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Will Smith and Johnny Depp lead celebrity comebacks after being canceled

Will Smith and Johnny Depp both make a career comeback after being canceled by the court of public opinion.

Smith is currently on a press tour to promote his upcoming movie “Emancipation,” less than a year after he punched Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars. Depp has also been declared “justified” after his court victory against ex-wife Amber Heard.

“Oh, I think he’s totally vindicated,” Depp’s friend and frequent collaborator, Helena Bonham Carter, told The Times. “I think he’s all right now. All right.”

Will Smith, left, and Johnny Depp have both moved on in their careers after a slew of negative headlines.
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Brand expert and Red Banyan senior vice president Kelcey Kintner explained to Fox News Digital how some celebrities are able to overcome negative press after is cancelled while others can never reclaim their careers.

“There is no one quick fix when it comes to celebrities emerging from the purgatory of cancellation culture. The public’s perception of the person before the controversy, the severity of the offense and the celebrity’s reaction to the firestorm all play a role. role. But usually, given enough time, a celebrity can slowly work her way back.”

“Fans can be extremely forgiving when it comes to their favorite stars,” she said. For example, Will Smith may have a few fans who won’t see his movies now, but his huge sympathy before the infamous Oscar blow will see him through this. He’s also done a good job of publicly admitting his bad behavior. “

Kintner said that if celebrities don’t admit their wrongdoing right away, it can be harder for them to return to successful careers.

“When it comes to some kind of misconduct, it is always important for any celebrity to take responsibility for their part as soon as possible. But sometimes stars think they are untouchable and refuse or just can’t face what they have done,” Kintner said. “They can defiantly double down on inappropriate comments and actions, and this only fuels the fire, making the road to a return even longer or at times nearly impossible.”

“But celebrities have the advantage of having huge financial resources and being able to get their positive story out to the public. So overall, they’re in a much stronger position to fight cancellation culture than the average Joe.”

Here are five celebrities who made a career comeback after being canceled:

Johnny Dep

Johnny Depp's reputation was dented after ex-wife Amber Heard wrote an op-ed labeling herself as a victim of domestic violence.  Depp won the legal battle in September 2022 in which he accused Heard of libel.

Johnny Depp’s reputation was dented after ex-wife Amber Heard wrote an op-ed labeling herself as a victim of domestic violence. Depp won the legal battle in September 2022 in which he accused Heard of libel.
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Johnny Depp lost movie roles after being labeled a “wife beater” by the media after an op-ed written by his ex-wife, Amber Heard. She labeled herself as a victim of domestic violence at the time. While she didn’t specifically name Depp, Depp claimed his reputation took a hit after the publication of the op-ed.

Depp won his defamation lawsuit against Heard in September. The case made headlines during the six-week trial and many nasty accusations were made on both sides. But in the end, many felt Depp was redeemed.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has been outspoken about canceling culture as he tackles the legal drama.

“It’s so out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe, not one of you, no one out that door. No one is safe,” Depp said while addressing the press at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. in 2021. “It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet is pulled. This hasn’t just happened to me, it’s happened to a lot of people. This kind of thing has happened to women, men. Unfortunately, at some point they start moment to think it’s normal, or that it’s them when it’s not.”

Since the trial concluded, Depp has appeared at the MTV VMAs and Rihanna’s most recent Savage X Fenty fashion show. He also plans to direct his first film in the past three decades. He directs and co-produces “Modi” alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

Will Smith

Will Smith faced backlash after punching comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

Will Smith faced backlash after punching comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
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Will Smith received backlash after punching Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Oscars.

Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head “Red Table Talk” host suffers from alopecia and has been candid about her diagnosis.

Smith followed the blow banned from participating in the Oscars and all other Academy-sponsored events for the next 10 years. The actor lay low for a while before sharing a video of him apologizing to many, including Rock.

“Will Smith is an extraordinary talent who will be sought after for years to come. But until he puts this behind him, don’t expect most studios to rush to hire him,” crisis and brand expert Evan Nierman told Fox News Digital . at the moment of the blow. “For now he is damaged, but I suspect he will overcome the stigma over time, provided he takes the right steps and avoids further bad decisions or other massive errors of judgment and self-control.”

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Smith seems to have started his comeback. His first film since the Oscars moment comes out on December 2. The actor has already been named as a contender for another Best Actor Oscar. However, if he is nominated, he will not be able to attend the awards ceremony.

The ‘Aladdin’ star also understands that some fans may not be ready to support him.

“I totally understand that if someone isn’t ready, I would absolutely respect that and give them the space to not be ready,” Smith told FOX 5 DC reporter Kevin McCarthy. “My biggest concern is my team – [director Antoine Fuqua] has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career.”

He added: “I hope that the material – the power of the film, the timeliness of the story – I hope that the good that can be done will at least open people’s hearts to see and recognize the unbelievable and support artists in and around this film.”

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Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson largely stayed out of the limelight after he was arrested in 2006 for drunk driving.  The actor went on an anti-Semitic diatribe during the arrest that made headlines.

Mel Gibson largely stayed out of the limelight after he was arrested in 2006 for drunk driving. The actor went on an anti-Semitic diatribe during the arrest that made headlines.
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Mel Gibson’s fall from grace was spurred by an anti-Semitic tirade he spewed when he was arrested in 2006 for drunk driving.

After the arrest, Winona Ryder came forward and claimed that Gibson had once called her a “furnace dodger.” The term is a reference to the Holocaust. The director denied Ryder’s claim, calling her a liar, according to multiple reports.

Gibson has also been accused of using homophobic and racist language. In 2010, tapes of Gibson yelling at his then-girlfriend leaked, further confirming his fate. On the tapes, he used the n-word while talking to Oksana Grigorieva.

Grigorieva later accused Gibson of domestic violence.

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Despite his cancellation and a decade-long hiatus from Hollywood, Gibson is currently working on a number of new projects, including “Lethal Weapon 5.”

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Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen was accused of cyberbullying Courtney Stodden.

Chrissy Teigen was accused of cyberbullying Courtney Stodden.
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Chrissy Teigen faced backlash after being accused of it Bullying Courtney Stodden.

Stodden, who identifies as non-binary and uses she/she pronouns, accused the model of cyberbullying after Teigen announced she would be leaving Twitter over negativity in 2021.

Stodden claimed at the time that Teigen had tweeted about how to take a “dirty nap” and messaged them privately encouraging suicide.

Teigen shared an apology on Twitter.

“Not many people are lucky enough to be held accountable to the entire world for all their past bulls,” Teigen wrote at the time. “I am mortified and sad about who I was. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely ashamed of my behavior.”

“But that’s nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel,” Teigen continued. “I have worked so hard to give you joy and to be loved and the feeling of letting you down is almost unbearable, it really is. These were not my only mistakes and will certainly not be my last no matter how hard I try , but gosh, I’ll do try!!”

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Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart was canceled after old tweets with homophobic language surfaced in 2019.

Kevin Hart was canceled after old tweets with homophobic language surfaced in 2019.
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Kevin Hart faced backlash after homophobic tweets resurfaced ahead of his performance at the 2019 Oscars. The comedian stepped down as host that year and refused to apologize publicly, saying at the time that he had already addressed the old tweets.

“[They] actually said, “Kevin, apologies for your old tweets or we’ll have to move on to find another host,” Hart previously said in an Instagram video. The reason why I passed is that I tackled it several times.”

Since the backlash, Hart debuted a new comedy show “No F-ks Given” and starred in a number of projects including “Fatherhood” and a recent movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – “DC League of Super-Pets.”

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