We Found Them: The Most Shameless Publicity Stunts In Entertainment History

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Did it pan out the way they wanted?

19 desperate publicity stunts by attention-hungry celebrities. There are all different reasons why celebrities stage or participate in publicity stunts. Perhaps they have a new movie or album to promote, or maybe they've fallen off the radar a bit and want to grab a little attention. Do you remember the wardrobe malfunction seen around the world during the 2004 Super Bowl when Justin Timberlake tugged at Janet Jackson's costume and exposed her conveniently bejeweled breast? Then there was Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix who announced he was quitting acting to become a rapper, but it was all a stunt to promote his upcoming mockumentary movie. The official story with that iconic Marilyn Monroe shot with the wind blowing her dress up is that a subway train passed by unexpectedly, but it was actually a hidden wind machine set up for a photo op. Other celebrities who are no strangers to publicity stunts include Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Joe Jonas, Lady Gaga, Kathy Griffin, Michael Jackson, Shia LaBeouf, Justin Timberlake, Steven Soderbergh, Heidi Montag and many more.

Did you fall for any of these shameless publicity stunts by stars who were hungry for attention? If you did, don't beat yourself up over it--you're in good company. Get Started