You wouldn’t believe that even the biggest names in Hollywood have been fired from jobs.
CNN fired the comedian from its New Year’s Eve special after she posed for a photo featuring a decapitated head that resembled President Donald Trump. “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network tweeted on May 31, 2017. Hours earlier, Griffin — who also lost an endorsement with Squatty Potty over the incident — apologized for her actions.
Nick Cannon was fired from ViacomCBS in July 2020 after making anti-Semitic remarks on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast. America’s Got Talent alum said that Black people “can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” He also stated that white people are “a little less” than Black people due to a lack of melanin.
The rapper’s stint as a local grocery bag boy didn’t last too long. “I was better at stealing the groceries than bagging them,” Snoop has said.
Insurance company Aflac fired the distinctive-voiced actor in 2011 after he made a slew of jokes via Twitter about Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami. “I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan,” Gottfried said at the time.
Though Norton portrayed The Hulk in the 2008 film remake, he was not asked back to display Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Why? The studio alleged that he wasn’t willing to collaborate with costars, including Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey, Jr. “This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings,” a rep for Norton said after his dismissal.
“They fired me, man. I made them $5 billion and gave you guys almost a decade of entertainment, and they fired me,” Sheen lamented one month after CBS and Two, and a Half Men’s Chuck Lorre gave him the boot from the popular half-hour comedy. “I was having too much fun. What did they expect [when they paid me that kind of money]?”
Film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own company, The Weinstein Company, on October 8, 2017, amid sexual harassment allegations from various women, including Cara Delevingne, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, and Rosanna Arquette. His termination came after both The New York Times and The New Yorker published reports detailing decades of alleged sexual harassment by the producer, which he has since denied.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg, and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company’s board of representatives said in a statement to Us Weekly at the time.