December 27th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

What is the biggest implosion of 2013?

As we close out 2013, we look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the past 12 months. There were high and lows and what we like to call 'implosions' of 2013. Careers, laws, reputations literally imploded - what Merriam-Webster defines as something collapsing inward in a very sudden and violent way.

US-JUSTICE-GAY -MARRIAGEFirst up - the Supreme Court rules the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

"DOMA is gone. This is a major broadly written opinion which strikes down the law on the ground that it discriminates against gay people" – CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Inspire52.com founder Mel Robbins chose the defeat of DOMA as the biggest implosion of the year for the sheer amount the people that will benefit from the court's decision.

"It changed the lives of Americans today and future generations to come and 9 states have since legalize gay marriage," Robbins said.

And then there was Paula Deen - a celebrity chef, famous for her southern cooking was fired from the Food Network after admitting to using racial slurs in a court deposition.

DEEN"I want to apologize to everybody, for the wrong that I've done. Inappropriate hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable," Deen said.

Following a no-show at a scheduled interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Deen released two videos on her youtube channel apologizing for her use of the n-word.

CNN's senior media correspondent Brian Stelter borrowed a line from Lauer asking, "Where in the world is Paula Deen?"

Stelter remains confident that the biggest implosion of 2013 has to go to Paula Deen's career implosion. But Mediaite's Joe Concha asks 'how is this even a debate?'

FORD"I don't smoke crack. And I am not a crack addict. Have I? Yes I have." – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted he's smoked crack cocaine, likely during one of his "drunken stupors" after police revealed they had the video of the mayor smoking crack.

CNN Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Dean Obeidallah refuted Concha's pick for biggest implosion of 2013 by calling Ford - the Miley Cyrus of politics.

WEINER"This behavior that I did is problematic to say the least." – Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner

While running for mayor of New York City, Weiner admitted to sending raunchy messages and photos to a 22-year-old young woman for six months– after resigning from Congress. He went under the anonymous screen name Carlos Danger.

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