Following accusations that the "House of Cards" star had sexually assaulted actor Anthony Rapp when he was only 14 years old, more young men in showbiz came out with similar accusations. Netflix fired Spacey from the show and suspended production on the sixth season, which the streaming service had earlier claimed would be its last. At this point, there's no update on production.
Two women accused the former "Gossip Girl" star of rape, which he denied. The BBC released a statement, however, that the Agatha Christie adaptation of "Ordeal by Innocence" that was to star Westwick, would be postponed. The company made it clear that this action should not be read as "making any judgment." Also, Westwick is taking a break from shooting his 1980s comedy series "White Gold" about a fast-talking, morally bankrupt double-glazed window salesman in Essex. Originally airing on the BBC, the first season is also streaming on Netflix.
After five women accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, Netflix canceled an upcoming stand-up special, and HBO dropped him from their upcoming "Night of Too Many Stars" and removed his past projects from their On Demand service.
FX Networks and FX Productions severed ties with C.K. after he admitted the allegations were true. They canceled their overall deal with his production company, and he is no longer serving as executive producer or receive compensation for the four shows FX was producing with him, including the Pamela Adlon series "Better Things," Zach Galiafianakis' comedy "Baskets," "One Mississippi," and "The Cops."
The actress was famously killed off of "Desperate Housewives" following an incident on set in which Sheridan claims the she had a fight with series creator Marc Cherry, who then allegedly hit her. Sheridan's character Edie was killed after a car crash and then subsequent electrocution. Although producers say that she was always going to be written of the show for cost-cutting measures, the actress believes that it's because she had spoken up about the alleged attack by Cherry. In 2010, she filed a lawsuit against Cherry, alleging wrongful dismissal, assault and battery, among five other charges.
In 2014, the actor who played Harrison Wright on "Scandal" pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and pleaded no contest to a felony assault charge as part of a no-jail plea deal. During this time he had also been dealing alcoholism and cocaine use. He was killed off of "Scandal" in the Season 3 finale.
The British host of the motor vehicle show "Top Gear" had several complaints levied against him, including accusations of racism and other poor behavior. After Clarkson allegedly verbally and physically abused a "Top Gear" producer, the BBC decided not to renew his contract. Clarkson's departure began an exodus, in which his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond also decided to leave, which marked the end of an era for the series, which had to find a full slate of new talent to replace them. The trio went on to host a very similar show called "The Grand Tour" on Amazon. This is also the streaming service where its entertainment executive Roy Price resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct.
The actor had been in and out of rehab for substance abuse, and after entering rehab for the third time in 12 months in January 2011, his CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" was put on indefinite hiatus. Following Sheen's increasingly erratic behavior and public denouncement of series creator Chuck Lorre, the show canceled the rest of the eighth season, which affected an estimated 200 employees and lost million in revenue for profit participants. Sheen's tour of insults and bad behavior continued, after which CBS and Warner Bros. Television fired him for "moral turpitude." "Two and a Half Men" killed off his character, and in Season 9, introduced Ashton Kutcher in a new role to fill the void.
On the set of Aaron Spelling's "Beverly Hills, 90210," Doherty played Brenda Walsh, the twin sister of Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley). She began to have behavior issues though, including being late to set, and altercations with fellow actors. Many of her co-stars requested to not share scenes with her. After a tumultuous fight with co-star Jennie Garth, Doherty was fired. Brenda was written off the show, having moved to London. Doherty teamed up with Spelling again for the supernatural series "Charmed," but similar difficulties cropped up again, and was once again fired. Although Spelling claimed he'd never hire her again, Doherty reprised her earlier role of Brenda Walsh in The CW sequel series "90210."
Downey Jr. received acclaim and an Emmy nomination for his role as Larry Paul on "Ally McBeal" and was seen as one reason for the show's revival in the ratings. Unfortunately, the actor admits this was one of the lowest periods of time for him because of his substance abuse. In fall 2000, he was arrested in a hotel for possession of drugs and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. While he was on parole the following April, he was arrested again but released even though tests showed he had cocaine in his system. At this point, Downey Jr. was fired from the show, which had to scramble with last-minute rewrites and reshoots as his character was written out.
Britney Spears' younger sister Jamie Lynn had been starring in Nickelodeon's show "Zoey 101," in which she portrayed young Zoey Brooks, a girl who attends a boarding school that was previously boys-only. The show started in 2005, but two years later, she announced that she was pregnant by her then 18-year-old boyfriend. At the time, Spears was only 16, two years below the age of consent in California. "Zoey 101" was canceled shortly afterwards.
The actor had starred as Dr. Preston Burke, the head of cardiology on "Grey's Anatomy," and during the show's third season, rumors surfaced that he had used a homophobic slur in referring to co-star T.R. Knight. Shortly afterward, Knight came out as gay. Although Washington subsequently apologized for his "unfortunate us of words" during the incident, the issue kept coming up. At the Golden Globes red carpet Washington joked, "I love gay. I wanted to be gay. Please let me be gay," and then later backstage denied calling Knight a "faggot." Washington issued yet another statement apology, but by June 7, 2007, ABC announced it would not renew his contract. Later, on "Larry King Live," Washington claimed that he didn't call Knight the "F-word," but rather told co-star Patrick Dempsey to stop treating Knight like an "F-word." Dr. Burke was written out of the show by the beginning of the next season.
Kelly had played Laurie Forman, the older sister of Topher Grace's character on "That '70s Show." Her drug and alcohol issues interfered enough with her work, and much later in an interview, she revealed she had turned to substance abuse after losing a baby. Midway through the third season, she abruptly left the who, which explained that her character had gone to attend "beauty school." Although she had returned for four episodes in the show's fifth season, she still couldn't keep up, and production recast her part with another actress in the sixth season.
In the original "One Day at a Time," Phillips played rebellious daughter Julie, but began having problems way the third season when she was arrested for disorderly conduct. She also started arriving late and was often incoherent in rehearsals because of her drug and alcohol abuse. Eventually, producers fired her. After she complete rehab, she was invited back, but after collapsing on set from drugs, she was fired permanently, and her character was written out of the show.
The actress played young Kimberly Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes" and had struggled with drug and alcohol problems throughout her early career. She even overdosed on diazepam at age 14. But when she got married and was pregnant with her first child, producers fired her, claiming that Kimberly being pregnant didn't fit into the wholesome image of the show. Supposedly, her drug use was not a reason for being let go, but people still speculated that was a major factor. She was written off the show for the most part but she made limited guest appearances in the show's final two seasons to wrap everything up.
The controversy surrounding why Gibson was fired from "Criminal Minds" is one that he still vehemently denies. In August 2016, Gibson was suspended during the 12th season after an altercation with writer-producer Virgil Williams on the set. While some say that he allegedly kicked the Williams after a disagreement, Gibson claims that his foot came up and tapped Williams on the leg while trying to get out of Williams' way. No matter what the truth is though, after Gibson's two-week suspension, he was abruptly dismissed from the show. Although the show didn't know how they'd write out his character at the time, eventually it was revealed that "Hotch" went into Witness Protection.