straw being when a storyboard artist for Adventure Time accused him of sexually assaulting her. Both positions were then taken over by writer Spencer Rothbell.
  • The directing career of Disney and Warner Bros. animator Earl Duvall, best known for his work on the Silly Symphonies at Disney and the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons at Warner, came to an abrupt end in 1934 after a salary dispute with producer Leon Schlesinger resulted in him being replaced by Jack King. It also didn't help that Duvall was an alcoholic at the time. After his Warner stint ended, Duvall became Ub Iwerks's story artist and returned to Disney before his retirement and eventual death in 1969.
  • Voice actor Greg Burson was fired from Looney Tunes in 2003 because of his struggles with alcohol, not to mention his 2004 arrest for kidnapping. He later died in 2008 after being absent from the business for five years.
  • Similar to the Skyler Page incident, Chris Savino was suspended and subsequently dropped from The Loud House following numerous claims of sexual harassment and threats of blacklisting his co-workers following the end of consensual relationships which had gone back as far as 2004 over multiple productions that he'd been involved with. Story editor Michael Rubiner took over his position as showrunner.
  • Comedy Central cancelled T.J. Miller's new animated show, The Gorburger Show, before it aired after word broke out about Miller's sexual assault allegations. After said sexual assault allegations, Miller got in even more trouble after a former friend accused him of transphobia, and Miller called in a fake bomb threat to get revenge. While he didn't lose his role in Deadpool 2 (due to being in its final editing phase at the time), Ryan Reynolds has said he's not going to be called back for a hypothetical sequel or X-Force film. He also seems to have been kicked off of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, as he is no longer credited in the film's IMDb page, and predictably, his role as Fred in Big Hero 6 was taken over by Brooks Wheelan in future media.
  • Carlo Bonomi, best known for providing all of the voices in the Swiss stop-motion series Pingu, was, in a sad note, deemed unable to reprise his roles when HiT Entertainment UnCanceled the series six years after the last episodes of the original series were produced. Although the exact reason for this is unknown, it's been said that Bonomi's inability to learn or speak English with his new executives from London became too much for them, and was consequently dismissed. Two local actors from London, one of whom had Italian ancestry similar to Bonomi, took his place instead.
  • In his first cartoon appearance, Popeye was voiced by William Costello. However, Costello's behavior came in conflict with The Hays Code and he was booted off the role and replaced with the much more memorable performance of Jack Mercer.
  • Joe Dougherty, the original voice of Porky Pig, was dropped by Warner Bros. as his inability to control his stutter made it difficult for him to work with the crew. He was replaced with Mel Blanc beginning with the short subject Porky's Duck Hunt. It didn't help Dougherty that Blanc would end up becoming a staple for WB's Looney Tunes characters over the next several decades, fame that Dougherty never enjoyed, nor that said stutter also threatened the career of fellow WB staple Friz Freleng.
    Friz Freleng: He would begin to recite, but then he'd get stuck. He just couldn't get off certain words. We were recording on film at the time, and the film was running, and I figured, boy, if they find out how much film I used just to make a cartoon, they'll kick my ass off the lot.
    • In retrospective, casting Dougherty in the role was considered a mistake. In I Haven't Got a Hat (1935), Porky's first appearance, it was considered amusing to cast a stuttering actor to play a stuttering character. It helped deliver some amusing scenes, but Dougherty only had to record a few speaking lines. Porky soon became the studio's biggest star, with his own sub-series. Dougherty had to appear in an ever increasing number of films, and to record most of the dialogue for them, while still being unable to control his stutter. What made him funny, also made him extremely difficult to work with. He was kicked out of the series in 1937, and the rest of his career was spent with him as an extra in live-action film and television productions. Dougherty died in 1978, mostly forgotten by anyone not interested in animation history. His replacement Mel Blanc voiced the character in almost all of Porky's appearances between 1937 and Blanc's death in 1989. 52 years of Blanc vs. 2 years of Dougherty. Guess which one is better remembered.
  • There are conflicting accounts as to how John Kricfalusi was fired from The Ren & Stimpy Show, but all of them fall under this trope.
  • Subverted with Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward Tentacles in Spongebob Squarepants. Despite Bumpass' arrest on DUI charges, Nickelodeon's morals clause for the series didn't consider driving under the influence to be an immoral act, and thus he was not subject to the legal grounds for termination. It also could have fared badly for the series had Bumpass been fired, as it would have been extremely noticeable by children for Squidward to be removed from the series and/or recast/replaced.
  • Rachel Butera managed to torpedo her role as Leia Organa in Star Wars Resistance before the show even premiered. Less than two weeks before the series' October 7, 2018, premiere, Butera posted a video online mocking the voice of Christine Blasey Ford, which was during the extremely controversial Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation scandal, prompting calls for her to be replaced. When "Station Theta-Black", the first episode with Leia in a speaking role, aired on December 9 of the same year, the credits revealed that Butera had been recast with Carolyn Hennesy.
  • Jason Biggs was replaced on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) after sending some rather suggestive tweets about the Republican National Conference, right after Nickelodeon used the show's official account to promote him on Twitter. Leonardo was voiced by Seth Green for the rest of the series after Season 2.
  • According to Transformers Wiki, Chris Latta (the voice of Starscream in the G1 cartoon, as well as Wheeljack, Reflector, and Sparkplug) had to be bailed out of jail so often that his characters were killed off in the movie. He still worked on the show in minor guest spots (such as a Cobra Commander crossover, Starscream's ghost, a Sweep, and a Headmaster in the three-part series finale), but not as a regular.
    • He continued to work on G.I. Joe (produced by the same company) despite this, although in a reduced capacity; it seems rather fortunate that Hasbro had decided to introduce a Cobra Emperor to the toyline, and Serpentor's presence in the series reduced the Commander to... well, The Starscream. DiC even brought him back when they revived the series for two more seasons (and put the Commander back in charge, to boot).

  • Most schools with strict zero-tolerance weapons policies can enforce this. In some cases, even an act as benign as drawing a picture of a gun, pointing a Finger Gun at someone, or accidentally chewing a Pop-Tart into a shape resembling a gun can land a student in hot water with the administration, up to and including suspension or dismissal.
    • Schools even have zero-tolerance on drugs and other acts of violence such as fighting. Students have gotten suspended or even expelled over asthma inhalers (schools also confiscate them and hold them in the main office until a student needs them, which leads to students dying unnecessarily) or even trying to stop fights or protect someone else from delinquents.
  • Atlanta Fire Department Chief Kelvin Cochran was terminated by Mayor Kasim Reed in 2015 after he allegedly tried to promote his religious beliefs by publishing homophobic comments in his book Who Told You That You Were Naked?, which he distributed copies of to his fellow colleagues at the department. Cochran was offered an opportunity by Reed to resign but refused, forcing Reed to fire him. Christian conservative groups were enraged by this, and joined Cochran in suing the city for suppressing his religious freedom, but the lawsuit did not move forward until late 2017, after a judge ruled Cochran's firing had been justified.
  • Australian-born entertainer, musician and artist Rolf Harris was found guilty in 2014 of sexually assaulting young girls aged between 8-16 between 1968 and 1986. He served 5 years and 9 months imprisonment in England before he was released on May 19, 2017 after a jury failed to reach a verdict during Harris's retrial on further alleged sexual assaults. His paintings and memorials were removed, his TV shows were taken off the air, his music was blacklisted, and he was stripped of his honours. However, in spite of Harris saying that he wanted to spend his final years in peace, he has since been considering a TV comeback.
  • In the aftermath of the 2017 Charlottesville alt-right rally which turned violent and ended with the death of one woman—for which her attacker would later be convicted of first-degree murder—several white supremacists who attended it and were later identified by social media, were consequently fired by their employers. The fallout from the events also led to the shutdown of many sites associated with the white supremacy movement, such as Stormfront (which came back up about a month afterwards). While key alt-right figures, including Richard Spencer, have made plans to organize more rallies citing First Amendment rights, none of them have come close to the success of Charlottesville, and the backlash has made the movement much weaker and more unemployable than it was before due to it raising much larger concerns that white supremacy is a dangerous threat.
  • On August 29, 2017, Stern Pinball announced that they had fired pinball designer John Trudeau after he was arrested for alleged possession of child pornography.
  • The fate of the Zeppelin rigid airship program. After a perfect safety record that spanned some thirty years, one of their airships caught fire in a little incident known as the Hindenburg disaster. Despite this one incident producing only minor casualties compared to a plane crash, the entire incident was recorded while being reported live (it even gave us a trope). It was enough to make people afraid of riding balloons forever though, and it would take Zeppelin sixty years to get people to ride airships again.
  • A bizarre sequence of events stemming from an affair led to the arrest of Traditionalist Worker Party chairman Matthew Heimbach, who had already gained notoriety — and a probation sentence — after shoving a protester at a Donald Trump rally in the spring of 2016. Things only got more convoluted when it turned out that the other half of the affair was the wife of TWP co-founder and spokesman Matt Parrott, who also happened to be Heimbach's stepfather-in-law, making Parrott's wife Heimbach's mother-in-law. Heimbach would be sentenced in May 2018 to 38 days in prison for violating his aforementioned probation, with additional jail time a possibility. As for Parrott, he resigned from the TWP once it became clear its credibility had been shredded beyond repair, pulled its website, and destroyed all the membership data it contained, saying later that there was "no more party."
  • AT&T executive Bob Quinn was fired in May 2018 when it came out that Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, was on his payroll. Keep in mind that this revelation happened during a sensitive time for the company, in the midst of an attempt to acquire TimeWarner that the Justice Department under the Trump Administration is trying to thwart for reasons best not discussed here.
  • While Mariah Mallad, aka Momokun, was already infamous in the cosplay community for her hypocrisy towards body positivity and for taking credit for other people's cosplays and original characters, she would end up losing all her sponsors and future con guest appearances in July 2018 when her history of sexually harassing female cosplayers and male fans were brought to light during her trip to Anime Expo. This didn't help when she blamed it all on her ADHD, which further made people quick to back off from her, nor when it was discovered that her claims of being sexually violated herself were all proven false.
  • Theodore McCarrick, a cardinal and former Archbishop of Washington, resigned his post late in July 2018 and was suspended from public duty after several accusations of sexual misconduct, including one that dated back nearly five decades, were proven credible by church officials.

Film - Animated

Films — Live-Action

  • Making Mr. Right has a popular soap opera character killed off shortly after his portrayer gets into a scuffle with the beloved android main character. It's implied the encounter led to the firing.
  • Miss Congeniality has Gracie able to enter the Miss United States pageant in place of the winner from New Jersey because the beauty queen had starred in a porn movie.
  • The Week has beloved chat show host Dick Romans was removed from television after an incident where he went mad on the air and started burning a book.
  • Subverted in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even though Captain America is now considered a war criminal, fitness videos featuring him are still required viewing in high schools across the country.
  • In S1m0ne, producer Victor Taransky attempts to end his fictional actress's career with several of these, whether it be having her appear in an awful Le Film Artistique where she eats slop out of a pig trough in a wedding dress, or an interview where she advocates smoking cigarettes, or building shooting galleries at elementary schools. It doesn't take.

Live-Action TV

  • On The Big Bang Theory, Leonard goes on a radio show to discuss his field of research. After a series of questions, Leonard's responses imply he thinks that there's no future in physics research and the head of the university threatens to fire him over it. A hastily (and drunkenly) written apology later, his job appears safe.
  • Joey from Friends was fired from Days of Our Lives after claiming in an interview that he writes his own dialogue (what he meant was that he sometimes makes minor alterations); the writers didn't take this lightly.
  • Sam from Cheers left the Red Sox when his drinking got out of control, although it's never made clear if he quit or was fired.
    Diane: Why aren't you still playing?
    Sam: I developed an elbow problem.
    Diane: An elbow problem?
    Sam: Yeah, I, uh, bent it too much. (mimes drinking from a bottle)
  • The Punisher (2017): The PMCs that Billy Russo recruits for the SWAT team ambush in "Cold Steel" are former Anvil operatives that were contracted by the State Department to run diplomatic protection details, but who have been unable to get employment after YouTube footage surfaced of them gunning down innocent Iraqi civilians.
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Midge gets blackballed from the stand-up comedy circuit after she takes down another stand-up comedian during her act. The only way she's able to get on-stage to get another shot is when Susie pulls a favor with Lenny Bruce to open for Midge at the Gaslight, where she performs under her real name.
  • Johnny from WKRP in Cincinnati was working at a radio station in California when he said "booger" on the air. The resulting backlash eventually led to his dismissal and later bouncing around at other radio stations until he landed at WKRP. The California station later rehired him and he left the show, only to return the following episode. This time, he was fired for saying something worse.
    • In the same episode, Johnny's replacement is fired for accepting payola (taking payment from the record companies to play specific songs). For some reason, Andy and Mr. Carlson are more concerned with him accepting payola than the fact that said payola is cocaine.
  • The Fast Show featured the character of Arthur Atkinson, a 1940s music-hall comedian. In the last episode featuring the character, his audience walks out en masse after he makes a crude joke during a performance, and we are told his career never recovered.
  • George (a sportscaster) from Mr. Belvedere once did an editorial complaining about having to stand for the national anthem. His highly patriotic boss doesn't take this lightly and asks him to leave. However, George uses his contract to stay with the station and ends up being reassigned to rather humiliating jobs. The trope comes into play again near the end of the episode when George's replacement shows up for work drunk and George gets his job back after filling in for him.

Web Comics

  • An example occurs in Dumbing of Age. One morning, Robin DeSanto, after supporting several anti-LGBT platforms, wakes up in the house of Leslie, a lesbian gender studies teacher, after sharing some drinks with her the night before. She refuses to leave upon discovering the press have camped outside the door. One two-day stalemate later, her party withdraws their endorsement of her. It didn't help that one of the interns on her campaign staff was revealed to be a date-rapist as well (although Robin, to her credit, rightly wanted to see him in ruins for what he'd done, but by then it was too late for her political career).

Western Animation

  • On Rugrats, a popular children's show host is fired after Angelica Pickles unwittingly reveals on air that she had said something extremely rude about children.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Krusty Gets Kancelled" had Bart turn the cameras on Gabbo (the puppet whose show dethroned Krusty the Klown) in time to broadcast him calling the kids of Springfield S.O.B.s across the city. Subverted when the incident makes the news and Kent Brockman tries to play it straight, but it turns out that the people of Springfield still adore Gabbo.
    • "You Kent Always Say What You Want" deals with Kent Brockman himself being fired after Homer accidentally pours hot coffee onto his crotch and says a word "so horrible, it could only be said by Satan himself while on the toilet." Though what got Brockman fired wasn't the swearing on live TV (that got him demoted to weatherman while Arnie Pie took over as the anchor), but allegedly having cocaine in his cup of coffee (it was actually Splenda, but his boss "thought" that Splenda was slang for cocaine.)