In an industry where everything can change in a moment, celebrities have to be on top of their game to ensure that they stay relevant and that they remain in the spotlight. Any mistake can jeopardize their career and their reputation. Just like any job, employees have to show up on time, complete their daily work, respect their employers and to some extent, get along with their co-workers. These celebrities must not have gotten their employee handbooks stolen, because they’ve been terminated for not following general employment guidelines. Here are ten celebrities who have been fired from set.
10. Christian Bale – American Psycho
The Lovely Bones film was released in December of 2009 and the role of the father, Jack Salmon, was originally offered to heart throb, Ryan Gosling. Before filming, Gosling got into character by putting on sixty pounds because he felt that sort of appearance would best fit Jack Salmon’s character. Unfortunately, the director of the film, Peter Jackson didn’t agree. A few weeks before filming was set to begin, Jackson fired Ryan Gosling for being too fat and the role was given to Mark Wahlberg.
8. Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger – The X-Factor
Paula Abdul appeared as a judge on American Idol from 2002 – 2009. She left the show on her own terms and in 2011, she was offered a judging seat on the first season of the U.S. version of The X-Factor, alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger. After the first season, Paula and Nicole were blindsided when they were fired by the creator of the show, friend and co-judge, Simon Cowell. According to Cowell, the Fox network executives were behind the firing. They wanted to make big changes because the show wasn’t as successful as it’s rival, The Voice. The X-Factor wanted bigger stars on its panel of judges, which they got, when Demi Lovato and Britney Spears took the seats of Nicole and Paula for season two.
7. Taylor Momsen – Gossip Girl
Taylor Momsen played Jenny Humphrey on the hit teen drama series, Gossip Girl. In the first three seasons, Momsen’s character was a part of the main cast but in season four, her part was cut down significantly. Taylor’s character only appeared in four of the twenty-two episodes and then was downgraded to just a recurring character. According to a Gossip Girl insider, Momsen’s role was severely reduced because of her, “unreliable and erratic behavior on set.” Project Runway on-air mentor, Tim Gunn guest starred on season four of Gossip Girl and had nothing nice to say about Momsen. When asked about working with Taylor, Gunn told E! News, “What a diva! She was pathetic, she couldn’t remember her lines, and she didn’t even have that many.” Tired of her antics both on and off set, the producers of Gossip Girl decided to give Taylor Momsen the axe after season four.
6. Paula Deen – Paula’s Home Cooking & Paula’s Best Dishes
In June 2013, The Food Network star, Paula Deen came under fire when a set of court documents were discovered. The documents detailed Deen’s testimony in a discrimination case filed against her by a former employee in May 2013. The ex-employee said she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment where racial slurs were commonly used. The testimony revealed that Paula was questioned if she ever used the N-word. Under oath, Deen responded, “Yes, of course. It’s been a very long time.” When the court documents were filed, Paula Deen found herself smack dab in the middle of a racism scandal. A few weeks later, The Food Network decided to fire Paula Deen, ending her shows, Paula’s Home Cooking and Paula’s Best Dishes.
5. Isaiah Washington – Grey’s Anatomy
Isaiah Washington played Dr. Preston Burke on the hit drama series, Grey’s Anatomy. In the show’s third season, Washington caused a major riff between him and his co-stars, when he insulted T.R. Knight, by calling him a f–got. After details of the argument were made public, Knight disclosed that he was gay. All was resolved when Isaiah released a statement apologizing for his choice of words. The controversy resurfaced though, at the Golden Globes in 2007, when the press questioned Washington about conflicts onset of Grey’s Anatomy. Isaiah responded, “I never called T.R. a f–got.” Isaiah’s second use of the F-word was the final straw for ABC and he was fired from Grey’s Anatomy – not returning for season four.
4. Lindsay Lohan – The Other Side & Linda Lovelace biopic & Lindsay (TV series)
Lindsay Lohan has been surrounded by controversy for the past few years and the turmoil in her life has clearly affected her career. In 2010, Lohan was fired from the comedy-drama film, The Other Side because she was deemed not “bankable.”The film was recast with Olivia Thrilby, taking over Lohan’s role. Also in 2010, Lohan was let go from the role of Linda Lovelace because the director determined it was impossible to insure her. She was replaced by Malin Akerman but the film has still not begun its production, due to financial difficulties. It was recently reported that Lohan’s self-titled reality show, Lindsay, was not renewed for a second season. The show premiered on the OWN network earlier this year and it documented Lindsay’s life after rehab. As of now, Lohan has only one project in the works and that is the thriller, Inconceivable. Filming has not yet begun, so time will tell if Lohan keeps this job.
3. Megan Fox – Transformers Franchise
Back in 2009, Megan Fox made several remarks about director Michael Bay, in regards to working for him on the films, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Fox stated in an interview with Wonderland magazine, “He’s (Bay) like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So, he’s a nightmare to work for.” After the interview was published, the leading lady was fired from the Transformers franchise and was replaced by English model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
2. Charlie Sheen – Two and a Half Men
The ‘warlock’ with ‘tiger blood,’ Charlie Sheen had a poor choice of words about Two and a Half Men producer, Chuck Lorre back in February of 2011. It all started when Charlie was interviewed on the talk radio show, the Alex Jones Show. Charlie referred to his boss, Chuck Lorre as ‘Chaim Levine,’ which is the Hebrew version of Chuck’s real name, Charles Levine. Sheen went on an interview with TMZ and once again, insulted his boss saying, “He’s a stupid, stupid little man and a p–sy punk that I’d never want to be like. That’s me being polite.” The next day, CBS suspended the show, Two and a Half Men. Charlie went on a media blitz following the suspension, declaring he was ‘winning,’ that he was on a drug called Charlie Sheen and that he was tired of pretending that he’s not a.. “total bitchin’ rock star from mars.” Two weeks later, CBS officially fired Charlie Sheen from the hit television sitcom.
1. Shannen Doherty – Beverly Hills 90210 & Charmed & 90210
Shannen Doherty played Brenda Walsh on the hit television show, Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 – 1994. After the fourth season, Doherty was fired for conflicts with co-stars, lateness and her bad behavior off set. In 1998, Shannon took on the role of Prue Halliwell in the WB series, Charmed, alongside co-stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs. Almost immediately, there were rumors that there was a lot of drama on set. Reportedly, Doherty was difficult to work with and clashed with producers, staff and cast members – including a major feud with co-star, Alyssa Milano. Shannon was fired after the third season of Charmed. In 2008, 90210, a television series reboot of Beverly Hills 90210 aired on the CW. Shannon Doherty was invited by producers to appear in the first season, but Doherty only lasted four episodes. According to reports, Doherty argued with everyone, hated the script, demanded changes to her dialogue, clashed with co-stars and acted as though that she owned the place – looks like Shannon needs to work on her charm.