TV show casts that couldn't stand each other

Television shows may seem like a lot of fun to film when you're watching them from the couch, but in certain cases, they can be an absolute torture. Such was the case for the following shows, which dealt with everything from feuds between castmembers to unfortunate homophobic slurs. Is your favorite show on the list? Probably!

Grey's Anatomy

In October 2006, co-stars Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington reportedly got into a harsh exchange of words while filming a scene on the set of Grey's Anatomy. The fight became infamous, as Washington allegedly used a slur in reference to their gay co-star, T.R. Knight. Washington vehemently denied the reports, most infamously in the press room at the January 2007 Golden Globes, where he bluntly said to reporters, "No, I did not call T.R. a f*****." Washington was ultimately fired from the show a few months later. Knight later told Ellen DeGeneres that the feud inspired him to officially come out as gay.

Years later, in 2014, Washington returned to Grey's Anatomy for a guest spot. Apparently, time heals (most?) wounds.

Grey's Anatomy (Again)

After Washington was fired from the show, the set of Grey's Anatomy had a new villain to contend with: co-star Katherine Heigl. The actress created tension beyond the extreme when she publicly removed herself from Emmy consideration the year after she won the award, blaming the writers for not giving her enough good material. Rumors that she was a diva on set and difficult to work with continued up until she left the show about a year and a half later. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes seemed to imply that it was Heigl who catalyzed Rhimes' "no a**holes" policy on the set of her follow-up hit, Scandal. "There are no Heigls in this situation…I don't put up with bulls*** or nasty people. I don't have time for it," Rhimes said.


Years later, in an interview with Howard Stern (via Vanity Fair), Heigl spoke about the controversy, saying, "I went in to [see] Shonda and said, 'I'm so sorry. That wasn't cool, and I should not have said that.' And I shouldn't have said anything publicly. But at the time, I didn't think anyone would notice … I just quietly didn't submit and then it became a story, and I felt I was obligated to make my statement, and [I should have just said], 'Shut up, Katie.'"

Yeah, probably.


In 2014, TMZ reported that Glee co-stars Naya Rivera and Lea Michele got into a legitimate tiff while filming an episode of their hit musical-comedy series. To this day, in a true case of Diva Said, Diva Said, nobody knows what the fight was actually about. TMZ's sources for Rivera alleged that the actress was ticked off over Lea Michele's bad behavior on set, and went to the producers to complain. Then, when Michele found out about it, she stormed off in a fit. TMZ's Michele sources, however, claimed that pretty much the opposite happened. Whatever happened, if TMZ is taking time out to report on it, you know it must have been pretty rough.

During a 2017 interview on E! News, series creator Ryan Murphy finally addressed the feud, saying, "I feel like in the case of that show [Glee], that show was just a s**tstorm of difficulty, largely because, what do you do when you're 18 years old or 19 years old and you wake up one day and you're world famous? I think a lot of that was informed by their youth and being involved in a phenomenon."

He continued, "And I know for a fact that they [Lea and Naya] admired each other's work, 'cause I directed them both in scenes."


If you were to look up the term "Miserable TV Set" in the Hollywood dictionary, odds are good that Moonlighting would pictured next to the definition. The '80s dramedy, starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, was fraught with tension from day one and lasted until the very end of the show's fifth and final season, according to a 1989 article in People. Among the causes: Willis' blossoming film career, catalyzed by 1988's Die Hard; and Shepherd's pregnancy in 1987 that caused the production schedule to fall out of place. "Willis … suddenly cared a lot 'about not working, about getting out of work, leaving work early,'" a source told People at the time. Willis also threw a loud, violent tantrum on set after the production schedule "threatened to cut into a planned afternoon getaway." Great!


Throughout Roseanne's first season, Roseanne Barr famously fought with the show's creator and writer, Matt Williams, over creative control and various credits. As production continued, Barr wanted Williams fired so badly that she would storm off the set and engage in nasty back-and-forths with executives. At one point, ABC even threatened to find a replacement for her. "I was crying all the time," Barr told Entertainment Weekly in 2008. "…It was extremely tumultuous because Matt was a talented person. I told him, 'Maybe this is the fault of the producers who told you it was your show and I was your actress, and they told me it was my show and you were my writer.'"

Williams was ultimately fired from the show, though that didn't stop Barr from feuding with subsequent writers. As Entertainment Weekly reported, Barr would only refer to the writers—whom, like Williams, were often fired—by number, in an effort to deflate their egos. "The writers did not think it was funny," said Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who wrote for Roseanne during seasons three through six. "Anytime you tell someone, 'I'm not going to learn your name, here's your number,' you're diminishing their worth." No kidding.

Desperate Housewives

In 2005, at the peak of the success of ABC's primetime soap, Desperate Housewives, the principal castmembers reportedly got into it at a shoot for the cover of Vanity Fair. According to PeopleABC told Vanity Fair that Teri Hatcher couldn't get first dibs on wardrobe or take over the shoot, suggesting that the rest of the cast wasn't happy with her behavior on set. Hatcher ultimately arrived to the set early, setting off a chain in events that allegedly ended with Marcia Cross storming off the shoot and Hatcher crying on the phone. The feud between Hatcher and the rest of the Desperate Housewives cast reportedly continued throughout the show's seven-season run.

Desperate Housewives (Again)

In 2010, star Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan sued ABC for wrongful termination and battery after claiming she was hit on the head by the show's creator, Marc Cherry, and subsequently written off the show for complaining about the incident.

The suit went to trial in 2012, during which Cherry testified (via E! News) that he tapped Sheridan on the head and the tap was only done to help demonstrate how Sheridan's scene should play out. A judge ultimately declared a mistrial after the jury became deadlocked; subsequent lawsuits were tossed out, as well.

As an aside, Cherry's testimony also seemed to confirm Hatcher's feud with the rest of the cast. At one point, he recalled an incident in which Hatcher and Sheridan were fighting on set. "Nicollette pulled me aside and told me that Teri Hatcher was the meanest woman in the world because of how she was acting," Cherry testified. Incidentally, Cherry also testified that co-stars Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman were "relieved" when Sheridan was written off the show. So, who knows?

Beverly Hills, 90210

Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth famously fought on the set of 90210. And, if co-star Tori Spelling is to be believed, their feud at one point actually turned physical. "I remember I could hear the door fly open and everyone screaming and crying," Spelling revealed on the Lifetime interview series, Celebrity Lie Detector. "That's when I was told the boys just had to break up Jennie and Shannen…It was like a fist fight."

"Shannen had everything, but she could be arrogant and carefree. Jennie [Garth] was outspoken when she thought Shannen was out of line. Sometimes they got along, but there were explosions," Spelling also wrote in her 2008 autobiography.

American Idol

During a 2012 audition episode in North Carolina, newly minted American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey entered a war of words after disagreeing about a contestant's performance, TMZ reported at the time. TMZ actually obtained footage of the disagreement, which showed Minaj firing a number of expletive insults at Carey. "Every time you take a shot at me I'ma take it back, and if you gotta f****** problem then handle it…" Minaj says at one point. "I told them I'm not f*****' putting up with her f*****' highness over there." Much to the surprise of no one, Carey and Minaj quit the show after one season. In 2015, Carey reflected on her one-season stint on Idol, calling it the worst experience of her life.

Criminal Minds

Fans of CBS's show Criminal Minds were shocked in August 2016 when news broke that the series' star Thomas Gibson would not be returning as Agent Aaron Hotchner. It turns out that Gibson had initially been suspended for two episodes after getting into an altercation with and kicking writer and producer Virgil Williams. Eventually, however, he was written out of the show, on which he'd appeared on for 11 seasons, for good.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the incident occurred during an episode that Gibson was actually directing; after a disagreement between Gibson and Williams, tempers flared, resulting in the fateful kick. THR further explains that this wasn't the first time Gibson had lashed out at a coworker; he allegedly pushed an assistant director for the show a few years earlier, and ended up in mandated anger management classes. It also seems that Gibson had a contentious relationship with his co-star Shemar Moore; in August 2016, Vulture reported on a seemingly shady Instagram video that Moore posted right after Gibson was fired and then deleted, saying, "I'll just say this: I believe in karma."

"I feel like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it," Gibson later told People of the incident.


The irony of the show's title couldn't have been lost on anyone on the set of NBC's show Community. First of all, showrunner Dan Harmon was hired, then fired, then rehired after reports of conflict and "erratic behavior and an oddball leadership style," according to a 2013 story in The Hollywood Reporter.

On top of that, reports suggested that cast member Chevy Chase fought with pretty much everyone on set, including co-star and host of The Soup Joel McHale. According to McHale, this behavior resulted in a literal physical fight. As the New York Daily News describes, the actor narrated in his memoir Thanks for the Money how, while filming a scuffle, Chase "kept demanding that McHale hit him harder. To shut him up, McHale delivered a left jab. Chase ended up in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder."



More Shannen Doherty drama went down during filming of the WB's show Charmed. After three seasons, the actress suddenly departed the series in 2001, leaving a trail of rumors of a feud with her costar Alyssa Milano in her wake. In an interview, Doherty told Entertainment Tonight (via The Huffington Post) that "There was too 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 in my life anymore. I'll miss Holly [Marie Combs] a lot… she's one of my best friends and I love her dearly, and there were never, ever, ever any problems between the two of us." No word on whether she'd be missing Milano though.

In 2013, Milano re-stoked the fires when she responded to a fan's questions during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live (via The Huffington Post),saying, "I don't know if [Doherty] got fired, we never really found out what happened…there were definitely some rough days. Holly and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started so it was very much sort of like high school. I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn't feel like that anymore."

Things ended on a nicer note in 2016 as Doherty's replacement Rose McGowan penned a kind Instagram letter to Doherty, professing her friendship and continued support in the face of ongoing feud rumors and Doherty's recent battle with breast cancer.

Sex and the City

The Sex and the City series finale may have ended with a remix of Candi Staton's "You Got the Love" blaring over the credits, but it doesn't seem like these ladies were always feeling it during the show's run. According to multiple reports, co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall had a serious falling out in 2004 when Cattrall discovered she was being paid much less than SJP for the show's final season. As MSNBC reported (via Today), "that's also the reason Kim took so long to agree to appease hardcore "Sex" fans and sign on to the film."

In a 2010 interview with Marie Claire (via The Daily Mail), Parker acknowledged that "when you're on set, you're working 90-hour weeks, you're never home, you're exhausted…There are times when all of us have been sensitive and sometimes feelings get hurt."

To this day, the entire cast continues to deny that any serious acrimony plagued the show. "I don't think anybody wants to believe that I love Kim. I adore her. I wouldn't have done the movie without her," Parker told Elle magazine in 2009. As for Cattrall, she said, "[Parker] shines and she allows you to shine as well."

In 2016, Parker also wished Cattrall a happy birthday on Instagram. So, duh! They're totally BFFs.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

According to E! Online, actress Janet Hubert was fired from the role of Aunt Vivian after the third season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air due to "creative differences"; actress Daphne Maxwell Reid was quickly brought in as a replacement.

What led to the shocking cast swap? Star Will Smith shed a little light on the backstage drama in a 1993 radio interview, saying, "I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show…No matter what, to her I'm just the Antichrist." Smith's co-star Alfonso Ribeiro also riffed on the feud during a comedy set (via E! Online), saying bluntly, "There were days when we were all on the set and she would literally go off on people…We felt like, when we were doing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, that we were a family…She, at that point, ruined that, and she made it very difficult for us to work, and unfortunately she was then fired."

For her part, Hubert denied any wrongdoing in a 2016 interview on The Real. "Janet Hubert was never difficult on that set. Janet Hubert was so professional, it wasn't even funny," she said on the talk show (via Us Weekly). "I think Will simply needed to win, and I think sometimes when you get caught up in a lie and those things never happened. She never left the set. I never left the set. We got along great.

Two and a Half Men

In a bizarre series of rants in 2011, Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen burned serious bridges with the show's creator Chuck Lorre, resulting in his prompt firing from the show. As People reported at the time, Sheen insulted Lorre in a string of increasingly unhinged interviews, and told TMZ that Lorre was "a stupid, stupid little man and a p—-y punk that I never want to be like." Yep. That's his boss he was talking about.

It may have all started when Lorre, famous for including personalized "vanity cards" at the end of his shows, produced one that said "If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed." According to a 2011 report from the Los Angeles Times, "the wisecrack marked a turnabout from Lorre's former steadfast public support of Sheen during his divorce from actress Denise Richards and previous drug problems."

This fight has raged on over the years; Sheen recently appeared on KISS FM's Kyle and Jackie Show in January 2017 to say about Lorre (via The Daily Mail), "He's the most miserable f***ing d****bag, the most talentless f***ing sack of s*** of f***ing stupid this side of La Brea."


The X-Files

Even though The X-Files came back for another season in 2016, and co-stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson seem like best of pals now, it wasn't always smooth sailing on the set of Fox's sci-fi smash hit. In a February 2015 interview with The Guardian, Anderson admitted that "there were definitely periods when we hated each other…Hate is too strong a word. We didn't talk for long periods of time. It was intense, and we were both pains in the arse for the other at various times." For his part, Duchovy told Variety that (via The Daily Mail), "The crucible of doing that show made monsters out of both of us."

It seems that in this instance time heals all wounds, however, and Duchovny and Anderson are now able to work peacefully side by side. Duchovny further explained to Variety, "Once we got to step back, it was like, 'Oh, wow, we really like each other…The way we work together has changed.'" All's well that ends well, and now that everyone's best friends again we just want to know: when's the next season coming?


In March 2017, news broke that TV's most drama-filled show, Empire, was dealing with its own fair share of behind-the-scenes fighting between series regular Taraji P. Henson and guest star Nia Long. According to reports, Long's difficult behavior with the hair, wardrobe, and makeup teams prompted an angry reaction from Henson. Sources for TMZ sources shared that "they stopped speaking to each other when they were on set. Our sources say it was next to impossible to film the scenes they did together, and that's why they had actually blocked out how to shoot those scenes separately."

A rep for Long denied the feud, calling the reports "complete nonsense," per E! Online. Still, it doesn't appear that Long will be back on with Lyon clan anytime soon.