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2016's most controversial figures

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 3:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 3:01 PM

Most Controversial People of 2016

It has been an interesting 12 months for 2016. World news in sports, politics and entertainment made for some polarizing people -- and in one case, a polarizing gorilla.

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In no particular order, here are some of 2016's most controversial figures:

Ryan Lochte

The 2016 Summer Olympics probably didn't go the way gold medalist Ryan Lochte planned it to. Controversy began with an August incident in which Lochte and U.S. swim teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen allegedly destroyed a gas station restroom, but video of the swimmers didn't appear to show them near the restrooms. Lochte claimed they were robbed at gunpoint by men claiming to be police, but later said he "over-exaggerated" the story. Lochte lost four endorsement deals in one day after the incident.

Lochte's attempt at an image rehab on "Dancing With the Stars" in September was overshadowed his first night when protesters stormed the stage.The end of 2016 is looking up for the star, though: He's engaged to his girlfriend, a former Playboy model, and they are expecting their first child in 2017.

Stacey Dash

Former "Clueless" actress Stacey Dash makes a name for herself by expressing opinions that are very polarizing. In January, she called for an end to Black History Month during an appearance on "Fox & Friends." Her awkward attempt at self-deprecation at the Oscars in February seemed to make things worse when most of the so-called mainstream media didn't seem to get the joke.

In June, Dash said during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" that being transgender is a lifestyle choice. In response to North Carolina's "bathroom bill," Dash said trans people should "go to the bushes" to use the restroom.

Harambe the gorilla

Harambe alone isn't necessarily controversial, but the May 28 incident in which a 3-year-old boy got into the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla enclosure that led to the gorilla being shot and killed plagued the park. Memes and jokes persisted months after the incident and the zoo's director, Thane Maynard, told The Associated Press the zoo was "not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe." But in the internet age, nothing ever really dies, and even in December, there are still people actively tweeting about Harambe the gorilla.

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew criticism and applause for sitting during the national anthem at NFL preseason games. The athlete said he did so in protest of police brutality of African-Americans. He later began kneeling, but still drew criticism from Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka; and from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, although Ginsburg has since expressed regret over her remarks.

Kaepernick's decision led him to be named the "most disliked player" in the NFL in one research poll in September, he made the cover of Time magazine that same week. And if kneeling during the anthem was bad to some, Kaepernick then told reporters he wouldn't be voting in the 2016 presidential election. "I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote," Kaepernick told reporters. "I said from the beginning I was against oppression … to me, the oppressor isn't going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression."

Kanye West

The election year brought a lot of opinions out of Kanye West. During multiple stops on his Saint Pablo Tour, West vented about his frustrations with industry friends Jay Z and Beyonce, even claiming that Jay Z did not call him after his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October. West also claimed Beyonce would not perform at the MTV VMAs unless she won Video of the Year, and that although he did not vote in the election, he would have voted for Trump if he had.

The rapper was briefly hospitalized in November. In one of his first appearances since his hospitalization, West posed for photos with President-elect Donald Trump, another controversial figure, outside Trump Tower in New York in December.

Hillary Clinton

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was mostly surrounded by controversy once emails began to surface. Leaks plagued her campaign, including emails sent from a private server while she was working as Secretary of State and pieces and full versions of other paid speeches she gave to banks and other organizations.

Clinton was also under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in October just before Election Day. And her "basket of deplorables" comment about "half of Trump supporters" in September drew so much criticism, she had to issue a statement to attempt to clear the air.

Donald Trump

The president-elect of the United States didn't run for office without controversy. Donald Trump made headlines when he called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," according to a since-deleted statement on his website. Some other controversies Trump became involved in include his feud with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, a leak of audio before a 2005 "Access Hollywood" interview that Trump later called "locker room banter" and multiple accusations of sexual assault.

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 15:  Musician Glenn Frey of The Eagles performs at the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum on January 15, 2014 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 15: Musician Glenn Frey of The Eagles performs at the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum on January 15, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)(Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016.

According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015.

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The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that "Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled" because Itzkowitz and the hospital did not properly diagnose, treat or disclose the risks of treatment to him, Reuters reported.

Frey died Jan. 18, 2016, after suffering "complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," the band said in a statement at the time. He was 67.

Eagles manager Irving Azoff previously told The Wrap that rheumatoid arthritis medications were partly to blame for Frey's death.

“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Azoff said.

Cindy Frey is seeking "unspecified damages," Reuters reported.

Jane Fonda recovering after cancer removed from lip

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

What You Need To Know About Jane Fonda

While promoting her show “Grace and Frankie” with co-star Lily Tomlin, actress and activist Jane Fonda revealed she underwent surgery to have cancer removed.

Fonda was doing an interview for Build, a live interview series, Monday and mentioned the surgery as why she had a bandage on her lower lip.

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“I just want to explain the bandage. I just had a cancer taken from my lip,” she said. “I thought it was going to heal in time before I came (for the interview). It’s fine. I just wanted to explain it. I don’t normally go around like this.”

“The world is falling apart. What’s a lip?” Fonda joked when praised by the interviewer for still showing up to face the press.

Fonda and Tomlin went on to discuss their Netflix show, how they do and don’t resemble their characters, the importance of social activism and other topics during the lively interview, which can be watched in full on the Build Series website.

On Tuesday, Fonda quickly made mention of the procedure during a “Today” show appearance with Tomlin.

“I had a little cancer,” she said, waving her hand.

While posing for pictures during press rounds, Fonda covered her mouth, saying on Instagram, “I’ve found a clever way to disguise my lip bandages from removal of cancer.”

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child via surrogate

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Third Child, ‘Healthy, Beautiful Baby Girl’

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are parents of three. The TV personality and rapper welcomed a baby girl Monday via surrogate. The couple, married in 2014, are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 2.

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Kardashian West confirmed the news on her official website.

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

The baby was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Kardashian West said.

Related: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: A relationship timeline

Reports emerged in July that the celebrity pair hired a surrogate to carry their third child. By September, Kardashian West confirmed the news and later revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that they were having a baby girl.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West welcomed their third child via surrogate Jan. 15.(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)
The newest addition joins an ever-growing Kardashian-Jenner family. Kardashian’s sister, Khloe Kardashian, confirmed she is six months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports say Kardashian West’s youngest half sister, Kylie Jenner, is also pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott.

Dave Matthews Band returns with new album, summer tour

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 04:  Musician Dave Matthews performs onstage during the DirecTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night featuring Dave Matthews Band at Pier 70 on February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Musician Dave Matthews performs onstage during the DirecTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night featuring Dave Matthews Band at Pier 70 on February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)(Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)

Last year, the Dave Matthews Band took a rare hiatus from the road.

This summer, the band will embark on an extensive North American tour May through September, according to a Monday announcement on the band’s official website.

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Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 on

The band is also prepping the release of a new studio album, its first since 2012’s “Away From the World.” Every online ticket order for the, tour purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album, the name of which has not been announced, upon its release.

Members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association can participate in a ticket pre-sale now at As well, Citi cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 through 10 p.m. Feb. 1 through the Citi Private Pass program.

Dates for the tour are below. More information can be found on the DMB website.

5/18 in The Woodlands, Texas, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

5/19 in Dallas, at Starplex Pavilion

5/22 in Austin, Texas, at Austin360 Amphitheater

5/26 in Atlanta at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

5/27 Orange Beach, Alabama, at The Wharf Amphitheater

5/29 Brandon, Mississippi, Brandon Amphitheater

5/30 Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart AMP – Arkansas Music Pavilion

6/1 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, KeyBank Pavilion

6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center

6/5 Syracuse, New York, Lakeview Amphitheater

6/6 Clarkston, Michigan, DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/7 Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center

6/9 Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live

6/12 Gilford, New Hamphire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

6/13 Gilford, New Hamphire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

6/15 Camden, New Jersey, BB&T Pavilion

6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

6/23 Hartford, Connecticut, Xfinity Theatre

6/27 Darien Center, New York, Darien Lake Amphitheater

6/29 Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion

6/30 Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion

7/1 Milwaukee, Wisconsin American Family Insurance Amphitheater

7/6 Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/10 Toronto, Budweiser Stage

7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest

7/13 Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/14 Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/17 Wantagh, New York, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7/18 Holmdel, New Jersey, PNC Bank Arts Center

7/20 Raleigh, North Carolina, Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek

7/21 Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7/24 Charlotte, North Carolina, PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte

7/25 Tampa, Florida, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/27 West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

7/28 West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

8/24 Englewood, Colorado, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/25 Englewood, Colorado, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/28 Bend, Oregon, Les Schwab Amphitheater

8/31 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/1 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/2 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/7 Stateline, Nevada, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

9/8 Mountain View, Califonia, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View

9/10 Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl