Netflix fired Masterson amid four rape allegations against the actor in December 2017. Masterson's dismissal came a day after one of the alleged victims told the Huffington Post that a Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, told her he didn't believe the accusations after she confronted him. Yeatman, the director of global kids content, did not know the woman was one of the alleged victims until she identified herself as such afterward. Masterson's character, Rooster, will be written out during Season 3. The star is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
NBC fired Lauer, who'd been on the show for 20 years, shortly before its Nov. 29, 2017, broadcast after investigating a complaint from a colleague about his alleged "inappropriate sexual behavior." "It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've have decided to terminate his employment," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo. Hoda Kotb, who co-anchored that morning's broadcast with Savannah Guthrie, said on air that it was "hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know who walks in this building every day."
Rose lost both his jobs at CBS and PBS after the Washington Post published a report in which eight women accused him of sexual harassment in November 2017. "Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room," his former CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King said on air. "We are all affected by this. We are all rocked by this."
Days after Rent star Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexual harassment when Rapp was 14, Spacey was fired from House of Cards, which suspended production in the middle of its sixth and final season. Spacey, who came out as gay in a statement responding to Rapp's allegations, also saw his Netflix movie Gore shelved, and will be replaced by Christopher Plummer, who's shooting new scenes as J. Paul Getty, in Ridley Scott's upcoming All the Money in the World, which had Oscar hopes for Spacey. Multiple men have since accused Spacey of sexual misconduct.
After Kevin James' former TV wife Leah Remini was promoted to series regular for Kevin Can Wait's second season, there was apparently no room for his current wife. Hayes was dismissed in June 2017 and worse, her character, Donna, was killed off with no explanation as how when the show returned with a one-year time jump. James later told the New York Daily News that the writers couldn't think of anything else to do with Donna. "The plot of the show didn't have enough drive," James said. "If we got through a second season, I wouldn't see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas."
After initially getting suspended for two episodes for kicking producer Virgil Williams in August 2016, Gibson was dismissed from the CBS drama amid revelations of past strikes on his record. He had had an altercation with another producer in 2010 and had also been ordered to anger management. His character, Hotch, was written out as having joined Witness Protection to protect his son from notorious unsub Mr. Scratch.
BBC fired the host in March 2015 after a history of troubling behavior, including punching producer Oisin Tymon. He had previously been caught saying the N-word and other racial slurs on set. His fellow hosts Richard Hammond and James May resigned in solidarity, and the trio now host the Amazon series The Grand Tour.
Williams was fired by NBC in June 2015, almost five months after he fabricated a story on NBC Nightly News about being struck down in a helicopter while covering the Iraq War. He apologized on air and voluntarily stepped down for a six-month suspension after veterans who were involved in the incident said the attack never happened.
The troubled actor was dropped after the third season of Scandal in 2014, following multiple arrests on battery charges and his then-wife taking out a restraining order against him. His character, Harrison, was killed off-screen. Short harbors no ill toward Shonda Rhimes. "[Scandal] did not throw me to the curb like trash. That's my family. They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me, from Shonda to the craft service man," Short said. "We're a family and I think at a certain point when you're getting a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves.... They did the right thing, but I think it takes time to rebuild."
Food Network fired Deen in June 2013 after a leaked deposition revealed the celebrity chef's use of racial slurs. In the deposition, which stems from a $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit filed against Deen and her brother by one of her former employees, Deen admitted to using the N-word several times and that when planning a Plantation-style wedding, she wanted black waiters to play the role of slaves. Shortly before the network dropped her, Deen released two videotaped apologies, the first of which was weirdly edited and later removed.
Blair was fired from the FX comedy in June 2013 after a supposed feud with Charlie Sheen that started when she complained to executives about his unprofessionalism. After he found out about the report, Sheen allegedly fired Blair himself and told the crew that he would not shoot the show if she showed up.
Sheen was on the receiving end of a pink slip in March 2011 after he had a very public meltdown and trashed series creator Chuck Lorre to any and all media outlets. Because of his exploits and subsequent firing, Men was put on hiatus early and lost an estimated $10 million in expected revenue from the unmade episodes. Sheen, who was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, attempted a make-good at the Emmys that fall, saying, "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television."
Doherty was fired not once, but twice from Aaron Spelling shows. In 1994, the actress was dismissed from 90210 because of conflicts with her co-stars (namely Jennie Garth) and her Playboy spread, with which executives were not happy. Seven years later, she was canned from Charmed after feuding with Alyssa Milano -- just two years after serving as one of Milano's bridesmaids. Her exit from Charmed was so bad that Spelling reportedly banned her from his future projects.
In October 2006, reports surfaced that Washington had used a gay slur on set directed at T.R. Knight, who came out shortly afterward. The actor issued an apology, but stirred controversy again at the Golden Globe Awards in January, when he said, "I never called T.R. a f-----" during the press conference after the show's Best Drama Series win. Washington issued another apology, revealing that he had used the slur on set during an argument with Patrick Dempsey and that ABC had asked him to undergo counseling. Five months later, the network dropped Washington, who expressed his anger by quoting Network's famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." In ensuing years, Washington has said he would return to the show if asked, but "I don't really see that happening."
A year after Sheridan's Edie was killed off in 2009, the actress sued creator Marc Cherry and ABC for assault and wrongful termination, among others, claiming that she was struck on the head by Cherry on set and was fired when she reported the alleged abuse to the network. (Cherry said he lightly tapped Sheridan's head to demonstrate how she should play a scene and that the decision to write Sheridan off was made in May 2008 before the alleged abuse that September.) The assault charge against Cherry was dropped due to lack of evidence, and a mistrial was declared in 2012. Sheridan's appeal and a new suit alleging that ABC retaliated against her for complaining about working conditions were rejected.
Phillips developed a cocaine addiction during the second season of the CBS sitcom and was arrested the following year for public intoxication and possession of cocaine. After she started missing rehearsals and tapings because of her addiction, CBS fired Phillips in 1980. She returned to the show two seasons later after undergoing treatment, but was fired again after relapsing and collapsing on set during the ninth and final season.
Hubert and Will Smith had a notorious falling-out after she was fired and replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid following the third season in 1993. According to Hubert, NBC tried to reduce her episode count and slash her salary in half, and then let her go when she refused the terms -- a move she believes Smith was behind. Smith, however, has maintained that Hubert's bad attitude led to her dismissal. The duo renewed their feud after Hubert called out Smith for complaining about his Oscar snub for Concussion in January 2016, but this time, Smith took the high road.
Just because a show is named after you, that doesn't mean you're irreplaceable. Harper learned that the hard way when a bitter salary dispute led to her axing in 1987 after two seasons. Her character was killed in a car accident and Sandy Duncan joined the show as Valerie's on-screen sister-in-law who returned home to help her brother and his three children deal with their grief. The show was renamed The Hogan Family and lasted four more seasons.
During the fifth season of Three's Company in 1980, Somers, the show's breakout star, demanded a 500 percent pay hike, plus 10 percent ownership in profits, on the advice of her husband/manager Alan Hamel. When ABC refused, Somers boycotted two episodes of the season, causing producers to relegate her appearances to brief phone-call scenes, shot separately from the rest of the cast. Somers was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes.
Tylo, who was dismissed from All My Children in 1988 because she was dating co-star (and eventual husband) Michael Tylo, was infamously fired from Melrose Place in 1996 before she even shot a single episode because she was pregnant. The actress subsequently sued Aaron Spelling on grounds of wrongful termination and pregnancy discrimination. During the high-profile trial, Spelling argued that Tylo's pregnancy would've made her too fat to play the sexy vixen role for which she was hired. In 1997, a jury awarded Tylo $4.8 million in damages, nearly double the $2.5 million she was seeking. The groundbreaking case is often cited for establishing pregnant actresses' rights.
In June 2006, Jones revealed that she was leaving the show -- a premature announcement that "blindsided" Barbara Walters who made her dismissal effective immediately. Jones said on Larry King afterward that ABC dropped her because it claimed that her acceptance of freebies for her much-publicized wedding to Al Reynolds in exchange for mentions on The View violated network policy. Jones defended herself by saying that all mentions were approved by ABC. In Walters' 2008 autobiography, she called Jones dishonest for having everyone cover up her gastric bypass surgery in 2003. Four years later, everyone kissed and made up when Jones returned to The View as a guest.
O'Brien was more forced out than fired per se in January 2010 when NBC proposed that his Tonight Show shift back 30 minutes to accommodate Jay Leno's show after The Great Leno Prime-Time Experiment failed miserably. In a lengthy statement, O'Brien flat-out refused and said that he would leave The Tonight Show if NBC insists on moving Leno to 11:35 p.m. After two weeks of negotiations, O'Brien reached a $45 million settlement to leave NBC. Leno resumed his Tonight Show host post that March and Conan launched his TBS show in November.
Remini and Robinson Peete were let go shortly before Season 2 premiered in September 2011 without an explanation. Six months later, after Sharon Osbourne discussed their exits on The Howard Stern Show, Remini tweeted that Osbourne got them fired because "Sharon thought me and Holly were 'ghetto'.... we were not funny, awkward and didn't know ourselves." Osbourne denied Remini's claims, saying that she does not have the power to fire anyone from the show.
In a lawsuit filed in December 2012, Hester claimed that he was fired from the show after complaining to producers about the alleged rigged practices, which he said include producers planting valuable items in the units. A month later, A&E filed a countersuit, accusing Hester of fabricating a "tabloid-worthy drama" as a distraction, and said that the star only started to question the show's authenticity after he demanded a contract renegotiation. In the wake of the lawsuit, auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson, and Darrell Sheets were dropped, but A&E said that not every cast member appears in every episode.
Delaney was dismissed from CSI: Miami after just 10 episodes into the first season in 2004 because of "chemistry issues" with David Caruso. Nearly a decade later, she was written off Army Wives, with her character being killed off in the Season 7 premiere. Though an explanation was not given, Delaney's exit came a year after the actress, who has a history of substance abuse, was escorted off the stage after giving a rambling speech at an event honoring former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
After one year as co-anchor, sluggish ratings and tepid chemistry with Matt Lauer, Curry tearfully signed off in June 2012. Lauer denied rampant rumors that he wanted Curry out and admitted that the show did not handle her exit well. In the book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, Brian Stelter wrote that Curry was teased and "humiliated" by her colleagues for months and that Today executive producer Jim Bell put in place a plan to oust her called Operation Bambi.
Norville was the subject of relentless bad press in 1989 after NBC announced that the young, attractive newsreader would replace longtime co-anchor Jane Pauley. Ratings suffered and by the end of 1990, the network started phasing out Norville on broadcasts. Numbers rose when Katie Couric filled in for Norville when she went on maternity leave in February 1991. Two months later, NBC let Norville go and named Couric co-anchor.
After Bonet announced that she was pregnant in between Seasons 1 and 2 in 1988, producers dropped the star because they felt that would ruin Denise Huxtable's wholesome image. A Different World was retooled to focus on Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison. Bonet returned to The Cosby Show after giving birth, but was fired in 1991 because of "creative differences."
Can Laverne survive without Shirley? She did for most of the eighth and final season. Producers were reportedly unhappy when Williams got pregnant in 1982, and the actress, along with her husband/manager Bill Hudson, requested special accommodation for her during the eighth season, which were not met. Williams, who had a tense relationship with co-star Penny Marshall, left after two episodes and sued producers for $20 million, accusing them of breach of contract for trying to squeeze her out. The suit was settled out of court and Williams received an exit payment.