Playing best friends or colleagues on TV does not always mean that actors will get along behind the scenes. Over the years, film sets for popular television shows have been the scenes of some of the most infamous celebrity fights and backstage brawls. These feuds have led to actors being fired from shows or choosing to leave a series. Some fights have even led to the end of a series altogether. Here are twelve infamous backstage fights that took place on the sets of some of the most famous TV shows.
When Desperate Housewives premiered in 2004 to critical praise and massive ratings, trouble began to brew backstage. Apparently, Teri Hatcher’s unofficial billing as the star of the ensemble caused issues with the cast. This was confirmed during an infamous Vanity Fair shoot in 2005 during which ABC stipulated that Hatcher could not steal the shoot by being at the centre of photos or getting the first pick of wardrobe items. When Hatcher ended up at the centre, Marcia Cross stormed off the set, and the tension left Hatcher in tears. Years later, drama sprung up again when Nicollette Sheridan, who had been killed off the series, filed a lawsuit claiming that creator Marc Cherry had hit her. When the series wrapped after eight seasons, stars Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, and Vanessa Williams gave gifts to the crew, but Hatcher’s name was missing from the card.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
One of the funniest shows of its time was not full of laughs backstage for the first three years of its run. Janet Hubert played matriarch Vivian Banks on the series. However, she certainly was not a maternal figure for younger members of the cast. Will Smith once shared the following about Hubert with a radio station: "I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be 'The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show' because I know she is going to dog me in the press." Reports claimed that Hubert was envious of such a young star leading the series, calling Smith an “asshole” in the press. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played her son, claimed that Hubert’s attitude “made it difficult for us to work.” When her contract ended after the third season, Hubert was fired and replaced. Nevertheless, her feud with Smith continued for years.