The winner in a landslide for being photographed smoking a bong at a party, Olympic champion Michael Phelps became an instant pot-poster guy, though he insisted the toke was a mistake and he’d never do it again.
This list is based on popularity, relevance and posts over the year. Phelps led all Top CelebStoners with 30 posts in 2009. No other Top CelebStoner had more than 10.
1. Michael Phelps
The bong hit seen ’round the world was not the way Phelps expected 2009 to go for him. Once the photo leaked out – taken at a party in South Carolina in late 2008 – a full-scale media storm ensued. One of his sponsors Kellogg bolted and he was suspended for three months. Since then, Phelps competed in several international meets in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
2. Cheech & Chong
The dopey duo – Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong – continued their reunion Light Up America tour through the first half of the year. After taking a short break, they plotted the Get It Legal tour, which begins on Jan. 16. TBS roasted them and they appeared on numerous news and late-night talk TV shows. In addition, Chong began blogging right here at CelebStoner.
3. Snoop Dogg
The Doggfather managed to stay in the news without getting arrested…