VINCE OFFER – THE SHAMWOW SALESMAN
When the ShamWow commercial first hit the airwaves, nobody knew if they actually needed a towel that could absorb a small pond or why the guy trying to sell it forgot to take off his headset from working the Burger King drive-thru. Somehow, Vince Offer’s quick-talking, seemingly effective demonstrations worked like a charm, and the ShamWow took off. Offer quickly got behind another product, the Slap Chop, a sharp blade on the end of a spring, which was perfect for salads and removing the tip of any finger you may not be fond of. His reign atop the infomercial game was short-lived, and ended after he got into an altercation with a prostitute in Miami. The details of the incident were sketchy, and neither Vince or his lady friend ended up being prosecuted, but nobody was buying what he was selling after that. His comeback product was a special lint roller that you and nobody else has ever heard of, because the technology experts who decided tape on a stick needed an upgrade apparently also felt they needed the suave charisma that only a man who’s epically bad at paying for a date possesses. So really, that was a marriage made in fail-heaven.
BILLY MAYS – THE OXICLEAN OFFERER
JARED FOGLE – THE SUBWAY SLEEZEBALL
Where the question of Billy Mays’ scandal might always remain, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle already plead guilty to some awful stuff. If you haven’t yet heard, suffice it to say, it has to do with kids—and we won’t get into more detail than that, just in case you’re digging into an Italian B.M.T. on your lunch break. When the FBI investigation became public, starting with a raid on Jared’s house, Subway started removing all photos and references to Jared from their stores weeks before his actual plea. That basically marked the beginning of the end for the guy who overcame obesity and became a beloved symbol of hope for many, but who apparently had a few other personal demons he was grappling with.
YOUREE DELL HARRIS – THE MISFORTUNATE MISS CLEO
BEN CURTIS – THE DELL DUDE
Who would have thought the world’s dumbest, most annoying slacker would become the face of a computer company? It happened to Slacker Steve, in the early 2000s, who sold Dell computers with all the enthusiasm that a steady diet of recreational drugs can muster. We should note that Steve’s reign happened around the same time that Dell’s rival PC-maker, Gateway, was using the equally ridiculous ad strategy of talking cows. So maybe it was just a weird time to sell computers. Anyway, after making over 20 commercials in which he uttered his famous, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell” line, actor Ben Curtis was caught in Lower Manhattan, wearing a kilt, attempting to buy marijuana from a dealer who was being tailed by an undercover cop. It was a shock to absolutely no one, but Dell fired him immediately due to their zero tolerance drug-use policy for employees. We have to wonder if the company secretly hated “Slacker Steve” as much as commercial viewers eventually did, and celebrated Curtis’ arrest as the perfect reason to ditch him.
KEVIN TRUDEAU – THE MIRACLE SOLUTION MAN
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