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Will Smith and Johnny Depp are both making career comebacks after being canceled in the court of public opinion.

Smith is currently on a press tour promoting his upcoming film, “Emancipation,” less than a year after slapping Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars. Depp has also been declared “vindicated” following his court win against ex-wife Amber Heard.

“Oh, I think he’s completely vindicated,” Depp’s friend and frequent collaborator, Helena Bonham Carter, told The Times. “I think he’s fine now. Totally fine.”

Will Smith, left, and Johnny Depp have both moved on in their careers after battling a slew of negative headlines. (Getty Images)

Brand expert and senior vice president of Red Banyan, Kelcey Kintner, explained to Fox News Digital how some celebrities can overcome negative press after being canceled while others are never able to reclaim their careers.

“There isn’t one quick fix when it comes to celebrities getting out of cancel culture purgatory. The public’s perception of the person before the controversy, the seriousness of the offense and the celebrity’s response to the firestorm all play a role. But usually, with enough time, a celebrity can slowly work their way back.”

“Fans can be extremely forgiving when it comes to their favorite stars,” she said. “For example, Will Smith may have a few fans that won’t see his movies now, but his huge likability before the infamous Oscar slap will help get him through this. He also did a good job of publicly owning up to his bad behavior.”

Kintner said that if celebrities don’t own up to their wrongdoing right away, it can be harder for them to return to a successful career.

“When it comes to some kind of wrongdoing, it’s always key for any celebrity to take responsibility as quickly as possible for their part. But sometimes stars think they are untouchable and refuse or simply can’t face what they’ve done,” Kintner said. “They can end up defiantly doubling down on inappropriate remarks and actions, and this only stokes the fire, making the pathway to a return even longer or sometimes nearly impossible.”

“But celebrities have the advantage of huge financial resources and being able to push out their positive narrative to the public. So, in general, they are in a far stronger position for battling cancel culture than your average Joe.”

Here are five celebrities who have mounted a career comeback after being canceled:

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp's reputation took a hit after ex-wife Amber Heard penned an op-ed in which she labeled herself a victim of domestic violence. Depp won the legal battle in which he accused Heard of defamation in September 2022.

Johnny Depp’s reputation took a hit after ex-wife Amber Heard penned an op-ed in which she labeled herself a victim of domestic violence. Depp won the legal battle in which he accused Heard of defamation in September 2022. (Getty Images)

Johnny Depp lost out on movie roles after he was branded a “wife beater” by the media following an op-ed written by his ex-wife, Amber Heard. At the time, she labeled herself a victim of domestic violence. Even though she didn’t name Depp specifically, Depp claimed his reputation took a hit following the publication of the op-ed.

Depp won his defamation trial against Heard in September. The case made headlines throughout the six-week court trial, and many nasty allegations were presented on both sides. But in the end, many felt Depp had been redeemed.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has been outspoken about cancel culture while dealing with the legal drama.

“It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe, not one of you, no one out that door. No one is safe,” Depp said while speaking to the press at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2021. “It takes one sentence, and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Sadly, at a certain point, they begin to think that it’s normal, or that it’s them when it’s not.”

Since the conclusion of the trial, Depp has appeared at the MTV VMAs and in Rihanna’s most recent Savage X Fenty fashion show. He’s also slated to direct his first film in the last three decades. He is directing and co-producing “Modi” alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

Will Smith

Will Smith faced backlash after he slapped comedian Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars ceremony.

Will Smith faced backlash after he slapped comedian Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars ceremony. (P. Lehman/Future Publishing)

Will Smith received backlash after he slapped Chris Rock on-stage during the 2022 Oscars ceremony.

Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head — the “Red Table Talk” host suffers from alopecia and has been outspoken about her diagnosis.

Following the slap, Smith was banned from attending the Oscars and any other Academy-sponsored events for the next 10 years. The actor laid low for a while before sharing a video in which he apologized to many, including Rock.

“Will Smith is an extraordinary talent who will continue to be sought after for years to come. But until he puts this behind him, don’t expect most studios to rush to engage him,” crisis and brand expert Evan Nierman told Fox News Digital at the time of the slap. “For the time being, he is damaged goods, but I suspect he will overcome the stigma over time, provided he takes the proper steps and avoids further bad decisions or other massive lapses of judgment and self-control.”

Smith has seemingly begun his comeback. His first film since the Oscars moment will be released on Dec. 2. The actor has already been mentioned as a contender for another best actor Oscar. However, if nominated, he won’t be able to attend the awards ceremony.

The “Aladdin” star also understands that some fans might not be ready to support him.

“I completely understand that, if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” Smith told FOX 5 DC reporter Kevin McCarthy. “My deepest concern is my team — [director Antoine Fuqua] has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career.”

He added, “I’m hoping that the material — the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I’m hoping that the good that can be done would open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film.”

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson largely stayed out of the limelight after he was arrested in 2006 for DUI. The actor went on an antisemitic rant during the arrest that made headlines.

Mel Gibson largely stayed out of the limelight after he was arrested in 2006 for DUI. The actor went on an antisemitic rant during the arrest that made headlines. (Reuters)

Mel Gibson’s fall from grace was spurred by an antisemitic rant he spouted when arrested for DUI in 2006.

After the arrest, Winona Ryder came forward and claimed that Gibson had once called her an “oven-dodger.” The term is a reference to the Holocaust. The director denied Ryder’s claim and called her a liar, according to multiple reports.

Gibson has also been accused of using homophobic and racist language. In 2010, tapes of Gibson yelling at his then-girlfriend leaked, further cementing his fate. In the tapes he used the n-word while speaking to Oksana Grigorieva.

Grigorieva later accused Gibson of domestic abuse.

Despite his cancellation and decade-long hiatus from Hollywood, Gibson is currently working on a number of new projects, including “Lethal Weapon 5.”

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen was accused of cyberbullying Courtney Stodden.

Chrissy Teigen was accused of cyberbullying Courtney Stodden. (John Sciulli/Getty Images for go90)

Chrissy Teigen faced backlash after she was accused of bullying Courtney Stodden.

Stodden, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, accused the model of cyberbullying after Teigen announced she was leaving Twitter due to negativity in 2021.

At the time, Stodden claimed that Teigen had tweeted about how they should take a “dirt nap” and privately messaged them encouraging suicide.

Teigen shared an apology on Twitter.

“Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls–t in front of the entire world,” Teigen wrote at the time. “I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior.”

“But that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel,” Teigen continued. “I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won’t be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!”

Despite the backlash, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen cookware and cookbooks are still sold at retailers, including Walmart and Amazon.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart was canceled after old tweets using homophobic language surfaced in 2019.

Kevin Hart was canceled after old tweets using homophobic language surfaced in 2019. (Getty)

Kevin Hart faced backlash after homophobic tweets resurfaced ahead of his 2019 Oscars hosting gig. The comedian stepped down from hosting that year and refused to apologize publicly, saying at the time that he’d already addressed the old tweets.

“[They] basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old, or we’re going to have to move on to find another host,’” Hart previously said in an Instagram video. “I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason why I’ve passed is that I’ve addressed it several times.”

Since the backlash, Hart debuted a new comedy show “No F–ks Given” and starred in a number of projects, including “Fatherhood” and a recent film with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — “DC League of Super-Pets.”

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Tina Turner’s Cause of Death Revealed

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More details on Tina Turner’s passing have come to light.

One day after the legendary performer died at the age of 83, her cause of death has been attributed to natural causes, her representatives confirmed to DailyMail.com. Her publicist also told NBC News her death came after a long illness.

E! News has reached out to her manager for comment but hasn’t heard back.

On May 24, her team shared that she passed away at her home in Switzerland.

“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” a statement posted to her social media pages read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

During the latter years of her life, the “Proud Mary” artist opened up about battling several health issues, including high blood pressure, vertigo, a stroke, intestinal cancer and kidney failure.

In her 2021 documentary, Tina, the singer also shared she experienced post-traumatic stress disorder as a result from her tumultuous marriage to her ex Ike Turner.

“I’ve been on such a wild roller-coaster in the four years since my wedding,” Turner—who wed music executive Erwin Bach in 2013—wrote in her memoir, My Love Story, per Today, “that even I have difficulty keeping my medical catastrophes straight.”

Turner’s passing came just five months after the death of her and Ike’s son Ronnie and nearly five years after her son Craig passed away.

Tina Turner's Cause of Death Revealed

Her death sent shockwaves through Hollywood, with many celebrities speak out about the influence her achievements had on the industry.

“Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her,” Angela Bassett, who played the legend in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement. “Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.”

As the actress—who won a Golden Globe for her role—noted, it was an honor knowing the icon on a personal level.

“Her final words to me, for me, were ‘You never mimicked me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world,’” she added. “I shall hold these words close to my heart for the rest of my days.”

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Tina Turner survived an abusive relationship with Ike and death of two sons

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Tina Turner escaped an abusive relationship to find true love with her second husband, Erwin Bach.

The singer, who passed away aged 83 on Wednesday following an unspecified illness, was in a relationship with the record executive for 38 years. The pair married in 2013.

Tina had publicly praised Erwin for helping her find happiness after fleeing from her first marriage to husband, Ike Turner, which was plagued with physical and emotional abuse.

Ike first met Tina when she was a vulnerable teenager named Annie Mae Bullock. He renamed her Tina, and went on to form the musical duo, Ike & Tina Turner. According to Tina, he micromanaged her career, withheld her finances and beat her while she was pregnant.

After filing for divorce in 1978, Tina was left in debt and had her children to support. She went on to establish a successful solo career.

The songstress met Erwin in 1985 when he was working as an executive with EMI. The pair had an instant connection the moment they met, when he arrived to collect her from Düsseldorf airport.

She said Erwin had taught her how “to love without giving up who I am”, and that he had never been intimidated by her fame or success. He even donated a kidney to her in April 2017, which saved her life.

Writing in her book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Tina said: “Falling in love with my husband, Erwin, was another exercise in leaving my comfort zone, of being open to the unexpected gifts that life has to offer.

“The day I first met Erwin, at an airport in Germany, I should have been too tired from my flight, too preoccupied with thoughts of my concert tour. But I did notice him, and I instantly felt an emotional connection.

“Even then, I could have ignored what I felt — I could have listened to the ghost voices in my head telling me that I didn’t look good that day, or that I shouldn’t be thinking about romance because it never ends well. Instead, I listened to my heart.”

Tina’s spokesman confirmed she died “peacefully” at home and added: “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”

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Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83

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Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.

“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

‘I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy’ … Tina Turner performs at the O2 Arena, London, in 2009. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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