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Faded Celebrities who’ve found a second career as spokespersons

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There are few things the world seems likes more than taking a perverse pleasure in seeing celebrities that have fallen from grace. Whether they crashed and burned or they simply fell out of the limelight, faded celebrities have become an obsession for millions in our reality TV obsessed world.

Long before The Osbournes created a vehicle for washed up actors, musicians and athletes to re-enter public life and gain their celebrity again with outrageous antics and talent contests on reality television, for decades the only option fading stars had was to harness their last remaining star power to become the spokesperson of a brand on nationally broadcasted ad campaigns.

While most former stars now prefer to dance, sing or skate themselves back into the national consciousness, there are plenty of celebrities that have instead opted for the old school approach of using their renown to endorse products or services on TV. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable celebrities who found new life as spokespersons.

William Shatner – Priceline

 

One of TV largest personalities for decades, Shatner is perhaps best known for his iconic role as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series and films. He later also played the larger than life lawyer Denny Crane in David E Kelley’s hit show Boston Legal. However, shortly after he came to be known to travel enthusiasts for a different role: The Negotiator. Using his oddball persuasion skills and physical intimidation, The Negotiator procures the best online travel deals for Priceline.com’s customers. Eventually The Negotiator was teamed up with The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, who plays The Negotiator’s daughter who helps him fight high prices.

Verne Troyer – BGO Casino

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Though he’s appeared in well-known films such as Jingle All The Way, Men in Black and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, most of you will remember Vernon Troyer as the unforgettable miniature evil clone of Dr. Evil, Mini-me, in the hugely popular Austin Powers series.

 

But once he stopped humping the laser, in 2004 he became best known in his new role as ‘The Boss’, the main villain to beat in a game against the house at BGO.com online casino. If you are interested in trying to beat the Boss yourself, make sure you first check out a BGO casino review.

Fabio – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

If you lived in the 80s and 90s, you will certainly remember seeing the chiseled Italian hunk Fabio adorning TV shows such as Acapulco H.E.A.T. and The Bold and the Beautiful, as well as countless covers of the romance novels your mother used to read. But other than a few comedic cameos as himself in films like Zoolander and Dude Where’s my Car?, Fabio has found a decades long career as the spokesperson for butter substitute Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! since 1994, as well as adding Old Spice, Geek Squad and Oral B to his repertoire at the turn of the millennium.

 

June Allyson – Depend Underwear

 

Most people reading this article may not know who June Allyson is. A veritable star in the 40s and 50s, Allyson was one of the most popular female performers in the world, even winning a Golden Globe for her work in 1951’s Too Young to Kiss. However, most people today are unaware of her legacy and only know her as the spokesperson for Depend Underwear and adult diapers, a role she performed for over 20 years. While not the most dignified way to be remembered, Allyson only took the job to raise awareness, due to her mother’s struggle with incontinence.

Orson Welles – Paul Masson Wines

 

One of Hollywood’s greatest falls from grace, Orson Well was once on top of the world. Becoming huge after his infamous radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, Wells would then go on to direct, co-write and star in what is considered by many the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane. Kane was loosely based on the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who would then all but ruin Welles career and reputation. In the 1970’s, Welles signed up as the spokesperson for Paul Masson wines, where he waxed poetic about their wines – or tried to anyway. Years later a video would surface showing Welles drunkenly fumbling his lines.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis – Activia

Jamie Lee Curtis was known as one of the original scream queens, appearing in almost a dozen horror films throughout her career. She also starred in multiple hit comedies and action films, such as Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda and True Lies. In 2011 however, Curtis would become the spokesperson for Activia, a yogurt designed to aid women’s digestive systems.

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Facebook intends to eliminate its news tab in the United States and Australia

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Meta is seeking to eliminate the news tab on Facebook in the U.S. and Australia to avoid news media-related restrictions and financial complications. The business announced today that it will discontinue the product in April 2024.

Meta ceased Facebook News in the UK, Germany, and France last year, stating a desire to focus resources on its most valued products and services. The current announcement has a similar tone.

Facebook reported an 80% decrease in the usage of Facebook News in Australia and the U.S. over the past year.

Our investments are being realigned to focus on the products and services that are most valued by people as part of a continuous effort. The corporation must prioritize its time and resources on content that users express interest in, such as short-form videos.

Meta stated that news comprises less than 3% of the stuff that users see on their feed. Users are unlikely to notice this devaluation. Publishers have experienced a decline in referral traffic from Facebook over time.

Facebook News’ discontinuation is a result of regulatory actions and Meta’s decision to stop investing in new projects. Legislation in Australia and Canada requires platforms to compensate online publishers for their material. In August of last year, the business began restricting access to news links for users in Canada.

Meta clarified that today’s announcement will not impact the company’s existing agreements with publishers until they expire. In Australia and the U.S., individuals can share news on their feeds, while publishers can control their sites and add links.

The corporation stressed that it has no intention of investing in new news-related goods.

“To maintain our focus on developing products and services that enhance user interaction, we will refrain from forming new business agreements for conventional news content in these regions and will not introduce any new Facebook offerings tailored for news publishers going forward,” the statement declared.

Meta has reduced its focus on continuously investing efforts in news. Last year, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated that the business would not prioritize news content on Threads, a social network introduced by Instagram.

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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