12 Television Stars Whose Bad Behavior Got Them Fired
Ego is an epidemic that has infected Hollywood since its inception, but in the world of celebrity, not all stars are created equal, and they know it! Of course this leads to tantrums over mundane things and cat fights between cast mates. This list takes a look at the Hollywood hotshots who made the mistake of thinking they were indispensable until their bad behavior got them canned.
12. Columbus Short from Scandal
Oh the irony! Columbus Short was fired from the cast of Scandal for the scandal in his personal life. Short’s wife was granted a restraining order after he allegedly put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her and himself because he suspected her of cheating. He was arrested on a battery charge and according to TMZ had threatened to hit his wife with a bottle of wine, poured the wine all over her, and then grabbed a knife for a game called “Truth or Truth,” threatening to stab her in the leg if she lied about her infidelity. According to an interview with Access Hollywood, Short was fired because of his struggles with drugs and alcohol: “I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot, and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule each day with a family, and I just lost myself back then.” Either way, this bad boy’s behavior lost him his role in the hit show, and certainly didn’t garner him any new fans!
11. Suzanne Somers from Three’s Company
Suzanne Somers’s manager, husband Alan Hamel reportedly gave Suzanne the wrong advice when he encouraged her to ask for a $120,000 per episode pay raise and a share of 10% of the show’s profits. The raise was requested after Suzanne gained countless fans and accolades for her role on the show and would have put her on par with the salary of the male star of Three’s Company, John Ritter. Instead of meeting Suzanne’s demands, ABC offered her an increase of $5000, an insult that led Somers to boycott the third and fourth seasons of the show using the excuse of an old back injury. She finished the remaining season of her contract, but her air time was cut to 60 seconds per episode and featured her on the telephone. Eventually her contract was terminated and she and the network parted ways.