When the news came out that Castle star Stana Katic will not return for the ninth season of the ABC show, many reports came out about how she and fellow co-star Nathan Fillion were not as chummy as their TV counterparts. Sadly, they are not the first TV co-stars to allegedly clash behind the scenes, as other former co-stars from hit TV shows did not get along.
Bea Arthur and Betty White
The Golden Girls aired for seven seasons (1985-1992) and onscreen, the main cast bonded over cheesecake and other adventures that made it seemed as though co-stars Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty were close in real life. However, years after the show ended, White revealed that she and Arthur were never close due to clashing personalities. Arthur simply wasn’t a fan of White’s cheery demeanor, but the two actresses remained professionals on set and never caused behind-the-scenes drama.
Cybill Shepherd and Christine Baranski
Cybill Shepherd’s namesake show Cybill aired from January 1995 to July 1998, earning critical praise and receiving multiple TV award nominations, including a Golden Globes win for Shepherd in 1996. Shepherd might have been the big name star, but it was co-star Christine Baranski who was equally praised for her role as Maryann Thorpe that helped make the sitcom a big hit, which did not sit well with Shepherd, especially when Baranski won an Emmy and Shepherd didn’t. Shepherd also clashed with Moonlighting co-star Bruce Willis during its five-season run, when Willis ended up becoming a hit with the public and became a big box office movie star, which made things tense between the show’s co-stars.
Will Smith and Janet Hubert
Janet Hubert is best remembered as the original Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series. Hubert claimed that she fell out of favor with Will Smith after she became pregnant, which was the starting point of her getting fired and being replaced by Daphne Reid. The two former co-stars never patched things up, and to this day, Hubert still makes statements that Smith only cared about himself during the series’ run.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
During the X-Files’ initial nine-season run, fans enjoyed the chemistry between co-stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who played Mulder and Scully respectively. Unfortunately, things weren’t always so calm between Duchovny and Anderson, especially when Anderson found out that she was severely underpaid while Duchovny enjoyed a higher salary. Things between the co-stars are fine now, and Duchovny and Anderson returned to their most famous characters for a 10th season earlier this year.
Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson
The bulk of Gilmore Girls story lines always involved Luke and Lorelai and how their relationship evolved from friends to lovers. While Luke and Lorelai are one of TV’s cutest couples, Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson were supposedly not the best of friends offscreen. There were rumors that the two didn’t get along, although Graham did her best to not air grievances she might have had with Patterson in public and kept a happy front during interviews.
Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi
In the case of another co-star becoming a bigger hit than the series’ star, The Good Wife Julianna Margulies wasn’t so thrilled that co-star Archie Panjabi was a big hit among the show’s fans. While the show’s executives tried to downplay the gossip, eventually Panjabi went public about her feud with Margulies, as reported by Us Weekly when Margulies made excuses on why she and Panjabi didn’t have more scenes together. Panjabi left the series at the end of Season 6, with the final scene between the former co-stars shot separately.
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