It’s not always fun being a part of Hollywood, and sometimes, the very people that you work with can be out to get you. It’s important to remember, especially if you’re new to the industry, that it’s a “who you know” industry, and if you anger the wrong person, you could suddenly be unemployed. That’s kind of scary, especially if you really haven’t done anything wrong.
The industry can be a difficult one to navigate as it is; it’s not easy becoming a huge star. It can be even worse if a celeb develops animosity toward a co-star on the set. If you happen to be a co-star that someone doesn’t like, then you could easily have a target on your back. Whether it’s on a TV show or a movie, no one likes working with someone that they hate. It can make the experience unbearable, especially if it’s a long project. It’s an isolated world, and there are many elite actors who just refuse to work with someone they dislike. When it comes to those experiences, some actors have actively gone out of their way to get their co-stars fired.
If you want some serious Hollywood gossip, some stories of who’s strong enough in Hollywood to get their co-stars fired, then don’t stray from this article. Here are the actors who’ll go above and beyond to rid themselves of unsavory co-stars.
15. John Stamos
John Stamos tried really hard to get the Olsen Twins fired during the first Season of Full House. You might be asking yourself what two toddlers could do to make someone want to fire them. Well, cry ALL THE TIME would be the answer. Stamos told the Television Critics Association, “It’s sort of true that the Olsen twins cried a lot. It was very difficult to get the shot. So, I [said], ‘Get them out!’ That is 100 percent accurate. They brought in a couple of unattractive redheaded kids. We tried that for a while, and that didn’t work. [Producers] were like, alright, get the Olsen twins back. And that’s the story.” The Olsen Twins may not have had the mega career that they did had they actually been fired. That show made them who they are, and they may not have gone anywhere otherwise.
14. Lucy Liu
One huge spat in Hollywood was between Lucy Liu and Bill Murray during the filming of Charlie’s Angels. Apparently, the two hated each other, and it started because Murray told Liu that she couldn’t act. She responded by throwing punches at him, and it got so bad that they were pulled apart. It’s hard to believe that Murray could inspire so much rage in a person, but that’s the story. Murray described the incident as a “small spat,” but he wasn’t asked to return for the sequel. Now, Murray is definitely a bigger actor in Hollywood than Liu, but for a Charlie’s Angels film, they probably figured they could live without Murray and not Liu. So, when it came to the sequel, they replaced Bill Murray with Bernie Mac. It’s pretty obvious that Liu had something to do with that change.
13. Kevin James
Kevin James and Leah Remini had quite the close relationship over the years because of the many years they worked together on The King of Queens, so, no one was surprised when he asked her to come in for a guest appearance on his new show Kevin Can Wait. At the time, his leading lady on that show was Erinn Hayes, and there didn’t appear to be any bad blood between them. Hayes was on the show for the whole first season but was let go when it came time to film Season Two. She was to be replaced by Remini because he felt that he had better chemistry with her. Hayes was shocked that she was being replaced, but she managed to keep her cool. “True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad. I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.” She must have been pretty pissed, however, to find out that James preferred another actress to work with than her.
12. Alec Baldwin
Before Shia LaBeouf completely tanked his career, he was one of the most valued actors in Hollywood. He shot to fame because of Transformers, and it’s obvious by this encounter that the fame got to his head. We’re not sure why he thought he was bigger than Alec Baldwin, but his behavior got him fired. The two briefly worked together on a Broadway production, Orphan, in 2013. Baldwin explained the incident: “One day, he attacked me in front of everyone. He said, ‘You’re slowing me down, and you don’t know your lines. And if you don’t say your lines, I’m just going to keep saying my lines.’ We all sat, frozen. I snorted a bit, and, turning to him in front of the whole cast, I asked, ‘If I don’t say my words fast enough, you’re going to just say your next line?’ I said. ‘You realize the lines are written in a certain order?’ He just glared at me.” It’s not surprising that Baldwin went to the director and demanded LaBeouf be fired or else he would quit.
11. Will Smith
Will Smith always seemed like such a nice guy, so it’s surprising to hear that he got someone fired. This happened while he was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the co-star in question was Janet Hubert, the original actress that played his Aunt. You may have wondered throughout the series why she was replaced for another Aunt Viv. Hubert told Yahoo in 2013 that, “[Smith] said ‘we’re just gonna replace her and act like nothing happened.’ Well, honey, that is not what happened, is it? The world has let me know that my place on that show was very, very, very loved … I felt demonized and beaten up and crucified for many, many years; no one came forward in my defense.” Smith wasn’t the only person that disliked her, however; Alfonso Ribeiro had admitted to feeling the same way: “Long story short… there were days when we were all on the set and she would literally go off on people.”
10. Tori Spelling
The feud between Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty is well known from their time spent working together on the hit TV show Beverly Hills, 90210. There have been many rumors floating around about the epic battles between the two girls on the set, and after one particularly brutal day, Tori Spelling had had enough. She was close to Garth and wasn’t a big fan of Doherty, who has burned many bridges in Hollywood because of her bad attitude. She went to her father to have Doherty fired. “I remember I could hear the door fly open and everyone screaming and crying. That’s when I was told the boys just had to break up Jennie [Garth] and Shannen. It was like a fist fight. I felt like I was a part of something, a movement, that cost someone their livelihood. Was she a horrible person? No. She was one of the best friends I ever had.”
9. Charlie Sheen
Selma Blair and Charlie Sheen were co-stars on the TV show Anger Management, but there appeared to be many problems between the two while on set. Blair had a real problem with Sheen’s punctuality and work ethic, though considering his reputation, she really shouldn’t have been surprised. Sheen, of course, caught wind of this and decided it was best that she not work on the show any longer. He gave the producers an ultimatum that it was either her or him. No big surprise who won that battle especially since the show was for Charlie Sheen. The show decided to go along with Sheen mainly because they said they had already planned on writing her off of the show. Blair was pissed, of course, and threatened to sue the show and Sheen for $1.2 million, which is what she lost by being fired.
8. Alyssa Milano
Shannen Doherty was at it again on another TV show, just not getting along with co-stars. She ended up on another hit TV show, Charmed, after she left Beverly Hills, 90210. She was written off the show between the third and fourth seasons, and after her departure, the show continued on for five more seasons. The WB show apparently told her to pursue other interests, but it wasn’t long before it was found out that Alyssa Milano was the one that got her fired. Doherty claimed, “There was so much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work. I’m 30 years old, and I don’t have time for drama anymore. To me, it’s sort of whatever. I’ll miss Holly [Marie-Combs] a lot.” Doherty refused to respond directly to Milano, but Milano herself has never outwardly admitted that she was the one that got Doherty axed.
7. Warren Beatty
Sean Young hasn’t had the most success in Hollywood, but that may have been very different had she been able to keep her role in the movie Dick Tracy where she played Warren Beatty’s original Girl Friday. She was fired soon after filming started, however, and she alleged that it was because she declined sexual advances made by Beatty. “Basically, he sacked me because I did not want to go to bed with him. In the seven days we worked together, he just made sexual advances. He tried to kiss me. I was unresponsive and kept joking with him about it. Like, ‘Ha, ha — what a ladies’ man you are.’ But I drew a clear line for him that I was not interested. It was not as if he got the hint. One time I had to say, ‘Stop it.’ I had to push him away.”
6. Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron has always had a set of religious beliefs that he has held strongly to. Despite the fact that he worked in Hollywood, he made it well known that his beliefs were the most important thing to him. He was behind the Left Behind series that hit theaters in 2000. But his beliefs dated back to his youth as well when he was part of the sitcom Growing Pains. There have been many rumors about his co-star Julie McCullough and why she was let go from the show. Apparently, Cameron disagreed with her lifestyle, especially the fact that she once posed for Playboy in 1986. She was abruptly fired from the show, and fans didn’t take her absence well at all. They ended up having to bring McCullough back for a goodbye episode at the end of Season five.
5. Ryan Gosling
It’s pretty shocking, considering Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams dated, that the two of them hated each other while working on the set of The Notebook. They had many days of filming where the two just did not get along. Ryan Gosling went to director Nick Cassavetes and asked that Rachel be fired and they bring someone else in. Cassavetes did not want to lose McAdams, however, because of the awesome onscreen chemistry that the two had in the movie. “We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out. I smoked a cigarette, and everybody came out like, ‘All right let’s do this.’ And it got better after that. They had it out… I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character, and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open.”
4. Sylvester Stallone
It’s shocking to think that Richard Gere could ever be fired from a movie, but according to Sylvester Stallone, he was the reason for that. The two were supposed to work together on The Lords of Flatbush, but it wasn’t long before Stallone decided he didn’t like the actor. “We never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he grabbed me (we were simulating a fight scene) and got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was completely in character and impossible to deal with. Then we’re rehearsing at Coney Island and it was lunchtime, so we decided to take a break, and the only place that was warm was in the backseat of a Toyota,” he said. “I was eating a hotdog, and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, ‘That thing is going to drip all over the place.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ I said, ‘If it gets on my pants you’re gonna know about it.’ He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and, to this day, seriously dislikes me.”
3. LisaRaye McCoy
Stacey Dash was made famous by her role in the movie Clueless. Despite that, she’s made more than a few enemies throughout her career in Hollywood. She had some problems on the set of her show Single Ladies with co-star LisaRaye McCoy. McCoy said that there were repeated acts of aggression toward her from Dash, and because of that, she made sure the actress was fired. McCoy stated, “In Hollywood, I learned to be a boss. I had to say to Stacey Dash, ‘If you don’t get your motherf***ing finger out of my face…’ So, for our second season of Single Ladies, there was a replacement for Stacey Dash.” She felt that Dash was unbearable to work with, and the star had had enough of dealing with her. Their final spat was over a disagreement in the script, and it turned into an aggressive argument.
2. Nathan Fillion
Despite the amazing chemistry that you see between Castle’s Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic on screen, the two hated each other. There was no replacing either of them because the show just wouldn’t go on, so ABC went to desperate measures and told the two of them that they had to attend couple’s counseling in order to work out their issues. It didn’t work, however, and things were so bad between them that the two would not even talk to each other unless they were in character. Talk about insanity! According to Katic, Fillion never treated her very well, and she felt that she couldn’t work on the show anymore. She announced her departure at the end of the eighth season. It’s crazy that they lasted that long. ABC decided that the show couldn’t go on without her, and Fillion’s behavior wasn’t about to change, so they decided to cancel the show completely.
1. America Ferrera
In 2008, Lindsay Lohan was set to star in six episodes of the TV show Ugly Betty with actress America Ferrera. That didn’t last long, however, as the two actresses didn’t get along. Her six episodes turned into four, and Lohan was eventually asked to leave the show. Ferrera has never discussed Lohan getting fired, but there were lots of rumors. Lohan’s friends have been vocal about the whole incident, however. “America was mean to Lindsay. Producers give her too much power. Lindsay didn’t do the last two episodes because America didn’t like her and got her kicked off.” Regardless of those accusations, a production assistant claimed that it was all Lohan’s fault and that her behavior on set was deplorable. There were stories about how Lohan trashed a dressing room and even showed up on set without any underwear even though she knew she had a scene where Ferrera’s character would de-pant Lohan’s character. Lohan has a reputation for acting out on set, so it’s all likely to be true.