One of the best things about a great show is when audiences get to meet great characters. As a series becomes a favorite, fans really begin to root for their favorite players. We all get invested emotionally in the lives, failures, and successes of these fictional people. In addition to this, sometimes we feel a kinship with characters who come together to make a really great BFF duo, an intricate support system, or who create a sizzling hot romantic connection that burns into our memories.
That being said, what happens in front of the cameras can often be really different from what’s going on in the real world. Just like many of us regular folks who don’t always love our co-workers, actors can feel the same way. On screen, actors, writers, and production staff can riff off of one another and create some quality connections that may seem genuine, even though the people involved really can’t stand each other.
It’s amazing how a little Hollywood magic can make people who hate each other with the fire of a thousand suns seem like they are kindred spirits or, at the very least, look like nothing is wrong. Here is a sneak peek behind some of the most intense feuds behind all of your favorite shows on Netflix.
15. Not So Gleeful On The Set Of Glee
Sometimes an onset nemesis comes when life imitates art. This is the case between Lea Michele and Naya Rivera on the hit show Glee. While the two were never BFFs in real life, things went from cold to arctic when the pair had what’s been referred to as a “major altercation”. Later both actors claimed that their rival was tossed from the set because of their diva demands and poor behavior. A while later there were rumors that Michele got others, like Chris Colfer, got both Rivera and Darren Chris ejected from the cast of the show. It looks like this sing-off reached its crescendo when Rivera was written off of the show when the fifth season concluded.
14. The Grey Areas On Grey’s Anatomy
When things get heated people often run their mouths. Sometimes they go too far and they end up losing their jobs thanks to their tempers. Isaiah Washington was fired from the popular series after there was an apparent physical fight on the set between Washington and Patrick Dempsey. It’s rumored that during the spar with words and fists, Washington decided to utter homophobic slurs at his co-star T.R. Knight. Although Washington was smart enough to give a public apology for his bad behavior, saying, “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set. Both are beneath my own personal standards.” It was too late and Washington was given his walking papers and dismissed from the show.
13. Lucy DeCoutere & Mike Smith In Trailer Park Boys
Anyone who’s ever wondered about the more comic side about trailer park life has probably dabbled in binge-watching Trailer Park Boys. Last year one of the show’s stars Mike Smith, who plays the lovable dimwit Bubbles, was arrested for alleged domestic battery. Lucy DeCoutere, who portrayed Lucy on the show that was rebooted on Netflix in 2014, tendered her resignation and tweeted, “If I find out that somebody is abusive, I cut them out of my life. It’s very easy,” The show has taken Smith’s side after the other party in the incident said, “At no point did I feel I was in danger, otherwise I would’ve called the police myself, which I did not. The police were called by others not present in the room who mistakenly perceived the argument to be something other than what it was. When the officers arrived I tried to assure them there was no real issue, but they proceeded to arrest Mike.” It seems the rest of the show thinks DeCoutere, who has spoken up against abuse in the past, didn’t have her back on this.
12. Spite And The City
It’s not uncommon for a person to become annoyed to find out that a colleague, doing the exact same job, is earning significantly more money than others. This is exactly what happened when Kim Cattrall found out that Sarah Jessica Parker was making more bank for the series than the other ladies. It’s been reported that things got worse during the two films following the show. Parker didn’t deny these whispers about the onscreen brunch buddies, telling Marie Claire that “sometimes feelings get hurt.” In recent years, both SJP and Cattrall have done their best to downplay the tensions, insisting that things weren’t nearly as bad as the rumor mill spun them. Although co-star Cynthia Nixon has spoken up to confirm the hearsay by mentioning that there were definitely times when some cast members feelings were hurt on-set.
11. 24/7 Terrible Work Environment
Ever wonder why Freddie Prinze Jr. doesn’t act anymore? It seems that the person to blame for this is 24 star, Kiefer Sutherland. Prinze was in the eighth season of 24 and didn’t pull any punches when describing the work environment he faced on a daily basis thanks to his co-star. Prinze said that Sutherland was “the most unprofessional dude in the world.” And he wasn’t done there, inferring that he wanted to completely quit the business because of Sutherland. In response, Sutherland’s rep was the one to speak up about the apparent toxic work situation saying, “Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr. more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”
10. Falling House Of Cards For Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey is facing numerous allegations ranging from inappropriate conduct to attempted rape, and not all of these accusations are from a long time ago. As patterns emerge involving escalating physical contact with the victims, alcohol, and Spacey cornering his vulnerable victims, more and more are coming forward. Netflix didn’t take their choice to stop production of their hit show lightly. It turns out Spacey was making things terrible for everyone he worked with as this once whispered about rumor hit the newsstands. On November 2, CNN reported the following about his time on House of Cards, “multiple cast and crew members working on the House of Cards set allege that Spacey engaged in harassment and created a toxic environment during the production. A total of eight sources told CNN that Spacey’s behavior was “predatory.”
9. Not So Hot & Steamy On Buffy
Sometimes hot and steamy on the air is very different than a somewhat awkward relationship behind the scenes. Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar once told publication The Independent that passionate moments alongside leading man David Boreanaz (Angel) were “the unsexiest thing in the world. We would do horrible things to each other. Like eat tuna fish and pickle before we kissed. If he had to unbutton my shirt or trousers I would pin them or sew them together to make it as hard as I could. Once I even dropped ice cream on him.” Apparently, David Boreanaz fancied himself a practical joker on set and didn’t just save his pranks for his leading lady. He would repeatedly pull down his pants between scenes to test whether or not his on-camera co-workers could maintain their poker faces.
8. The Good Fight On The Good Wife
One of the most talked about Netflix feuds out there is the one between Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi from the CBS hit The Good Wife. It’s alleged that the on-screen BFFs are just really good actors. Spoiler Alert: In the second season, it’s revealed that one character once slept with the other’s husband, creating a huge wedge that was eventually repaired, but saw the two seldom sharing a scene. The internet noticed that the pair wasn’t in a single scene together for a 30-episode run, and then it was announced that Panjabi’s character was leaving the show after the sixth season, and the two came together for a farewell that many speculated was green screened and filled in by CGI. When asked about the feud, Panjabi confirmed it while Margulies insists that it’s simply gossip.
7. No Grey Area For Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl has earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, from her burning bridges with the easy-to-work-with Seth Rogen to causing controversy on Grey’s Anatomy when her career was riding sky high. The tension between Heigl and the Grey’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes hit the tabloids when Heigl turned down her Emmy nomination in 2008 like a petulant child. Heigl felt a need to explain her tantrum with the following statement, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.” Rhimes dished with Oprah about the incident after Heigl was off the show saying, “When people show you who they are, believe them.”
6. The Love-Hate Relationship On Freaks And Geeks
On the critically acclaimed cult hit, that was canceled after just one season, Freaks and Geeks it was relatability of the characters that really brought fans onboard to fall for this band of misfits. Notably, TV couple Daniel Desario and Kim Kelly, played by James Franco and Busy Phillips, had a really passionate yet troubled on-screen relationship. On the set things were never friendly between the duo. This stemmed from Franco developing his own character backstory in his own time, which he didn’t share with his co-star or anyone else on set. Part of this “character” development led to him improvising knocking Phillips onto the ground in a scene between the two. In real life Phillips had the wind knocked out of her and ran to her trailer in tears.
5. The Nasty Girl Boss On Netflix
The Netflix original series Girl Boss was based on the memoir and life of Sophia Amoruso, who got canned after just one season. Some say that this was simply because it got poor ratings and she was an unlikable lead. Others speculate this has to do with real life failures and mismanagement of the inspiration behind the show, and her being incredibly difficult to work with. Perhaps the hate hit too close to home for Sophia, as after the show was canceled she said, “While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a d**k.“
4. Minimal Kissing for Lily Pad & Marshmallow
To many How I Met Your Mother fans, Lily and Marshall seem like the perfect couple. While everyone on the set of the show got along pretty well, it doesn’t mean that some of the co-stars enjoyed scenes where they got too close. Not one to shy away from kissing scenes– quite notably in the American Pie series as well as some ground-breaking coming out plot arcs on Buffy the Vampire Slayer– we know that Hannigan’s beef isn’t with kissing by any stretch. While the two got along fine, Jason Segel was a very heavy smoker during the time of filming and it really grossed his TV-wife Alyson Hannigan out, and some have implied that scenes had to be written to avoid kissing as signs of affection between the two for most of the show to keep Hannigan happy.
3. Romance Unrequited On Gilmore Girls
There is no denying the spark on screen between long-term friends turned lovers Lorelei Gilmore and Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls. It’s truly a romance that has lasted despite a long hiatus before the Netflix reboot just last year and was still capable of making fans swoon. Turns out Lauren Graham really wanted her character to end up with her ex Christopher because Scott Patterson and she didn’t really connect when the cameras weren’t rolling. While the two didn’t hate one other they pretty much avoided each other whenever cut was called. When asked about it Graham said, “It’s fine. I think these characters have a great chemistry and that does mirror our chemistry as people. We’re not intimates.”
2. The Real Office Drama Was Between Dwight & Kelly?
Sometimes when two characters rarely interact on a series we don’t think much about it, but this might be because there is some drama going on behind the scenes. In her books, The Office star Mindy Kaling repeatedly makes reference to an unpleasant relationship between herself and co-worker Rainn Wilson. Kaling insists she was joking, saying, “I hope it came through in the book that I was kidding. I was a little worried because I adore him, but in the book it was so much more fun to list all the reasons why he’s terrible. Then I realized I never wrote a piece about us having a good time, and I thought, ‘Oh, this could seem like we’re terrible foes.’” Wilson has added his own jabs but has said, “we’ve always been kind of frenemies and given each other a hard time and we love each other a lot too.”
1. No Love Lost Between Roseanne & Chuck Lorre
Charlie Sheen isn’t the only one with an axe to grind with Chuck Lorre. Roseanne has publicly aired her dirty laundry about Lorre who started out as the supervising producer on the hit show Roseanne, which is due for a reboot on Netflix in 2018. In recent years Roseanne Barr tweeted accusations that Lorre and his staff continually ‘borrowed’ jokes that were a part of her stand-up routine and were her own intellectual property tweeting, “I need to do like Chuck Lorre’s writers do — watch some stand-up and steal some jokes for my new scripts. I could produce ten shows, maybe!” We’re guessing that Lorre is not involved in the Netflix reboot, although Barr has been known to kiss and make up with those involved in her former feuds in the past. Only time will tell!
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