Whether in school or for work, sometimes we’re forced to work with people that we rather not work with. Maybe it’s their personality, or their lackluster worth ethic, or something else that makes working with them a difficult chore. When we’re forced to work with someone we don’t want to, we’re forced to suck it up and deal with it. Grin and bear it. “It’ll be over soon,” we tell ourselves.
Acting in a television show is a little more difficult. If you don’t get along with one or perhaps more than one of your co-stars, it could potentially be a nightmare. Working on a TV show means countless hours every week stuck with your frenemy of sorts, and if said show is a long-running show that goes on for years, it can make for some pretty difficult experiences at times.
There are plenty of cases of TV stars not getting along with each other, and of those, there are a lot of cases of female TV stars not getting along with each other. Some of them are well-documented by the media, so it’s possible that you may know a few of these on the list already. To see for yourself, check out this list of 15 female television co-stars who hated working together.
15. Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross on Desperate Housewives
Things weren’t exactly as chummy as they seemed on Wisteria Lane among the four stars of Desperate Housewives. There was a bit of a clique that consisted of Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams and Marcia Cross—and Teri Hatcher, who played their best friend on-screen, wasn’t a part of it. It was well-documented that Hatcher wasn’t particularly close to her co-stars, as she was seen separating herself from the others during breaks in filming, but things were especially heated between her and Cross. The cast won for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes in 2005, but Hatcher won for Best Actress, which made things even worse. Cross became even more upset at a Vanity Fair photoshoot because Hatcher was front and center.
14. Betty White and Bea Arthur on Golden Girls
The hit sitcom Golden Girls, revolves around four older women sharing a house in Miami. For Betty White and Bea Arthur, two of the show’s stars, this probably wouldn’t have worked in real life. Arthur didn’t like White one bit, which reportedly had something to do with her not liking White’s incredibly sunny personality, something that made her mad at times. White confessed in an interview with TimesTalk in 2011 that Arthur was “not very fond of her” and that she found White “a pain in the neck sometimes.” And even though all four actresses won Emmy Awards for their work on Golden Girls, Arthur was allegedly upset that White won Emmy gold first. Sometime after her death in 2009, her son said in an interview that his mom wasn’t a loner but that she wasn’t particularly close to anyone and that she liked to go home and read the newspaper.
13. NeNe Leakes and Star Jones on The Celebrity Apprentice
Season 11 of The Celebrity Apprentice had drama all on its own, mainly due to drama between two of the season’s contestants, NeNe Leakes and Star Jones. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Leakes said that Jones was bossy and manipulative and that Jones had it in for her. Donald Trump said so himself that there was no love between the two women. Leakes lashed out at Jones during an Apprentice episode but Jones chose not to retaliate, later saying that she appeared on the show to raise money for a charity near and dear to her heart, not to get involved in a fight for the sake of publicity. She’s made it clear that she and Leakes were never friends and they will never be friends.
12. Lindsay Lohan and America Ferrera on Ugly Betty
Lindsay Lohan was supposed to make an appearance on Ugly Betty for six episodes. But things didn’t exactly turn out that way, as Lohan appeared in only four episodes. The reason? Backstage drama between her and the show’s star America Ferrera. Lohan played Betty’s nemesis from high school, and their relationship in real life apparently was just as antagonistic as it was on the show. She and Ferrera butted heads due to Lohan supposedly having attitude problems, and their already strained relationship became irrevocably damaged after a scene they were filming went very, very wrong. Reports say that Ferrera’s treatment towards Lohan wasn’t exactly warm either. The producers weren’t going to boot the star of the series off of course, so Lohan was kicked off prematurely.
11. Shannen Doherty & Jennie Garth on Beverly Hills, 90210
In the show Beverly Hills, 90210, Shannen Doherty’s character and Jennie Garth’s character didn’t like each other. Brenda Walsh (Doherty) and Kelly Taylor (Garth) were best friends until Kelly stole Brenda’s boyfriend. Then their friendship pretty much fell apart. Much like Doherty and Garth’s relationship on the show. In an interview with E! in 2014, Garth said that she and Doherty were confined in the sound stage for 14-16 hours every day and some days were worse than others. Some days they got along fine; other days they were ready to claw each other’s eyes out. Garth attests their belligerent relationship to her and Doherty both being Aries women, who are known for being strong and independent, which caused them to butt heads from time to time. But she adds that since they are grown women now, their relationship has improved dramatically.
10. Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi on The Good Wife
It made sense for Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, and Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi not to be seen on-screen together in The Good Wife after Alicia discovered Kalinda once slept with her husband, creating some bad blood between the two. The actresses portraying both characters were probably happier that way since they didn’t have to interact on-screen much anymore. In fact, Margulies and Panjabi didn’t shoot one physical scene with one another in the CBS drama for over two years. And in the final episode Panjabi appeared in, the actresses didn’t appear together; the producers had to use a green screen and some CGI editing to make it seem like the two were together.
9. Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson on Little House on the Prairie
There are friends, there are enemies, and there are frenemies. Melissa Gilbert and fellow Little House on the Prairie co-star Allison Arngrim, were of the first sort. They weren’t just friends though; they were best friends. Sisters almost. However, Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson were of the latter sort. While the two Melissas portrayed sisters in the popular western drama, according to Gilbert, Anderson was anything but sisterly to her. Gilbert told host Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live in 2014 that Anderson was mean, hateful, and a difficult person to work with. She said that Anderson knocked her off a wagon when she was nine. Arngrim chimed in during an appearance on Fox News’ The Strategy Room, adding that Anderson refused to hang out with her and Gilbert and that she seemed to be disgusted by the two.
8. Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano on Charmed
During the early years of the WB fantasy series Charmed, Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, portrayed three sister witches who worked together to fight the forces of evil. On the contrary, the bond among the three of them was anything but sisterly in real life. Doherty unexpectedly left the show in 2001 amid gossip that she left due to conflict with Milano. The gossip was proven true in an interview Milano did in 2001 where she basically said she and Doherty didn’t get along because they were too different. Paramount, the studio behind Charmed, hired a moderator to mediate between the two actresses but all attempts failed. Paramount was left with no other choice but to fire someone, and since Milano was more popular than Doherty, Doherty was sent packing.
7. Audrina Patridge and Lauren Conrad on The Hills
We all know reality shows are scripted. And we all know Audrina Partridge and Lauren Conrad were friends just for the show. The two women may have seemed to have a close-knit relationship when the cameras were filming, but things went down a little differently in real life. After the show ended, the “friendship” fell apart and Patridge and Conrad went their separate ways. Conrad confessed in a Celebuzz interview in 2012 that she no longer keeps in contact with her former co-star and doesn’t see her around anymore. She said The Hills was the only thing keeping the two together, and without it, there as nothing for the two to fall back on. And Conrad was fine with keeping things that way, as she didn’t send Patridge an invite to her wedding.
6. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester on Gossip Girl
Blake Lively and Leighton Meester played BFFs Serena and Blair respectively, on the teen drama series Gossip Girl but, according to some reports, their relationship while working on the show was anything but friendly. Accounts differ on the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Some say the relationship was friendly at first but then the pair began butting heads and they eventually drifted apart. Others say things were a lot more volatile than that and there was plenty of shade being thrown around backstage when the cameras weren’t rolling. Both actresses deny any kind of real-life drama, but there may be some truth to the story as they were seen avoiding each other at this year’s Golden Globe awards.
5. Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on American Idol
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey used to get along. They must have. Otherwise Minaj wouldn’t have done guest vocals on Carey’s “Up Out My Face” released in 2009. Something must have happened for the singer and rapper to act the way they did on the 12th season of American Idol. It was clear to everyone on set that Minaj and Carey didn’t like each other due to the amount of shade they threw at each other on and off set. There were plenty of eye rolls and digs, some less subtle than others, from both parties. Then all the tension exploded in a heated confrontation over country music, of all things, in which Minaj cursed out Carey. Both Carey and Minaj left American Idol after the season ended, citing desire to focus on their music careers, but we all know what the primary reason was.
4. Jennette McCurdy & Ariana Grande on Sam & Cat
Media outlets reported several reasons for why Sam and Cat was canceled—a salary dispute between Jennette McCurdy and Nickelodeon, the burgeoning musical career of Ariana Grande, the leak of racy photos of McCurdy, the desire of both actresses to move on to other projects—but some believe the primary motivation for the show’s cancellation after one season was because of a feud between McCurdy and Grande. McCurdy has since denied any kind of bad blood between her and former co-star, but did admit they butted heads a lot. However, it looked like McCurdy was throwing shade at Grande when she introduced a character named Gloriana on episode 3 of her web series What’s Next For Sarah, a girl with a very high-pitched voice and a fascination with sparkly things. Coincidence? Probably not.
3. Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City
It wasn’t always smooth sailing on the set of Sex and the City. Sarah Jessica Parker admitted that sometimes feelings got hurt during the filming process. She said she and her fellow co-stars would work 90 hours a week on the HBO romantic comedy and they were constantly exhausted, which led to clashes from time to time. Rumors have swirled around for years since the show’s ending in 2004 that Parker and Kim Cattrall hated each other, but Parker has said on more on than one occasion that the gossip was rooted in fiction. But there are reports that say Cattrall was reportedly upset when she discovered that Parker made more money than her and the rest of the Sex and the City cast.
2. Lea Michele and Naya Rivera on Glee
It’s hard for some TV actresses to share the spotlight with someone else. Such was the case between Lea Michele and Naya Rivera on the set of Glee, according to Rivera. She said of her and Michele that they both are strong-willed and competitive women, which didn’t exactly allow them to mesh well together. To add to that, Michele apparently wasn’t happy about the fact that Rivera’s character on the show, Santana, was promoted from a background character to a more prominent character with more lines and screen time, meaning Michele had to share the limelight. Things went from bad to worse and then the actresses stopped talking to one another altogether, leading to an altercation that got Rivera kicked off the show. Allegedly, it was due to Michele’s influence that Rivera was completely written out of the fifth season.
1. Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande on Victorious
Victorious was a hit show for Nickelodeon, so it came as a huge blow to fans when Victoria Justice announced that the teen sitcom wouldn’t be renewed for another season after the fourth. Some fans believed the show’s ending was because of the announcement of Sam & Cat, but Ariana Grande had a different theory, one that lied with Victoria Justice. Reportedly, she and Justice were at odds with one other, and bad-mouthed each other behind each other’s backs. After the show’s cancellation, Grande took to social media to blame Justice, saying that the show ended because Justice wanted to do a solo tour instead. Justice responded with a Tweet that said, “Some people would throw some1 that they consider a friend under the bus just 2 make themselves look good…” I think it’s safe to say that there’ll probably won’t be a Victorious reunion in the future.
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