You know what they say, you are not to bite the hand that feeds you. One because it goes against basic survival skills and two because it’s just bad business. But perhaps the following celebrities didn’t learn this lesson from their parents because they sure were talking greasy about the people who stood to get them paid.
Right after Drake did Future a solid by allowing him to join him on his 39 city Would You Like A Tour tour, Future played the fool and dissed Drake’s latest album, Nothing Was The Same. He got too comfortable and started talking slick about the album. He told Billboard magazine:
“Drake made an album that is full of hits but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.”
Umm… I know you’re trying to promote yourself right now but no need to piss on Drake’s work when the very album you dissed was going to put $40,000 in your pocket…$40k per show.
Naturally, when Drake got wind of the Future’s comments, he wasn’t too happy and threw Future off the tour. There were threats of Future filing a lawsuit and probably for the good of all involved the two were able to squash the beef and make that bread together.
Courtney “Goldie” Jackson >> Mo’Nique
Remember back in the day before she was making that mainstream money, Mo’Nique hosted “Flavor of Love Charm School.” There were some reckless women on the show, as you might assume but “Goldie” was not one of them and Mo’Nique took a liking to her. Goldie was a fellow comedienne and Mo’Nique invited her to come on tour with her. And Goldie agreed. It was going to be a good look for her…well that was before Goldie started making jokes at the wrong person’s expense. Apparently, Goldie made a joke about the size of Mo’Nique’s arms and after that Mo’Nique rescinded her offer. Goldie has since apologized…but the opportunity had passed. Has anybody heard from her since then?
Meagan Fox >> Michael Bay
Though no one had ever even heard of Megan Fox before the Transformers franchise, she still didn’t appear to be too grateful for the opportunity. In an interview with Wonderland, Fox said that director Michael Bay
“…wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”
Well, honey, I don’t know anyone who wants to be compared to Hitler. And Bay was no exception. He fired Fox and even though she apologized, we really haven’t heard from her since. Womp.
Katherine Heigl >> Shonda Rhimes
In 2008, Katherine Heigl was making plans to leave the show that put her on the map, “Grey’s Anatomy.” And in a move to add insult to injury she opted not to enter the Emmy competition for best supporting actress. And instead of just bowing out quietly, she said,
“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”
Ooo Katherine. That’s messy as hell. So she left the show in 2010 and went on to star in a few sub par romantic comedies. She got paid but she certainly burned a few bridges along the way and probably made people hesitant about working with her. In 2012, Heigl expressed that she’d like to return to the show and explore other avenues for Izzie’s character. Uhh no boo. That’s not how it works. Like Shonda vaguely told Oprah, she knew Heigl was a bit shady early on and she should have followed Maya Angelou’s and then Oprah’s advice: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
Kelly Clarkson >> Clive Davis
Clive Davis’ bisexuality wasn’t the only juicy secret he was revealing in his memoir. He also discussed Kelly Clarkson and a meeting they had together, discussing her hit song “Since You Been Gone.” According to Clive, the conversation was very tough and it only got worse when Clarkson broke down, crying hysterically. Even though Davis is a monster in this game, Clarkson was quick to shut him and his stories down.
She wrote a statement saying, “I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation. It feels like a violation…His stories and songs are mixed up. I couldn’t be more proud of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.”
Kelly said she did cry in a meeting but it was after she shared a song she had written about her life and Davis told her she was a “sh!tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.”
Clive disagreed but said he wished Clarkson the best. Clarkson said, “Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone–even Clive Davis.”
Woop! If you ask me, I believe Kelly. After Clive Davis went on with the Grammy party while Whitney Houston’s dead body lay a couple floors above, he’s pretty much lost all credibility to me.
Dipset>> Jay Z
This beef is literally decades in the making. And honestly, while Dipset could have made money with Jay through collaborations and on Roc A Fella, it didn’t go down that way. Essentially, members of Dipset felt like Jay didn’t respect them, like he would snub them by not speaking and what not. And then would only seek to hop on tracks that were already blowing up on the radio, (apparently Jay recorded a verse for “Oh Boy” that never saw the light of day.) They weren’t having it. Then at one point Cam’Ron attempted to become the VP for Roc A Fella after he was already on the label as an artist– so you could say Jay was paying him then. Jay Z wasn’t having Cam as vice president. Either way, back and forth, disses thrown etc. Finally, Jay Z responds to all the madness with a verse on “Dig a Hole.” He said: “N—-s are like why don’t you get at old boy/Why kill the puppet it leaves Gapeto alive?/Why not wait to catch them all together this way you dig one big hole one time? It’s like the disciples dissing Jesus becoming his rivals the one thing that they owe they life to…”
Charlie Sheen >> Two and a Half Men
Charlie Sheen was at the pinnacle of his career as the star of the hit show “Two and a Half Men.” He was making $2 million an episode but that didn’t keep him from bad mouthing the people who helped bring the show to the tv screens. According to TMZ, he said the executive producer of the show was a clown. In one of his now infamous rants Sheen went on to say, “I violently hate Chaim Levine [Chuck Lorre]. He’s a stupid, stupid little man and a p—- punk that I’d never want to be like. That’s me being polite. That piece of s— took money out of my pocket, my family’s pocket, and, most importantly, my second family — my crew’s pocket. You can tell him one thing: I own him.”
No one was surprised when he was fired.
Angus T. Jones >> Two and a Half Men
And following in Uncle Charlie’s footsteps, the boy who played his nephew had a few comments of his own about the super successful show. Jones, citing his Seventh Day Adventist upbringing called the show “filth” and out and out discouraged people from watching it. Jones later issued an apology– not so much about his comments but to his coworkers who he could have offended with his slander.
Jessica Simpson >> Proactiv
Jessica Simpson didn’t really talk badly about Proactiv people just have a good memory. And her endorsement deal with them kind of rang false when folks remembered that she said she used the prescription drug accutane to clear her acne and not the treatment hocked on infomercials.
Usher >> Jermaine Dupri
Really, this one could go both ways. JD felt like Usher snubbed him, so he snubbed Usher right back; when in reality, had they just teamed up again, they could have made some good money and given us the music we most love from Usher, read: Confessions.
But when it came time for Usher to work on his next album he didn’t reach out to JD. And Jermaine thought that was disrespectful. And he let folks know. In an interview with Vibe, he expounded on the slight:
Well, I didn’t really want to be executive producer of Usher’s projects after Confessions. Me as a producer, it’s kind of hard for me to go back into people’s projects when I gave you your biggest album ever…you sold more records than any other artist in this decade based on that album and now I have to ask you am I the executive producer of your next album? That seems disrespectful to me. Obviously, I’m looking at something different than everyone is looking at it whether it’s the label, the artist, management… whoever it is. I’ve had this same conversation with L.A. Reid, because I’m doing Mariah Carey’s album right now. And on her last album, I didn’t have one song on there. But I did Emancipation of Mimi and she sold more records than she sold in the last five years. What part of the game makes y’all not call me? But I’m not going to keep sticking my neck out. But I don’t feel like I’m supposed to ask to produce anymore. People are supposed to come to me and tell me that I’m the executive producer. That’s why I get more kicks working with younger artists.
Should Usher have asked JD to work with him? Of course! But it’s not necessarily a reason for JD to be in his feelings either.