One, Two, Meet Me Outside: Co-Stars Who Got Into It Behind The Scenes

May 2, 2013  |  
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Earrings and watches off – Check. Vaseline nearby for face protectant- Check, check. Boxing gloves for this soon – to – be TKO- Check, check, chizeck! But before round 1, can somebody please tell these actors and actresses that life can’t be Burger King have-it-your-way all the time?

Needless to say, the stars in this article came out swinging — angered by script writing or co-star drama for your mama. For them, it’s not just about learning and then flawlessly delivering lines on set. They want to be respected by both producers and fellow thespians. They want adequate pay and appreciation for all their hard work too. They want the same things us regular folk working regular 9 to 5’s want. But too often, we hear about catfight feuds between two actresses or ticked-off tweets involving angered actors. Like us, there may be at least one co-worker we don’t work well with. Perhaps for one reason or another, the film or TV show is  moving in a different direction that’s undesirable to the actor. Check out the real reasons these celebs got in behind-the-scenes tussles.

John Amos and Esther Rolle On Good Times

Both Amos and Rolle were increasingly frustrated and disappointed in the direction of “Good Times.” The focus was on J.J’s buffoonish and illiterate character, instead of zeroing in on more serious topics as promised. Both actors were vocal, expressing their disdain for the J.J. character. Amos says, ” The writers would prefer to put a chicken hat on J.J. and have him prance around saying “DY-NO-MITE”, and that way they could waste a few minutes and not have to write meaningful dialogue.” Rolle says, “He’s 18 and he doesn’t work. He can’t read or write. He doesn’t think. The show didn’t start out to be that…Little by littlewith the help of the artist, I suppose, because they couldn’t do that to methey have made J.J. more stupid and enlarged the role. Negative images have been slipped in on us through the character of the oldest child.” Amos was fired, and his character was killed off. Rolle wound up leaving at the end of season four.

Stacey Dash and LisaRaye On Single Ladies

It is reported that Lisa Raye and Stacey Dash got into a shouting match during the show’s taping. The verbal lashing ended with Stacey dashing off set yelling, “I ain’t coming back unless that b***h gets her a** kicked!”According to LisaRaye, there was a huge Dash disagreement, but it wasn’t with her. Dash got into a heated exchange with the director over some lines. Apparently they’d been shooting all day, and everyone was tired. It was 2 or 3 a.m. in the morning, which only exacerbated things. In the end, Dash just didn’t want to be part of the show anymore and left.

Isaiah Washington and T.R. Knight on Grey’s Anatomy

Isaiah Washington was canned for his lude and insensitive homophobic remarks to openly gay costar T.R. Knight. He reportedly called him a “f*ggot” when the two were arguing. It was also reported that he and actor Patrick Dempsey were near fisticuffs over a production disagreement on the set of Grey’s Anatomy. In turn, he was called by writer Shonda Rhimes, who told him he wouldn’t be needed for Season 4.


Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell On Martin

Tisha Campbell quit the hit Fox sitcom, Martin, and later filed a lawsuit against Martin Lawrence and the show’s producers, accusing him of sexual harassment, including verbal and physical assaults. Campbell did end up filming the last three episodes of the series with the condition that Martin not be in the same scenes with her. This proved challenging for the script writers who had to portray the couple as loving. As viewers, we couldn’t be fooled. The last season just wasn’t really the same, with them talking on the phone.

Janet Hubert and Will Smith on the Fresh Prince Of Bell Air

Time doesn’t heal old wounds in this case. Janet Hubert, known for her role as Aunt Viv on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is still steaming mad 15 years after the last show aired. She vows never to attend a reunion dinner, blaming Will Smith for being fired mid-season. She claims she was let go because she wouldn’t “kiss his butt.” Will Smith counters, saying it was her own attitude that led to her getting the axe,” especially saying things like, “I’ve been in the business for 10 years. and this snotty nosed punk comes along and gets a show.”

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Terrence Howard and Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show

Terrence Howard went head to head with Bill Cosby after his scene from The Cosby Show was cut. The young, just-getting-started actor confronted Bill, claiming he was embarrassed after telling all his friends and family that he was going to appear on the show. Bill responded, “‘Well you don’t tell nobody that you’re on the show, you let people call you and say they saw you.” Howard was furious, and spit these words out before leaving -“It’s been nice working with you, I’d like to do it again but if this is how it is I don’t want to be in this business.'” Afterwards, Howard claims that Cosby blacklisted him. The casting agent refused to take his calls, and he was unable to find real work until four years later.

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Lisa Bonet and Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show

Lisa Bonet felt disrespected by Bill Cosby and the producers of the show. Lisa was fired from The Cosby Show twice. She clashed with Cosby on set, often creating a tense environment for the younger Cosby kids. She was fired in 1987 after her steamy role alongside Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart, where she filmed graphic sex scenes. She also did a nude magazine photo shoot. These images were not cohesive with the good, oatmeal-wholesome morals that The Cosby Show portrayed. She fought back, threatening legal action against Cosby and the producers. To appease the actress, she got her own spinoff-A Different World. After her pregnancy, she was removed from the show due to unprofessional behavior. They brought her back to The Cosby Show, but her attitude and behavior worsened, so she was let go permanently. She wasn’t even invited back to finish out the season finale.


Shannon Doherty and Jennie Garth on 90210

Tori Spelling claims in her book sTori Telling that the two actresses once got into a fistfight on the set of the hit series 90210. Doherty says she was “sold out” and “would never reveal what goes on behind the scenes because it’s considered a sacred experience.” Both Doherty and Garth deny the allegations as older, supposedly more mature adults. “Scratching, maybe,” – Garth admits, “but never punching. ” The stars both appeared on the new version of 90201 on the CW as adults.

LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx on Any Given Sunday

On the set of film Any Given Sunday, LL got a little too caught up in his role and struck Jamie Foxx in a scene where the two actors were in a brawl. Miami-Dade police were involved, and according to them, LL pushed Foxx and punched him in the face while wearing a helmet. He issued a statement claiming that although it wasn’t in the script, he wanted to make the scene more believable. After the incident, Jamie claims he was struck in the back of his head by LL’s arm as he turned to walk away. We all know LL’s arms are like tree trunks! The singer/actor responded with a blow to LL’s precious face. They both walked away with minor wounds to the face, but were too manly to get medical treatment.




Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall on Sex and the City

SJP and Kim Cattrall are known for giving one another the cold, yet civil shoulder on set. It’s reported that the two have had their differences since Season 2. When SJP became a producer, Cattrall became a bit bitter about her control over the script. She often placed Cattrall’s Samantha character into unflattering predicaments involving her age, like growing fat, celebrating her 50th birthday and breaking off the relationship with her younger, hottie boo. It seems there’s this calm, yet raging war over who’s growing old gracefully. Cattrall hands down has my vote.


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  • Lynnie

    As much as SJP was supposedly the main character for SATC, it was SAMANTHA who everyone wanted to see. She was hilarious!! Her antics were classic and I loved her to death!! The writer is exactly right: Samantha wouldn’t be caught dead doing most of that crap SJP had “approved.” SJP RUINED the show AND those movies!! That is why nobody wants to see a SATC3. Remember when she blamed Miranda for breaking up her marriage because of something Miranda SAID to Big in the heat of the moment? That was the stupidest scene I have EVER seen. And, with the exception of Samantha, SATC2 was just dumb. The writing on the show was just UNBELIEVABLE when SJP took over. I mean, it was like day and night and you could IMMEDIATELY tell when SJP started to take it over. I used to love that show, but now when I look at the reruns of any season past season 2, I can’t stand it NOR HER.

  • Isaiah Washington is an *ss…period. I have never liked that guy. There are certain actors you just know you wouldn’t like, such as Isaiah Washington (mean), Eriq LaSalle (mean), Shamar Moore (arrogant), Jazmine Guy (mean, self-centered, arrogant), Lisa Raye (self-centered groupie/gold-digger), Stacy Dash (out-of-touch with blackness), Usher (mean and phony as a $3 bill), Jada Pinket-Smith (arrogant), Zoe Saldana (ashamed to be a Black Latina), and more.

    Yes, I have met some of these people, and they lived up to their negative reps.

  • clove8canela

    It seems like lately, every time Terrance Howard opens his mouth, it’s the world against him. First, he claimed the black community shunned him because his new wife wasn’t black, then, Mr. Wetwipes claimed that that wife had issues, then, he was blacklisted because of disagreements with the producers on his last big movie & now this is the first I heard of his issue with Mr. Cosby (SN: I wonder what episode that was.). Sigh. And then somewhere in there he managed to disrespect Oprah & is working on curing cancer.

    I don’t know what his deal is but he comes off as a total dbag.

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  • Another good feud was Betty White and Bea Arthur from Golden Girls… they HATED each other

    • realadulttalk

      Really?? I never knew that…still love that show.

  • randomtandem

    Aunt Viv is still on that same tired BS? She can’t blame anyone but herself! She even admitted it on Life After. girl BYE!

  • randomtandem

    2 or 3AM in the morning as opposed to 2 or 3AM at night?

  • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

    I never really saw Good Times as making JJ act like a stereotype but now that i read that i see why both of them left.