There is a reason we all cancel plans to stay at home and binge our favorite T.V. shows. In one episode of one show, you might see something like two best friends turning against each other after witnessing a gang initiation and escaping captivity — that’s high drama!
Stories today are action-packed with compelling plot twists around every corner. Still, even with the many complex layers of modern story-telling, the ultimate layer of drama often occurs when the cameras turn off. These behind-the-scenes Hollywood feuds were almost as riveting as the fiction itself…
1. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were the writers and producers behind Game of Thrones. Apparently, on the first go of its pilot T.V. episode, the writing and pacing were so dismal, basic plot points were completely incomprehensible.
Those who did watch the pilot, couldn’t even discern that Jaime and Cersei were siblings. Friends of the screenwriters begged them to throw out the pilot and reshoot the whole thing. Sometimes giving that kind of brutal honesty is the friendliest thing you can do.
2. You win some and lose some. When Breaking Bad actor Raymond Cruz — who played Tuco Salamanca — proved to have too many scheduling conflicts, he was forced to leave the show. To fill his void the writers increased the role of Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman. Now, the show is almost impossible to imagine without him!
3. The ultimate “frenemies” might be the very familiar BFFs of Sex And The City. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall have been in the spotlight for years for their disdain of one another, but things really came to a head years after the show ended.
The third City movie was canceled because Cattrall refused to participate. The media speculated it was an issue of money, but Cattrall refuted those claims saying it was SJP. “She was cruel and has always been cruel,” Cattrall explained on social media. The actress claimed that because of Parker, that chapter in her life is 100 percent finished.
4. Word on the street is that the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air got pretty fresh with his Aunt Vivian. Though the two had a good on-screen dynamic, they were known to have off-camera feuds. Things got so bad between Will Smith and Janet Hubert (Aunt Vivian) that she left the show after three seasons and was replaced by Daphne Reid.
5. The ironically titled Community had anything but a healthy behind-the-scenes community. The show’s creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase couldn’t stand each other. It’s said Harmon made some comments about Chase that led Chase to send an email to Harmon that was riddled with profanity. Harmon leaked the email to the media and the ordeal escalated to the point where Chase quit the series and Harmon was fired.
6. Pinky & The Brain have long been the dynamic duo of childhood cartoons, but Warner Brothers Network believed that merchandise was easier to sell in threes. Though the writers vehemently disagreed, the network forced the show to become Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain. Though Elmyra was added to the show, the new theme song harshly acknowledged the producer’s resentment.
7. David Yost was the blue ranger on the popular T.V. show, Power Rangers. Yost was closeted during his time with the show, but that did not save him from debilitating harassment when he was on set. Traumatized, Yost left the show and sought out religious counseling to try to cure him of his gay affliction. Today, Yost is proudly out and still a total superhero!
8. Speaking of crass homophobia, Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Burke on Grey’s Anatomy, was a real-life hector. It’s rumored he not only made derogatory comments about queer cast members but physically assaulted them, too. After this information became public, he was shamed by viewers into leaving the show.
9. Desperate Housewives might take the cake for feuding sets, simply because literally everyone hated each other! The actresses on the show were all constantly at odds. Who needs reality T.V. when there’s this much drama in primetime? And the Desperate drama didn’t stay on the set.
Marc Cherry, the showrunner, was also part of the hate mob. When Edie Britt, played by Nicollette Sheridan, was murdered by electrocution in the show, she actually tried to sue the network in a case that went on from 2012-2017. Cherry said it was for the benefit of the plot, but Sheridan contested it was his rash reaction to an argument.
10. Today, Charlie Sheen has become a punchline. So working with him on the set of Two And A Half Men was probably just as difficult as one might imagine. If you’re wondering just how bad is bad, the fact that the show killed off his character not once, but twice, might sum it up. When network television drops two grand pianos on your head, that is probably your cue to take a hike.
11. The T.V. series Castle featured Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Apparently off-camera these two weren’t exactly peas in a pod. Things became so tense between the two actors they actually attended couples counseling. Eventually, Katic left the show when her contract was up, but not before the two had completely stopped speaking to one another.
12. It’s no secret that Shannen Doherty is an all-caps DIVA. During her time starring on Beverly Hills 90210, the producers got so fed up with her they fired her without warning. The show was then forced to make a clunky attempt to gloss over the sudden disappearance of a major character. Maybe they should have pulled a Charlie Sheen and dropped a piano on her head.
13. Growing pains can be awkward, but they get really uncomfortable when you become a born-again Christian fanatic and try to impose your beliefs on everyone around you. Kirk Cameron, the star of Growing Pains, did just that. Not only was he giving unwelcome sermons on set, he even tried to get co-star Julie McCullough fired after she appeared in a Playboy centerfold.
14. Things got really girl-on-girl crime-y on the set of Gossip Girl. Taylor Momsen, who you may be more familiar with as the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless, was a central character in the early seasons of the show. After the producers felt that her over-sexualized musical persona looked bad for the series, she was written out…
Later, co-stars Blake Lively and Rachel Szohr got into such bad fights off-camera Lively threatened to quit the series. In response, the writers had Szohr move to Barcelona. This was technically a gentle firing because she was rarely seen on the show after that except for minor drop-ins. At least she got fired into paradise?
15. Moonlighting starred Bruce Willis (pre-Die Hard) and Cybill Shepherd. It might not ring a bell for everyone nowadays, but it was a huge success in the 80s. But if it was so popular, why was it canceled after just 4 seasons? Short of the long of it, Willis + Shepherd = Die. Hard. Haters! Instead of killing off a character, the producers just killed the whole dang show!
16. Thomas Gibson starred in Criminal Minds for 11 seasons. It was reported that he was directing an episode when he got into an argument with a writer over creative choices. The disagreement escalated so much Gibson kicked the writer and stormed off the set. This temper tantrum ended in a two-episode suspension, but after the incident was publicized, Gibson was the one who got the full boot.