Whose 15 minutes of fame should be up in 2011?

old-spice-man-Isaiah--MustafaIn addition to crowning Facebook CEO (…bitch) Mark Zuckerberg as 2010’s Person of the Year, TIME has released a list of 15 notables whose 15 minutes of fame have just about expired. Among these over-saturated (and questionable) “celebrities”: the infamous JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who taught us all the best way to quit a job is by stealing two beers and sliding down an emergency exit chute on your way out. (He really didn’t need to release a rap song. Like, really, really didn’t.) My 2011 will be just fine imagining Slater has taken up yoga, continues to rock Madras shorts, and has a lifetime membership on TSA’s “No-Fly” list. I’ll make room on my calendar, though, for Isaiah Mustafa, or “The Old Spice Guy,” whose ridiculous marketing campaigns deserve at least another 30 minutes in the spotlight. The man loves being shirtless, and can bake you a cake in the kitchen that he made you. Plus, he has a talent deal with NBC, so the possibilities for his new antics are endless. Swan dive!

The rest of this list just makes me sad. Poor Jim Joyce will always be known as the umpire who blew Armando Galarraga’s perfect game, and Gray Powell has probably been shunned from any and all Silicon Valley happy hours after he left his iPhone 4 prototype in a California bar. Let’s do these guys a favor and let their acquired infamy fizzle out rather than perpetuate it by tormenting them with constant attention, shall we? (See how I didn’t even bring up Oksana Grigorieva? May the year 2011 follow that lead…)

Who do you want to see more from in ’11, PopWatchers? And who’s about as worn out as those World Cup vuvuzelas piled up in your closet?

Read more:
Mark Zuckerberg named TIME’s Person of the Year
Ex-flight attendant Steven Slater has a bad rap (in more ways than one)

The Old Spice guy answers EW’s question — and will be answering yours… but not on a horse.

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  • Annie

    Susan Boyle. For the love of all that is holy, Susan Boyle. Enough already!

    • Sam

      I agree. Either get original material or pack it in, Ms. Boyle. The last thing the music industry needs is another artist who “interprets” the “classics.”

      • Carrie


      • MSD

        So long as there is a grandma/mother Christmas gift market- I think we’ll see yet another SuBo release like clockwork next November- unfortunately.

      • suebrody

        SuBo and Ke$ha. But I doubt either’s going away.

    • stu

      susie has talent!!!
      i say Kendra.

  • Ben

    Barack Obama. Can we all just admit not that this guy is the biggest most incompetent douche on Earth?

    • jeff

      no… that would still be george w. bush…

    • Mea

      I wouldn’t go that far, but he is one of the most seriously under-qualified men to hold that office. Andrew Johnson grabbing the top spot. The man [Obama] may be a highly educated and charismatic person, but he is not suited to run anything and has little experience in that area.

    • Jay

      I applaud Barack for what he has been ‘trying’ to do.
      I blame republicans for everything on that agenda that was rejected.

      Furthermore, I blame republicans for any economic trouble we endure for the next 2 years as a result of them holding the tax bill “hostage”

    • Elizabeth

      Oh goodie – someone trying to political in an entertainment blog! Awe-some.

      Buzz… the correct answer is Sarah Palin.

    • Greg

      Hell no, that would be Richard M. Nixon.

  • DJ

    Oprah (who’s 15 minutes should have been up about 20 years ago) and Sarah Palin and BOTH Bill and Hillary Clinton. Wish I could put these horrible creatures on a slow boat to China.

  • Andrew

    Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin!

    • Kate

      Agreed but would add Sarah too!!!!

    • Morgan


    • Maija

      The world will be a better place when we no longer give Kate Gosselin any limelight.

  • Farris Flagg

    Jennifer Lopez. She Still Thinks It’s All About Her!!!!!!!! We Are In Award Season And She Needs To Prove To Her Kids And Her Step-Kids That She Is Not A Publicity Machine

    • nikkiwhat

      How do you know that she thinks this? Is it because she is stull stunning and recognizable and rich?

  • Barack Palin

    Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, anyone Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bill Maher, Joy Behar,Keith Olbermann, Rosie O’Donell, Arianna Huffington-hey a guy can dream can’t he.

    • Cris

      I’m sure you do dream, every day as you put on your pointy white hood.

      • Hates Joy and the View

        Funny. Don’t see a minority on that list. So if you don’t like the blow hard Joy behar or Keith Obermsn your a racist?

  • Kat

    Aww, but the Jim Joyce/Galarraga story is one of my favorites because it’s so sweet. Apologies, forgiveness…it probably helps that I’m not big into baseball and so I don’t take it as seriously as these professionals, but I happen to think it makes for a lovely story. Certainly, that’s how professional sports SHOULD work – none of the hissy fits that some of these people tend to throw.

    • cruzilla

      I agree. I’m a little baffled by his inclusion on this list. It’s not like he parlayed his bad call into a reality TV career.

    • Turanga Leela

      I’m with you. I thought it was a great (and way too rare) story on admitting a mistake and not holding a grudge.

  • LDR

    All Kardashians. Please!!!

  • Tcrab

    Can we get all of the Lohans and Kardashians to sit down and STFU?

    • MD

      YES! YES! and YES
      might as well include the doorknobs from the Jersey Shore

    • Elizabeth

      Winner, winner chicken dinner!!

    • Nik

      I agree with both of you, enough of them already…and with these stupid non-reality reality stars! Along with them you can add Heidi and Spencer to the list!



  • Aisling

    Spencer Pratt & Heidi Montag

    • SM

      I’ll second that! And third it.

      • JPT

        I will fourth and add Amber and Gary from Teen Mom!!!!!

    • orville

      Shhhhhhh….they’ve been pretty invisible lately. Maybe if we’re really quiet and don’t mention their existence ever again, they’ll go away.

      • :)

        Here’s hoping they can take some of the other hacks with them too!

  • Coffee Me

    Kate Gosselin. Can she please stop getting air and news time?

  • Jacob

    Ken Tucker.

    • Eric

      He does suck, but he’s clung to about 15 hours of fame at this point, might as well let him keep on going.

    • Psac

      Isn’t he a serial killer?

  • MsThing

    Sarah For-the-Love-of-God-Someone-Shut-Her-Up-Now Palin!

  • Silv

    The Obamas (@Ben: Hear, hear!), the Palins, the Lohans, the Gosselins, the Montag-Spencers, the Mel Gibson-Russian chick mess.. I could go on for a while. Hey, EW, if you stop covering them, it’s a big step in the right direction!

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