In an industry where anything and everything can change in an instant, Hollywood’s celebrities have to constantly be on top of their game to make sure that they stay relevant and that they remain in the spotlight. Any mistake can jeopardize their status and possibly ruin their reputation. Just like any other job, employees have to get to work on time, complete their daily functions and to some extent, get along with their co-workers. Some of these celebrities were fired for reasons that were completely out of their control, while some of these celebrities were terminated for not following general employment guidelines. With that being said, here are fifteen celebrities who you didn’t know were fired from set.
15. Janet Hubert – Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
Janet Hubert (aka Aunt Vivian) from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was suddenly fired in 1993, and was replaced the next season without explanation to fans. Her side of the story is that Will Smith was an arrogant diva, disagreed with her and that she refused to kiss his butt. But Will’s side of the story is that Hubert was difficult to work with and she brought it upon herself. Janet is still mad to this day, and has said she will never in this lifetime, do a reunion. However, Janet changed her tune in 2013, telling Omg! Insider, “We need to have a reunion, we have to end this horrible, 21-year war. I think we all owe each other an apology.” Well said, Aunt Vi.
14. Edward Norton – The Avengers
We all know this famous face, appearing in films like Fight Club, American History X, Kingdom Of Heaven and The Italian Job. In addition to all these famous roles, Edward Norton was the original Bruce Banner in the 2008 Hulk movie. However, when the highly anticipated Marvel film, The Avengers came around in 2012, he reportedly expressed an interest in reprising his famous role. When Norton met with the director of the movie, Joss Whedon, Whedon told Edward that he decided to cast Mark Ruffalo instead, citing Ruffalo was much easier to work with than Norton.
13. Terrance Howard – Iron Man 2
Terrance Howard co-starred in the 2008 Iron Man film, but was noticeably replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2. Terrance has stated that he had a three-picture deal and was guaranteed $4.5 million for the first film, $8 million for the second film and an undisclosed amount for the third film. However, the studio offered him 1/8 of the original agreed upon amount for Iron Man 2 (so, $1 million) and said the film would be successful with or without him. Ouch!
12. Cheryl Cole – The X-Factor
In 2011, Cheryl Cole, English recording artist and Judge on the UK version of The X Factor crossed the big pond to America to take on her new job as Judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor. Two weeks into filming and before the show ever hit U.S. TV screens, Cheryl Cole was fired by Simon Cowell, via text message. The network cited the reason for the firing was that they believed American audiences would not be able to understand her accent – like they didn’t know about that before they hired her.
11. Stuart Townsend – The Lord of the Rings
When filming a movie that entails a few sequels, there is no doubt it is important to choose the cast quite specifically, as they will likely be the face of the character for the entirety of the franchise. It was no different for the filming of the popular Lord Of The Rings franchise. Four days into shooting the 2001 film Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, director, Peter Jackson determined that 29-year-old Stuart Townsend was too young to play Aragorn and fired him. 43-year-old actor, Viggo Mortensen was almost immediately re-cast as Aragorn.
10. Star Jones – The View
In 2006, Star Jones publicly announced on The View, that she would not be returning for a 10th season. Later on, she blamed her firing on her long standing feud with Barbara Walters. The networks’ official word was that Jones was fired due to a ratings drop and plugging products and services for her wedding, in exchange for free merchandise, which was against network policy. However, fighting with a cultural icon probably didn’t help her case either.
9. Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj – American Idol
In 2013, after one season of bickering and fighting as Judges on American Idol, both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were fired for bad behavior. Nicki and Mariah have each stated that they planned on leaving the show anyway. Idol decided that they were a bad fit for the show and that they were more interested in bringing Jennifer Lopez back as a judge.
8. 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, Megan Fox was fired from the Transformers franchise and was replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
7. Ryan Gosling – The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones film was released in December of 2009, and the role of the father, Jack Salmon, was originally offered to heartthrob, 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.
6. Shannen Doherty – Beverly Hills 90210 & Charmed & 90210
Shannen Doherty played Brenda Walsh from 1990-1994, on the popular television series, Beverly Hills 90210. After the fourth season, Doherty was fired for lateness, her bad behavior off-set and conflicts with co-stars. In 1998, Shannon took on the role of Prue Halliwell in the WB series, Charmed. Reportedly, Doherty was difficult to work with and clashed with producers, staff and cast members – including a blowout feud with co-star, Alyssa Milano. Shannon was let go after the third season of Charmed. In 2008, Shannon Doherty was invited to appear in the first season of the reboot Beverly Hills 90210 (by the producers of the show), but Doherty only lasted four episodes. According to reports, Doherty hated the script, argued with everyone, demanded changes to her dialogue, clashed with co-stars and acted as though she owned the place – looks like Shannon needs to work on her charm.
5. Adam Sandler & Chris Farley – Saturday Night Live
Adam Sandler and Chris Farley’s SNL sketches will always be remembered as some of the greatest and most iconic skits on SNL. Farley joined the SNL cast in 1990, and Sandler joined in 1991. Both were unexpectedly fired after the 1995 season. In 2010, while on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Sandler recounted what happened in 1995, stating, “No one really wanted to tell me that I was getting fired, but then Farley came running into my office and broke the news to him, “We’re getting fired!”” What a shame.
4. Mama June – Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
In October 2014, TMZ broke the news that Mama June of Here Come’s Honey Boo Boo was dating Mark McDaniel, 53-year-old, registered sex offender who allegedly molested June’s daughter. McDaniel was charged with aggravated child molestation in 2004, for “forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old child.” Mama June’s oldest daughter, Anna Cardwell came forward a short time later, as the victim of the molestation. TLC responded to the dating allegations by cancelling Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
3. Lindsay Lohan – The Other Side & Linda Lovelace Biopic & Lindsay (TV series)
In 2010, Lindsay Lohan was fired from the comedy-drama film, The Other Side because she was deemed not “bankable.” Also, in 2010, Lohan was fired from the role of Linda Lovelace, because the director decided it was impossible to insure her. 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 been acting in plays in London.
2. Conan O’ Brien – The Tonight Show
This one was complicated. So, Jay Leno announced his retirement in 2004, stating that he would retire in 2009. Five years went by and NBC had given Conan O’Brien The Tonight Show. However, Jay Leno decided he did not want to retire anymore and the Jay Leno Show was created with an air time prior to The Tonight Show. Tensions grew and less than a year later, Conan O’Brien was canned and Jay Leno was brought back as the host of The Tonight Show. Luckily for O’Brien, he was quickly given a show of his own on a different network and walked away with a $33 million severance package. Not bad at all.
1. 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. Charlie referred to his boss, Chuck Lorre as ‘Chaim Levine,’ which is the Hebrew version of Chuck’s real name, Charles Levine. Sheen 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.” That was the last straw for Sheen, because CBS suspended Two and a Half Men the next day. Charlie went on a media rampage after 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.