It obviously is a pretty cool thing to be a star of a huge TV show, making a lot of money and all -- at least until you totally anger the producers and writers of the show. Then, it probably isn't all that great because as cool as you think you are and as much money as you're getting every episode on whatever show that you're on, the fact of the matter is if you irritate the show's producers or writers, then you're on your way to the unemployment line.
All of the actors on this list found that out the hard way. Some of them were just total pains to deal with, some of them acted like complete idiots, some were doing something in their personal lives that the producers didn't agree with, and others whined about their roles. All of them wound up on the unemployment line. It can be a hard lesson to learn. A lot of these celebrities think that they don't need to worry about a thing and can act however they want, and then, they found out that they couldn't. You know the old saying "You mess with the bull, and you get the horns"? Well, here are a bunch of actors who messed with the bull big time.
Here are 15 actors who got booted from shows because the producers and writers couldn't stand them.
15 Patrick Dempsey - Grey's Anatomy
Oh, look, everyone -- it's Dr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey, the star of Grey's Anatomy. He was probably the biggest star of the show, so basically, he could do anything he wanted and not worry about it, right? Wrong. It turns out that Dempsey started cheating with his wife and was having an affair with one of the staff members of the show. This obviously caused a lot of stress on the set, so the producers of the show killed him off in a car crash. That must've been a rude awakening for Dempsey. It must've been so fun for him filming the scene where he died in the crash, knowing that the only reason he was being written off the show was that he was an enormous douchewaffle.
14 Dominic Monaghan - Lost
Monaghan, who's best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, was also a star on the hit show Lost, but apparently, he didn't like the show, and they didn't like him much either. He once said, “There are projects out there in 2008 that if I were to be working on Lost, I would go, 'F*ck, I know that project's going on, and I can't do it.'” He also tried to tell the writers how to write his character and said, “I've always tried to appeal to the writers that I thought [Charlie] was an incredibly capable character even though he had all these issues.” He also didn't get along with some of his costars and had a messy breakup with another one, actress Evangeline Lilly. I'm sure the writers couldn't wait to kill him off.
13 Columbus Short - Scandal
Sometimes, actors get written off because of how they behave off the set. A case in point is Scandal's Columbus Short, who was struggling a lot with cocaine and alcohol while he was on the show. Sometimes, producers will be patient with someone who's having addiction issues, but not so here. Short was killed off the show. Interestingly enough, the same person who was in charge of Scandal was the same person who booted Patrick Dempsey off of Grey's Anatomy. Her name is Shonda Rhimes, and obviously, she doesn't mess around. So, if you ever wind up an actor on one of her shows, you might want to keep your nose clean; otherwise, you might wind up on the unemployment line.
12 Shannen Doherty - Charmed
Shannen Doherty has always been known as a pain to get along with, and if you don't believe me, ask anyone whom she worked with on Beverly Hills 90210. Believe me -- this chick is a total diva. She continued to be so on the show Charmed, where she didn't get along at all with Alyssa Milano. Now, who knows? Maybe this was all Alyssa's fault, but the thing is, Alyssa was a bigger star than Shannon, and she also is just a little bit hotter -- at least, in my opinion as well as pretty much everyone else's. Seriously, Alyssa is hot. Whatever the real reason was that Shannon left the show, one thing's for sure: her character was killed off, and word is that it was because she was such a total pain.
11 Raymond Cruz - Breaking Bad
If you watched Breaking Bad -- and if you didn't, there's something wrong with you for real -- you're familiar with Raymond Cruz, who was amazing as the sociopathic drug dealer Tuco Salamanca. What makes this one odd is he begged the writers to kill him. He said, "I asked them to kill me. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to coming back and doing the part. It’s really difficult to pull off. They were like, ‘We want you to come back and do eight more episodes.’ And I said, ‘No. I’ll do one more, and that’s it. You guys have to kill me.’ They’re like, ‘We never heard of an actor that wanted to die.’ And I’m like, ‘You don’t understand. This part’s really hard.'" So, to sum it up, Cruz was killed for being a pain, but he wanted it to happen. Kind of odd, isn't it?
10 Charlie Sheen - Two and a Half Men
This is probably the most famous case of an actor being killed off on a show. Charlie Sheen had such an enormous meltdown that the producers of Two and a Half Men literally had to do something. He not only was breaking down and acting like a total insane idiot, but he was also attacking the producers of the show in public. So, they did what any sane producer would do in this situation -- they had Sheen's character get hit by a train. How much fun that must be when you think about it. Some guy is messing with you, and you just write a scene where he gets hit by a train and dies, and you simply never have to see him again. Sheen has continued to act like a total idiot, but he isn't the producers' problem anymore.
9 Isaac Hayes - South Park
The late Isaac Hayes was one cool dude at one point in his life. If you don't believe me, take a listen to his song Shaft at some point, and then get back to me. Younger folks don't know much about that song, but they do know Hayes from his role on South Park, which he held until he started complaining about the way the show made fun of religions -- in particular, Scientology. Hayes just happened to be a member of their church. The show's creators didn't want to deal with that, so they had Chef fall off a bridge and get eaten by a lion and a bear all while crapping his pants. So, he not only lost a good gig with regular money, he also was humiliated as well. Yay.
8 Nicolette Sheridan - Desperate Housewives
Nicolette Sheridan didn't get along with hardly anyone on the show Desperate Housewives, least of all the show's creator whom she claimed had gotten physical with her at one point, a charge that he vehemently denied. So, what usually happens when you cause all sorts of drama and claim that your boss messed with you without having any proof to back it up? Well, you get fired of course, especially when you also show up late to set all of the time, as well as forget your lines, both of which are things that Sheridan was said to have done. But being on television isn't a real job. You can't just go home; you usually have to be killed off, which is what happened to Sheridan.
7 Taylor Momsen - Gossip Girl
Sometimes, characters get killed off purely because they're bad at their jobs. A good case of this is what happened with Tayler Momsen of Gossip Girl. It was said, “Taylor wasn't on set filming much this season, but when she did show up, she wasn't very level-headed. The show's executives didn't trust that she was really giving it her all, so they dismissed her as a regular." She also was described as unreliable and erratic. Man, when you think about it, no wonder she was killed off. Momsen hasn't worked a whole heck of a lot since then either, so apparently, word got around about her behavior on set. It really is amazing how spoiled a lot of these people are.
6 Mandy Patinkin - Criminal Minds
Although a lot of these actors really don't have very good reputations at all, some of them actually do, which is why it's surprising that an actor with a resume as good as Mandy Patinkin's was killed off from Criminal Minds. He said, "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. [...] I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again." Oh, come on, Mandy. Why act like such a baby? No wonder they wrote you off.
5 Jay Thomas - Cheers
On Cheers, Jay Thomas played the character Eddie, who was married to Carla, who was played by Rhea Perlman. Once, Thomas was on a radio show when he was asked about his role on the show, to which he replied, “It’s brutal. I have to kiss Rhea Perlman.” Apparently, Rhea was listening as were one or more of the writers, so they had Eddie die in a freak Zamboni accident, and he was never seen on the show again, and, in fact, was barely talked about. I'm sure that joke seemed funny at the time, but the fact of the matter is that he probably cost himself a whole lot of money by making that joke. I mean, of course kissing her wasn't all that much fun, but keep your mouth shut. Come on, man!
4 T.R. Knight - Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy is the only show to hit this list twice, so I guess the lesson is, if you're going to act like a total idiot, don't do it if you're appearing on this show. In theory, it's said that Knight actually asked to be written off the show, but there was a whole bunch of stuff out there about his problems with other actors and his behavior on set, so it seems like it's one of those things where he broke up with the show before it broke up with him. And what does asking to be written out of the show mean anyway? If he really didn't want to be on the show anymore, he probably could've just stopped coming in and collecting massive paychecks. After all, that's how jobs work in this world.
3 Michael Pitt - Boardwalk Empire
Michael Pitt of Boardwalk Empire is a good actor, but apparently, he's kind of a drag as a person. He was killed off, according to a source, because "[Pitt was] late a lot (this costs production money), [he had] trouble remembering lines (they had to reshoot an entire scene because he couldn't remember his lines… this costs production money), [was] constantly questioning his character's storyline, tried to change dialogue a lot, would wander from the set, got into a little fist fight with William Forsythe during the Jimmy death scene, etc. They had plans for him… but they pretty much just got tired of him.” Way to go, Michael. You had a great gig and got canned because you were a jerk. Yay for you.
2 John Amos - Good Times
The late John Amos was one cool dude and also one who had a very successful career. One of the shows he was on was Good Times. He was happy on the show for a while, but then, he started to think that the show wasn't giving enough respect toward the urban African American experience and that his character was more just comic relief -- which, as cool as John Amos was, is still kind of odd because the show was a comedy. You know? He was killed off after the third season. This one was kind of a drag because the show was never quite the same without him on it. Sometimes, it's too bad that two sides can't just reach a middle ground and move on, and this is one of them.
1 John Rhys-Davies - Sliders
Sometimes, you get killed by the writers just because you keep making fun of them. A case in point is Sliders's John Rhys-Davies, who said that the writers wrote “incomprehensible gibberish." He added, “I would go to [the writers] and complain. But they would say, ‘John, why don’t you just say the words as written?’ And I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what -- I will actually say the words as written when you can actually write intelligent sentences!'” Perhaps, because of this, the writers did their best to write a good scene and came up with one in which Rhys-Davies was shot to death. I might be wrong, but I imagine the writers spent a lot of time laughing like crazy when they wrote that scene.
Sources: nypost.com; nymag.com; nydailynews.com