These are TV’s most bitter off-air feuds

PEOPLE go crazy for celebrity feuds, especially when the co-stars are playing lovers or best friends.

When it comes to the small screen, the feuds are as juicy as they are plentiful.

This week, Sarah Jessica Parker straight-up denied the existence of her famous 10-year feud with Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall and while their bad blood might be all rumours, here are some of TV’s most bitter disputes:


They might’ve played best friends Dorothy and Rose on the show, but in reality Bea Arthur wasn’t the biggest fan of Betty White.

Everyone assumed White and Arthur weren’t the best of friends when their co-star, Rue McClanahan, revealed Arthur had said “Betty [White] is a cu**,” back in 2002.

The pint-sized White then spoke at a TimesTalk back in 2011 when promoting her book If You Ask Me, saying, “she was not that fond of me. She found me a pain in the neck sometimes”.

So what was it that really annoyed Bea Arthur?

“It was my positive attitude — and that made Bea mad sometimes,” White said.

“Sometimes if I was happy, she’d be furious!”

Now 94, White is the last surviving member of the four Golden Girls stars after Rue McClanahan passed away in 2010 from a brain haemorrhage.


Just this week Parker had to again deny rumours her and Cattrall have feuded since the start of their show in 1998. While appearing on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show she labelled the rumours as sexist.

“Was every day perfect? Were people always desperately, hopefully in love with each other?” she asked, “No, but this is a family of people who needed each other, relied upon each other and loved each other. This sort of narrative, this ongoing catfight, it really upset me for a very long time”.

SJP went on to admit her and Cattrall eventually gave up on trying to dispel the rumours.

“I think we had both felt that it had taken on a life, and it didn’t matter how many people denied it.”

Both actresses have previously admitted that any petty fights they previously had were only due to exhaustion and being too sensitive.

In an interview with this week, Cattrall revealed just how exhausting filming the show really was.

“It was 18-19 hour days, consistently,” she said.

“So after a while you just get really tired, and go a bit nuts, and you’re sleep-deprived as well.”


They might’ve bitterly fought while working together on the hit show Charmed but the two actresses put aside their years-long feud when Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Their relationship wasn’t exactly Charmed while working on the eight-season-long show and Milano has been very outspoken about the “rough days” of filming with Doherty.

Back in 2013, Milano appeared on the TV show Watch What Happens Live and likened the behind the scenes drama to “very much sort of like high school”.

Despite all of this, the two appear to have ended their feud with Milano telling ET in early October she reaches out to Doherty on Twitter regularly.

“I’ve reached out to her, yes, and I try to continue to reach out to her once a week.”

“I tweeted, I [direct messaged] her and I obviously told her my concern and how everyone was on her side, and we’re all supporting her, and she was very appreciative that I reached out, which was very sweet.”

She went on to praise Doherty for her handling of the vigorous cancer, adding: “it’s such a horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible illness, so to see anyone struggle like that in such a public way is heartwarming and gut-wrenching all at the same time.”


Smith and Hubert were engaged in such a bitter dispute while filming Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that she was eventually fired from her role as Aunt Viv and replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid in the fourth season.

Hubert slammed Smith in a YouTube video uploaded in January where she claimed the star refused to help the rest of the cast negotiate better pay.

“I seem to remember at option time, coming to you and saying … ‘With you, maybe we can get a little raise.’ [We thought] your influence would help us greatly, like they did on Friends.”

She goes on to reveal he reportedly said, “My deal is my deal, and y’alls deal is y’alls deal.”

Despite the two trading insults for years, Smith chose to take the higher ground in February when asked by BBC Radio1who played the better Aunt Viv.

“I think that both of the Aunt Vivs were really, really fantastic ... I think when you make a show, anytime you make a change, it’s going to be excruciating and painful. I think that Janet Hubert brought a really powerful dignity to the show.”

Hubert has been less pragmatic about her time on the show.

When TMZ asked her why she wasn’t at a 2011 reunion dinner for Fresh Prince she blatantly blamed the whole thing on Smith.

“There will never be a reunion ... as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith. He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word,” she said.


The on-again off-again romance between star-crossed lovers Luke and Lorelai was torturous for Gilmore Girls fans but it was probably even more painful for the stars themselves.

Despite swirling rumours the two didn’t get on very well while shooting, Graham and Patterson continue to deny that they’re anything but friendly.

In a 2005 interview with TV guide,Graham gave a swift “no” when asked if she and Patteson were best friends and in a 2007 interview, also to TV guide,Graham admitted she was “closer, personally to David [Sutcliffe],” her other love interest in the show.

When questioned about the conspiracy theory she pushed for a Lorelai/Christopher romance because of her “prickly relationship with Scott Patterson”, Graham said the whole thing “was overblown” and described their relationship as a “working one” but still “totally great”.

Rumours were definitely put to rest after Patterson shared a happy photo of the on-screen couple after the wrap of the upcoming Gilmore Girls revival.


When Rivera released her tell-all Sorry Not Sorry in September she called one cast member a bit of a diva and people didn’t struggle to figure out who she was talking about.

As the show progressed, Rivera’s character Santana started to push her way into the spotlight which didn’t sit well with some of the other cast members.

“I think Rachel — erm, I mean Lea — didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” Rivera writes.

She goes on to admit that although the feud was very real, the level of it was overblown by the media.

“Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again, but the rumours of our ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion ... In the end, I do wish that Lea and I had gotten along better, but I’m not losing sleep over it.”

More rumours spread that it was Michele’s influence that had Rivera pretty much written out of the fifth season of the musical show.

Rivera wrote she “went off” at a producer after he was “doing nothing” when one of the stars was “pulling a diva fit about everything” and locking themselves in a trailer.


TV feuds are a little trickier to hide when the celebrities don’t have a script to mask their dislike and boy was it obvious with these two.

Season 12 of American Idol was full of furious sideways glances, shade throwing and even physical threats with Carey and Minaj on the judging panel.

In an interview with The View in 2013, Carey told Barbara Walters multiple people had heard Minaj say off-camera, “if I had a gun I would shoot that f***ing b***h”.

Carey went on to tell The View host she had hired more security after the alleged comment.

Minaj hit back at the interview via Twitter.

The rapper shed some light on how the feud started on her E! TV special My Truthwhen she said “[Carey’s] admitted that she did not want another female doing the show, thinking somebody’s coming to steal her shine.”


His character cheated on her on One Tree Hill and unfortunately their real-life relationship was no different.

Murray and Bush tied the knot back in 2005 but separated swiftly after it was revealed he allegedly cheated on her with House of Wax co-star Paris Hilton and One Tree Hill extra Kenzie Dalton.

Adding insult to injury, Murray proposed to Dalton before his and Bush’s divorce was finalised. The couple were engaged for seven years until they called it quits in 2013.

Clearly those cuts must still run deep because Bush replied to one of her Instagram followers just last month calling Murray a “f**kboy”.

When Bush declared her support for Hillary Clinton, a user wrote “So @sophiabush you side with liars? No wonder Chad cheated on you, your taste sucks. UNFOLLOW.”

Bush wasn’t letting that comment fly and bit back, writing: “Super classy, Ally. Yes I side with the most experienced person to ever run over a white supremacist, pathological liar who is a crook that has defrauded our government. And claims that doing so makes him ‘smart.’ Much like him you seem to blame women for their f**kboy partners’ actions. Hope that kind of karma doesn’t sucker punch you some day. Good luck in life to you. You seem to need it.”

For those that say never date your co-workers, these two are the ultimate example.

Despite bitterly filing for divorce in 2006, the two still had to work together until Murray left the series in 2009.

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