Hollywood is a very unpredictable place, with scandals happening daily, breaking celebrity news, and other drama, celebrities love to keep us on our toes. Luckily for us non-famous people, we tend to eat all of the drama and news up. When we think about celebrities, we tend to put them on a bit of a pedestal, thinking that they have no imperfections, and that they can do nothing wrong in our eyes. What we don’t realize is that at the end of the day, these roles they have in movies and on TV shows are just jobs to them. Celebrities aren’t immune to doing wrong while working, and as a result they can be fired, just like us… even if it doesn’t really happen as often.
Usually, when a celebrity is fired from a project, it’s within good reason, and there’s always some drama surrounding it. However, there are times where that’s not the case, and production decides what looks right and what doesn’t, ultimately making the decision to can a celebrity from a project. When it first happens, it’s usually all everyone can talk about, since it’s such big news. A celebrity isn’t immune from something that we have to go through in our own normal lives. Luckily for them, there’s always new drama, something new to talk about, and things are often forgotten and swept under the rug. These are the 15 times celebrities were fired on set that everyone forgot about.
15 Ryan Gosling - The Lovely Bones
When we think of Ryan Gosling, we tend to think of how perfect he is — with his good looks and amazing acting ability, it’s hard to imagine him being fired from something. If anything, we see him as a popular actor, with producers fighting over him to be in their movies. Gosling was set to star in The Lovely Bones as Jack Salmon, father of Susie Salmon, in which the book and movie center around her murder. There was a miscommunication between Gosling and producers, as Gosling believed that Jack should’ve been a little heavy-set. He went on to gain an immense amount of weight, eating junk food and drinking melted ice cream to put on the weight. When production began and producers saw his weight gain, they were angry with Gosling. As a result, they felt he no longer fit the role and fired him. He was then replaced with Mark Wahlberg.
14 Megan Fox - Transformers
Megan Fox is not only known for her insane good looks and amazing body, but for her role in the Transformers franchise. She starred in the first two installments as Mikaela Barnes, and was set to be in the third movie, Dark of the Moon. However, Fox made some comments about director Michael Bay, saying he was a nightmare to work with and that he was like Hitler, and very controlling, wanting things done his way and his way only. Well, those comments cost Fox the role, as she was fired not long after making them. She was then replaced with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and the rest was history. Bay claimed it was more than just her comments, and that she just wasn’t interested on set, making her hard to work with. Regardless of whether or not what Megan said was true or not, Transformers was not the same without her.
13 Isaiah Washington - Grey’s Anatomy
Best known for his role as Preston Burke on the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Isaiah Washington made some remarks that got him into a lot of trouble, and as a result, fired. When he was on the show, Washington made some comments toward his co-star T.R. Knight. During an argument, Washington called Knight a homophobic slur, and as if he didn’t learn his lesson the first time, he used the term again at the Golden Globes. As a result, he was booted from the show in 2007. His career took a huge hit and spiraled downward, all because of his derogatory comments. However, Washington did come back to the show, only it was seven years after he was fired. That should teach him to watch what he says!
12 Lisa Bonet - The Cosby Show
Lisa Bonet is most known for playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. She was one of the most popular characters on the show. As a result, she left The Cosby Show in 1987 to star in a spin-off that focused on Denise’s life while away at college, called A Different World. She also landed a role in the movie Angel Heart where she shared a rated R scene with Mickey Rourke. She also took part in a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine. To top it all off, she announced that she was pregnant, too. She eventually left her spin-off to return to The Cosby Show where she was fired for what had gone on during her absence, citing “creative differences.”
11 Erinn Hayes - Kevin Can Wait
Erinn Hayes starred alongside Kevin James as his wife Donna, in the hilarious TV show, Kevin Can Wait. Things went south for Hayes when James’ former TV wife, Leah Remini, on The King of Queens, made a guest appearance on the season finale of the first season. Fans loved her so much that producers decided to do something about it. When the second season started up again, Hayes was fired and her character was killed off to make room for Remini’s new permanent role on the show. Fans were upset to see Hayes go, as she had a huge role. Not only was she married to James, but a mother of three. In this case, it just goes to show that no matter what, people will always go back to what they know, and that’s James and Remini together on the small screen.
10 Gary Dourdan - CSI
Known for playing the ever so handsome and dreamy Warrick Brown on one of our favorite crime shows, CSI, Gary Dourdan soon found himself without a job. Knowing how popular he was, Dourdan got a bit cocky when it came to negotiating his contract. Apparently he was asking for way too much, and producers wouldn’t bend to his wishes. As a result, they decided to fire him from the show. At the end of season eight, Dourdan’s character was shot and left for dead, ultimately killing him off of the show completely. After being let go from the show, Dourdan struggled financially, and actually had to file for bankruptcy. There’s a lesson to be learned here, and it’s as simple as this: don’t be greedy.
9 Robert Downey Jr. - Ally McBeal
Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t always the Iron Man that we’ve come to know and love today. For a period of time he was on Ally McBeal, playing her love interest. Downey was struggling immensely with drugs and alcohol. In 2001 he was fired from the show just hours after being arrested for being under the influence of drugs while in public. Apparently this had been the last straw for producers, as he had also been arrested a few months prior on drug charges. Downey was a great addition to the show — winning awards and bringing up views. Naturally, it was sad to see him leave under such poor circumstances.
8 Paula Deen - Paula’s Home Cooking
Food Network star Paula Deen was one of America’s favorites with her authentic southern cooking and her family oriented show. Deen was one of Food Network’s finest, her show being viewed by millions. However, that all came to a screeching halt when it was discovered that she had used many racial slurs in the past. The information had come to light when she had admitted in a deposition to using the slurs. The Food Network acted quickly, announcing that when Deen’s contract ended at the end of that month, they would not be renewing it. As a result, the ever so popular Paula’s Home Cooking came to an end. She issued many public apologies, but her show was never brought back.
7 Eric Stoltz - Back To The Future
Marty McFly wasn’t always played by Michael J. Fox. In fact, the character from Back To The Future was originally played by Eric Stoltz. When they first began filming the iconic movie, the producers originally wanted Fox for the role, however due to other obligations, he wasn’t able to take on the role, hence Stoltz taking the part on. They filmed for a few weeks with Stoltz, but they weren’t happy with the product. Producers talked it over and decided that they were going to let Stoltz go, regardless of the fact that the had filmed a number of scenes over a few weeks. They were willing to throw it all away for Fox, and they did just that. They eventually let Stoltz go and brought on Fox, and the movie was re-filmed with Fox as the Marty McFly we know and love today.
6 Taylor Momsen - Gossip Girl
Taylor Momsen is known for playing the role of little Jenny Humphrey on the hit TV show, based on the book series, Gossip Girl. We watched Momsen grow up on the show, and go through her awkward stages and turn into her own person. That person, however, was much different than the innocent teenager we were first introduced to. Momsen started a band, The Pretty Reckless, and got heavily involved in music, smoking, and the world of rock ‘n’ roll. According to producers and others on set, she developed an attitude problem, and diva behavior. She wasn’t interested in learning her lines, and was always on her phone. She had become really hard to work with. As a result, producers decided that she needed to go, and fired her as a main cast member, only needing her when absolutely necessary. We guess she really isn’t like her innocent character after all.
5 Shannen Doherty - 90210/Charmed
Shannen Doherty starred in some of our favorite 90s shows. Known for her role as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, she apparently had many issues behind the scenes on the set. Many people claimed that she was an absolute nightmare to work with, and had a constant attitude. As a result, she was fired during the fourth season of the show due to her bad behavior behind the scenes. Following her departure from Beverly Hills, 90210, she joined the cast of another popular show, Charmed. Her bad attitude and nightmare behavior didn’t disappear after her firing the first time. It actually carried over, and as a result she bumped heads with her co-star Alyssa Milano. She was also fired from Charmed, and her character was killed off during season three.
4 Lindsay Lohan - The Other Side
Lindsay Lohan has been through a lot; struggling with her arrests and DUIs and her many other problems, she had many ups and downs in her career. Naturally, when she was cast to be in the film, The Other Side in 2010, she had to be excited to book her first gig for the first time in a few years. Unfortunately for her, that didn’t last very long, and she was eventually fired from the movie. Unlike our other stars fired from the set, Lohan didn’t have some temper tantrum, or diva attitude. Instead, she was fired because producers didn’t think that she was very “bankable.” Lohan was dropped from the movie, and replaced, only to continue to struggle to revive her career yet again.
3 Conan O’Brien - The Tonight Show
Conan O’Brien found himself in a lot of drama in 2010, when there was a disagreement as to who would host The Tonight Show. Jay Leno had been the host since 1992, and NBC promised O’Brien, the host of Late Night since 1993, that he would take over as host of The Tonight Show in 2009, if he renewed his contract that was coming to an end. Once 2009 rolled around, Leno left as host of The Tonight Show and O’Brien took over. NBC didn’t want to lose Leno, and gave him another show that would air before The Tonight Show during prime time. Ratings weren’t great for both shows, and NBC proposed to move Leno back up to The Tonight Show’s original time slot of 11:35 pm, and move O’Brien back a half hour. O’Brien wasn’t happy about the change, and refused to move time slots. As a result, NBC decided to let O’Brien go with a $45 million settlement, and made Leno the host of The Tonight Show yet again. O’Brien then moved to TBS to host Conan. Talk about drama!
2 Leah Remini - The Talk
Leah Remini has a huge personality, so it was only natural that she would be perfect as a talk show host. Apparently the producers of the hit afternoon talk show, The Talk thought so too. Remini was one of the first original co-hosts during the first season of the show. Unfortunately, things didn’t last very long for her, and producers fired her from the show after the first season. After leaving the show, Remini’s former co-host, Sharon Osbourne shared her opinion on the departure, telling The Howard Stern Show “Some people don’t really know who they are, and you have to know who you are when you’re in something like this. You can’t pretend to be something you’re not. You have to know your brand. You can’t be all things to everyone.” A feud broke out between the two, with Remini claiming that Osbourne had a hand in her firing.
1 Charlie Sheen - Two and a Half Men
We all know of Charlie Sheen’s infamous meltdowns, with him going on about “tiger blood” and “winning.” Apparently his behavior and excessive drug use was the last straw for the producers of the hit show, Two and a Half Men. Because of his drug use, amongst other things, Sheen was uncooperative on set, and unable to do his job. Not to mention, he had made a number of nasty comments toward the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre. At first, they were willing to work with Sheen, suspending production so he could get some help and attend rehab. They were frustrated with his behavior, and as a result fired him from the show. It was shocking to fans that the star of the show was fired, but it was to be expected. Ashton Kutcher went on to replace Sheen, changing the dynamic of the show completely. We guess he wasn’t “winning” after all.