Gotta Watch: Your 15 minutes are over
Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden on their wedding day.
December 30th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Your 15 minutes are over

They say everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, and boy did these people squeeze every possible second out of theirs. But now their time is up. Relive these popular diva moments from a few of our favorites from this past year. 

Teen bride — Doug Hutchison, a 51-year-old actor, shocked a lot of us when he married 16-year-old Courtney Stodden. The couple immediately made the rounds on talk shows, bragging about their sex life and how Courtney hasn’t had any plastic surgery. After Courtney declared that Doug is a “tiger in bed,” not only did they make Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList, but HLN’s Joy Behar took them on.

 Food freak-out — Kate Gosselin, the famous mother of eight from the now-canceled TLC reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” had a meltdown over a lunchtime mix-up this year. She chronicled her post-divorce adventures on “Kate Plus 8,” and Anderson Cooper could barely contain himself as he poked fun at her in one episode on his RidicuList. Her show aired its final episode in September.

Prickly with Piers — Christine O'Donnell, a Tea Party favorite who made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010, talked to Piers Morgan about her book, “Troublemaker”, back in August. When he wouldn’t back off a line of questioning about her stance on same-sex  marriage, she walked off of the set. See her reason for leaving and Piers’ reaction to the abrupt end of the interview.

Golden voice — Early this year, Ted Williams shot to fame when a video featuring his deep, radio-ready voice went viral. It seemed like the perfect Cinderella story: a homeless man who becomes an overnight sensation on the Internet suddenly has job offers rolling in. Unfortunately, the man with the “golden voice” fell out of favor with the public nearly as quickly as he appeared after reports of his criminal background and ongoing addiction to alcohol surfaced. He checked into rehab and out of the spotlight. Watch Jeanne Moos’ recap of his rise and fall.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I still haven't had my 15 minutes. And to be honest, I don't want them. I'm perfectly happy where I'm at.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©


    Which is why you're one of the best people I've ever met.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tif31


    December 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    Don't forget the rise and fall of Ole Sleep-n-Eat, or: 'Herman Cain-Behind the Blowhard'

    December 31, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Big Ron

    this guy that married a sixteen year old when he's like 50 is not what I consider 15 minutes of fame.I consider it a pedophile that got his pretty little young girl.It's a disgrace!!!

    December 31, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Big Ron

    oh yeah,I give this marriage about three to six months before the girl realizes how much she misses being a teenager and wants a divorce.She's just in awe right now of this guy that's been on a tv a couple of times.She'll wake up one day and look at his old ass and say 'What the hell am I doing with this guy?"

    December 31, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. hamsta

    Tv is nothing but trash today.mtv has nothing to do with music anymore.tlc became a propaganda machine with the sole purpose of trying to convince me that muslims are my friends.the only channel i watch is history but i watch my fish tank more than anything cuz i cant understand what foul mouthed truckers driving on ice has to do with history.

    January 1, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. AGuest9

    And whose fault is it, CNN, that these people "get their fame"?

    January 2, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
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