Madonna, then known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, was a struggling singer in New York City. She took on a variety of odd jobs to make ends work. After squirting donut jelly onto a customer, she was reportedly fired from her gig at Times Square Dunkin Donuts.
- Janet Hubert
In 1993, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air mom Hubert had her role replaced by Daphne Reid. The actress attributed the entire blame to Will Smith, who was then on the series. Hubert stated that “this constant reunion will not ever happen in my lifetime, only if there was an apology. He doesn’t know what the word means.”
- Charlie Sheen
“They fired me, man. I gave them almost a decade of entertainment and made them $5Billion.” Sheen lamented one month following the firing by CBS and Two and a Half Men’s Chuck Lorre from their half-hour comedy. “I was having way too much fun. What were they expecting when they paid them that much money?”
- Nick Cannon
ViacomCBS declared in July 2020 that their partnership with the Masked Singer host would be ended due to antisemitic remarks he made on “Cannon’s Class”. Cannon issued a lengthy Facebook reprimand and demanded ownership of Wild ‘n Out, his multi-billion dollar brand. He wrote, “I will never be bullied, silenced or continually oppressed by any group, corporation, or organization. Viacom doesn’t understand or appreciate the power of the Black community. For over 20 years, I was part of the Viacom “family”. We worked together to create great entertainment and I was given many opportunities that I am thankful for. I was a minor when we started working together.”
- Mark Webber
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World actor attacked the network for recasting him on the series. He tweeted, “Look, I am a straight white man so I know that my journey in this warped business has been much easier. But, I’m being recast on a network television program because I’m not attractive enough for the executives. It’s important that I share the real pain that we endure in the industry.”
- Dee Nguyen
MTV announced it would cut all ties to the Challenge star in June 2020. “As a consequence of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments about the Black Lives Matter campaign, we have cut all ties with her,” MTV announced via Twitter. “We’ll air our season as planned out of respect for our Challengers. We condemn systemic racism strongly and stand with all those who speak out against injustice.” Ngyuen apologized via social media. She stated that she is “a POC who cares about BLM” and that she would be taking a break from social media to concentrate on her mental health.
- Hartley Sawyer
The Flash actor was fired in June 2020 after multiple racist and homophobic tweets were resurfaced. The CW, Warner Bros. TV, and Berlanti Productions stated that Hartley Sawyer would not be returning to The Flash for season 7. “We do not tolerate any derogatory remarks about Mr. Sawyer’s social media posts. They target any race or ethnicity, gender, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. These remarks are incompatible with our values and policies, which work to create a safe, inclusive, and productive environment for our workforce.”
- Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis was removed from Saturday Night Live’s 45th Season in September 2019, before he ever appeared on the show. This happened after a clip where he used a racial slur was resurfaced. SNL spokesperson said that the company was unaware of Gillis’s previous remarks. Gillis used offensive, hurtful, and unacceptable language. In the aftermath of his firing, Gillis wrote that it was “ridiculous” for comedians to make such public statements. He also joked that he had been a Mad TV guy all his life.
- Garrison Keillor
On November 28th, Garrison Keillor, a syndicated radio host, confirmed that he had been fired by Minnesota Public Radio following allegations of harassment against him. Keillor wrote to the Associated Press that his employment was ended “over a story I believe is more interesting and complex than the one MPR heard.”
- Snoop Dogg
Snoop’s stint as a local bag boy for grocery stores didn’t last very long. Snoop Dogg said that he was more skilled at stealing groceries than he was at bagging them.