We call it the Game of Thrones phenonium – when main characters get killed off and it leaves the viewer with a huge jolt of what just happened? This, of course, is a common occurrence with all type of top primetime dramas including The Sopranos, The Walking Dead, House of Cards, and Boardwalk Empire – just to name a few.
However sometimes producers get so fed up with an actor they kill them off prematurely just so they don’t have to deal with them. These actors fight with other actors, have off-screen antics, or are just plane disagreeable.
Here is a list of television’s top 5 biggest actor blowouts.
Thomas Gibson on Criminal Minds
Thomas Gibson was fired after his temper allegedly got out of hand on set. Apparently, Gibson was even ordered into anger management classes after he allegedly pushed an assistant director during a disagreement. We don’t think his classes helped. Before the Criminal Minds altercation, Gibson was abusive on the set with another actor. Gibson reportedly had numerous issues with co-star Shemar Moore, with whom he often argued about scheduling, and Gibson was described by show staffers as being subject to severe mood swings on set.
John Rhys-Davies on Sliders
John Rhys-Davies was a major star of Sliders, which ran in the late 90s. However, he was killed off midway through Season 3. With allegedly a long history of drinking issues, apparently, the actor continually referred to the show’s scripts as gibberish. Ouch! He would also tell the writers his lines were incomprehensible. There was definitely no love loss between them as the writers weren’t much better. Instead of heeding his complaints, they told him to read the words as they were written. These clashes lead to his death on the show and he insisted the writers messed up with him because of their lack of vision. We can only imagine the glee the writers felt after killing Rhys-Davies character off.
Maggie Roswell on The Simpsons
When Maggie Roswell, the voice actor who played the infamous Maude Flanders on The Simpsons, left the show after the network said that she didn’t want to commute to Los Angeles from her home in Denver any longer. However, Roswell had a different story. She said that she was only making $150 per episode and asked for a raise. Fox said she really made around $2,000 per episode, but she stated she didn’t have enough per show to even cover her flights. Either way, Roswell left and Maude Flanders was voiced by a few others for several episodes before she was killed off by shirts fired from a gun in the stands of a Nascar race. It was a funny way to go, but she died mainly because Fox didn’t want to cover plane tickets.
Michelle Rodriguez on Lost
Michelle Rodriguez is well known for her bad girl image—both onscreen and off. While she was apart of the cast for Lost, she was picked up for a DUI and fined $500. She spent a few nights in jail and then was soon killed off on Lost. Producers on the show say the death was planned ahead of time, but to us it seems strange that bad behavior was so closely followed by the end of her character. The Others on the show were able to get away with plenty, but when it came to those on the opposite side of the island, one bad night was enough.
Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men
Probably the most famous offscreen blow up was, of course Charlie Sheen. The series, which was created for him and revolved around a character with his name who lived a life resembling his own bachelor lifestyle. However, Sheen and the series creator Chuck Lorre had no love lost between them. While Sheen was dealing with multiple substance abuse issues, it is no excuse for his terrible behaviour. When he was fired for his constant disruptions, he lashed out in a series of angry interviews and tweets, calling his boss a maggot and making anti-Semitic remarks about him. And this was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to his reported bad behaviour which involved drugs, alcohol and prostitutes. He was reportedly participating in a rehabilitation program, but no form of rehab got him back in the good graces of his show’s creator.
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