Paula Deen On DWTS? Disgraced Stars Who’ve Managed To Return To The Public Eye

August 27, 2015  |  
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She’s ba-ack. Dancing with the Stars just announced that Paula Deen will be back on TV for Season 21. But she’s not the only disgraced star returning to television and the public eye. The following celebrities are back whether we like it or not.

Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson

Apparently CBS, who hired Johnson to become a fantasy football analyst in 2013, could overlook the disgraced football star’s history of domestic violence.

R. Kelly

Despite a tape that showed the singer performing sexual acts on a minor, R. Kelly was not only found innocent, but his 14th studio album is also in the works.

Chris Brown

Have people forgiven Chris Brown? Now that he’s a new dad to a little lady named Royalty, it certainly seems like it.

Michael Richards

Former Seinfeld fans didn’t want to see Michael Richards’ face again after his racist onstage rant in 2006. But since then, Richards has had cameos on several shows and even a supporting role in the short-lived TV series Kirstie. How did that happen?

Mel Gibson

First there was his anti-semitic rant in 2006, followed by the 2010 recording of his (also racist) tirade against former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. But somehow, he’s still welcome in Hollywood to make movies. Go figure.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson has appeared in movies, documentaries, an onstage show, and even a cartoon. That’s a big deal when you consider his past rape conviction, bankruptcy, and the time he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear.

Martha Stewart

It was hard to be upset about this celebrity comeback. Illegal stock trading is technically against the law, but few Martha Stewart fans held it against her. Days after she was released from jail, she rejoined her company Martha Stewart Living and started filming episodes of her new daytime series, The Martha Stewart Show.

Charlie Sheen

Even Two and a Half Men fans thought Sheen was going to have to hang up his acting hat after his 2011 meltdown. But not only did the actor manage to find his way back into the headlines, he starred in the FX series Anger Management and had roles lined up in several films.

Michael Vick

Football fans were sure it was over for Michael Vick when he was jailed after being implicated in an illegal dogfighting ring. But not only was Vick picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 after his release, but he was also named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Isaiah Washington

For most actors, dropping a homosexual slur on set means the end of their career. But not only did Isaiah Washington make a comeback, but he was also even invited back to do a guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy, the show he was fired from.

Paula Deen

Despite her admitted use of the n-word and a brownface scandal, Paula Deen is scheduled to come back to TV for Season 21 of Dancing With the Stars. Can you believe it? And who’s going to vote for her?

Lance Armstrong

Paula Deen isn’t the only disgraced celebrity that Dancing With the Stars has approached. They’ve reportedly been asking Lance Armstrong to join the cast since the series began.

Lindsay Lohan

OK, Lindsay Lohan hasn’t officially made a sufficient comeback as of yet. But after her OWN reality show, her parents’ new Family Therapy gig and Dancing With the Stars$550,000 offer to join the cast, there’s still interest in her. We’re sure we haven’t heard the last of her.

Kobe Bryant

When the NBA player was accused of sexual assault in 2003, it seemed like his career and his marriage were about to come to an end. Fast forward to 2015, Kobe and Vanessa are still together, his name has been cleared, and he has NBA championships, gold medals and MVP awards on his mantel.

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