ShamWow, Dell Computers and other horrible TV ad campaigns

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Jonathan Goldsmith attends the launch of Eva Longoria Parker's fragrance "Eva by Eva Longoria" at Beso on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)David Livingston/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 27: Actor Jonathan Goldsmith attends the launch of Eva Longoria Parker’s fragrance “Eva by Eva Longoria” at Beso on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

He’s doesn’t always get laid off, but when he does, it’s by Dos Equis.

Jonathan Goldsmith’s “Most Interesting Man in the World” character, who has graced everyone’s television for the past nine years, is getting retired by the Mexican beer company in favor of a still unknown new marketing campaign.

The suave, well-dressed world traveler, was likable.

Not only did the campaign almost triple the sales of Dos Equis since it premiered in 2006, but the character provided laughs with tongue-in-cheek zingers like “He has inside jokes with people he’s never met.”

The Most Interesting Man is a far cry from these other, more obnoxious TV commercial pitch people who have been kicked to the curb.

Vince Offer

You’ll be saying “shut up” every time you see this commercial.

Better known as “The ShamWow Guy,” Offer has been quite successful as an infomercial pitchmen, despite how comically annoying he is.

On the ShamWow commercial, where he wears a headset for no apparent reason, one of his stronger selling points is: “Made in Germany. You know the Germans make good stuff.”

And he also makes sure to be the center of attention of the ad, asking “You following me, camera guy?”

Offer somehow turned his ShamWow “fame” into another job: pitching the Slap Chop.

He wears a headset in those commercials too.

The Taco Bell Chihuahua

Even a cute dog couldn’t get some people to eat food from Taco Bell.

Gidget was the restaurant’s “talking,” stereotypical Mexican Chihuahua from 1997 to 2000.

Voiced by actor Carlos Alazraqui, the dog manners, attire and catchphrase, “!Yo quiero Taco Bell!” offended many Hispanics.

But Gidget lived life to the fullest, despite the controversy. Before she died in 2009, the pup appeared in a GEICO commercial and “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.”

Tony Little

You can’t do it!

Gazelle exercise machines are still being sold, via websites like Amazon, but thankfully the days of having to hear Little scream about his “buttocks!” while using one on commercials are over.

The machine’s ads also featured Darla Haun, who Little would stand directly behind while wearing sunglasses on the obviously indoor set the commercials were filmed in.

Matthew Lesko

All that money and he still couldn’t buy a better suit.

Lesko is equally infamous for tricking people into paying him for his “free money” secrets as he is for his questionable fashion sense.

The pitchmen wrote multiple books on how to file for grants via public assistance programs, information that isn’t exactly private.

Lesko even admitted to the Washington Post in 2007 that his business was sketchy, saying “I get stuff for free and I sell it for as much as I can get.”

Ben Curtis

Rumor has it, this guy still wishes it was the year 2000.

Curtis was the “Dell Dude” (also known as “Slacker Steve”), for the computer company in the beginning of the millennium.

His pitch delivery on the commercials is nearly as obsolete as the free DVD upgrade he drools over in the ads.

Dell cut ties with Curtis in 2003 after he was caught trying to buy marijuana on the Lower East Side.

Orlando Jones

While Coca-Cola’s top ads featured cute polar bears in the North Pole, 7 Up’s best attempt to match that featured a guy wearing a stupid T-shirt.

Jones became known as the “7 Up Yours” guy thanks to the soda company’s unfunny string of commercials.

But he isn’t best remembered for wearing a shirt that said “Up Yours” on the back. Jones shining moment came later in the movie “Office Space,” when he tricks the Initech nerds into buying 40 subscriptions to Vibe.

The Geico caveman

It’s so easy, a gecko can do it.

Geico insurance knows exactly how to make funny commercials now, with their signature lizard owning television ads.

But the company’s growing pains came in the form of cavemen getting offended for how easy Geico.com was to use.

More than a decade after the campaign started, Geico now has a mobile app and no more annoying Neanderthals.

nparco@nydailynews.com

Entertainment – NY Daily News

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