7 Most Notorious Celebrity Feuds of All Time
In Hollywood, if there’s one thing that’s bigger than the bank accounts, it’s the egos. Because of this, celebrities unsurprisingly find themselves at each other’s throats more often than not, each one jockeying for a bigger spot in the limelight.
For the most part, though, the celebrity feuds that transpire are as short lived as the flash from a paparazzo’s camera. One celebrity says one thing, the other says something else, and then before you know it, they’re kissing and making up on national television.
Sometimes, however, feuds between celebrities break out that can span months, years and even decades. Below, we’re going to review seven of the most notorious celebrity feuds of all time, some of which endure to this day. We guarantee that a few of them are even going to blow your mind – especially #6!
1. Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields
Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Tom Cruise, as you might know, is a bigwig in the Church of Scientology. Among the many strange tenets of the church (like ancient aliens and thetans that stress people out) is the belief that psychiatry and prescription medication are tantamount to the devil. (In fact, you can visit their museum “Psychiatry: A Museum of Death” in Hollywood; it’s located mere steps from the Chinese Theater.)
At any rate, actress Brooke Shields once found herself battling severe postpartum depression, something she was eventually able to overcome. In a book she wrote called “Down Came the Rain,” she told of how anti-depressants helped her on her journey. Appearing on television, Tom Cruise criticized Brooke for using medication. Brooke basically told Tom Cruise to stick it where the sun don’t shine. We can’t say we blame her.
2. Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre
When celebrities feud with one another, there’s often not much at stake. However, this feud between Chuck Lorre (the creator of Two and a Half Men) and Charlie Sheen (the once star of Two and a Half Men) cost Sheen a pretty penny.
It started during the period in which Sheen was having his highly public meltdown, running bizarre webcasts and talking about “tiger blood.” Allegedly, his behavior on the set of Two and a Half Men was not much better, and this led to a boiling over of bad blood between Sheen and Lorre. The two exchanged plenty of insults through the media, and Sheen eventually lost his job – a job, incidentally, that made him the highest paid actor on television. (That’s why you don’t bite the hand that feeds, ladies and gentlemen.)
3. Jay Leno and David Letterman
Now that the farewell tour is ended and these two have left America’s airwaves, many might forget the bitter feud that marked both of their careers. The feud, of course, started when the choice of Johnny Carson’s successor was being made.
Both Leno and Letterman felt that the other had wronged them throughout the process, something that has been immortalized in book and on film. Eventually, of course, they squashed the beef, but only after battling it out in the ratings department for decades.