Just like in any other work environment, sometimes the folks working on TV shows don’t always get along.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising. Actors on a continuing series work long hours with sometimes erratic schedules.
The odds of creating a hit show and keeping it going are long and to make the stakes even higher, there can be millions of dollars on the line.
Throw in egos, sometimes difficult personalities, and power struggles and a once happy workplace can turn contentious almost over night.
When tensions mount on set, cast and crew usually attempt to keep things quiet but when hard feelings linger or tempers boil over, rumors tend to surface.
Unfortunately, what happens behind the scenes can sometimes affect what fans see on screen.
Below are 15 examples of behind the scenes feuds that left their mark on some of your favorite shows on TV.
Actor Thomas Gibson has played Aaron Hotchner on the CBS long running hit, Criminal Minds, since it began in 2005, but no longer. After originally being suspended for supposedly kicking a writer during a disagreement on set, the studos that produce the show recently announced that the actor “has been dismissed from Criminal Minds. Creative details for how the character's exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”
Apparently this was not Gibson's first issue on set. He was allegedly forced to attend anger management classes after shoving an assistant director a few years back. As much as Gibson's departure will be a big change for the show, it's good to know that off-screen violence won't be tolerated.
Much of the success of ABC's Castle was based on the onscreen chemistry between stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. But even though characters Rick Castle and Kate Beckett were very much in love, stories circulated that their portrayers were not. Although nothing was ever confirmed, rumors swirled about real life couples therapy for the actors and feuding behind the scenes.
The gossip was was further fueled when ABC Studios told Katic her character was no longer needed if the show got picked up for a season 9. Fans were outraged and, thankfully, the show was cancelled, because we were promised Caskett for Always, no matter what the behind the scenes nonsense.
Luck ran out on this HBO drama about horse racing when not one, not two, but THREE horses died during filming. The tragedies caused the network to kill the Dustin Hoffman led series just two episodes into its second season.
Over the years the doctors on Grey's Anatomy have had more than their share of drama, both on and off camera.
Katherine Heigl was the center of behind the scenes tension when she broke her contract so that she could leave the show to star in films. Isaiah Washington was let go after using a gay slur during an argument on the set, and T.R. Knight was vocal about a “breakdown in communication” between him and show creator Shonda Rhimes leading to he and show parting ways.
The story of a minister, his wife and their seven children was a hit for The WB from 1996 until 2007 (its final season was on The CW). But syndicated episodes were pulled from the air in 2014, after audio tapes were uncovered of the show's star Stephen Collins admitting to child molestation.
The ladies on Wisteria Lane were plagued by controversy. From supposed fighting between Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross about who should be front and center at a Vanity Fair photo shoot, to actress Nicollette Sheridan reportedly suing show creator Marc Cherry for assault and wrongful termination after her character was killed off the show, it sounds like there was plenty of drama both in front of and behind the cameras on this show.
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