The 8 Biggest Scandals of Summer.
The former Food Network star literally got summer-schooled. Though she uttered the fateful truth in May, it wasn't until June that the world found out that Deen had admitted, while being deposed in a lawsuit, that she "of course" had used the N-word in the past. Companies started dropping her like fly balls in the sun and, though she had her stalwart supporters, by the time July rolled around, it was clear that no major brand name wanted to be the one to forgive first.
The death of the 31-year-old Glee star due to a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin was simply just terribly sad news. While this was hardly the first time, nor will it be the last, that a bright young star loses his battle with drug addiction, something about Monteith's demise seemed particularly tragic. Maybe it was the absence of headline drama before his trip to rehab in the spring, or how frankly he spoke about his problems after treatment.
Paris Jackson attempts suicide. Speaking of demons, we hope that Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter is getting the help she needs and has the sort of unconditional support from her family that a child who's been through what she has truly deserves.
Simon Cowell impregnates his friend's wife. Longtime bachelors become dads every day, surely. But not all of them have their pal's estranged wife as a baby mama. We'd really like to criticize Simon for poor form (in an acerbic British accent), but now Lauren Silverman is just about divorced and starting to show and...Who are we to judge? That's always been Simon's job anyway.
While the inexplicably long-running CBS series is known for its volatile housemates and shady, in-the-name-of-the-game on-camera behavior, no one was expecting to hear racial and homophobic slurs coming in loud and clear on the 24/7 live feed.
She spent all spring getting to 10 via Twitter and an alleged bong toss, but the onetime Nickelodeon star cranked her behavioral issues up to 11 when she lit a fire in a driveway near her parents' L.A.-area home. The 27-year-old has been hospitalized on a psychiatric hold since being taken into custody on July 22nd and her mother has been granted a temporary conservatorship.
The former Congressman who resigned in the wake of a sexting 'n' tweeting scandal in June 2011 was perhaps this close to winning the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City -- until it was unceremoniously revealed that he just couldn't lay off the naughty-texting sauce in 2012.
The financial issues that reportedly plague the people who populate the various Real Housewives zip codes are mind-boggling all on their own, but now Teresa Giudice and hubby Joe of The Real Housewives of New Jersey are facing the possibility of prison time after being charged with bank, mail and wire fraud and other malfeasance in connection their 2011 bankruptcy filing.