Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Beyoncé are some of the celebs that will NOT be appearing on this list. The life of an A-list celeb is glamorous and exciting. They’re the center of attention everywhere they go. They attend the Oscars and Emmys wearing the most famous designer clothes. They grace the covers of all the top magazines, have fans all over the world that want to sleep with them, and get paid millions of dollars. D-list celebrities live a similar lifestyle but make less money and rarely appear on magazine covers. Of course, D-list celebs still make a decent living and gain a great deal of attention. That’s probably why so many of them think they’re A-list.
If Hollywood was filled with only A-list stars it would get pretty boring. D-list celebs have a very special place in Hollywood. When an A-list celeb is unavailable, a D-list celeb is there. They’re there to star in made-for-TV movies, reality TV series, and low-budget raunchy comedies. Without them, shows like Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Rehab, and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here wouldn’t exist. Most D-list celebs haven’t starred in critically acclaimed films or ever won an Oscar. Regardless, they still achieved a certain level of fame and notoriety. They might not be on the same level but they’re successful in their own right. The only problem is nobody told them that they’re D-list. Here is a look at 15 D-List Celebs That Think They’re A-List.
15. Holly Madison
Holly Madison is best known for being one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends. In fact, she was the last of his three girlfriends as she was the final one to break up with him. For a while, Hugh considered her his number-one girl. Madison, Wilkinson, and Marquardt first gained wide recognition after starring in the reality series The Girls Next Door, which chronicled their time as Hugh’s girlfriends and living at the Playboy Mansion. From 2009 to 2011, she starred in her very own reality series, Holly’s World. Her memoirs, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her second memoir was also a New York Times Bestseller. She is one of the most successful D-list stars and hasn’t let anything stand in her way.
14. David Hasselhoff
At one time, David Hasselhoff was a B-list television star that was on the brink of becoming a major celebrity. Instead, he became a D-list star that has been largely forgotten. Hasselhoff is best known for his roles as Michael Knight on the hit series Knight Rider and Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch. He is still very active and served as a judge for America’s Got Talent, competed on Dancing with the Stars, and starred in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! He continues to appear on Broadway and in commercials but has failed to regain his previous glory. Despite losing a lot of popularity in the United States, he actually remained a big deal in Germany. His music career failed in North America but he was successful internationally. His single “Looking for Freedom,” was number one on the German Pop charts in 1989. He might not be a B-list star anymore but that hasn’t stopped him from acting like an A-list star.
13. Brooke Hogan
Brooke Hogan is the daughter of iconic and controversial professional wrestling star Hulk Hogan. Brooke hoped that her father and her connection to the wrestling world would be enough to propel her into the spotlight. She got it for a little while but it quickly faded away. She has embarked on a career as a recording artist and released the albums Undiscovered and The Redemption. However, her career didn’t take off like she had planned. She is currently working on a country-themed album. Brooke also starred in the reality series Hogan Knows Best, along with her parents and brother. Following her parent’s bitter separation, Hogan Knows Best was cancelled. Brooke then starred in her own reality series, Brooke Knows Best. Additionally, she made numerous appearances on WWE television with her father. Despite her father’s help, she hasn’t been able to break out and become a major star.
12. Vanilla Ice
In the 90’s, Vanilla Ice became one of the biggest stars in the world. He had his big break with the enormously popular single “Ice Ice Baby.” He was on the verge of becoming an A-list star, but by the mid-90’s, he was struggling to be noticed. He later struggled with drug abuse and attempted suicide. However, he’s been able to bounce back. He claimed that he was forced take on a fake persona in the 90’s and is now being himself. In fact, he released several popular albums and cultivated a loyal underground fan base. In 2016, he competed on the 23rd season of the reality dance competition series Dancing with the Stars. He currently hosts The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network. He was once close to living the high life but instead fell from the top of the charts. He’s managed to resume his career as a D-list celebrity.
11. Heidi Montag
Heidi Montag is best known for her appearances in the reality series The Hills. Her relationship with Spencer Pratt and subsequent feud with former best friend, Lauren Conrad, made headlines. However, Heidi has always been destined to be a D-list celebrity. In 2010, she released her debut album Superficial, which ended up being a spectacular failure. Later, she appeared in several reality series, including I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Big Brother. Heidi and Spencer released a book, How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture. However, Heidi is infamously known for having a great deal of surgery done. Despite her many attempts, she’s never been able to shed the reality star image.
10. Kate Gosselin
D-list celebs often thrive in the reality TV series environment. It might just be a coincidence but most celebs of this status often appear on a reality show at some point. Kate Gosselin gained worldwide fame after starring in the TLC reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8. It followed the couple as they raised their sextuplets and twins. Following their highly-publicized divorce, the series was renamed Kate Plus 8, which completed its 5th season in December of 2016. She is often accused of exploiting her children for fame. In 2010, she was a contestant on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars. Additionally, she wrote three books that all ended up being on the New York Times’ Bestsellers list. She did her best to stay relevant and elevate her celebrity status but she soon faded from the spotlight. However, she doesn’t know that and continues to attempt to reclaim her glory.
9. Scott Baio
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Scott Baio was a star on the rise. He first gained fame for his role as Chachi Arcola in the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi. Later, he starred in the memorable 80’s sitcom, Charles in Charge. However, he was never able to break out and become a major star. Regardless, he’s done very well for himself and has done his best to remain in the public eye. In 2007, he starred in the popular reality series Scott Baio is 45…and Single, which was followed by Scott Baio is 46…and Pregnant. He later served as host for Confessions of a Teen Idol. However, in the last several years, he created a great deal of controversy. He is one of the many people that claim that former President Barrack Obama was not born in the United States. Additionally, he’s tweeted out memes that imply the tragic Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.
8. Courtney Stodden
Some celebs are labeled a D-list star right from the start and can’t shake off that image. Regardless of what they try to do, they’re stuck with that label. Courtney Stodden’s celebrity status has a lot to do with how she gained fame in the first place. In 2011, at the age of 16, she married 50-year-old actor Doug Hutchison in Las Vegas with her mother’s consent. The controversy threw Courtney into the center of the spotlight, and she became an instant celeb. The relationship and marriage made several people feel uncomfortable but it didn’t stop her from attempting to capitalize on it. She failed to launch a career as a recording artist. Also, Courtney and Doug appeared on several reality series including Couples Therapy. Later, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and released a solo adult video for charity, which seems to be a popular combination for D-list stars.
7. Kendra Wilkinson
Some stars carry themselves like they’re an A-list celeb but these D-list stars aren’t fooling anyone. Kendra Wilkinson is best known for her role on the reality series The Girls Next Door. She is also well-known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends. The series revolved around Hugh’s three girlfriends as they lived together in the Playboy Mansion. Kendra also made a few appearances in Playboy magazine. She became an overnight celebrity along with Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Kendra has found a great deal of success in reality television. From 2009 to 2011, she starred in her very own reality series, Kendra. She currently stars in the reality series Kendra On Top. She is certainly on top of the reality TV world and is very successful in all of her ventures. However, she hasn’t been able to breakthrough to the upper echelon of showbiz.
6. Tila Tequila
In the mid-2000’s, Tila Tequila shot to fame and became a world famous celeb for about 15 minutes or so. Tequila had a strong social media presence and became the most popular person on Myspace. She appeared in several popular men’s magazines, including Playboy, Penthouse, and Maxim. In 2007, she starred in the reality dating series A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. In an attempt to hold onto her fame, she released numerous singles that failed to chart and released a book. She has stirred up a great deal of controversy with her support of Hitler and anti-Semitism. Her views resulted in her being forced to leave the 16th season of the UK reality series Celebrity Big Brother. She is now regulated to being an infamous D-list celebrity, and it’s probably time that somebody told her.
5. Aubrey O’Day
Several celebs have been accused of letting fame go to their heads. Many D-list stars have made that very same mistake. They gain the slightest bit of fame and suddenly they think they’re Kim Kardashian. Aubrey O’Day gained attention for her appearance on Making the Band and as a member of Danity Kane. The group was mentored by Sean Combs and seemed to be the next big thing. However, tension in the group resulted in them splitting up. At one point, Combs believed that O’Day was more concerned in becoming famous than the group itself. He eventually removed her from the band because she wasn’t the same person she was before. He claimed that the fame had changed her. She later appeared in several men’s magazines, including Playboy. In 2015, she formed Dumbblonde with former bandmate Shannon Bex. She has since appeared on several reality shows, such as Celebrity Big Brother, Famously Single, and Celebrity Apprentice.
4. Carrot Top
If you look up D-list in the dictionary, we’re pretty sure there is a pic of Carrot Top next to it. Carrot Top is a stand-up comedian, actor, and spokesperson. He is one of the most famous D-listers of all time. He is best known for his bright red curly hair and his use of props in his act. At one point, it did seem that he was on the verge of becoming a B-list celeb. In 1998, he starred in the box office bomb Chairman of the Board and subsequently failed to elevate his status. He might have failed to become a huge star but has made a great living with the talent he has. He certainly has embraced his place in Hollywood and remains a constant figure. He regularly performs in Las Vegas and has been a headlining act at the Luxor hotel for years.
3. Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond is synonymous with the D-list celebrity, although he might consider himself to be an A-list actor. Diamond is best known for his role as Screech Powers on the teen sitcom Saved By The Bell. He played the role for roughly 12 to 13 years through four incarnations of the series. At one time, he was the adorable nerdy teen star but he quickly grew out of that. In his adult years, he struggled to maintain his previous fame and just couldn’t reach the top in Hollywood. In a desperate attempt to make news, he starred in and directed a private tape, although he later claimed he used a stunt double. He created a great deal of controversy when he wrote the tell-all book, Behind the Bell, about his time on Saved By The Bell. He made wild allegations about his co-stars and even claimed that he slept with over 2,000 women, including NBC’s VP of children’s programming.
2. Farrah Abraham
Farrah Abraham first gained fame when she was cast in the MTV series 16 and Pregnant. She became an overnight celebrity and the talk of the town. As it often happens, the talk died down quickly and she slowly faded from the spotlight, although she isn’t aware of it. After her pregnancy, she starred in the spin-off series Teen Mom. Later, she released an autobiography, My Teenage Dream Ended, which dealt with her pregnancy, drug addiction, and many personal tragedies. It became a New York Times Bestseller, reaching the 11th spot. However, that wasn’t enough to break her out of the D-list pack. She released an album that bombed and received negative reviews. She later starred in a private video that was leaked before briefly embarking on an adult film career. In 2015, she appeared on the reality series Celebrity Big Brother. That is usually a strong indication of one’s standing as a celebrity.
1. Snooki And The Jersey Shore Cast
In 2009, the cast of the Jersey Shore became household names. They immediately became world famous reality stars. Snooki, in particular, gained a great deal of attention for her unique personality. The series created a great deal of controversy because of its portrayal of Italian-Americans, despite a majority of the cast not having Italian heritage. Regardless, Snooki and the rest of the cast were everywhere and their antics became legendary. After the series concluded in 2012, none of them have even come close to achieving the same level of fame. Most of the cast members fell into obscurity for a few years. Snooki and Jwoww briefly starred in the reality series Snooki & Jwoww. Snooki also had a brief stint in the WWE but they soon became nothing more than D-list stars. Recently, the Jersey Shore cast reunited for a reunion special, Jersey Shore Reunion Road trip. Additionally, the cast will return for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.