8 Real Life Scandals That Got Actors/Actresses Kicked Off Their Shows

  
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Television dramas are known for their scandalous plot lines and unexpected cliffhangers, but sometimes the off-screen drama occurring behind the scenes can be just as shocking! With the constant rotation of stars in popular television series, it’s difficult to decipher the true reason behind a stars unlikely departure from their major roles. Celebrities have proven better than anyone that scandal comes with the territory of being in the spotlight, but sometimes these outbursts could even cost a celeb their job! Whether it’s due to bad behavior, salary disputes or reputation-damaging scandals, there are a number of issues that could arise causing a television network to let a star go when the time is right. Read below for 8 real life scandals that caused stars to get booted from their shows:

8. Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds)

Gibson took to Criminal Minds as Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner for an impressive eleven seasons before getting himself fired for frequent outbursts and destructive behavior. He allegedly was forced into anger management after a physical altercation where he pushed a producer. The counselling only helped for so long because, after just two episodes into the twelfth season, his temper once again got the best of him and he reportedly kicked a writer in the shin over a disagreement over the script. “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement,” he confessed. “I regret that it occurred.”

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7. Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives)

After she was abruptly let go with seemingly no explanation, Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan filed a lawsuit against the show’s creator Marc Cherry for an alleged assault that occurred behind the scenes. She claimed she was fired because she brought the assault up to the network. At the court hearing, the assault charge was dismissed and, as a result, Sheridan’s claim that she was wrongfully dismissed from the show was also denied.

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