Year in Review

2021 in Review: The 13 Biggest TV Controversies of the Year

Jeopardy, Batwoman, Chappelle Controversies

Dave Chappelle‘s Closer kerfuffle might be one of this year’s most recent controversies, but it certainly wasn’t the first (or last) of 2021.

In October, the comedian’s latest stand-up special made waves after it was criticized for comments deemed “dangerously transphobic” by at least one member of Netflix’s creative community. But with the year almost behind us, Chapelle’s imbroglio joins several other controversies that have rocked the TV industry in 2021 thus far.

In the list below, we’re taking stock of 13 of the year’s biggest brouhahas, including the fateful Extra interview that prompted Chris Harrison’s split from the Bachelor franchise, the ripple effects of Ruby Rose’s Batwoman allegations and Jeopardy! host Mike Richards’ fast departure from the quiz show’s iconic podium.

Of course, we haven’t recapped every small-screen scandal of the past 12 months. To go even further down the rabbit hole of on-air gaffes, firings and outspoken TV personalities (and there are many!), click here.

Meanwhile, to see the year’s most notable and impactful controversies, scroll through our list below, then drop a comment with the incidents that have surprised you the most.