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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 pleaded 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.
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  • Robert Norman Smith of Alexander Keith's beer commercials fame was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography. The commercials were also removed as a result.
  • In March 2011, Gilbert Gottfried, the first voice of the Aflac duck, posted very insensitive jokes about the massive 2011 earthquake in Japan on Twitter. Since Aflac does a lot of business in Japan, they were understandably not amused by these jokes and subsequently dropped him from their ads. 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 in June 2010 after he left a voicemail message for a Tea Party group, specifically one called Freedom Works, suggesting that its members were mentally challenged (he has gone on record to say that he was asking, genuinely, if they employed/allowed membership for people legally deemed mentally challenged; 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).
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  • The Kevin Butler ads for Sony's various consoles ended in September 2012 after it was noted that the actor, Jerry Lambert, also appeared in an ad for Bridgestone tires playing Mario Kart Wii. Sony didn't like him associating with the competition, and they even sued Lambert for appearing in said Bridgestone commercial (though that was later settled out of court). After the lawsuit was settled, Lambert agreed not to appear in video game advertisements for two years
  • Alice, a brand of German ISP Hansenet, had been personified since its launch in 2004 by Italian model Vanessa Hessler. In October 2011, she revealed she had been in a relationship with a son of Muammar Gaddafi and expressed support for the family. The company (which had been bought by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica a year ago) immediately fired her and retired the brand three months later as a result of Telefónica absorbing the company into O2 Germany.
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  • 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 arrested 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! since he ran a veterans blog and considered those in the military and veterans to be Unacceptable Targets. 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. After being fired by Wendy's, Peller remained a minor celebrity for the final two years of her life, while Wendy's eventually replaced her with a highly successful ad campaign featuring their founder Dave Thomas that ran until his death in 2002.
  • Eallin Animation ended their relationship with Canadian animator Kevin Bao in December 2019 over an ad he ran for the PlayStation 4's winter lineup, when it was discovered that nearly every single shot in it was traced over plagiarized scenes from other animated works (including but not limited to Steven Universe: The Movie, FLCL and the music video to Lune of Atlantis' "Moonlight").
  • In 1996, British insurance company Churchill launched their long-running advertising campaign featuring Churchill the nodding dog, with Bob Mortimer voicing Churchill and his comedy partner Vic Reeves asking him questions offscreen. Reeves was dropped from the adverts in 2005 after being charged with drunk driving (the campaign primarily advertised car insurance), while Mortimer continued to voice Churchill until a rebranding in 2019.
  • Tony Piloseno, an Ohio University student and senior sales associate for a Sherwin-Williams paint store in Athens, hosted a popular TikTok channel dedicated to mixing paint into different colors in an effort to market the brand. Sherwin-Williams responded by firing Piloseno, giving shifting reasons why: Piloseno's termination notice cited "wasting properties [and] facilities" and "seriously embarrass[ing] the Company or its products", while a spokeswoman cited a customer complaint. Piloseno's misfortune was short lived, however, as his story quickly went viral and he landed a job with a paint company in Florida. You can get a better look at his story here.
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