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Top 10 Actors that Dissed Their Own Shows

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Written by Nathan Sharp Even celebrities hate their jobs sometimes. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten actors that dissed their own shows. For this list, we’ll be looking at various actors and actresses who have claimed that they hated working on a particular television show. This hatred can stem from a variety of factors, including personal issues or the quality of the show, among others. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Even celebrities hate their jobs sometimes. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten actors that dissed their own shows.

For this list, we’ll be looking at various actors and actresses who have claimed that they hated working on a particular television show. This hatred can stem from a variety of factors, including personal issues or the quality of the show, among others.

#10: Joe Jonas

“Jonas” (2009-10)


It’s a common narrative from the world of showbiz: a group of young men, or brothers in this case, form a boyband and attract massive amounts of attention from pre-teens. Then they grow up, veer towards a more “mature” look, and proceed to dismiss elements of their past. Though Disney undeniably launched his career, it would seem that Joe Jonas wasn’t thrilled with the whole experience. When talking about his stint on the short-lived show “Jonas,” he told Vulture, “The writing on it was terrible. It just ended up being some weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at.” To be fair… it was a Disney Channel property, not HBO.

#9: Chace Crawford & Penn Badgley

“Gossip Girl” (2007-12)


Young actors just love to hate on the shows that made them famous, don’t they? Such was the case with Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley, two actors who respectively served as Nate Archibald and Dan Humphrey on the teen drama “Gossip Girl.” Crawford found his involvement on the show to be embarrassing, saying, “My dignity is somewhere on set[...]Leading into season three, it was all out the window.” Similarly, Badgley went after the show while promoting his film “Greetings From Tim Buckley,” saying, “To be proud of something is a really nice feeling. And it’s a new feeling.” Talk about a not-so-subtle jab.

#8: Shannen Doherty

“Charmed” (1998-2006)


Shannen Doherty earned quite the reputation in Hollywood for being difficult to work with - both as result of her hard partying lifestyle and her general on-set attitude. She is known for being a bit of a diva, and, based on an interview she gave Movieline magazine in 2001, it would seem that she considered herself above the quality of “Charmed.” She told the magazine, “There were a couple of moments when I gave the most brutally honest performance I could ever have given as an actor[...]And when I looked at those moments I knew that they weren’t being given their proper due because they were on ‘Charmed.’” Ouch.

#7: Mandy Patinkin

“Criminal Minds” (2005-)


As it turns out, the subject matter of “Criminal Minds” is upsetting enough to turn the stomachs of even its own actors. Patinkin, who played Jason Gideon, told New York Magazine that, “[Criminal Minds] was very destructive to [his] soul and my personality” and that starring in the show was “the biggest public mistake [he] ever made.” Due to his difficulties in filming the show, he chose to depart before filming of the third season began. He would later go on to star as Saul Berenson in “Homeland,” which earned him Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for the role, so… safe to say that it was a good move.

#6: Robert Reed

“The Brady Bunch” (1969-74)


It seems as if life on “The Brady Bunch” set wasn’t as happy and innocent as the show would have you believe. Robert Reed was a classically trained actor who was educated at various esteemed establishments, and he began his career by performing Shakespeare on stage. “The Brady Bunch” is certainly no Shakespeare, and Reed was allegedly quite difficult on the set due to his hatred of the show’s childish material. He later said that the show “was just as inconsequential as can be” and that he “doesn’t want it on [his] tombstone.” We’re sure that he didn’t mind the money, though.


#5: George Reeves

“Adventures of Superman” (1952-58)


You’d think that playing Superman would be considered the role of a lifetime. It was not so for George Reeves however, who reportedly felt that the iconic role ruined his career . Reeves had aspirations to become a serious actor, so he considered the role of Superman “beneath [his] dignity.” He also hated the various requirements that it entailed, such as dieting and wearing the Superman costume, which he referred to as a “monkey suit.” He became typecast as Superman and found difficulty landing the serious role to which he aspired. In 1959, he allegedly took his own life, with many attributing his death to his failed career goals.

#4: Katherine Heigl

“Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-)


Over the years, Katherine Heigl has garnered a reputation for being rather difficult to work with. She has seemingly burned bridges with Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow after calling “Knocked Up” “sexist,” and her comments have also cost her relationships with members of the “Grey’s Anatomy” crew. When asked why she withdrew her name from Emmy consideration, she said, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.” This understandably upset the writers and producers of the show, and creator Shonda Rhimes has said that there were “no Heigls” on the set of her new show, “Scandal.” This rep has clearly hurt her career.

#3: Billy Ray Cyrus

“Hannah Montana” (2006-11)


This one is more sad than anything. Once upon a time, the Cyrus family seemed happy and normal. And then the cute, innocent and wildly popular series “Hannah Montana” came along and changed the course of Cyrus family history. During an interview with GQ magazine in 2011, Billy Ray opened up about his problems with the show, saying, “The damn show destroyed my family” and that he would “erase it all in a second if [he] could.” Sure, the show brought his daughter fame and fortune, but at what cost? It just goes to show that money isn’t everything.

#2: Chevy Chase

“Community” (2009-15)


Chevy Chase’s feud with “Community’s” creator, Dan Harmon, has been well-documented. Chase was never shy about his hatred towards the show, calling it “a f-ing mediocre sitcom” that wasn’t funny. Of course,this isn’t the first time that Chase has caused some controversy. He has a reputation in the business for being difficult, and as Dan Harmon found out, the rumors were true. Granted, Harmon did give a “F- you” speech aimed at Chase in front of his wife and daughter, so it’s not like he’s an innocent bystander, but still…. those are some seriously strong words on Chase’s part.


#1: Angus T. Jones

“Two and a Half Men” (2003-15)


There sure seemed to be a lot of drama behind the cameras of “Two and a Half Men.” When Charlie Sheen wasn’t verbally attacking its creator, Chuck Lorre, then Angus T. Jones, who portrays Jake Harper, was urging everyone not to watch the “filthy” show. In a video for a Christian group, Jones slammed the show, saying, “I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth.” He also said the show made him feel like a hypocrite, as, according to him, he was being paid to make fun of topics he cares deeply about.
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