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Top 10 TV Cast Feuds

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
Written by Nathan Sharp Give these actors an Emmy, because considering their true feelings, these performances were remarkable. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 TV cast feuds. For this list, we’ll be looking at the behind-the-scenes feuds in TV history. We’ll only be including feuds between actors however, so you won’t find actor-director or actor-writer feuds here. 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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Give these actors an Emmy, because considering their true feelings, these performances were remarkable. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten TV cast feuds.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the behind-the-scenes feuds in TV history. We’ll only be including feuds between actors however, so you won’t find actor-director or actor-writer feuds here.

#10: Stana Katic & Nathan Fillion
“Castle” (2009-16)

“Castle” follows the adventures of a homicide detective and a mystery novel writer in New York City. While the two would eventually grow feelings for each other, their relationship had a rocky beginning, as Katic’s detective was hesitant to work with a writer. This hesitancy perhaps mirrored real life, as Katic and Fillion allegedly couldn’t stand each other when the cameras weren’t rolling. According to an insider who spoke to UsWeekly, Fillion and Katic wouldn’t talk to each other and Katic would often be in tears due to their animosity. Towards the end, the two were apparently even forced into couples’ therapy to work out their issues.

#9: Betty White & Bea Arthur
“The Golden Girls” (1985-92)

They may have been the Golden Girls, but they certainly weren’t friends... White and Arthur appeared alongside each other on the hit TV show, with White playing the peculiar Rose Nylund and Arthur portraying divorcée Dorothy Zbornak. However, Betty and Bea’s relationship wasn’t nearly as happy as Rose and Dorothy’s. According to Betty White, Bea tended to grow annoyed with her bubbly personality, a behavior Bea’s adoped son attributes to her introversion. Bea’s dislike of Betty apparently grew even worse once Betty won an Emmy, with Bea allegedly angry that Betty won before her. Bea would eventually win the coveted trophy in 1988, two years after Betty White.

#8: Andy Kaufman & Everyone Else
“Taxi” (1978-83)

Anyone who knows Andy Kaufman’s style of humor knows that he made for an odd co-worker. Kaufman apparently only appeared in “Taxi” to financially advance his own independent career, and as such, seemingly didn’t give a hoot about its production. And so, concessions were made to accommodate Kaufman’s lack of interest, he would allegedly appear late on a regular basis, and he was disruptive, which angered Tony Danza. Kaufman also insisted that his alter ego, Tony Clifton, be given guest appearances. When they obliged, Kaufman (as Clifton) reportedly brought prostitutes to set, caused mayhem, and acted belligerently, angering Judd Hirsch and Jeff Conaway. He was then forcibly removed from the set.

#7: Julianna Margulies & Archie Panjabi
“The Good Wife” (2009-16)

After six seasons portraying investigator Kalinda Sharma, Archie Panjabi left the show to pursue other interests. At the time, there was a rumor floating around that she left due to tension with star Julianna Margulies. The two supposedly idn’t even film their final scene together, and production was forced to use a green screen. While Margulies stated that they filmed it like that because Panjabi was busy filming another show, Panjabi took to Twitter to declare, “I was in New York ready to film the scene!” When asked about the feud durinft a press tour, Panjabi told reporters that the drama would stay on the set of “The Good Wife.” Someone’s lips are sealed.

#6: Teri Hatcher & Pretty Much Everyone
“Desperate Housewives” (2004-12)

One of the four main stars of “Desperate Housewives,” Teri Hatcher portrayed the romantic Susan Mayer. Unfortunately for the rest of the cast, that meant lots of scenes and time with the actress, who was allegedly quite difficult. In terms of the case against her: apparently, Hatcher physically distanced herself from her co-stars when the cameras weren’t rolling, the writers had considered writing Hatcher out of the show, and Nicollette Sheridan once called Hatcher “the meanest woman in the world.” When the cast gave the crew a goodbye gift, everyone but Hatcher signed it, with an inside source telling Celebuzz, “The girls don’t get along with Teri so they organized this and left her out.”

#5: David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson
“The X-Files” (1993-2002; 2016-)

They may have played onscreen partners for years, but David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson had some difficulty getting along with each other when the cameras weren’t rolling. The alleged feud goes as far back as 1996, when Duchovny stated, “We don’t hang out. We are very wary of the fact that any moment the other can turn into a psychotic human being.” A testament to their complicated dynamic, he has also referenced their strained relationship while simultaneously defending Anderson as an understanding and talented co-star. While their relationship isn’t as black-and-white as some of the others, there’s about a decade’s worth of tabloids’ reports to substantiate the drama. Thankfully, the reunion seems to have gone smoother.

#4: Isaiah Washington & Patrick Dempsey
“Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-)

There was possible tension between these two actors even before the show began airing. Isaiah Washington had originally auditioned for the role of Derek Shepherd, which ultimately went to Patrick Dempsey. One day, after the two argued about their fellow co-stars being late, Washington reportedly got in Dempsey’s face and grabbed him by the neck, resulting in a violent brawl on-set. After the fight, Washington jokingly told People magazine that he had never been that close to Dempsey before, and that he has “really pretty blue eyes.” Washington was later fired from the show after he supposedly using a homophobic slur towards his co-star, T.R. Knight.

#3: Shannen Doherty & Jennie Garth
“Beverly Hills, 90210” (1990-2000)

According to these rumors, Beverly Hills is not where we want to be. While Shannen Doherty allegedly didn’t get along with Alyssa Milano on the set of “Charmed,” her relationships with her “Beverly Hills” co-stars were seemingly even more toxic. Doherty had quite the reputation on set. A notoriously heavy partier, she was known for regularly showing up late. She would also apparently get into fights, both verbal and physical, with Jennie Garth, who has said that the two “wanted to claw each other’s eyes out.” Doherty left “90210” after only four seasons.

#2: Janet Hubert & Will Smith
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-96)

If you’ll recall, Aunt Viv was portrayed by two actresses over the course of the show – Janet Hubert and Daphne Maxwell Reid. Hubert left the show at the end of Season 3 because she couldn’t get along with the show’s star, Will Smith. Smith alleges that Hubert was jealous of his success and was nasty towards him as a result. Hubert says that Smith was often inappropriate on set, and, long after her departure, continues to call him an “egomaniac,” an “asshole,” and “immature.” She has repeatedly stated her belief that she will never reconcile with Smith.

#1: Kim Cattrall & Sarah Jessica Parker
“Sex and the City” (1998-2004)

There were persistent rumors of fights on the set of “Sex and the City” during its production, and while Parker and Cattrall have long denied them, things finally came to an undeniable head in 2018 following the death of Cattrall’s brother. After Parker gave her condolences, Cattrall took to Instagram to slam Parker, saying, “Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. You are not my family. You are not my friend.” This is on top of Cattrall telling Piers Morgan that they were never friends. So… we’re thinking the rumors were true.


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