15 Actors Who Fired Their Co-Stars

Not all actors can get along. When some behind-the-scene drama becomes too much, it’s time to look for a replacement. Here’s a list of stars who had their co-stars fired. Make sure to check #13, #11 and #4!

#15. Tori Spelling

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Spelling said that she had Shannen Doherty fired from the set of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000) after Season 4. The daughter of the legendary ’90s television executive Aaron Spelling went to her powerful dad and asked him to put an end to the madness after a particularly brutal day of fighting between Doherty and co-star Jennie Garth. Spelling said she felt her decision to have Doherty fired from the show was the right one, and she wasn’t the last of Doherty’s fellow actors who resorted to firing her. Doherty’s reputation may have changed recently as a result of her brave public battle with breast cancer, but the actress’ past is full of feuds with Hollywood talents.

“I felt like I was a part of something, a movement, that cost someone their livelihood. Was she a horrible person? No. She was one of the best friends I ever had,” she confessed.

Slide next to read about an actor who was actually fired himself before firing his co-star!

#14. Charlie Sheen

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After being fired himself of Two and a Half Men (2003-15) on its eighth season (of an eventual 12) by creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen must have learned a thing or two because on his next big series, Anger Management (2012-14), he supposedly fired his co-star Selma Blair. Sheen reportedly threatened to quit and texted Blair to tell her that she was being fired from the show after some on-set discord when the actress complained about his behavior to producers, but later blamed it on creative reasons.

He explained that her character “was written out because it was not about our relationship, and the problem was too many people were still excited about the Two and a Half character and thought the Anger Management character was a little dull.”

Slide next to find out which actor was fired from a play!

#13. Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin and his would-be stage partner Shia LaBeouf had some discrepancies during preparations for the debut of the play Orphans in 2013 and it seems that producers decided to fire LaBeouf instead of letting Baldwin quit. Baldwin said in an interview that “There was friction between us from the beginning. …And one day he attacked me in front of everyone. He said, ‘You’re slowing me down, and you don’t know your lines. And if you don’t say your lines, I’m just going to keep saying my lines.’ …So I asked the company to break. And I took the stage manager to another room, and I said one of us is going to go. I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll go.’ I said don’t fire the kid, I’ll quit. They said no, no, no, no, and they fired him. And I think he was shocked.”

“He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater, said Baldwin.

  Slide next to read about a co-star fired from an 80s show!

#12. Kirk Cameron

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Kirk Cameron’s professional and personal attention to his religious beliefs became widely known after his Revelations-centric Left Behind series in 2000, but it seems that Cameron has been apparently involved with strict Christian values for years. Co-star Julie McCullough, who starred in the fourth and fifth seasons of the hit family sitcom Growing Pains (1985-92), told Howard Stern that it was Cameron’s personal religious beliefs that ultimately got in the way of her continued presence on the show. The last straw was drawn after she’d posed for Playboy in 1986. She later was written back in for one more goodbye episode near the end of Season 5, because the fans were very affected by her sudden disappearance. Slide next to find out who fired a beloved actor from a famous film sequel!

#11. Lucy Liu

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Bill Murray plays John Bosley in the first film Charlie’s Angels (2000) but he was not asked to return for its sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and was replaced by Bernie Mac, who was dubbed Jimmy Bosley, John’s brother, and also referred to as simply Bosley throughout the film. Lucy Liu, who played Alex Munday in both installments, was blamed for this unexpected replacement of the leading male character, because they couldn’t get along during production.

“Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…,” Murray confessed in an interview, and he went as far as to tell Liu she “can’t act.”

Next one is one of our favorites, it’s about a comedy series!

#10. LisaRaye McCoy

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The beautiful actress Stacy Dash, better known to ’90s film lovers as the sweet and stylish Dionne Davenport in Clueless (1995), has made a fair share of enemies in showbiz lately. Her Single Ladies co-star LisaRaye McCoy was appalled by her behavior on set and she finally had enough of it after a fight during production over a line in the script.

“In Hollywood, I learned to be a boss. I had to say to Stacey Dash, ‘If you don’t get your motherf**king finger out of my face…’ So for our second season of Single Ladies, there was a replacement for Stacey Dash,” she explained.

Slide next to read about a successful TV series plagued with feuds among their cast! 

#9. Lea Michele

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Although Michele’s character in Glee (2009-15) was the original leading lady of the series, Naya Rivera’s role grew more popular over time. This reportedly started the drama among cast members over the course of the show’s six seasons, Michele began taking it out on her co-star, who wasn’t written out of the show but her role was reduced from regular to recurring guest star in the sixth season. As Rivera later wrote in her book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, “One of the Glee writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery and that about sums us up. We are both strong willed and competitive—not just with each other but with everyone—and that’s not a good mixture.”

“As the show progressed, though, that friendship started to break down, especially as Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel—erm, I mean Lea—didn’t like sharing the spotlight, Michelle wrote in her book.

Slide to find out which actor from a TV sitcom fired his co-stars but later brought them back!

#8. John Stamos

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The stars of Full House (1987-95), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, are now celebrities on their full-on Olsen Twins franchise. But when the show first started, John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse throughout the series had them fired during the first season because he didn’t like working with them. Stamos admitted in 2015 that “It’s sort of true that the Olsen twins cried a lot. It was very difficult to get the shot. So I [said], ‘Get them out… !’ That is actually 100 percent accurate. They brought in a couple of unattractive redheaded kids. We tried that for a while and that didn’t work. [Producers] were like, alright, get the Olsen twins back. And that’s the story.” Funny thing is, the Olsen Twins refused to come out of acting retirement for Netflix’s 2016 revival of the series, Fuller House. Make sure to check the neck one, it’s about an iconic TV series!

#7. Bill Cosby

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American comedian Bill Cosby has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations, but in the ’80s and ’90s, Cosby was practically untouchable, he stared in stand-up routines, Jell-O commercials, reality-comedy series Kids Say the Darndest Things, and in The Cosby Show sitcom. Cosby had Lisa Bonet, who played eldest daughter Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, fired when Bonet married musician Lenny Kravitz and revealed she was expecting a baby.

Director Debbie Allen said “I explained to [Cosby] how I wanted to use [the pregnancy]on the show because that would be a great thing. To see a girl who’s [this]upper-class kid, having a baby, not married because she didn’t want to be married…and the girls could root for her,” but a few weeks later, Cosby said that it was Lisa Bonet who was pregnant, not Denise, so they were not gonna do it.

Bonet was given her own spin-off series called A Different World, but after being fired she was brought back to The Cosby Show for a brief time, but she was ultimately let go from that series for “creative differences.” Slide next to find out another one of Doherty’s enemies!

#6. Alyssa Milano

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One of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood was Shannen Doherty‘s behind-the-scenes drama with co-star Alyssa Milano. The official reason for her early exit from Charmed (1998-2006) was that WB encouraged her to pursue other interests outside of the series. The show continued for five more seasons after the actress was written out between seasons three and four.

Doherty herself told Entertainment Tonight, “There was so much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work. I’m 30 years old, and I don’t have time for drama anymore. To me, it’s sort of whatever. I’ll miss Holly [Marie-Combs] a lot.”

Fans have reason to believe that there’s still some beef between the two, specially because Doherty never mentions Milano by name! Slide next to read about an actress who just had enough of her co-star!

#5. America Ferrera

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Lohan’s recurring role on the ABC comedy TV’s Ugly Betty (2006-10) was originally written to last six episodes, but her part was reduced to just four episodes.

A source close to production of told the New York Post, “It was a mess. Lindsay would show up every day with an entourage of people. She smoked 24/7, and after she left, they had to repaint her dressing room it was such a mess” and leading lady America Ferrera wasn’t having it.

There is a rumour that Ferrera’s character was supposed to pull down Lohan’s character’s pants to exact revenge for some childhood bullying, but Lohan wasn’t wearing anything underneath. After that incident the drama started, Ferrera started acting mean to Lohan and ask producers to give her the boot, no more adjusting and accommodating her antics. Slide next to read about a beloved actor who fired his co-star in his iconic 90s sitcom!

#4. Will Smith

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The hit ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air lasted six seasons but Janet Hubert didn’t make it to the finish. The actress who played Aunt Viv was replaced by actress Daphne Reid after the show’s third season. In 2013, Hubert told Yahoo!, “[Smith] said ‘we’re just gonna replace her and act like nothing happened. Well honey, that is not what happened, is it? The world has let me know that my place on that show was very, very, very loved… I felt demonized and beaten up and crucified for many many years, no one came forward in my defense.”

Co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who plays Carlton Banks on the show, admitted in a comedic stand-up set that, “Long story short…there were days when we were all on the set and she would literally go off on people.”

Next one is about two legends who couldn’t get along!

#3. Sylvester Stallone

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Stone was originally supposed to share the screen with Richard Gere on The Lords of Flatbush (1974), but he had Gere replaced because they didn’t get along. He explained the situation in an interview after a few years: “We never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he grabbed me (we were simulating a fight scene) and got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was completely in character and impossible to deal with.

“The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me,” confessed Stallone.

Next, a couple actors got along so well that the co-star just had lo go!

#2. Kevin James

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Actor Kevin James established a nice relationship with his on-screen wife, Leah Remini in The King of Queens (1998-2007), so he invited her to guest star on his new program, Kevin Can Wait (2016-). But that meant that his on-screen leading lady, Erinn Hayes was let go later on because he had better chemistry with Remini.

Hayes and James shared the screen for the new show only for Season 2 and she tweeted, “True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

Even so, it must have hurt that she got fired because of her co-star’s interest in working with someone else instead of her! Slide next to read #1!

#1. Warren Beatty

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Actress Sean Young signed for the role of Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy (1990). But according to Young, she was fired after a few days of shooting for allegedly declining co-star Warren Beatty’s sexual advances on the set of the movie. Young said she was actually relieved, because the behaviour was unacceptable.

“Basically, he sacked me because I did not want to go to bed with him. In the seven days we worked together he just made sexual advances. He tried to kiss me. I was unresponsive and kept joking with him about it. Like, ‘Ha, ha-what a ladies’ man you are.’ But I drew a clear line for him that I was not interested. It was not as if he got the hint. One time I had to say, ‘Stop it.’ I had to push him away,” she reported.

She also confessed “It was a very unpleasant experience. And I think if you went and asked all the people who worked on Dick Tracy, they might say the same thing. It was just a lot of sexual politics and crazy stuff. To be released from that situation ended up being a blessing in the end, because I don’t think I could have survived working with Warren Beatty…it wasn’t about the performance.”