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Hollywood and Media Flameouts Top Google’s 2017 Searches: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey

There’s a conspicuous trend this year

Last Updated: December 13, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Google gave everyone a peek behind the curtain on Wednesday, sharing its top searches of 2017 — and its most Google’d people list is a who’s who of embattled Hollywood and media figures.

Matt Lauer, recently ousted from the “Today” show after several accusations of sexual misconduct, topped the charts as the internet behemoth’s most searched person of 2017. Not far behind him, coming in at No. 4 and 5 across the globe, were Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, respectively.

But it wasn’t all bad. Meghan Markle, the Los Angeles-born soon-to-be-princess, held down the second slot for both most searched person and actor in the world. And staying on Hollywood for a moment, “Stranger Things” was the most searched show of the year, edging out “13 Reasons Why,” “Big Brother Brasil” (I guess it’s still big in South America) and “Game of Thrones.”

If I gave you a single guess for several of the top categories, you could probably nail them. Song: “Despacito.” Singer: Ariana Grande. Meme: “Cash me outside” girl. Movies might have been a bit of an upset, however, with “It” taking the top search from heavy favorite “Wonder Woman.”

The overall Google search champ? Hurricane Irma, followed by iPhone 8 and iPhone X. And it wouldn’t be a day on the internet without someone talking about bitcoin, with the cryptocurrency showing up as the second most searched news item of the year (behind Irma). It was also the third most “how to… ” search, with Googlers trying to figure out “how to buy bitcoin.”

Check out the full results here.