Let’s say you’re a D-List celebrity who needs to jump start a non-career; what on earth would you do? Well, release a sex tape, of course. Over the years since someone spent One Night in Paris, it seems that everyone whose career needs a shot in the arm decides the best way to do it is to find a camera and record themselves doing something downright dirty with their loved ones (or strangers in some cases.)
To be fair, not all of them released their tapes on their own, but they still managed to make huge profits off of them. Here’s a look at 10 people who desperately tried to spark some interest under the sheets. Some of these will be familiar, but others like #4 will come as a surprise.
10. Farrah Abraham
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham had major exposure on MTV, but once that faded, she decided to release a tape with porn star James Deen. She tried to play it off as an amateur undertaking, yet the production values said otherwise. The tape worked, netting Abraham around 1.5 million for her “efforts.”
9. Tila Tequila
Being famous for having a lot of friends on MySpace probably won’t keep you in the limelight, which is why Tila Tequila tried her hand at making porn. She also did a few other things as well, however aside from her reality dating show, we won’t mention the rest here.
8. Mimi Faust
Mimi Faust, of Love and Hip Hop fame, had a tape leaked by Vivid Entertainment. Most people would sue to keep it from being released, but not Faust and boyfriend Nikko Smith, who decided to ride the newfound notoriety. If you think that is bad, wait till you get to number 6 for one of the originals.
Nadya Suleman, otherwise known as the “Octomom,” had no qualms about starring in a few sex tapes. However, she did have one requirement: the mother of eight hoped her kids would never see her antics. They probably weren’t the only ones who felt the need to stay away from seeing Suleman’s debut.
6. Paris Hilton
Aw, Paris Hilton, the one who started it all. Her tape launched the whole “famous for being famous” craze, though many of her other efforts for legitimacy fell flat. Of course, Hilton wasn’t the only one who made a name for themselves off of a sex tape. Check out number 5 for the most famous tape of them all.
5. Kim Kardashian
While Kim Kardashian did not release her own sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J, the reality star sure made a ton of money off of it. Because of the tape, Kardashian has become a pop culture icon whose star does not appear to be going away anytime soon. Good or bad, you be the judge.
4. Tonya Harding
Disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding tried many routes as a comeback, and somehow a sex tape played a key role. Harding and then-husband Jeff Gillooly tried to pass the tape off as a wedding night video, with Harding sporting a wedding dress. However, it was later revealed to be a costume.
This former WWE athlete led a troubled life after her wrestling career ended, trying her best to keep her star from fading. That probably explains how after 1 Night in Chyna was released, she went on to act in professional porn movies. Unfortunately, Chyna passed away from a drug overdose in 2016.
2. Tommy Lee
One would think that showing off the kind of goods Tommy Lee showcased in his infamous tape with then-wife Pamela Anderson would make you even more famous, and you would be right. It seems like that’s all anyone talked about, and even gave Lee a chance to profit off of his “ample” assets. If you think this is insane, check out number 1.
1. Dustin Diamond
One person no one ever thought they would see in a sex tape was Dustin Diamond, who played the lovably goofy Screech on Saved by the Bell. Not only was he featured in one, but he wrote and directed it himself, thus landing on top of the desperate celebrity list.
There you have it, the ten most desperate celebrities connected to a sex tape. While some managed to make a profit, others simply crashed and burned. Whatever the case may be, the tapes sure got people’s attention. For better or worse, it looks as if as long as the Internet exists, celebrity sex tapes are here to stay.
Can you think of any others that were missed? Or who would you like to see in a sex tape? Anyone on the list you regret hearing about? Hit us up in the comments section to let us know your thoughts.